Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Still No Countertops

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Still No Countertops

Sep 24, 2014
Bathroom countertops and sinks are in!

Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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Wow. What a week. The good news? The countertops showed up! The bad news? They were only able to install the bathroom countertop. Why, you ask? Because even though we told them we had a rangetop (not a cooktop, and yes, there’s a difference) and even went so far as to give them the model number so there was no confusion, they measured and cut the kitchen countertops for a cooktop. In short, they weren’t cut correctly, so we have to schedule another time for them to come out and measure and essentially start the entire process over again.

Are you kidding me? Is the notion of ‘attention to detail’ lost on every vendor we work with? The two men that came to install were so helpful, though, and they seemed just as frustrated by the situation as we were. Honestly, they could’ve just made the cuts on site to ‘fix’ it, but the finished product would’ve been rough. Seeing as we didn’t know any better, we were so thankful that they were honest with us, and said that if we wanted it to look seamless then they’d need to start over. After several calls we got through to someone, and were promised the new countertops would be ready next week. Our anniversary is next week, so we’ll see if the kitchen is ready in time to celebrate.

Searching for the right mirror...
The overwhelming amount of mirror options!

We were able to get a bathroom mirror (after looking at way too many) and a second option for vanity lights as well. We’re split on this light fixture decision, so we may start getting second and third opinions on the matter.

We're bouncing back and forth between these two vanity lights.

David finished the floor tile in the shower area, so we were able to move that 400 pound tub in there. It took four men to do it, and even then, it was a huge effort. And naturally, because every step has to have some sort of issue, when Austin went to move it, he found a huge scratch along the hull. It wasn’t there when we received it, but it’s been sitting in a crate on our porch for months now, so I’m not too surprised. Thankfully, he was able to work his magic, and with a little help from bondo, now it looks amazingly brand new again.

The clawfoot tub is finally in the bathroom!

The kitchen pendant light arrived, and as luck would have it, we love it! Austin’s mom also found a kitchen table at an estate sale that she’s driving down to us next week, so hopefully we can get started on refinishing that as soon as it arrives! I also began sealing the kitchen shelves, so that when the countertops are installed next week, we have everything ready to start moving forward. Without the countertops we can’t start tiling the kitchen backsplash, so everything in that room is on hold this week.

Estimated time for project: 13 weeks
Time remaining: 4 Weeks Over

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #21 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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