Where’d we leave off last week? Oh yeah. London Grey vs. Nobel Grey.
Oh, and also stuck on a off ramp in the middle of Staten Island. The things we’ll (mainly I’ll) do to see a slab of quartz. We called AAA. Apparently you can’t order multiple services with one call so we had to choose between a jump, gas, or tow. Who knew AAA loved trick questions? We knew our gas gage wasn’t the most reliable so we went with option B first, hoping for an easy fix. A teenager working a classic teenager-job showed up with a gas can and put in a couple of gallons of gas. Nothing. The kid just kept staying “I put the gas in” and showing us the empty canister- as if we were questioning his authenticity and commitment to his singular responsibility of putting the gas in. He left, dejected that he could not solve problems larger than cars with no gas. We called AAA again. We didn’t know much about cars but we really didn’t think it was a battery issue. The car would make the chug chug chug sound but stopped at the point when it actually turned on. We went with a tow. They gave us the option of having it taken to a shop in Staten Island or paying to have it towed all the way back to Brooklyn. We went with the Staten Island shop because at this point we figured we had already sold our souls to some mechanic and it really didn’t matter which borough they lived in.
Meanwhile I called the staff at Caesarstone. They only accepted appointments for a couple of hours out of the day and we we’re obviously not going to make our 11:00 am time slot. I let them know about our car troubles and asked if we could have a later slot. They told us to keep them updated and that they would see what they could do.
Soon enough we were riding in a tow truck and talking to the driver about the history of Staten Island, tudor architecture, and various filming locations of Gotham. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that Arkham Asylum wasn’t a real place. He also didn’t seem to be aware that Gotham was related to Batman. I didn’t want to spoil that surprise either. Danny and I debated about heading home versus waiting to see if the car could be repaired same day. We figured it was impossible to set foot in an auto shop and not leave at least $500 lighter. How much money and time did we really need to invest in a trip to see some quartz? Maybe we should just tell the shop to keep our 1999 Honda CRV as a gift and jump on the ferry back to civilization. It ended up being around $650 because apparently cars have something called a distributor. They said they could fix it same day by 3:00pm. Danny and I decided to wait it out and see if we could still make it to NJ afterwards to see the Nobel Grey slab. To spend all that money on the damned car and not even get to see the quartz just felt like throwing money out the window. Not on my watch.
I called Caesarstone again, providing staff with a play-by-play report of our car troubles and too much personal information. They took pity on us and told us that we could still come in if we could make it there by 5:00pm. Folks, there are still kind and generous people in the world despite what the internet makes you think.
The mechanics finished working on the car around 3:30pm and we jumped in- hightailing it to NJ. We arrived around 4:10pm to a warehouse in Perth Amboy. Danny kept saying that I was crazy after seeing where I had taken us. Now I know that it’s possible that an individual homeowner can make an appointment to see a slab of quartz at the warehouse but after seeing the place we got the feeling that I may have been the first to do so.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Smashed that glass ceiling I suppose.
Nevertheless the staff was welcoming and immediately walked us over to take a look at the Nobel Grey slab.
So much more movement, depth, and contrast. There was also a slab of London Grey being used as a desk nearby and after examining both it was a no brainer. While the London Grey is stunning up close and has a warmth that I love it goes beige from a 3 foot distance and didn’t have any of the drama of the Nobel Grey. Nobel Grey is definitely cooler and a bit darker but it no way reads too dark (actually brighter than I expected but thats what you get with direct sunlight) for our black cabinets and looks like it will also work well with a white backsplash. It’s a perfect midtone. It only cost an extra $650 to get to see it. That sucks, but it feels like money well spent for a decision that will all together be 1/3 of the cost of our kitchen.
Let’s take just one more look.
Speaking of money. The grand total for our IKEA cabinets and appliances was right around $9,300. Countertops came in just under $3,000 after our final templating. All and all we were doing pretty well but we’ve also bumped up against our credit card limit a few too many times for my comfort. Don’t worry mom I pay it off at the end of every month. Nevertheless it’d be great to get some money back, right? Well go figure, the IKEA Kitchen Sale just started. Too bad we bought our kitchen a month early. NOT. Apparently we got 90 days of price protection with our IKEA family card. We went to the store on Sunday to get our discount.
OF $1,800 DOLLARS.
That’s banana sauce ya’ll. It’s also 3 more distributors, 6 Nintendo switches, or one pair of earmuffs for Corinne.
I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
EDIT: The journey is continued over here, with Nobel Grey installed counters. Huzzah!