“We never think this day would come!”

Remember this scene from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Her relatives never thought the day would come when she would be getting married…and they didn’t even try to hide it. Poor Girl.

We were beginning to think the day would never come when we would get our final piece of granite for our bathroom vanity. But finally it came! And this time, we’re keeping it!! Apparently, the third time’s the charm. (Poor Chaucer is going to be so sad when we finally put the drawers in the vanity.)

In case you don’t remember our history of granite issues, let me remind you. The first piece of granite we got was measured incorrectly (not by us!) so our faucet didn’t fit. The company took it away and redid it. The second piece had several flaws including a stain from caulking and an area around the sink that was too polished (we chose a honed granite, not polished.) 

The granite guy we had used the first two times ran out of remnants of the black honed granite. This gave us a good out to look for a new granite company. We only found one fabricator in our area that had the same black honed in a remnant. And they only had enough for one try…so this meant no messing up. We Craigslisted our messed up slab that the first company didn’t want and waited anxiously for our “last chance” granite top to arrive.

We had to wait for 3 weeks after selecting our remnant cause they were booked up. Finally, this Tuesday they came to install it. Andrew and I both inspected it super closely and were so relieved to find that it wasn’t flawed like the other two. No stains, scratches or mis-measurements. (Though these pictures don’t do it justice. I didn’t clean it before I took pictures so it still has some fingerprints and dust on it.)

And now this means we can finally get on with the rest of our bathroom! Most of the big stuff is done, but unfortunately the small things really add up to a large list. Earlier today we touched up the paint on the ceiling and sealed the grout in the shower for a second time after we noticed some water was still soaking into the grout (you can see how we sealed our grout here). So here’s what’s left to do:

  • Mud and paint the edge of the wall around the backsplash (where we cut the drywall to inset the splash into the wall)
  • Install trim around the door
  • Touch up paint on all trim
  • Change light switch (so the two light switches match and the one isn’t a dimmer. Mood lighting in the bathroom, anyone?)
  • Texture around outlet
  • Install outlet
  • Install shower doors
  • Install faucet
  • Install vanity drawers and new pulls
  • Refinish and hang mirror (Instead of cutting and framing our old mirror, we found a different option. Stay tuned!)
  • Hang toilet paper holder and towel rack
  • Hang hook and door stopper on bathroom door (and touch up the small dent in the wall that the knob already created)
  • Hang shelves over toilet
  • Hang art above towel rack
  • Accessorize!

The good news in all of this is that we only paid for the one granite countertop we kept, and at least now we know what countertop company to use when we redo our kitchen. They were about $100 more than the first quote, but I think that was well worth it to get the job done right the first time. And now I would really prefer not to think about granite for at least a year.

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