Christine & Pierre's Kitchen: Countertops!

Renovation Diary

OMG. Angels sing!
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Name: Christine & Pierre
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Type of building: Ground floor apartment of a triplex, 1,100 square feet

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THE COUNTERTOPS ARE IN!

Continuing their super speedy turnaround time, the counter guys came back early in the week to install the countertops. The first thing Nick did was make some "adjustments" to the cabinets so that the sink would fit. Now, I was expecting him to do this — I'd seen videos where a router was used to lower sections of the cabinet. Nick's method was considerably rougher, using a jigsaw to saw out sections of our freshly-installed cabinets.

The guys coming in with the massive countertop. I was terrified.
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Honestly, there are some things that you wish you didn't see in a renovation, and this was once of them. I was making a lot of worried comments about them butchering the cabinets, and Nick got pretty annoyed at my questioning. (The words "let me do my job" may have been uttered.) He wasn't worried — he'd done this before, and the cuts would be completely hidden by the countertop, and so what was I complaining for? Sigh. So I forced myself to leave the room until they had the countertop installed.

Renovating is a leap of faith in a lot of instances — you put an enormous amount of faith in the people you hire, and sometimes you just have to trust them. So I did. And though the cuts for the sink were not exactly a picture of precision, I'll be damned if those countertops didn't look amazing once they were in. They did a great job with the installation, including the sink. And the turnaround time from ordering to installation was only 9 days! So we're super happy.

Holes for a soap pump, faucet, and filtered water. So excited!
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I love the Caesarstone (Piatra Grey) we chose. There is just enough variation to hide the occasional crumb, but it's still quite subtle. I wasn't sure I would like the glossy factor, but it makes everything look a lot more modern and high-end.

Choosing between matte and glossy tiles. I know, we live dangerously!
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With the countertops installed, we tried to get tiles so we could start on the backsplash as soon as possible. We'd wanted to go with a matte subway tile, just to cut down on the gloss factor a bit, but we couldn't source trim pieces in the matte without a huge delay, so we ended up just getting the basic glossy subway tiles from Home Depot.

Finally, the availability of trim made the whole matte/glossy decision moot. Glossy it is.
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Another no-work weekend. Out-of-town friends and family were visiting and we had multiple house guests staying with us. But we are all ready to start tiling next week.

Estimated time for project: 18 weeks
Time remaining: 2 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #20 of Christine and Pierre's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Christine Zoltok)