Thursday, February 2, 2012

Taaa Daaaa!!!!

The day we have all been waiting for is finally here!  The counter has arrived and is in place and no one is happier than J.  

We started off Wednesday morning with J waiting patiently, but anxiously, for the granite guys to come.  They had given us an early time of 9:00 am.  9 comes around and no granite.  So he called to confirm and they told him it would be delayed--as in sometime this afternoon.  

Apparently, there was an issue with the two "arms" that extended off of the bar.  The piece of the bar that matched up the the arms was supposed to be left with rough, unfinished edges in order for them to fit together better, but instead they were polished.  The granite folks had to grind down the bar piece to make it rough again to fit together.  Is this making any sense?

So the guys ran another job up to Massillon and came back for ours around 4:30.  Originally planning on taking the day off, J was able to go into work for a little bit and get some stuff done.  Win win!

The first pieces to go in were those on either side of the stove.  The pieces were brought in and set into place, leveled with shims and then secured into place with silicone:

The next piece to come in was the bar top.  Again, it was set into place and leveled with shims.  Then secured with more silicone.  Then came the counter with the sink cut out.  Same routine of leveling with shims and securing with silicone.

Here are the guys carrying it in (J did awesome on camera duty today!)

We opted for a 60/40 under-mount sink which, even though I have yet to use, I highly recommend.  It looks amazing!  You'll remember our old sink in this post.

Once this piece was installed, it came time for the arms mentioned above.  There is a slight seam where the pieces join, but after the guys worked their magic, you can't even see it.  And better yet, you can't even feel it!  J says the compound, when mixed together, smokes, crackles and pops as it's drying in the seam.  There is a hardening agent in the compound so it will dry as hard as the granite itself.  Not like grout or caulk.



And finally, it was time to drill the hole for the faucet.  Using a diamond tipped bit on a hole saw, the guys went to work:

About the time I got home from work, they were wrapping up their work and gave us the final dos and don'ts for caring for granite.  As in, no Windex and nothing with ammonia.  Only hot soapy dish water.  

All in all, I'd say it turned out pretty awesome.  It has lots of silver sparkly flecks for me and enough non-sparkle for J:

I am LOVING the curved bar, and that new faucet is the bees knees. Tomorrow J is going to work on the plumbing and hooking everything back up so we have an operational kitchen once again.  And I think I have him convinced to move on to the backsplash next instead of the pendant lights.  

A big thanks to Brad at Quarry Granite for all of his assistance.  These guys were super easy to work with and know their stuff.  Because Quarry Granite is a fabricator, you need to pick out your actual piece of granite from a supplier.  We chose Mont Granite (with locations in Cleveland and Columbus).  They have an awesome inventory of natural stones and are also fantastic to work with!

So there you have it.  Kind of like Christmas, all of the build up to this day and it's over in the blink of an eye.  But this gift will most definitely keep on giving and we finally have something to show for all of those demo pics and back and forth conversations on which counter material we were going with.  J and I are both some happy campers right about now and I'm itching to get that backsplash up!


Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Wow that looks really good! Lucky you for getting a nice renovation! Hoping to be able to do that one day! You've got great tastes!

xo. Britt

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