This is the blog post about when we first started talking about getting a dishwasher. I had not been willing to give up a kitchen cabinet . . I have so few . . and Vince suggested having a cabinet built along a wall in the dining area. This is the drawing done by Home Depot for the cabinet we were thinking of getting.
There’s a 12′ wall right off the kitchen and we’re thinking of putting an 8′ cabinet along that wall. There will be 2′ on either end of the wall not covered by cabinet, mainly because at the right end of the cabinet, at the end of that wall, there’s about 18″ and then there’s a window and I don’t want the cabinet covering part of the window. That wouldn’t look right.
We’ve ended up getting a local cabinet maker to draw up a plan and give us an estimate . . which is pretty similar to the Home Depot drawing.
At the right end, those cabinets are just the side view . . there really aren’t cabinets there. That’s about where the window is located. I am going to get him to build book shelves in that 2′ . . between the cabinet and the window and I can put cookbooks and display things there.
The countertop will be used for rolling pie crusts, cookie dough, kneading bread, etc. There will be no hot pots and no water (except for cleaning). I’m really struggling with what to use there. I know granite is the “in thing” but I just don’t see granite in that room. This is a view of my kitchen when we first moved in . . obviously when I still had the little fridge from the sewing room in the kitchen.
The countertops are individual tile. The bar is mesquite. To me, and I’m not a decorator and don’t have much interest in decorating, the granite just seems cold for this room. My house has such a “ranchy/campy” feel, and granite just doesn’t seem right. But honestly, there’s just nothing else that seems to excite me. I’m not opposed to laminate but for rolling pie crust and kneading bread, granite would be better as far as function but I just can’t get over that I don’t like the way it looks. I guess it all goes back to my love for tone on tone/solid fabrics. All the mottling and veining causes confusion in my head.
I went to the granite store Monday and this is the one I chose while there but I’m not at all sure it’s a good fit. This is a photo of the whole slab but I’d be getting mainly the top third . . more speckles than veining. I don’t like the vein but really, I don’t like the speckles either. Vince and I went back yesterday and he liked it but I just don’t. I keep telling myself I’ll get used to it and be ok with it but . . what if I never like it? I surely couldn’t say . . Oh, honey . . can we get rid of that slab of granite and replace it with laminate . . since the laminate is 1/10th the cost of the granite!
My guess is that 99.9% of you reading this have or would love to have granite and that doesn’t make me wrong . . it just makes me weird! 🙂
I’d probably be happy with stainless steel for the countertop but Vince said it seems so “institutional” and I probably couldn’t get it made here locally.
If I had to decide right this minute, and I don’t, I’d go with laminate. I could get a solid or “solid-ish” and I think in the long run, that’s probably all I’m going to be happy with. There’s no reason I should be struggling so much with the countertop portion of this project, but I am!