At first I was going to have the laminate removed and the same glass tiles for the backsplash placed down as the counter surface. I got to thinking that it might not be a smooth enough surface for drinks. We could wind up with quite a few spills onto the hardwoods below it, so I scratched that idea. Then I thought - why not put our builders skills as I previously showed here to work on something really creative? I floated the suggestion to Ted to use a piece of natural wood, preferably Maple (get it? - Maple Bar - LOL!) with the bark attached on the edge as the countertop! Ted liked the idea a lot - he said it was right up his alley! I searched all over the internet and came up with some interesting pieces of wood. Problem was, I couldn’t see them in person and if it was wrong after being shipped to us, we were stuck with an expensive piece of wood we couldn’t use. So Ted found a shop near the Squash House that carried natural Maple planks.
You have to use your imagination when looking at these photos Ted sent. We need to choose one of these pieces.
Once the wood is planed, then cut to size and installed, it will be highly polished and sealed, so some of the markings, such as the horizontal lines you see in one photo will disappear.
We also decided to leave the bark attached on just the living room side - the kitchen side will be smooth and finished.
Work is still pretty busy for me, so I’m a bit behind in responding to emails and reading blogs. I did want to mention, as I know others have, if you have a question for me, please make sure to include a way to contact you back with an answer. On my last post there was a commenter who asked about a pattern for the pumpkin quilt in my header. I can’t reply as you posted Anonymously. Please email me from My Profile and I’ll respond to your question. Thanks!