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The scary part is done now. Still tons left.

It has been a number of days/weeks since my last post and the last two weeks were a doozy.  This entire project has been peppered with me insisting that I’d planned enough time for any eventuality, doubled it, tripled it again.  And then still- pedal to the metal – we took twice as long to finish any one thing.  This last push was incredibly difficult with the overriding knowledge that it was the most expensive of the products going into the kitchen, the easiest to break, the heaviest to move.

We had hiccups at almost every step.  The initial movement of the slab in the garage, we broke the “arm” that made up the front of the sink (epoxy really IS my friend – whew!).  The faucet holes drilled easily in a few seconds with a paddle bit, but the hole for the dishwasher air gap took me, him, our next door neighbor, AND his drill almost an hour.  Building the dishwasher side was easy, but attaching it to the tiny area we left un-tiled wasn’t quick.  Attaching the false front to the sink cabinet took HOURS (and is crooked.  Whatever.  I didn’t notice off the bat and we can’t change it now.  It will be fine.)  Actually LIFTING the slab took him, the BEST UNCLE EVER, and our next door neighbor almost everything they had.  Much grunting, much heart pounding.   But it is beautiful!!

Unraveling the craziness of those two weeks will take me a few posts at least.  In the meantime,

Oh, and the dishwasher broke.  But it is fixed now.  Again, another long story.





Second view. The slab on the "L" is not yet attached.



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Really, I am still working on the kitchen

I’ve been avoiding adding new posts about the kitchen.   Crap on a cracker, this thing is taking forEVER.  We’ve been taking photos of each minor achievement, but I’m thinking no one needs to see the difference between loveliness in the freshly painted interior of the undersink cabinet compared with its pre-painted former self.  Um, ick.  So a quick catch up for you:

  1. Some cabinet doors have been hung.
  2. Of what is hanging, hardware has been added
  3. There was a small piece of veneer on the inside of where the range hood hangs that needed to be removed because I didn’t account for the width of the hood with the veneer.  This has not been repaired yet.
  4. The “wall” between the cabinet next to the sink and its partner to the left was cut to allow for a true blind corner.  This still needs to be trimmed & painted – both for aesthetic reasons and so that no one scrapes themselves on jagged wood.
  5. The cabinet above the dishwasher has been veneered.  It is my best work.  Which saddens me only because the cabinets I’ve already done aren’t.  Fortunately, since the whole “L” bottom cabinet set needs to be veneered, those will be super-nice.  Funny how doing things freehand ends up being better than following directions.
  6. Oh yes, the range hood is up and the ducting is nearly completely done.  Just some aluminum tape and we are golden.
  7. All the cabinet drawer fronts have been cut down to accept the new drawer fronts.  Those are still to be attached though.
  8. A slight bit more build out is needed for the 42 lower.  I need to add a filler piece at the corner else the knob on the adjacent cabinet will hit the drawer.
  9. The lip to set the sink into the plywood has been routed out.  This was no small feat and ended up with me attaching a patio door steel ball bearing to the bottom of the router as a guide to run it along the curve.  It totally worked.  When this is done, I will eventually take a class of some sort on how to work a router.  I have a feeling it would be fun once I get the nuances down.

Major items still to be done:

  1. Test cut the faucet holes into scrap soapstone.
  2. Cut the faucet holes into the real soapstone.
  3. Pull off sink area counters; detach sink etc…
  4. Pull cabinet away from wall and shim up.
  5. Finish dishwasher side panel to match the shimmed height (will also attach a ledger board to the wall to assist in holding up the soapstone.
  6. Install sink, counters, faucet.
  7. Rebuild soffits.
  8. Build closet.
  9. Back door.
  10. All trim.
  11. Oh yeah – THE BACKSPLASH.

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Did I mention the sink is dented?

I called the sink place today and they will send out a replacement as well as a call tag for the existing sink.  They assure me that the new sink is the exact same as the one in the garage.  The dent is fairly minor and on the rim which will be hidden by the countertop.  I was unsuccessful in getting them to simply give me a partial refund.

I think I will buy the Jasmine faucet off the eBay guy.  Can’t really justify paying triple to buy it elsewhere.  I just have to decide what my “offer” will be.

Just bought the dishwasher clips.  They *may* be here early next week.

My arm/elbow/thumb is killing me so I decided to head to the movies.  Saw The Proposal.  Funny & cute.  I was the only one in the theater for quite a while which made the whole laughing-out-loud thing funnier cause I echoed.  Srsly.

Popped into IKEA on the way back and pondered the GORM closet solution (and gave myself a papercut on their measuring tapes).  Here is the deal.  The support posts are made of fairly thin wood that has a sharktooth joint every 12 inches or so – effectively NOT a solid single piece of wood.  The shelves could be cut down narrower to accommodate something between 19 and 30 inches, but I’d need to dismantle them a bit to do it.  Dismantle IKEA?  Yes.  Odd.  Is it sturdy enough to do the job?  Yes.  Would MDF posts work better?  Mebee.  I took the little GORM handout and will reflect further on the actual cost to outfit the closet to my preferences.  If it really would be cheaper, I’ll do it.  Else it is back to Home Depot.


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7 Days, 7 bucks, and the sink

So…… we’re officially in the ranks of people whose kitchen project went on for quite a bit longer than expected. Is it as bad as it could be?  Nope.  Not even close.  But my back teeth are a little ground down today.  I had a dream last night about how messy my counters were (and yes, they really are).  In order to put myself back to sleep, I mentally organized my future pantry closet.  Which worked.  (Really?  I know.  I was shocked too.  Normally stuff like that would keep me up for two hours.  What does that mean?)

New challenge for the last 24 hours is that I received an email from (the peeps from whom I ordered the kitchen sink for a ROCKIN’ price).  Seemingly, my sink – the one that I was expecting via Fedex ground tomorrow morning – was damaged on the loading dock or some such and “sorry, but we’re refunding your money” too bad for you since we are out of stock on that one blah blah blah.

Searched high and low – found the same sink on ebay – and waited patiently through the morning to find out from the guy how much expedited shipping was.  By noon, I hadn’t heard so I called.  Funny – despite them having 6 or more listings for that sink on ebay, amazon, and wherever else – they were out of stock and wouldn’t get any in until the 20th.  Maybe.  Hmmmf!

Kept on it and found a different 16 gauge sink with a bottom rack, but their expedited shipping was like 200 bucks.  Or 17 if I just waited until next Thursday.  And with the 17 bucks, it is 7 dollars cheaper than the Overstock sink.  But arrives 7 days later.  Which impacts when we can order the soapstone slabs.  Which means unless  no one in the Bay Area wants soapstone counters for the next two weeks, we are talking mid-August for delivery.

The pain report:  he is somewhat improved, but still shouldn’t be doing much with that arm.  Yet, he moved big heavy things for me today.  I really hope he isn’t setting himself back.  Yeah, the kitchen, but we as a family need him to have mobility in his left arm.  For stuff like throwing balls, bowling, swimming, and scooping ice cream.

Today’s progress : leveled most of the stove wall floor with plywood so we can go over the whole area with backerboard hopefully in the next day or so.

Here is a question for you – exactly how much space should be on each side of the stove?  Minimal I would think, but exactly how much?  Same question for the fridge (it will be between the closet and the 18 inch cab).


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The sink has been ordered!

Finally placed the order for the sink.  Not really sure what took me so long, but it is on its way in 5-10 days.  This is the one we’re getting

Ticor S112

Ticor S112

– AND it includes the bottom draining rack, so I think I got a good deal for the whole thing.  It is 16 gauge with some sort of sound deadening coating.  It is a bit deeper than I need (10 inches), but should still work out ok.  Haven’t really thought through how the disposal and drain changes underneath the sink are going to work yet.  I think that will end up being a game time discussion as well.


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Maybe this sink…

This sink would probably work.  It needs to fit it into a cabinet that is 33-ish inches wide on the interior.

One sink possibility

One sink possibility

My “design genius” wants me to consider a double bowl sink instead of a single bowl.  And I will. I promise.  But while I was looking, I came across this one. Which would be fine, although is freakishly deep (10 inches).  Which is no longer necessary if the sink is this wide since we are out of the business of giving doggie baths anymore (awww, Sammie-girl).

Now I want to see if I can find a stainless undermount with faucet holes cut out. Does this even exist?  I know it exists in cast iron, but not at the price I found this one for.

I have some guilt that I didn’t measure and order the door/drawer fronts today as delivery is 3-4 weeks out.  Tomorrow after the final school field trip will have to be the day.  Perhaps they’ll be able to send me the veneer materials ahead of the doors.


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The Sink

As of today, we are still going with a stainless sink.  16 gauge very likely.  Undermount, naturally, now that the soapstone guy described how to mount it without clips.

I really really really wanted a farmhouse style sink, but that will have to wait for our “forever home”.  We’d need to do too much to the existing cabinet to support it and I don’t want to do THAT much work.

Just a matter of choosing which one now and actually making a purchase.


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