After more than a week of washing dishes in the bathroom sink, mowing through a huge stack of paper plates, and descending into the dark abyss of TV dinners, our new kitchen sink and marble countertop have finally been installed.
We foresaw the disruption this project would cause, and it’s been an ominous cloud on the horizon for some time. And as with most of our projects in the Basecamp Gallivance condo renovation, we’re very happy with the results, but crikey, what a pain!
Of course, a large part of the blame for this hassle falls squarely on our shoulders. We’d been looking for a solid surface solution for the kitchen sink area, and luckily we stumbled upon a remnant piece of marble at a great price. We’ve been really careful with our kitchen renovation budget, installing affordable butcher block in the work areas, building our own breakfast bar, and updating and refurbishing the cabinets. So finding a small, affordable marble remnant was perfect.
Natural marble is a really beautiful stone, and the color works perfectly in our kitchen, but it’s persnickety to work with, and difficult to install. And even though its a hard stone, it can still have natural cracks that aren’t obvious to the naked eye. So it has to be handled very carefully during installation. We tried not to hover over the installers, but in truth, Terri and I were both nervous wrecks by the end of the day.
Which brings up a truism reconfirmed in the Basecamp Gallivance renovation. There are some projects that are DIY (Do It Yourself), and others which are CAP … Call A Professional. We both enjoy renovation, and are pleased when we bring a challenging project to fruition. However, we also realize that, for any number of reasons, there are some projects that are way beyond our skill level. And installing a sink and marble countertop is definitely above our pay grade.
We absolutely love our new kitchen counter. I can’t tell you what a thrill is to say goodbye to the old pink formica, and to see this project finished.
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Adios from BCG,