I thought I would share a few before and after photos here to preserve the memories and date of our hard work. :) This first one was the big hole beside my vent from the range hood fan. Gee, I wonder why I always felt cold air over the stove. Sigh, and we thought new construction was the way to go nearly 14 years ago.
My patch and then plastic to keep the cold out until the replacement microwave came , as the first one was dropped by UPS somewhere on its journey.
Whirlpool over-the-range microwave to match our new stove and refrigerator
New countertops from Lowes (Antique Mascarello)
Natural stone border with bronze medallions and Italian beige tile and matching stone trim. Now the stone had to be sealed so the sandstone colored grout didn't stain it.
We also used an adhesive product like Nancy did for the back instead of mortar. Bondera is no longer carried by Lowes, so they suggested Musselbond. Worked great, and believe me, it is strong!!
After photos ...
Thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired someone else to give it a try.