One step closer to a finished kitchen! Hallelujah! The backsplash was a pain, but then again, what part of the renovation process isn’t? You know those HGTV shows and how they dramatize and warn you that things WILL go wrong, you’ll go over budget, blah, blah blah? Well, they’re right. There’s always something unexpected (with a cost), that creeps up and kindly punches you in the face. No list or spreadsheet can protect you from that. (And I love me some lists and spreadsheets!)
The debacle with the backsplash started with the strike. Yes, the strike. The marble was held up at the Port of Portland because there was a strike and the shipment was stuck on the freakin’ boat. For over a month! Keep in mind that we were on a strict renovation schedule due to our renovation loan. And the contractors couldn’t get paid until all the work was done. One large check gets cut, then it gets distributed among the subcontractors. So imagine the roofing guy who finished 3 weeks ago who’s waiting for the check that doesn’t get cut till the backsplash guy finishes. Talk about anxiety. And the backsplash was the last thing left to do on the list of approved renovations. Of course. So everyone was waiting on that.
As soon as we heard that the marble was in, I went in to check it out. It looked all right, but then I decided to compare it to some samples I had from before and the batch that came in was really gray. Carrara marble can vary like that, white to more gray. I definitely wanted to have it be more white since it was going to be up against the gray quartz counters. Luckily, they were able to find a batch that was clearly more white. So after a long wait, we have our Polished Carrara Marble subway tile!