Kitchen Progress - New Counters, New Sink, New Faucet
Hello Cottage Friends!
Happy October! I was shocked to see I let the month of September pass without a blog post. (heavy sigh) I started this post over a week ago, then work got extremely busy and with all the extra physical exertion required, I lost steam. I'm not complaining though. Everything is humming along, despite the craziness in our world right now.
I've had my new countertops, sink and faucet for about a month, and I must say, I'm really happy with the choices I made.
The sink -- a Kohler Cape Dory cast iron sink-- was a great buy. I was able to purchase it from Home Depot for under $260. It's a four hole sink, so that allowed me to use an affordable bridge faucet and side sprayer I found from Kingston Brass. The sprayer is solid brass; very heavy. The faucet comes in a variety of different finishes, and I opted for brushed nickel. I know chrome is very popular right now, however I prefer a lower sheen. I used brushed nickel on all the kitchen and bathroom fixtures in my Oregon cottage, and I was very pleased with that choice.
The countertops are Formica laminate180 fx Calacatta Marble in Satin Touch with a waterfall edge. I couldn't be happier with their appearance, and actually they look even better than I thought they would. The company that built and installed the countertops did a spectacular job, and there aren't enough words in the English language to describe how professional they are, and how well they treated me. They installed extra supports under the portion of the countertop that holds my sink, just to make sure there would be no problem with the weight of the cast iron. And they did it at no extra charge to me.
The pattern is very random, and achieved by applying joint compound with a skip trowel method. I want my kitchen to have a vintage, old world look and this texture is helping me achieve the desired effect. It's not an expensive DIY project. A 3.5 gallon box of pre-mixed joint compound at Home Depot is about $9. So far I've used almost one box and will probably use about half of a second box to finish my kitchen walls. So, that's about $13 for material that will make a big impact. My labor is free, whereas if I had a contractor do this for me I'd spend as much as $2.00 a square foot for their work. I haven't measured my walls, but I'd estimate there's about 200 - 300 sq ft to cover. So, I'm saving a big chunk of change doing this myself.