The garage remodel is progressing along nicely thanks in HUGE part to Devin’s dad who has started building the beautiful cabinets for my new laundry and pantry area out there. The man has some ridiculous woodworking skills, and I am overjoyed at the prospect of all the extra storage space I’ll have! I’ll show some progress photos soon. In the meantime, this morning we went shopping for granite for the counter top. We decided to go with granite since the counter will also double as our bar area when we entertain. The cabinets are pine and we won’t be painting them (just sealing them) so it was important to find a pattern and color that would compliment the wood.
If you have ever shopped with a significant other who may have slightly (or hugely) different taste then you, then you can understand how I had to steel myself this morning for the battle that I was sure was coming. Surprisingly, we came out of the experience in one piece, and the wedding is still on :).
Devin wanted something bold with really interesting color and markings whereas I was leaning towards stone that was a little more subtle. The one thing that we both agreed on at least was that we wanted a leather finish and not polished. We ended up choosing a granite called Silver Galaxy in leather finish which is gray with touches of white and a muted red. After going through all of the slabs, we both settled on this piece:
We’ll be cutting it down to the upper right 71″ across and down 20″. It’s bold enough for Devin, but the markings aren’t too overwhelming for me, especially with the larger white marking towards the left side and the larger expanse of gray in the upper right. It’s going to look great against the pine, and will also pick up on the red from the bricks of the backend of the fireplace that’ll be directly to the left of the counter.
In other news, I’m both anxious and excited to be running my first half marathon tomorrow morning. I’ve been training since February, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be okay, but I still can’t help feeling a little nervous. The race is called the Divas Half Marathon and it’s geared towards women. I have no goal time…I just want to be able to run the entire time and finish the race. I may or may not be wearing a hot pink and black running tutu.
I’m just sayin’ :).
Also, we finally decided on colors for the exterior of the house (it only took two years!), and our painter friend has been hard at work this past week. He should be finished next week so stay tuned for the reveal. We could’ve painted it ourselves, but all signs pointed to having our friend do it since he’s a pro, is in need of some work and is giving us a huge discount.
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