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: