Let the record reflect that 4 weeks without countertops and a dishwasher could be motive for a serious crime. Especially if your husband keeps putting everything (I mean everything) on your desk because it is the only flat solid surface on the first floor. It would send the most patient of people over the edge.
Our house looks and feels like this.
It’s a good lesson for us though. Now, we can empathize with our clients who are going though the same thing when we are working in their homes.
This week, our fabulous carpenter installed new soft close slides on all the drawers, built a new stove hood, trimmed out the island, and built a custom banquette.
I had a banquette before from Ballard Designs. It was cozy, so I knew I wanted another one. When we have people over, that’s where everyone wants to sit. So, in designing the new kitchen we had our new one built to fit the entire back wall of the kitchen- 13 feet. It’s a doozy. And so comfortable.
I fell in love with the one Erin Williamson designed and used in her kitchen makeover. She was kind enough to post a photo of her bench design on her blog and we used it to build ours.
Like almost exactly.
Our carpenter built it, and then we had it upholstered. The two came together to install it.
The seat lifts up to reveal hidden storage underneath.
The fabric on our old banquette stained and ripped. So we wanted to make sure we made good selections this time. We choose a Crypton Perfomance Fabric for the seat.
It’s supposed to be pretty indestructible. For the back, we chose a heavy weight upholstery fabric and treated it with (affiliate link) Vectra fabric protector. It is supposed to make the fabric bullet proof.
I’m so in love with this banquette.
Tomorrow, our new countertops will be installed. I had selected honed Carrera Marble, but every slab I saw was really, really gray with very little white. At the very last second, I changed my mind and went with this Snow White Marble.
I’ve never heard of this marble before. I need to do some research to share with you. It is very white with lots of long grey veins. Love it! It will be honed too. (sanded down so that it is more matte and not super shiny)
Tile goes in next week.
Plumbing will also be installed on Monday. I will finally have my beloved dishwasher back along with a super-splurge (affiliate link)—A NUGGET ICE MAKER– that makes ice like you get at Sonic.
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