Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm an impatient person! I have known this from Day 1. And if I didn't know, I'd had plenty of friends who have told me in plain English.
Most of you who read my blogs know how excited I was about getting granite counters in my kitchen. In fact, the day after the salesman came from the company I went with, I knew (from the samples) what color I was going with. The sample showed tans and a deep rusty gold with flecks of gray, etc. I just KNEW how it would look in my kitchen. I'm very visual. With that in mind, I went to the computer to shop for new window covering for our two very large windows.
The ones in there now are pinky-mauve, as you can see in the photos on my blog about the "Update on Kitchen" blog. Looks OK -- old as the hills but look good. I found online some beautiful woven woods in pecanwood. I could picture how they would look with the new counters and new paint on the walls. I ORDERED THEM! Yes, I know any ordinary person would have waited until the counters were installed to get a better feel for it. PATIENCE LACKING SEVERELY!
The next day I went to the granite store to make the final selection upon seeing the full slab of granite, not a 5-inch square! I find the one I adored in the little sample had this HUGE 2-foot wide river of deep rusty-gold running through it! It literally drew your eyes to it, overpowering! I knew I couldn't have THAT in my kitchen, or it's all you'd see! Looking behind me I see this elegant, cool gray with lots of movement, white running through it, and in places a touch of tan. It was love at first sight! I switched my choice to that one!
When I got home I was contemplating how my woven woods window covering would look with elegant gray instead of tan/rusty gold. My mind was telling me I had just made a big boo-boo! I tried to console myself by saying "wood goes with anything." It worked to a point. But deep down I was still worried. After all, we weren't speaking of pocket change -- each window was over $1000!
The granite was in. It looked beautiful. I would look at my kitchen and wonder how the woven woods would look! Then the manufacturing company called me. They were out of the pecanwood and wouldn't have in another supply until Mar. or April. Did I want to WAIT or CANCEL. Thank you, God, you've saved me yet again!
and I'll work on being patient!
Friday, January 13, 2012
OK, this is it! Obviously the setting is just after sundown, still lots of color in the sky, but the mountains show a range of colors, darker and darker as they get further from the sunset. There are 3 evergreens, very dark, almost a black-green. One is on the far left, and two are just past the center toward the right, at the bottom. Almost indiscernable in the dark.
What's your opinion? You won't hurt my feelings. I have also put it in "My Photo's" so you could click on it and make it bigger. (on my Spark Page)
Friday, January 13, 2012
I've wanted granite countertops ever since I first heard about them; but like lots of people, the house I was living in wasn't always conducive to putting them in. First there is the cost. Secondly, you don't want to over-improve for the area, blah, blah, blah! I never had it listed as a goal of mine, just something in the back of my head. I finally got them on Wednesday, the same day as my 1st wedding anniversary!
This photo shows the majority of the kitchen. About 4 feet left of the stove is one of the entries into the kitchen. And to your right (if you were walking in) is a door leading to a walk-in pantry. Next in line is a black refrigerator, and beyond that another 4 or 5 foot counter.
In this photo, the camera has turned slightlly and looking toward the sink and you see the two very large windows the kitchen features. The one over the sink is 59 inches wide and the one next to it is even wider at 84 inches. So you can see there is a LOT of granite counters. They even did the window sills.
In this shot the angle comes from within the family room, and angles so you can see the low wall that separates the kitchen from the family room. At the end of the wall, it is similar to a pillar as it is quite a lot larger, forming about a 20-inch square. I keep a large flowing plant on it. The granite people suggested covering the top of the wall with granite too, and it looks great. When it gets over to the counter, it steps up about 6 to 8 inches, and continues on the depth of the counters.
This angle shows the refrigerator area and the only counter on that wall. Then there is a doorway leading into the living room. And another doorway next to it, leading to the back patio. The refrigerator, the oven portion of the stove, and the dishwasher all are black.
This is the island, which is between the stove and the kitchen table.
Here is a close-up of the kitchen sink. Love the new faucet, and it has a matching dispenser for soap.
Last, but not least, is a shot of the sink area in the Master Bath. It's the only place we had the granite added to that room.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
GRANITE INSTALLATION DAY! This is the type of thing that really get my juices flowing! Actually any improvement to my home is exciting to me, and to get my dream of granite counters was right at the top of the list!
I was told the granite guys would arrive between 9 and 11 a.m. Great! Don't have to get up early. Unfortunately, I was so excited I couldn't sleep. Got up at 3:00 and tried to read, didn't help. Finally dozed off about 6:30 only to waken again at 7:00. I dragged myself to the bathroom, and had just climbed back into bed when . . . . was that the DOORBELL I just heard? Jumped up, put on a robe, and went to the door. Right! It was one of the granite guys!
I said, "Uhh, I thought you were coming between 9 and 11."
"Oh, yeah," he answers. "But I live close so I thought I'd come on over. Do you want me to wait in my car for awhile?"
So I tell him to come on in, he can always do the kitchen first. I go get dressed, and hear him happily yanking up the existing counters. I tell him I'm just going to make a smoothie and then I clear the VitaMix off the counter. In the meantime my DH isn't too happy either. He didn't sleep well either, so both of us were kind of walking around in a daze. But things were happening, so it's the way it goes sometimes.
Finally at 2:30 they were finished. It looked spectacular (photo tomorrow, I promise!) and DH was so impressed he said he'd like his bathroom done next, plus another area I thought would look good with granite. Well, that made my day!
To top it off, today was our 1st wedding anniversary..... but, we were both too tired to go out and celebrate. We decided we'd enjoy it much more if we did it on an evening when we didn't feel half dead. So tonight I am tired, but happy!
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