Hello, and happy Monday! I hope each of you had a wonderful time with family and friends over the holiday weekend.
Posts have been a bit sporatic lately, and will continue to be so until the beginning of the new year, when they’ll resume on a regular Monday-Friday basis. But I didn’t want this Progress Report Monday to slip by without sharing my latest projects with you!
It’a been all about my kitchen lately, and I’m soooo excited about the progress!!
First, let’s revisit the “before” countertops…plain (and very stained) apartment-grade laminate:
And here are my new butcherblock countertops! This is what the countertops looked like with stain only–no Waterlox sealer (and before the sink hole was cut–that’s the template lying on the countertop):
And here’s what they look like now, with all of the coats of Waterlox applied:
You’ll have to excuse the construction mess on the stove. I didn’t want to spray any cleaner next to my countertops since they’re not fully cured yet, and I still don’t have the plumbing in the sink hooked up, so I couldn’t even sponge it off, so it’s a mess. But anyway…
I think my countertops are BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL!!! I had said previously that I wasn’t sure if I’d like the original Waterlox finish, which is a medium gloss, but I have to admit, it’s really growing on me!
And I’m loving my new sink! Well, okay, I haven’t actually USED my new sink yet, since I still don’t have the garbage disposal/drain hooked up, but I think it’s so pretty…and shiny! And it’s soooo deep!! I went from a sink that was probably six or seven inches deep, to this one, which is nine inches deep, and since it’s an undermount, it actually looks like it’s 10 1/2 inches deep. Now THAT’S no apartment-grade sink, I can assure you!
And I also finished one other project…undercabinet lighting:
Okay, I seriously need a new camera. I can’t understand how it is that I turn on MORE lighting and the picture gets darker! But believe you me…when all of the lights are on in the kitchen, I feel like I need sunglasses. It’s fantastic!
I went from having two lights in the kitchen–one main light with two bulbs, and a single-bulb fixture above the sink, to now having four recessed lights, one main light (I still haven’t picked out a fixture, but it’ll have at least two bulbs), a sink light, and five undercabinet lights, all in my postage-stamp sized kitchen. And I still have to add the vent hood over the stove, which will also have a light. I love it!
Now if I can just get my cabinet doors and backsplash finished, I’ll be well on my way to having a completed kitchen. That will be such an incredible feeling!!
So what about you? In the midst of all of the holiday celebrations, have you had a chance to work on any home-related projects? If so, I’d love to see them! Be sure and leave a link in the comments section so that I can pay you a visit.
**Update: Wanna see some tile backsplash progress? Click here.