Monday, April 21, 2014

Pathway to hell is paved with a laminate countertop

It was reno weekend. Again.

List of projects on the docket were:
1. Paint basement bathroom door a brown color that matches the wood
2. Re-tile/grout the front entrance
3. Paint the upstairs bathroom
4. Put up a backsplash in the upstairs bathroom
5. Get a new countertop for the kitchen and but the tile for the backsplash (we knew we wouldn't install the backsplash this weekend).

1. Getting a color of paint to match the wood was surprisingly difficult.  I finally found a color called "Cigar" that was pretty close, but it's amazing how the name of something can turn you off. I felt like I was painting my door nicotine... so gross.


2. Brad did a great job here.  Lot's of elbow grease mind you but he dug out of cracked tile and replaced them we extras we had from when we first put the tile in a few years ago.  Then he regrounted everything so it all matched. Well done.


3. I did this one. I have done so much painting lately, I feel like that's all I do. I tried to get the same color I had painted before.I liked the color we had, I was just painting because we had done some wall repair. The color I ended up choosing was so close to the current color that when it went on the wall, you couldn't tell it apart from the old paint. This sounds awesome, but let me assure you, it's SHITTY!

You can't tell where you have painted and where you haven't!  Brutal.  It wasn't until the stuff dried that I was able to tell where I'd miss because it dried 2 shades darker.

4.  Once the two coats of pain were done, we did the backsplash and trim around the shower.  It looks great in this cream/light brown mosaic.  We just have to wait for it to set before we can grout it.

5.  We did get a new countertop. I was pretty shocked that we got it at Home Depot. I have wanted a new counter top for FOREVER. But when we went to HD and priced it out, it was always well over $1,000 to do it. So we decided against it.  Apparently that it for a CUSTOM counter, if you just go and buy one of the one they have in stock they are only $180.  Are you kidding me?  I would have done this a LONG time ago.

So we bought it.  Getting the countertop off proved to be a way bigger bitch the we anticipated too.  However, when you are taking it off with the understanding that you aren't putting it back in, then you don't have to be as careful - saving grace there.  Eventually we got it off.  The only sticky point is that our counter has a weird corner to get around, so you have to make angle cuts. We were able to get the little stand alone piece in no problem. Then we tackle the 90 degree nightmare. We measured and checked and despite our best efforts couldn't get it to go.    After a while, we both just looked at eachother and knew that we were 495438% DONE....


So fuck it, we are going back to HD and are going to have them install it. Done.

3 comments:

HP said...

"Once the two coats of pain were done" ...best intentional-or-not typo ever.

We're just waiting for our custom laminate countertop to arrive for the bathroom. We went to a countertop place and it was the same as HD's in stock price but for the exact size we needed. HD is frustrating sometimes.

Jodi said...

Intentional :)

Jodi said...

and HD can blow me.

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