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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The Balcony Issue

We’ve been waiting and planning and waiting and planning for our balcony to be torn down and rebuilt. And the day is nearly upon us. The balcony issue has been looming on the horizon since we moved into our condo, but the contract is signed and the work is nearly ready to begin.

I’m hoping that it all goes smoothly once it finally gets started. We are in the process of deciding what light fixture to put on the balcony once it’s finished. I am thinking I’d like to put in an outdoor ceiling fan. I’ve heard they’re good for keeping bugs away, in addition to that nice little breeze when you’re sitting outside eating dinner.

I’ve been looking around and haven’t found the exact ceiling fan that I want yet, but I’m going to keep looking and I’ve enlisted my mom to help!

Update: I found a fan! My mom found a link and then I did a search for one of the fans that was on that link and ended up on a site named Bellacor. After taking a look around, I stumbled on this fan, and the site had one on clearance for $101 because it was a return, which has been double checked and confirmed that it’s in new condition, but is cheaper because it’s been opened. At a savings of more than $55, and right in my goal price range of around $100 for both the fan and the light, it’s perfect!