Lovely, isn’t it?! There is a story…..
This hole used to be the home of a glass built-in cutting board. Several weeks ago, I asked Dan if he could break a large box of frozen ribs into family-size portions so they wouldn’t take up so much room in my freezer. I went to the store and missed all of the action, but when I got home, there was Dan vacuuming out the HOLE! He said that he got a little carried away trying to separate the ribs and didn’t realize how fragile that cutting board was. He kind of slammed things around a bit and shattered the glass. **Yep, I am glad it was him that did it and not me! 😉
So, our search for a fix began. First we contacted a local business that specializes in glass. A guy came to look at what we had and immediately started shaking his head. He said that he would have to do some thinking about our problem. Several days passed before he called me back to say that a replacement piece of glass was going to cost at least $180 just for the glass. Of course, cutting and installing the glass would be added onto that……
So, we kept looking! One of the guys who helps with Cub Scouts has a handyman business. We asked his opinion, so he stopped by, took some measurements, and shook his head. He also said he’d have to do some thinking about our problem. Well, he never got back to us……
We had another guy that has done work on our house come look at some projects that needed to be done in preparation for our exterior painting. I asked him to take a look at the HOLE, and he just shook his head, took some measurements, and recommended that we contact a very expensive custom cabinet maker about making a cutting board. So, the hole remained.
Fortunately, while all of this searching was going on, my Mom offered to let us use a large cake sheet pan to cover the hole. I really needed my main work space by the sink, plus we didn’t want the insulation for the dishwasher to get wet and ruined. So, we taped that pan over the hole, and although this wasn’t a final solution, it did make the kitchen workable again.
Finally we had a guy come to our house to measure the windows that we need to have replaced. Out of desperation, I asked him to take a look at my HOLE too. He did not shake his head, but he did take measurements. He said he had the perfect solution and that it would cost NOTHING! He runs a building supply/lumber yard store and said that he had some scraps of counter top that he thought he could cut into the proper shape to cover the hole. All we needed to do was get the metal rim out of the counter, take it to him for a pattern, and he would do the rest. He wanted us to stop by to approve of the piece he had. I told him that I am not picky–I just want to get rid of the HOLE!
True to his word, the piece was cut within a couple of days with a charge of nothing. We did have a little more searching to do to find the right kind of clips to hold the board in place. The clips that held the glass were put into the bottom of the counter, and to use those again we would have had to pull out our dishwasher, hassle around, etc. Again we went to a hardware store to ask for a creative solution, and we were pointed in the right direction.
Dan got the clamps on and put caulk around the edges to seal it all up and we filled the HOLE this morning! We actually like the new piece better than the old glass anyway. I learned something through all of this. It was frustrating trying to find a solution to this problem and have so many road blocks. Little did I know, however, that God was directing us to a solution that would be FREE. Now I need to remember that the next time I get frustrated and impatient….
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