Friday, August 22, 2014
Taking It for Granite . . .
The kittehs were appalled. Actually, so were we, on discovering that the wooden underpinnings of our sink were being gnawed on by larder beetles, dropping a powdery residue, as well as grubs and beetle bodies into the drawers and cabinets in the vicinity;
DIY guy to the rescue! John decided to replace the wood and formica with an un-gnawable concrete countertop. After a lot of careful study of various DIY books on the subject, he built a form down in his shop and poured the concrete mixture. After it had hardened, there was grinding the surface flat and polishing and sealing. (This was a slow process, over a period of weeks.)
At last it was ready. Drawers and cupboards had to be emptied and the sink removed (we had an interesting few days without it -- washing dishes and garden produce in the bathroom.)
And here it is!
No one wants to drop this on a toe . . .
Once it's on the hand truck, tensions abate.
But then there are the steps . . .
Justin pulls: John pushes . . .
Yep, this endeavor involved a lot of tools . . .
Easing it into place . . .
And there it is. Now John is casting some long narrow bits for the backsplash.
Thank you, John! You are a man of many talents!
I'm pretty impressed with how nice concrete can look . . .
Even if the kittehs aren't.