Monthly Archives: June 2009

Supplies

MAJOR trip to Home Depot with hubby and VHU (Very Helpful Uncle).  Backerboard for flooring and everything else pickup truck worthy came home today (sheetrock, plywood, pegboard, luan, closet framing lumber).

For building supplies, we still need to get paint, mortar, grout, and some nails.

The next few days will be spent cleaning up and repairing the cabinets and catching our breath before we put the floor down.

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Boots on the ground – Part 2

The majority of the layout “stuck” overnight, but you-know-who struggled with us needing a peninsula and thought perhaps we wanted a more open feel.  We pivoted the corner bench back to its old place of honor as the breakfast nook and sat with it a bit.  I struggled giving up a peninsula because I want to keep my office area defined and still wanted a place for a stool up against the counter – both for the random morning bowl of cereal and also for kitchen seating that ISN’T my desk chair.

I noodled this around – and while he came back to my original plan – I am now struggling.  I still want a peninsula, but should we perhaps only have it as a leg-supported counter area with no cabinetry underneath?  That would allow for a couple of barstools underneath – legs swinging free and leave the remaining area wide open for my office, but also will double as a nice size nook area for The Next Owners (who are really starting to bug me, whoever they are).

The cabinet actually should be facing the other way

The cabinet actually should be facing the other way

Your desk would be messy with all this too - trust me!

Your desk would be messy with all this too - trust me!

And in case you are wondering, still haven’t ordered the doors.  Which in one way is good, since these changes have had a bit of an impact.  Eeek, these will still take 3-4 weeks to arrive.  Some of the veneers came today, but I’ll need to add a few extra panels to the order to accommodate the new configuration.

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Boots on the ground – Part 1

Very Helpful Uncle (VHU) came today to assist with picking up the floor tile from the distributor AND to help get the last wall cabinet detached.

Soffit is bald and so is the wall

Soffit is bald and so is the wall

Once detached, we were able to play “let’s check out to see if everything looks good in its new home”.  Well….. turns out Design Guru’s fears were correct.  Having the black fridge so close to the entry of the kitchen was AWFUL.

Password required for entry

Password required for entry

It cut off the natural light and made it seem like you needed a super secret password to even enter what really is a spacious kitchen.  We also tried my initial idea of having the fridge sit on the blank wall with a small cabinet to make the “L”.  Also a little wonky.

The final configuration – as of this moment, since things could change again by morning – is that the fridge stays near to where it is, just scooted closer to the kitchen entry along with the 18″ cabinet, the stove, and now the 30″ cabinet replaces the 42″ cabinet.

The fridge only moves about 18" closer to the entrance

The fridge only moves about 18" closer to the entrance

This allows for an open sight line when entering the kitchen and the fridge will sit next to the new closetry, so blocks no light.

Struggles that are born as a result of this – outlets on the stove side are no longer in an optimal space,

Box on left hidden by WALLPAPER!

Box on left hidden by WALLPAPER!

I have to re-work if I purchased enough veneers, re-think the doors, the two closets (which I fought hard to keep) are going to be narrower, and you-know-who is having second thoughts on the soapstone and my mini-peninsula.  The latter two probably not having anything to do with today, but came up nonetheless.

In other words, a typical day under construction where pen to paper doesn’t always match boots on the ground decisions.  I’m just glad I hadn’t cut the wall cabinets apart yet!

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Nearly all juiced up

The electrician and his son (visiting from Germany) were here today adding the new outlets we so desperately needed.  On the topic of the archaeology of my house, we determined definitively that the blank wall in the kitchen was original to the house.  The interior of the wall is sheetrock, but when he cut it open to add the new outlet box – check out what we see!

Plaster and lath, baby!

Plaster and lath, baby!

The other side of this wall is a lovely arched nook in my dining room.

The arch in my dining room.

The arch in my dining room.Don't mind the mess on the hutch!

The ONLY piece of architecture or charm in the whole house that looked like it belonged here.  Because it DOES!  Yippee!

The unfinished business of the day is that the appliance store included the wrong cord for the stove, so the electrician is 90% done and will be back later today with the right cord and hook the stove up. And tomorrow morning – oat bran party at my house!

UPDATE:  Electrician was back quickly and the stove is ON!  We are running it for the required 30 minutes to get the “new stove smell” out (fans are blowing like crazy to ensure we are not toxified).  I think I’m adjusting to a normal stove very nicely!

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Stove delivered

The new stove has been delivered – and it is waiting in the living room for the electrician to do his magic tomorrow.

The new stove in the living room

The new stove in the living room

We elected not to pick up the tile today. Things got a little too congested to make that feasible, so that will have to wait until Friday or Monday.

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The last base cabinet detached

The 42″ wide base cabinet has been detached from the wall.  We test fit it to its new home and think some shimming and planing should end up being the majority of the toe-kick adjustment we’ll have to do.  It is quite clear that it used to be attached to this other cabinet.  Wonder WHERE in the kitchen they started?  Hmmmm.

42" - in original location

42" - in original location

Hey, where did it go?

Hey, where did it go?

Found it

Found it

Huh?

Huh?

Messed up, dude...

Messed up, dude...

A straight-edge would have been helpful - Oy!

A straight-edge would have been helpful - Oy!

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Electricity, Cooking, & Physics

Cross another few off the list – we bought the stove today! (Thanks, Mom!)

Frigidaire

Frigidaire Gallery

It is a Frigidaire Gallery – not fancy in any way – but we expect that it will shut off when you turn the knob.  Unlike our current oven.  We went with the floor model to save a couple of extra bucks and they’ll drop it at the curb sometime on Wednesday.

Along with that, we’ve scheduled the electrician to come on Thursday.  He agreed to drill the holes through the joists for us and he thinks all the stuff I want done can be done in a day pretty easily.  We are happy both on the disruption front and cost front for that.

And THEN, I got the email that the tiles will be at the distribution center on Wednesday.  There will be some interesting juggling to borrow a truck to pick them up yet be here to receive the stove.

Just another day of breaking the laws of physics.

I’ve been trying to sit down and calmly finish off the calculations for the cabinet door order, but I’m feeling really overwhelmed because this whole week just got REALLY busy inside of 3 hours.  I’m eating the elephant bite by bite, but frankly, I could use a box of chocolate chip cookies right about now.

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