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Sunday, we had an appointment to pick out the back splash & order the range and hood. Buying the range was no big deal. I had one picked out, and we got to actually look it over at Sears. Honestly, I wasn't very impressed with the person there who came to help us. He seemed more interested in getting the jump on other sales associates than helping us. He could've sold a dryer, but he was jumping around to 2 other people, so Home Depot just made a sale!
Back to the kitchen. Things should start hopping next week: the range is supposed to be delivered on Monday; the cabinets on Wednesday. I had to order the hood online; it was only on sale online. It has an estimated delivery date of Wednesday.
With the range ordered, it was time to pick out the back splash. I didn't have a clue what to pick out, and when the designer took us down the aisle with the tile...I was extremely overwhelmed. She explained each of the different groups of tiles, and then started narrowing down. I found some tile that is very similar to what we thought we wanted a few years ago when we started dreaming about this remodel. I showed it to her, and her creativity kicked in. When she showed me the individual rectangular tile, my first thought was that I didn't really want white tile. Then she showed me the trick of wetting the tile to see what it will look like with the sealer and grout. There are all kinds of subtle colors in there!
To keep the cost down, she suggested 4 rows of the wall tile, then 6 rows of the smaller, followed by 1 row (it may not be a complete row) of the single tile. The smaller tile costs about 3 times more than the other. She suggested a grout color, which is great because I couldn't even begin to think about how to pick out that! When we first went to the tile aisle, she brought a sample of the door color and the counter tops. Since I have a hard time visualizing stuff, she laid everything out so I could get an idea of what it will look like:
Whew! That was a lot easier than I thought it would be, thanks to the designer!
So now we wait. Apparently the contractor won't schedule demolition until that part is paid for. I expected a phone call on Tuesday with the cost of the tile along with what else I needed to pay for to get things going. I'd like to have a date so I'll know how quickly I need to pack up the kitchen, and get it prepared to receive the cabinets.
As I was looking over the charges from the contractor, I thought the cost of the installing the tile was a bit high. I have a couple of friends who do this for a living, so I asked one of them if he would mind coming out and giving me an estimate. If he can beat that price, then I'll let my friend do it. If not, then the contractor can do it. That will be the last thing that will have to be done, so we're not even close to even really thinking about that.
And now we wait. Hopefully not for too much longer. I'm just a little antsy today knowing that I'm going to have all of these cabinets and the range in my kitchen area, and no start date. I'm sure the designer will come through for me; I just can't say enough good things about her so far. 😉