Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 27

Chuck and I got all the handles on we have had a small, actual hand in the creation of this beautiful kitchen. ;)

Filling the cabinets and drawers started yesterday and will continue today (and throughout the coming week). Of course, the first area filled is where Sprocket's stuff will be kept:

And here's close-ups of the cabinet countertop:

And the island countertop:

The amount of space in these cabinets is almost overwhelming. We are finally able to have all our food in the kitchen (instead of half of it in the basement). There are so many cabinets that we might actually have "extra" storage space...what a concept!

We cannot thank the master craftspeople who have helped this dream come true enough. Andy Booth, contractor, did the tile and will do the backsplash; Craig Carroll took our vision and made it come to life with the wormy maple cabinets; Mike & Karla Kelly built us the most beautiful solid-surface countertops; Steve Wicks rewired the kitchen so it was not all on one circuit (still don't understand why the hell it was like that....) and put in the new track lighting; Jim Conklin will plumb in the sink and dishwasher, and run the propane line for the gas cooktop; and Eli of Hunters Home Center helped us pick out appliances, and he and his crew will be where later in the week to install them all. All of these people have worked hard to help us realize our dream kitchen, and we thank them all so very much.

Dream those big kitchen remodel dreams, little ones, and someday they might well come true!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 24

The island is set, all the cabinets are in, the doors are going on, the countertops are going's been a busy day and evening. And the results are slowly being revealed...

This is gonna be one kick@ss kitchen, little ones!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 23

The cabinets showed up today, along with the master craftsman cabinet maker and his son....they worked very hard all day and this is the result:

Wait until you see the doors and drawers...these things are outstandingly beautiful!

The countertops will arrive tomorrow. All should be installed by the end of Friday, then we'll have a few "down" days until the finish work and appliance installation can happen. It is my hope that by the 4th of July, we'll have a completed kitchen.

It makes my heart so happy to see this progress happening. Be thankful always, little ones, for the good things, like progress.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 20

Progress has been ongoing - slow, but ongoing. This week the new track lighting was installed. The electrician didn't much enjoy installing it, but he got it done.

Because of the structural beam and the fact that ceiling and roof are not very far apart in this place, we are limited as to where/how we can put lighting. This track light system will fit our needs well by allowing us to move the 3 short lights along the cables and tilt them to provide countertop lighting, and the longer light on each end is adjustable downward to provide lighting to the other side of the danged structural beam.

Tomorrow the rest of the caulking on the floor will be completed, and the cabinets are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, little ones, and it just might not be a train. ;)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 13

The tile is in and grouted. The new kitchen floor looks pretty darned good - our contractor (Andy) did a GREAT job!

The floor will be sealed on Tuesday. I'm hoping to have the electrician back later this week to install the new track lighting. I need to line up the propane company this week as well. Things are moving forward, little ones, and that makes me very happy.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 10

The kitchen floor is coming right along. It should all be laid by tomorrow, and grouted on Saturday. Things are ever-so-slowly coming together.

All the old cabinets are gone, and the garage now has room for the new cabinets when they show up. I'm hoping we can get the new track lighting installed next week.

Baby steps, little ones, baby steps....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 9

After three "down" days, things were moving again today. Turns out the wood floor is a tich out of alignment, which meant that first row of tile had to be cut (teeny bits at a time) to fit and keep things straight, thus not a whole lot of progress was made today. When our contractor (Andy) started laying out the tiles, he asked me if I wanted to follow "a pattern" based on the tiles' design. I said "isn't random a pattern? I prefer chaos, please." So, the tiles are being laid in a totally random order.

I think the plan tomorrow and Friday is to get all the tiles laid, then grout things on Saturday. Now, if we can just keep Sprocket off of 'em...he keeps knocking those little spacers out....

Develop a taste for chaos, little ones....

Saturday, June 06, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 5

Today the backer board went down in preparation for the tile.

Andy put down the thin-set and the backer board, and Chuck screwed it down....almost 900 screws. Then Andy did the taping and mudding. And now it's ready for tile come Wednesday.

After Andy left, I spent an hour trying to knock back the layers of fine dust...but that's like backin' water with a pitchfork. ;)

You need to be able to just chill when your life has a little chaos in it, little ones...time for a beer on the deck. ;)

Friday, June 05, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 3

The kitchen has been rewired so that once everything is done, we'll be able to make toast and coffee at the same time without causing the refrigerator to lose power!

One step at a time, little ones, one step at a time.....

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Kitchen Journey, Day 1

Today Chuck and Andy (the contractor) spent a long day getting the cabinets out of the kitchen, and removing about two-thirds of the flooring. This is what things look like in the kitchen tonight:

And this is what the garage looks like tonight:

Chuck is pooped, as is Andy I'm sure. Tomorrow the rest of the flooring comes out, then on Thursday the electrician will be here to do some much-needed rewiring. Who in the world puts all the outlets in a kitchen on the same circuit, you ask? Well, that would be the folks who remodeled the kitchen before we bought the place...not the sharpest knives in the drawer, those folks.

Right now, I don't clearly see a light at the end of the tunnel, but I have faith it's there and that it's not an oncoming train. 

Live the journey, little ones, with all it's twists and turns, gutting and rebuilding, etc. Live the journey....