This episode is all about the counter tops. When I first bought the house I told dad I wanted wooden countertops. I've never actually seen wood countertops. I mean, I had seen them in magazines, but I've never walked into a kitchen that had wood countertops. I researched them and found that they average $30/sq. foot, so I was looking at about $1500 in countertops alone. Not exactly inside my budget seeing as I had an entire kitchen to remodel. (This was before I got the cabinets for $100.) I was prepared to settle with something else, and then Dad had the idea to use a bowling alley.
Mom and I thought he was crazy. We both said no. Then he mentioned it again. And again I said no. Finally, I was looking at books and magazines for wooden countertops and realized that they don't look all that different than a bowling alley. I finally caved and let Dad search our favorite store, Craigslist, for bowling alleys. He found some in Kansas, over 2 hours away, but the price was right. On a Sunday afternoon my parents went straight from church to Kansas and back home again with a lot of heavy bowling alley. All for the low price of $10 the linear foot, making the total cost for my counter tops $180.
Standing, sanding, and sealing are coming soon, but here is a sneak peek.