Fourth in a series. With a preference for engineered countertops and an open mind, my beloved and I walk into Stone Surface, Inc. on June 28 and confer with Annie. No chunk of granite ignites our passions. Sorry, igneous rock, we’re not that into you. The combination of Brooklyn-made Cobalt Ice by Ice Stone and Sparkling White Pental Quartz says, “Hey, Baby, take us to your place.”
The counter and island gleam when I get home late on Wednesday, August 20.
Delight turns to doubt.
Like a tropical island, the blue glass chunks embedded in a white base match my memory. The counters are supposed evoke freshly fallen pulverschnee on a ski vacation morning, glinting in the winter sun.
The counters sparkle. They aren’t white. More like bisque.
I turn on all the lights. Turn them on and off in varying combinations. Pace. Panic. Will my man return from three days of meetings to design disappointment?
The manufacturer’s caveat emptor is variations in color will occur, so customers should examine the whole slab prior to fabrication. Did we do this? No we did not. Why not? Because I read the fine print after installation.
I fall into bed. Toss and turn. Dream of snow planet Hoth, site of the Rebel Alliance’s Echo Base. Remember the Tauntauns (Star Wars Episodes V and VI)? Ride a lizard through the blizzard. The release date for J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: Episode VII is December 18, 2015, by the way. But, I digress.
We need a faucet by countertop installation day. Thanks to me, we do not have one.
Kitchen faucets can cost a lot. I’d been pricing them online and seem to have a problem. I get seduced by styles well over $600.
Could an $800—or even $1,300—faucet make the water flow better? That’s not the whole point. The faucet is bling for the kitchen. Still. Looking over the list of expenses, I can’t do it. Just. No.
Overspending can mean paying too much for an item. Overspending also happens when people cheep out, regret it and replace the compromise item with what they wanted all along. Overspending happens when more money goes out than the value an item brings into your life.
In Amsterdam, on two separate trips, I drop a whole lot of coin on boots, shoes and a handbag by Dutch designer Hester van Eeghen. It was in Euros, however, so that doesn’t count. Oh wait. It does. And the weak dollar makes for a poor exchange rate. Whatever.
The footwear I bought in 2004? Had both pairs resoled. The cobbler was impressed by the quality. I’ve used the handbag every day since it became mine in September 2013. Divide the cost by use and multiply by pleasure, and I am fiscally prudent as hell.
I spent less on my wedding dress than I did on the boots or purse, since it was a wear-it-once frock. A few days shy of eighteen years later, I’m still married. And my countertop matches my dress.
A nifty faucet is not monotasker. Like a great purse, it is an investment in both form and function. On Saturday, August 16, my man and I head to Ferguson. Meet with Victoria. Spend less than $400. Boo-yah!
The Grohe faucet arrives on Wednesday, after the countertop installation is complete and the crew is gone. Ugh. When I get home from Pilates on Thursday, there it is. In working order. No more doing dishes in the tub.
“The counters aren’t as white as I expected,” my love says on Friday night.
“I know. I had the same concern. I got over it, though, when I realized they harmonize with the cabinets,” I say. “And look: running water.”