Keith, my uber contractor (notice I don't hate him yet) was going to tear out the kitchen cabinets while we were away, and install the custom cabinets hopefully by the time we got back. If not, then shortly after. (that's in contractor time though, and we all know their calenders and calculators work differently than ours).
So before I left, my contractor sent me to Pental granite in downtown Seattle. After signing in and telling the front desk what grade of granite and how many slabs I needed, I was sent out to the warehouse section to sift through row after row of granite slabs, about 9 rows double sided and quite deep.
I knew what I wanted in theory but the example I brought didn't match anything. And when I asked the women in the office they referred me to a floor manager who looked at my sample and with a smirk declared that they discontinued that stone because it wasn't very popular. (and apparently I am the biggest looser on the planet for even thinking it would look good) so he told me to look at what was there. (duh)
There were many slabs to choose from but everything looked too orangie or blue. I am a greenish brown kinda gal. Now I know, beige's are sooo 1990, but hey, like I said in my last post I am going to get what I like.
After 2 hours, countless phone calls to my poor hubby who had the kids at Bellevue Square and having two separate forklift operators pull out possible slabs for me....... THEY CUT ME OFF!
They refused to pull out any more granite and they were done helping me. The once jovial, all smiles forklift operators said if I wanted to look at any more I would have to speak to the owner.
Keep in mind I had about 3 day's left before I had to fly out of town and the kitchen project would come to a standstill if I didn't pick out the granite, it is after 1p.m. and I have yet to eat anything and the orange and blue hues seem to be magnifying by a power of 10 as each hour passes.
So I page the owner and explain to him my situation.
I understand why they couldn't continue to pull out slabs, they can be damaged while being moved, but the color's in the stone looked very different while tucked away in a stack than they did out in the light of day.
What I really wanted was some CUSTOMER SERVICE. When the owner came down and I explained what I was looking for, he too was disgusted with my granite sample and after explaining to me how popular the blue hued granite was (uh... No Thanks) he said he knew EXACTLY what I wanted and walked me over to a row of granite, hailed a now morose forklift operator and pulled out "ASPEN WHITE"
It was lovely, it was perfect, it wasn't all flecky, orangy or bluish. There were three slabs all from the same lot and it was exactly what I wanted!!!
There were rich veins of Green and brown and it was light white which would look good against my darker cabinets.
I was in love and my work was done, I could safely head out on vacation.
I was off, Little did I know only a short week later everything would really SUCK! and Aspen White and I would no longer be friends! My warm thoughts of Pental granite would soon turn sour as well.