I’m going to let you in on a little secret…
I really didn’t want to buy our current house.
At the time, I was hoping we’d be able to build something new – I even had my vision of a “forever house” floorplan all sketched out! – but as we searched for a lot, G also kept an eye on house listings. He talked me into checking out our current house and he instantly loved it.
I was not as easily convinced.
For starters, it had none of the things on my “must have” list. (You know the list I’m talking about, right? Fireplace, mud room, granite countertops, his and her closets, double sinks in the master bathroom, unlimited storage, toilets that clean themselves, etc.) On the flip side, however, I had to admit that it was a great house in a great neighborhood, and a fantastic deal thanks to the sellers needing to relocate.
I decided to negotiate:
Me: “We can buy this house only if you promise that we can put in granite countertops as soon as we close.”
Me: “Do you promise?!”
G: “I promise.”
Me: “I mean it!”
That was six years ago.
Presenting, our new countertops!
|Our new granite countertops!|
The granite we went with is Giallo Ornamental. I wanted to stick with light countertops and G wanted to go dark, so I thought this was a good compromise.
We’re loving our new undermount sink!
To refresh your memory, here’s a (really old) before picture of our kitchen:
It may have taken six years, but they were worth the wait! I love our new countertops so much that of course now I have a whole new list of things I also think we need to go with them: a tile backsplash, new pendants over the island, new kitchen towels, new dishes, a new stove – and (this has nothing to do with my new countertops, but bears mentioning), toilets that clean themselves is still on my list.
I’m just saying.
What are/were some of your home must-haves?
P.S. I’m having a fabulous time at the Haven Conference right now, and am learning so much! One thing I’ve learned, thanks to a photographer workshop by Kevin and Layla from The Lettered Cottage, is how much these pictures I took of my kitchen last week could’ve been improved. I’m going to have to do a re-shoot when I get home!