So, Gwen, you think you know exactly how your kitchen is gonna look.
Oh, the hunt for a new counter top escapades of yesterday!!! Let’s just say Mr. Gwen is a Super Human. To put up with this OCD Virgo going to place after place, walk row after row, and then, at the final places, watch me walk back and forth, several hundred feet apart, between 2 different slabs to pick the ‘perfect’ one….and never complain at all: HE IS MY HERO. LOL At one point, I said “honey, you don’t have to keep walking back and forth between the two with me. Just stay here if you want.” LOL
So, I thought it was gonna be all whitey white, super clean looking, to minimize how small the room is. WRONG to the all whitey white. But let me back up a little.
At the first place, we found a GORGEOUS quartzite. So luminous, truly, that they said many people UNDER light it. Stunning. Absolutely stunning. It also was $90/sf. Even needing barely 70 sf, SHIIIIIIT. No way. Not for a townhome. Nope.
We went to the 2nd place. Nothing. Saw a couple I had liked online, but they looked too washed out, almost dingy, in person.
Went to the 3rd place. Same thing.
Only one place left, and we were 2 hours into this, close to 3, and I literally prayed ‘please let me find the perfect slab.’ I know, a VERY shallow thing to pray about. I’m guilty as charged.
Literally walking in…we saw 2 of my favorite online quartzites. Both looked dingy white. I realized at that moment, that I didn’t want that look. If it couldn’t look crisp white, yuck!
We found a pattern that was EXTREMELY close to that first quartz I posted here, that I had hung on to for a LONG time as non-negotiable, but had given up on because of the inability to find it at a reasonable cost. This was a granite version. And I realized in a full slab of 10 x 6 or so….it was too dark and busy. Put THAT thought to bed, permanently.
It was becoming clear that quartzite wasn’t going to be the answer. I didn’t like the inconsistent veining through them. I had to open my mind back up to granite. I just ‘knew’ I didn’t want super busy, or super dark.
This place had probably a couple hundred slabs, not even counting the marble or onyx or soapstone I had no interest in. We just walked up and down, aisle after aisle. We found some we liked, but the slabs weren’t long enough. On and on. Then he found one he really liked, but it was a little busy for me. And I found one I liked, but he wasn’t convinced on the colors because it was SO opposite of what we had thought we wanted. We went back and forth, had them pull out the ones that were the right size on ‘my’ pattern, walked back and forth, seriously almost the length of a football pool between the two…discussed, and I finally won him over to my way. Or he just capitulated, which is probably what happened. LOL
It’s a gorgeous mix of warm, feel-good browns and taupes. It has some sparkley tiny chunks here and there, but not a lot. It just felt HOME-y to me, felt RIGHT. Nothing at all like I was looking for, but so right. And the 2 slabs we picked in the pattern, look like works of art to me. I wish I had bigger counter tops so I could show it off more. It will still be gorgeous (to me.)
The thing is, the porcelain floor tile we thought we had settled on…looked crappy with it. The sea foam glass back splash…yeah no. So back to square one.
The bright side, the price per sf to our contractor? Under $14/sf!!! The measurements of the slab is extremely close (on all we saw), so rather than hassle ‘will we have enough’…we are getting 2 slabs, and might use the extras for a bath vanity top, and or to make trivets, etc. SO CHEAP.
Afterwards, we went to AZ Tile, and didn’t like anything we saw, and same at Home Depot. But I remembered a few weeks ago when I went out looking on my own, at a small flooring store I found a GORGEOUS porcelain tile. It didn’t fit ‘the look’ I was going for at the time, but I still had photos on my phone of it. I went back online, found it, and, at least online, it looks like a PERFECT match. And the crappy big box store that jack ass contractor sent me to, that I didn’t like anything at a couple of weeks ago? Has a back splash that looks like a perfect match too. Life can be crazy that way. So we are headed to the flooring place this morning to look at ALL of their flooring. Taking my laminate sample, but they have laminate too, and even though we are buying 2 slabs of granite, we are saving over $2K, so we decided we might upgrade on the laminate or the tile. Anyhow, we’ll get samples in a range of shades of beige/taupe. Tomorrow, I’m going to work only half day so I can go to the big store and do the same with back splash possibilities, and THEN I will take all back to the slab yard and match to our granite. Because unfortunately, they had no samples available of it. Photos I took made it’s cocoa browns look more almost mauvish…so photos are not a good representation. If I can’t take the granite around with me in a sample size, I will take the flooring and back splash samples to IT. Too important to match it all up.
It was emotionally draining. Hubby was surprised that I still got in 45 minutes of dancing last night after, by his words ‘all that walking we did.’ We left the house at 8 am (extremely early for us on a Saturday), hit 6 stores, and didn’t get home until after 3:30 pm. Crazy!
Wish me luck on the flooring today.
After that, we will go to my mom’s to do what is becoming our weekly Sunday chores for her, and to visit. She’s still not 100%, but getting a tiny bit better every day. Thank God.
Eating was great yesterday, and stayed the same, so that’s cool too.
Oh, crap! Pictures! Dur. Here is the slab we got; it will look amazing with all white cabinets:
Here is the back splash that looks like a match:
and the flooring that looks like a match, and can clearly go on the fireplace as well:
So there you have it!
Wish us well!
Hope all of you are doing great and having a good weekend. Love ya!