But wait... I thought the kitchen was done? What is this all about? Dishwasher details? Nope, sorry. But I was right there with you as far as thinking this was done... until my family came to visit for Easter. Not exactly sure how it happened, but next thing I knew we were back at Lowe's - my parents, sister and her boyfriend included - looking at Formica colors, sinks, faucets, etc. Somehow we managed to convince my husband that granite is not the only option for a kitchen countertop, and that we could make a wonderful - and much more reasonably priced - change by simply picking new laminate. We picked a color (from the 4 colors of countertop that they carry in-stock) and thought we could install it ourselves, perhaps with the help of a handyman with a bit of experience.
On their way out of town, Mom called her handyman, who gave her the name of a laminate installer buddy of his. Within a few days, "Bob the builder" (turns out he lives next door to a co-worker of mine whose young children lovingly gave him this nickname) was over to give us his thoughts. For various reasons, we couldn't use the in-stock pieces, but his price was very affordable, and his schedule was open enough to get us done before Baby, which was crucial since we were about 4 weeks from due date. Pro: we got to go back to the sample-board to pick a new color... great since I hadn't actually been 100% sold on the in-stock one we had picked. Con: we had to go back to the sample-board to pick a new color... this time, without the color-wise eyes of my family members in tow. We came up with the following options:
in about 36 hours (no worries, he went home to sleep for part of that time!). Wow. What a difference! I'll be honest, the darker countertop took a bit of getting used to.
FINISHING the kitchen project... Soli Deo Gloria.