Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Countertops and Shelving

Things have slowed down over the holidays, but there are a couple of new things to report on. First of all, countertops have been installed.

Countertops are in - I don't know how the installers deal
with that epoxy smell all day long.
They're apparently attached with epoxy, the smell of which was instantly headache-inducing, but that dissipated within a couple hours.

The other installation was custom walnut shelves on the wall above the island and in the powder room. We really like how these turned out.

There's also a working faucet in the powder room, which wasn't the case before - the original one was defective in several ways, and it took everyone (plumber, contractor, me) a while to figure that out. Pro tip: do not buy a $40 faucet from Amazon, no matter how good the reviews are.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 39

Well, here we are. Everything's hooked up and this kitchen is ready to be used. Which we will do tomorrow, because it's been a long day, we don't actually have any food in the house, and we just ordered a pizza.

Still to come:

  • Quartzstone counter tops on top of the perimeter cabinets.
  • Butcher block counter top for the island.
  • Backsplash above the sink and the range.
  • Shelf along the wall opposite the range.
  • Shelf in the powder room.
  • Assorted tweaks and touch-ups.
These things should be coming over the next couple weeks, but for now I'm going to stop the day clock, since we can actually use the kitchen - no more washing dishes in the bathtub! Check back in a week or so to see the finishing touches.

Let's eat!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Day 38

Lights are in and we are speeding toward a functioning kitchen.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Day 37

Super hectic day, and I didn't get a chance to take any pictures. On the positive side, the storm door was installed and the cabinet drawer/door installation was finished up. On the negative side, we found out the fridge had some damage to its frame (probably from a forklift) that was preventing it from sitting level. Fixable, but still annoying. Also, it turns out the butcher block we want for the island is out of stock until late December/early January. So, temp plywood counters there as well.

Tomorrow... lights!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Day 36

Big day for the kitchen: cabinet doors and drawer fronts, range hood, and temporary plywood counter tops. The permanent ones arrive next week.

These new plywood counter tops are still kind of an improvement over
our old ones.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Day 35

Sink goes into the powder room, and other fixtures
are on the way.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Day 32

Ok, this color is much better - trust us.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Day 31

Ceiling complete.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Day 30

Whoops. This paint color did not end up looking like we thought it would. As Betsy put it, "It's the color of the glow-in-the-dark stars you stick on the ceiling of a child's room." The name of this paint color? Moonglow. We should have known. Fortunately, our contractors are being patient with us while we regroup...

We tested it, and it does not glow in the dark.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Day 29

Transom window is in.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Day 28

Ceiling in progress.