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July 02, 2020

Staying Home - Staying safe

California remains under Stay-at-Home orders after an uptick in the percentage of Covad-19 cases.  No safe opportunity for a Road Trip this year, so we blew the travel budget on the counter tops completing our kitchen update.

The installation crew wanted an additional $500 to remove and anther $500 to reinstall each of our two kitchen sinks.  We saved most that by me doing the demolition and reinstallation.

There was the one-time expense of a trip to Urgent Care … While removing the small vegetable sink's garbage disposer I broke off the soap dispenser!,  Yikes!  I jumped so hard I broke my safety glasses!  Fortunately only my right eye was flooded with the very painful Dawn dish washing liquid.

Ever get shampoo in your eye?  Try dish soap!  While I’m rolling on the floor in agony Fran was scheduling a golf T-time.  The golf guy can hear me!

Golf: Is everything OK?
Fran: Is 3 O’Clock available?
Golf: Yes
Fran: I’ll take it!  …  click 

And she bundled me up and we were off to Urgent Care for a profession eye-wash.  We were back in time for Fran to keep her T-time!  I kinda watched TV with an ice-pack, maybe a pirate patch would have been more appropriate.  But nice to know that there was no permanent damage.

I can say with some authority that I would not recommend using Dawn dish washing liquid to clean a cornea.  It took 10 days for my eye sight to fully return.

I ended up behind on the demolition time frame and there are no pictures of that part of the project, but was ready when the stone counter tops arrived around noon at the end of June.

I was surprised that the stone was cut at the fabricator, we were told it would be cut onsite.  Glad we didn’t change any dimensions!

I know there certainly could/should be more before pictures, but I did take a few days off :)

A 3/4” plywood base was set fir
st, the stone counter top will be set on top.

Note that the plywood was screwed to the existing cabinets!  No way to change our minds now without destroying the cabinets.  Our first view of the counter top is the main sink cutout.

Enough material was maintained to keep the thin front and back sides from breaking during transport.

yes we do still have a fridge that will hold our travel magnets!

The cook top and small vegi sink side.

The main kitchen sink, ready for me to install the plumbing.

I still have to figure out the microwave shelf and the range hood, which will be above the stove top.  But I’m in no hurry now that the kitchen is again functional and looks a lot better!  A view of the stove top and the vegi sink.

Cabin Fever can be expensive!, even though it does make the cabin a lot nicer. 




  1. Glad you didn't suffer any permanent Eye Damage.
    Anything you can do to save some cash is a wise decision.
    The near finished results are looking good.
    Be Safe and Enjoy staying at home.

    It's about time.

    1. Thanks1 The counter top is a nice improvement and glad we will not have to go through it again!

  2. When Fran says keep an eye on it... well.. love the counter top!

    1. You saw the original tile/formica/butcher block counters. It's a really great improvement. With this project complete I'm looking for a local place to take a Road Trip!
      Stay Safe!

  3. Oh man, what is going on in California? I thought you guys were doing so well and now all the sudden virus numbers are exploding? That sucks. I hope it's brought under control quickly.

    Sorry about your eye disaster. I can only imagine how painful that would be - and 10 days of irregular vision had to be very stressful too. Glad it's all back to normal.

    The counter looks great! Love the color!

    1. Our local beaches remain open, but with the LA beaches closed all SoCal, the zonies and honies are all here! YIKES! It is scary out there.
      The countertop looks like the night sky to me, t reminds Fran of the ocean. Regardless it's a nice improvement.

  4. Countertop is a great addition to your kitchen redo. Your poor eye! I had a less dramatic run in with Dawn a few years ago and I now treat it with respect.

    1. The countertop will be an appreciated long lasting improvement. Sorry you too had a run in with the dish soap.


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