Updating our 1971 Kitchen: Appliances, Cabinets, and Countertop

We worked hard to get in the cabinets and new appliances before my wedding season kicked in, and we accomplished it. When we planned to put in the new cooktop, we suddenly realized the countertop was cut, and the old one was slid in. We would have to replace that section at least of the countertop. They are laminate. I am not a fan, at all, but figured I would live with them until we decided on the fottprint of the kitchen we desired after living and working in it for probably a year….and saving for our dream kitchen, We thought, do it once, do it right. Well it didn’t work out that way! We didn’t have a budget for a total remod, I wasn’t even budgeting for laminate…but here we are with an expensive cooktop, and a hole too big to put it in! So we went shopping at the big orange box store, and the blue one, and some bargain spots. We soon learned we had to replace all of it, not just that section! In order to get it without the built in backsplash, it has to be custom ordered.

So we went back to the big orange box store. The design consultant had limited hours at our local store, so we made an appt. It took us weeks to agree on a design, finally I said to my husband, we have to decide now, the appt. is today. He winds his finger around the dozens of samples and throws his finger at one as if he were blindfolded. THIS ONE!

I thought he was being sarcastic! White marble laminate. I asked, Marble, white marble? For this house? He very seriously answered Yes. After weeks of back and forth on completely different opinions. I exclaimed SOLD! Lets go get this done. It wasn’t what either of us wanted, but it was a compromise, and we realized we’d both be happy with it. Laminate Marble, sounds scary though! We began calling it Farble, fake marble for short! OH and this would require a new tile backsplash as the one in doesn’t match…add that to the budget. But I didn’t complain. I was not a fan at all, I would have lived with it, but was so much happier that I wasn’t going to have to!

We meet, we let him know the little card we picked out, and then we learned we couldn’t DIY it, the custom order pieces come with installation, so that was an additional cost ( and a secret sigh of relief from my husband) Again we move things around in the budget for the rest of the house, and we make it happen. It took us weeks, and we just need to make this happen, because in the mean time we have a half burner 1971 electric cooktop.

Design, finish and edge. I had no idea laminate offered so many options! The design we chose was from WilsonArt. What they do with laminate these days is actually very cool and durable. The fabricator and installer come a couple weeks later to do the template. All goes well, until the finish we chose could not be done in the edge we chose. Back and forth between distributor nd store to get it straight of what was available, naming of each etc. and get it selected. It would help tremendously if Home Depot had up to date smaples from the manufacturer, with available finishes and and edges. But they do not, and their computer system seems outdated as well. As each time they sent over the order to the fabricator, it was changed. We learned it defaulted to one finish, which was not available in the edge we chose. Finally after several emails and weeks, it gets sorted out. We aslo ordered a new sink from Home Depot, may as well right?!

We were responsible for the removal of the old countertop, sink and cooktop. Afternoon before install we receive a very apologetic and sincere phone call from installer WareRite. Thecountertop was dropped while loading and has broken beyond repair. The day after Christmas! We had scrambled to clean up Christmas, taken time off to get it done, and turned away business to do so. I remained calm, and was informed it could be another 4 weeks!

I emailed a few days later, asking if there is any way this can be expedited. WilsonArt is closed for the holiday and until after 1st of year. So I wait to hear. And Wait. play phone tag with Home Depot, a week turnaround on email responses, and now we are apparently under negotiations of what they can reasonably offer me. 4 weeks later, I wait for an answer, as apparently my countertops are sitting in the warehouse of WareRite….waiting upon management of both Home Depot and Ware Rite.

I will keep you updated!

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