We got a great start preparing the wormy chestnut boards for my countertops today, despite the threat of rain. You can see part one, pulling off the boards, HERE.
Luis got everything set up, and we started running the boards through the planer. They needed several passes to get the top layer off. You can see how they look going in.
But when they come out the other side, they look much better...
When we got them to the thickness we wanted, they looked like this. Oh so gorgeous:-) I *love* this wood and I get more excited every step we take closer to this being my countertop.
But the most exciting part of the day was when Luis pulled out this carpenter's square. I had honestly never seen it before, and I picked it up and noticed my grandfather's initials on the top...G.T.K. (George T. Knight) That made me cry to see it so well-worn by my grandfather and dad and still being used by another generation. Had I just gone and bought marble countertops, I probably would never have seen it. It's the little things that are the blessings in life:-)
After stacking up the boards, I went in to deal with the sink situation. I had finally decided I wanted at least 9" depth, white, top mount, preferably cast iron, and about a 60/40 double sink. I imagined the crisp white of the enameled iron against the dark wood counter and started the search...the search that seemed to never end.
A non-existent budget
can be is a definite challenge, and the fact that I have expensive taste, makes it even more challenging. So I looked and looked and looked some more.
I finally decided to try an acrylic sink because I found the $374 sink at Home Depot was $89 on ebay new in the box. I mean, how bad could it be?
Not only was the sink cracked, they sent the wrong one. To make it worse, it was loose in the box with only one corner of the protective styrofoam.
Amazingly, I did not give up on acrylic and started the search all over again and ordered yet another sink, this time a 33" x 22" single basin, but after making a phone call to the company to check my order this morning, there was no record of it. I took all that as a sign and decided acrylic was not for me.
Then I had to start the search all over again. The *only* and I mean only cast iron sink I could find in my price range was this Jacuzzi sink, but it was only about 8.5" deep and I thought my new faucet would really overpower the 25" width.
So I turned to stainless steel and started the search over again. Yes, that's right...again. Ugh. How hard do you think it is to find a stainless steel top mount sink that is 9"-10" deep, at least 25" wide and not the typical rounded edges? Pretty difficult then throw in my price range and it is virtually impossible.
And then I found it. The one. The perfect sink -- stainless, zero radius, top mount, 10"deep and...
over my budget. Then my sweet husband says, "I really like that one and it needs to be a good one, so let's get that for our anniversary."
Now a lot of women would think he is crazy and in a whole lot of trouble. I, however, could not be happier that we think the same way. I mean, I bought him a chainsaw for Christmas one year.
So here is our anniversary present in all its beauty...
Here is the double version, but I am getting the single bowl above. I love how it looks but I am going to love the function of it more than anything. How exciting it will be to get large casserole dishes and baking pans, etc., in the sink for a change!
Until it gets here we can't really do more on the counters because Luis wants to make the sink opening into the counters instead of cutting a hole later to save wood. We just think that way.
And for the record, I have the most wonderful and incredible husband ever and I am so very thankful for everything that we share together. Really, who gets to work alongside a spouse making countertops one day and recording music the next? It really is the little things:-)