We had been planning on replacing the flourescent yellow plastic tiles on the backsplash with beadboard wainscoting. Seeing how this is only a short-term renovation, we decided to just use the wainscoting plywood (which I’m normally not a fan of) since it would be quick and easy. In measuring the one side of the sink, getting ready to cut the wainscoting, I realized that I needed a new two-gang electrical box. I had a few, but they were all for new construction, which basically would require putting a large hole in the wall. So, I needed to run to our favorite home improvement warehouse to pick one up that was designed for instialling in an existing wall.
Going past the new countertop (which was sitting on the front porch), I happened to think that we never bothered measuring it to double-check the depth. You can probably already guess where this is going. Upon measuring the countertop, then measuring the lower cabinets, then re-measuring the countertop and re-measuring the cabinets, I discovered that the countertop was only 24.5 inches and our cabinets were 26 inches (plus you need some overhang). I ran out back and measured the old countertop to make sure – it was only 26 inches, but gained an extra .5 inch from the extra layer of drywall and plastic tile. So, we needed a countertop that was 26.5 inches deep.
We loaded up the countertop we had just bought the day before and took it back to Lowes. Not exactly an easy thing with a 10 foot long countertop. We headed over to Home Depot and I talked to the guy in the Kitchen section about it. Their in-stock countertops were 25.5″ which would still put us an inch short. After talking about it for a while, we decided the only viable solution was to build the wall/backsplash out an inch.
We bought a new countertop from HD and then nailed firring strips up on the wall and used real beadboard wainscoting which brought us out an inch from the wall. We tested the new countertop and it fits and looks great.
In the midst of all that, we got home and realized that I forgot to buy the double-gang electrical box that I was going for in the first place!
So, now we just need to finish up the electrical so that the rest of the wainscoting can go up and get painted, then the countertop will go in and we can cut the hole and install the sink.