Framework for the counter - isn't it gorgeous? I don't think I've ever seen anything so lovely.
We've also been trying to decide whether it would make more sense for us hire painters to do the painting in the cafe (high-way robbery) or to have a painting party with 20 of our closest friends and put everyone to work. Initially we thought the painting party was the way to go - free labor, right? But the more we think about it, it might make more sense to hire the painters. A party would still be costly - buying supplies for everyone to paint with, pizza, beer, etc - not to mention that it would be at least one whole day (possibly two or three) that we would have to give painting our whole attention, and at this point there's so much to do, it seems like jb's time is more valuable than the extra money it would cost to hire the painters. We'll still pitch-in to make it go faster (since they charge by the day), but it will be great to know they have it under control if we need to run errands or focus on other things.