The big news was that our granite counter tops for the kitchen re-do arrived:
Mu Shu was intrigued with the stuffed animal (a seal? an otter?) wedged into the granite truck's bumper:
Do they do this in other parts of the country? Or is this only an L.A. thing, to lash an unsuspecting stuffed animal onto a truck?
Anyway, I was far more intrigued with the oodles of tubes:
Takes a lot of epoxies and glues to be a granite installer!:
The granite men set up shop in my driveway and, after some careful measuring, cut out the holes for all the various switch plates:
And then the exciting part--the granite started coming in! Here's half a sink:
He's cutting out the plywood sub-counter (is that a word?) where the sink will go:
A piece of counter, temporarily resting on pieces that will eventually be our island, gives me a rough idea of what the island will look like:
The sink is dropped into place:
Oh, man, I love me this sink. Deeper and wider and altogether sexier than the old one.
Surprise, surprise; the cabinets in my 80-year-old house aren't totally plumb. This requires some fancy footwork to mash down the granite pieces so they lie totally flat:
I love how they custom-mix the colored goo that fills the gap between two pieces of granite. It is sparkly, just like the stone:
A fair amount of shoving and measuring and sanding and buffing went on in this corner, where the levels of stone were off at first:
This is the Big Kahuna--a nine-foot-long piece of granite, together with its "edges," weighing in at about 400 pounds:
It gets dropped into place verrrrry carefully:
And then immediately pulled back up.
Then they stick some shims (thin pieces of wood) here and there to ensure a totally level surface, and apply gobs of go:
The guys told me that when it dries, it's harder than the granite:
They had to wrassle that thing in there:
At the end of the day, all cleaned of sawdust and stone dust, the counters look beautiful:
I can't wait to show you the rest of the kitchen! Tomorrow, I'm told, is tiling-the-backsplashes day. Yay!