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"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~ Mary Oliver

soapstone! . . .

countertop with pink 2

 

octagonal soapstone countertop left  side . . .

octagonal soapstone countertop left side . . .

octagonal countertop right side . . .

octagonal countertop right side . . .

After dreaming about having a soapstone countertop for years and not thinking it would ever happen, here it is! I have an affinity for soapstone because it feels like a throwback to a simpler, New England time. It is not jazzy like granite, doesn’t stain like marble and has a mysterious shadowy darkness with veins of contrasting color that G. and I like. By pure happenstance, we ended up with a graceful, smaller stainless sink with a brushed nickel faucet that is almost Shaker in its simplicity.

We’re happy with the result. Have a look!

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And here’s a photo of the raw slab of Pinheiros Altos soapstone from Brazil that was used for the countertop:

"pinhieros altos" soapstone slab from Brazil . . .

“pinhieros altos” soapstone slab from Brazil . . .

kitchens (almost there) . . .

plastic sheeting to contain honing dust . . .

plastic sheeting to contain honing dust . . .

After roughing in two-thirds of the countertop yesterday, the workmen were back here at 7 a.m. this morning. I was impressed. Two of them stayed to cut the remaining piece over the dishwasher and then fit the backsplash around the perimeter of the countertop.They mentioned it’s only the second octagonal countertop among thousands that they’ve done (most kitchens having square angles) and that it made the angle cuts for the back splash more challenging. It took them all afternoon to cut, install and hone the angled backsplash.

The grain on the third piece fit in well with the other two. G., meanwhile, secured the dishwasher so that there was enough space to open the drawer and cabinet door next to it on the left hand side. We have our fingers crossed that the dishwasher, now anchored in place until there’s no tomorrow, will function properly once the water is hooked up again and it goes through its wash cycle.

Our plumber will come tomorrow night to hook up the new faucet with the insinkerator and to move whatever pipes need to be repositioned given the new location of the faucet. After my physical therapy session this morning, I went to the grocery store and brought back salad and some roast turkey slices for the workers’ lunch. One of them declared that the salad dressing I made was “one of the ten best I’ve ever had!” and asked me for the recipe. I thought I’d include it in this post too.

K’s Classic Vinaigrette Recipe:

Champagne Vinegar and Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Depending upon the quantity you’re making, use a ratio of 1:2 for the vinegar to olive oil.Then, add:

Crushed clove of garlic—or a light sprinkle of Lawry’s garlic salt

A dollop or two of Poupon country mustard (depending on the quantity you’re making)

A squeeze of FRESH lemon juice—this brightens up and makes the dressing smell wonderful

A dollop or two (or more) of honey—to taste, we like it slightly sweet and sour. You’ll know how much by tasting it after whisking the mixture with a fork. Sprinkle a little cracked pepper if desired.

The guys seemed refreshed after they finished their lunch. I was surprised they were so health-conscious, eating an apple in the morning and drinking water the whole time. I left some more fruit and bottles of water outside on the front stoop to tide them over during the afternoon.

Last night in artificial light, the raw, untreated stone looked more green than blue-grey. Once the plumbing is completed tomorrow night, we’ll use a special dry wax to cure and condition the surface of the stone on Friday. I’m remembering that pot of delicate, pale pink chrysanthemums I saw the other morning at Home Depot too. It will look gorgeous on the new countertop, won’t it?

Here are a few photos of the raw soapstone countertop, completed but unwaxed. Photos of the finished countertop will be posted soon.

Salut!

left side raw countertop. . .

left side raw countertop. . .

center raw countertop . . .

center raw countertop . . .

right raw countertop . . .

right raw countertop . . .