Spent a few hours knocking tiles off the wall on Saturday. Made a little bit of progress.
Not all the tile came off easily. Probably not supposed to see that insulation behind the stove. My bad.
The current plan is to get the rest of the tile off tomorrow and Tuesday before 3. That's when the contractor is coming to remove the existing counter top and make his template. Once the template is made, it will take a few days (up to a week) to cut the stone and then get back here to install it. During that prep time, I am going to do my best to put up new or mostly new sheet rock on the walls. I want to be done before the counter is installed. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
Unfortunately, the counter top removal also includes the removal of the sink. So no sink or counter top for up to a week. Hello paper plates and take out.