The saga continues (Or: How is it February 1 and our kitchen is still not finished?)

I bet you were all expecting a final “Ta-da” here’s our brand new amazing kitchen post as the next step, weren’t you?

Nnnnnnotsomuch.

We have made some progress, but we had been waiting on a final decision as to what was going to happen with a few stains that we found on the edges of our countertops. See those little brown spots?

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And given the stains that originally delayed our installation, we presumed that these were holdovers from those stains. Unfortunately, it took at least two months and two trips from the Countertop Factory folks trying to use solvents to remove the stains before they realized that they weren’t stains at all, but rather hardened resin that was apparently the wrong color.

So, a few weeks ago, we were told they were going to take out the countertops and re-edge them to remove all of the resin. Which would have been a pain, but worth it to get rid of the spots. And two days before they were supposed to come out, they cancelled and said they wanted to try another option first. #ifeltlikepunchingsomething. After weeks of following up with them to find out what they were ACTUALLY going to do, they were finally able to send a repairman to us yesterday who painstakingly (with dozens of razor blades) chipped out each brown spot and refilled it with clear resin. It took the poor guy nearly 4 hours.

But the end result is…. a FINISHED COUNTERTOP!!! Can you believe it?

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Now that I know our countertops aren’t going to be removed and we’re not going to have to find another type of countertop to replace them… I can order the backsplash tile and get moving on this $#!&!

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Excuse me, are those real countertops?

Approximately seven months ago, our kitchen looked something like this:

And then… after a few weekends of work, it looked like this:

Now, it looks a little something like this:

Dan and I can’t stop exclaiming “we have countertops!!” every time we walk into the room. It’s just simply been WAY too long since we’ve had a functional kitchen.

But let me back up just a little bit to help explain why this step seems even more amazing to us. Right before we left for our vacation, the folks from the Countertop Factory came out and measured to get the exact dimensions for our countertops, and told us we had to wait 7-10 business days for installation. Unfortunately, while we were on vacation we received an email telling us they expected the material to be delayed at least 3 weeks. Then, another email a few weeks later letting us know it wouldn’t be available until November 2. We were so disappointed, but we tried to be patient until they were finally scheduled to deliver and install the countertops and the sink on Wednesday, Nov. 7. I worked from home and scheduled the electrician’s return visit, the countertop installation AND our wine fridge repair (a story for another day) all on the same day. At the end of the day, I was ready to have the most amazing kitchen ever… but it ended up that only the electrician came that day, and didn’t even complete everything while he was here.

The problem was apparently a discoloration issue from the fabricating table that had stained the countertops, so we had to wait until Saturday for them to use a solvent on it and get the discoloration out before they could steal and install it.

But finally the day arrived, and now our kitchen looks like THIS:

WE HAVE COUNTERTOPS!!! AND A SINK!!! AND A DISPOSAL!!!