The next step in the renovation is the new countertops. Ekkkk!!! I'm ridiculously excited! The old countertops were just plywood with Formica and an unattractive wood molding nailed around it.
We removed the molding which left a white strip of wall that needed to be painted before they could install the new countertops.
It was pretty gross when we removed the molding from behind the sink, as it wasn't sealed so all kinds of horrors were growing beneath it.
A lot of disinfecting, sanding, and painting later...
I thought it looked much better already.
The installers came and created a template of my countertops so they could go back and cut my material.
Then the fun part!! Installation day!
The old counters came up so quickly, I didn't even get a picture. The Quartz went in nice and easy, I do have one seam, so this picture is of the sealer machine, doing it's thing while the installers ate lunch. It's basically bonding the two pieces together...now that it's all done, I had a hard time seeing the seam, and I even knew exactly where it was. It came out GREAT!
A little silicon beading around the edges and the sink, then three holes drilled for the faucet.
These installers were real pros. They did a fantastic job and they left my kitchen as clean as it was when they got there.
It's all done! We have to wait for the silicon to set up before we do anything, especially the seal around the sink. I LOVE IT! It's fantastic, it's beautiful!
We went through Lowe's and the installers were contracted out by them. It was a PLEASURE to deal with Lowe's. We even had a miscalculation on our bill which would have been an extra 500 dollars to pay on our end. Lowes took care of everything and did not hold us responsible for those extra costs which is UNHEARD of!! We were totally ready to write a check to cover the mistake...we are honest people and we don't want anyone getting in trouble or not getting paid what they are entitled, but they refused to let us pay anymore than we already had. I will DEFINITELY encourage people to use Lowe's for their renovation projects in the future. They were great to deal with.
The next step is buying and installing the Black Walnut butcher block countertop on the island and then a glass tile backsplash all the way up to the first shelf above the Quartz countertops.
Step 4 is happening soon. Next on the list is installing some double ovens and the new butcher block island top!