Kitchen counters . . . done (mostly)!

7 Apr

We finally, finally, finally got our laminate countertops installed today. Do I need to tell you how happy I am about this? Probably not!

What do we do now?

As this picture illustrates, we do not know how to do this. We’ve never installed laminate countertops before. We are very handy though and we figured it out with only one brief foray onto the Internets for advice. (Yes, we did glue the joints together as well as bolting them together). This was a difficult job but we got both countertops done in one day. I’m blown away with joy!

Ruth took the above picture of us. Aren’t I glamorous in my “working on the house” gear? Believe it or not, that sweatshirt used to be one I wore like out in public — rather than only with my painting overalls. Amazing, huh?

Dry fitting the longest countertop

We dry fit them together.

Making adjustments

Adjustments had to be made — this was somewhat heartbreaking but we managed to do a pretty good job cutting them. Although, I will admit that we’ll be adding more tile backsplash than we had planned. Much as I’d like to blame this problem on Home Depot, I can’t really. Home Depot cut them to our measurements quite well. However, the cabinet that the oven is in doesn’t have consistent measurements — or the wall is crooked or something. But, we fixed it.

Ain't it purty?

Aren’t they lovely? That is the tile that we’ll use for the backsplash. They are 12″x12″ and I’ll cut them in half to install. They will fit perfectly under the window sill. Don’t they match beautifully? Wow oh wow oh wow! At some point tomorrow, Greg will cut a big hole in this beautiful expanse so that I can have hot and cold running water in my kitchen. Sigh.

Testing them out!

They seem to work well

We had to get silly and celebrate the counters finally being in! Nothing like 8 and nearly 10 year olds for silly celebrations!

With new undercounter lights lighting them up

This is the other countertop — no holes go in here. Other than the tile backsplash, it’s done! Hurray! I love the pools of light the undercounter lights put on it.

Next steps:

  • installing backsplash tiles
  • Butcher block counter
  • Cutting holes for sink and cooktop
  • installing sink and cooktop
  • reconnecting all plumbing
  • doing dance of joy that my sink and dishwasher are operable again!

Update:

Newly installed glass tile!

Well, we had a slow Sunday — I got a little bit of glass tile installed. And, Greg got the cooktop installed! We’re happy with what we did but, my goodness, we had some delays!

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12 Responses to “Kitchen counters . . . done (mostly)!”

  1. jayne 7 April, 2008 at 2:54 am #

    Wow, they look great! And I really like the tile you picked for your back splash too. Works perfectly! Well done!!

  2. Jennifer 7 April, 2008 at 6:28 am #

    Love the color choices.. that is going to look fabulous when you are done!

    Good job on the countertop, btw.

  3. jodyss 7 April, 2008 at 6:31 am #

    Gorgeous! So oceany/beachy. Love it! Can’t wait to see you on Saturday!!

  4. robin andrea 7 April, 2008 at 7:15 am #

    Beautiful colors. Love the whole look of it. The kids look like they had fun with it too!

  5. Trixie 7 April, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    Wowie wow wow wow! It all looks fantastic! What a joy spending time in the hearth of your home will now be.

  6. Liza Lee Miller 7 April, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    Thanks, all, for the support! I need it tonight so that I can get geared up for doing some more tiling in the evenings when I’m pooped from work and want to just crash (and have a bunch of papers to grade anyway!).

  7. Kris 7 April, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Oooh! So pretty! I’m very impressed with people who have home improvement skills!

  8. Wende 7 April, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    And when you’re done with your next steps… you can come visit! I have a kitchen waiting and I’ll happily be your student! 😀

    It’s looking good, Liza. I love the colors.

  9. Liza Lee Miller 7 April, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    Uh, yea. Right, Wende — I’ll come do your kitchen next. Cuz I’m loving doing kitchens! 🙂 Although, just a hint . . . we are planning a summer trip and Oregon is top of the agenda! So . . .

  10. mon@rch 7 April, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    How great and thanks for sharing these photos of the almost final product!

  11. KGMom 7 April, 2008 at 6:15 pm #

    Everything does look great–but, all I can say is, you guys are some kind of ambitious.

  12. Susan Gets Native 7 April, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    I LOVE that tile!
    I’m so happy for you that your kitchen is coming back.

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