When we were home for Christmas, Matt’s parents were making plans to vacation with some friends in Florida in early February (yes, this remodel is already underway, please excuse the weird timing in these posts. Our projects really do not happen this fast!). It was decided  that this would be a great opportunity for them to check out our new place. And what kind of children would we be if we didn’t plan a project for when these talented and handy folks were visiting? Since the kitchen was screaming to be redone, we decided to overhaul the kitchen counters with them. It also helps that my father in law is extremely talented with wood. Convenient that we are installing wood counters, eh?

Counters

So, we hit the ground running when we got back to Florida after Christmas. So many decisions had to be made! We knew what style we wanted (I had finally convinced Matt and wood counters would be a rockin choice), but where to begin? Many of the wood counters I had seen were IKEA butcher block. But, what else was out there? Anything from Lowes or Home Depot was about 3 times what we wanted to pay, so they were out. The time was approaching for us to place an order for the wood and IKEA was the only viable option on the table. Then, at the last moment, Matt stumbled upon Lumber Liquidators. They were conveniently located about 45 minutes from our house and they sold cherry butcher block. Although they were slightly higher in price than IKEA, they had two major advantages.

1. They sold butcher block in 12 ft sections instead of the 8 ft ones from IKEA. This meant that we would not have to have a seam on our long wall of cabinets. We are all for less seams.

2. Cherry does not need to be stained. This means that we would only have to seal it, a major time savings. IKEA’s beech, birch, or oak would all have to be stained.

But, how would we get 3  – 12 ft. heavy pieces of wood home? We could order IKEA’s online and have them delivered.  Hmm….

Sink

Then there was the sink. I knew that I wanted an apron front sink, also known as a farmhouse sink. But did we want a single or a double basin? The singles were very popular, but were they practical? The price was exactly the same, so it came down to our preference. Drat! Since I had picked out the entire rest of the kitchen, I left this important decision in the hands of my husband because, in all actuality, his hands do most of the washing in the sink.

Faucet

What about the faucet? (By the way, there are way too many choices for faucets.) Brushed, bronze, oiled, nickel, polished??? Side sprayer?

So, here’s what we decided on:

Cherry butcher block from Lumber Liquidators (this is close, but not the exact color of them once the seal is on):

Brushed nickel faucet from Faucets Direct:

Tile-in single basin sink from Faucets Direct:

And now we wait…

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