We’ve now been at this kitchen renovation for two weeks! Here’s the progress we made this week. Honestly, the days sort of ran together so I’m not 100% sure everything happened as below. And for some reason, my camera card has no photos from the weekend even though I remember taking pictures. Well done, blogger me.
But one thing is certain: there was a lot of dust.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
We had our gas line moved to accommodate the new layout of the kitchen, and our friend Josh continued to patch up the kitchen — putting up sheet rock where it had to be removed to get to all of the plumbing and electrical. He also finished mudding the ceiling and priming and painting.
We had a friend cut a trench in the concrete foundation of our kitchen, so we could run power to the island. This was a little hard for me — despite our efforts, concrete dust invaded every square inch of this house. Even our brains — if I asked Ryan a question, he would get this blank stare on his face and say, “Uh, er, concrete brain.”
On Sunday we went to IKEA to get our 20% refund on our cabinets thanks to their semi-annual kitchen sale with price-matching! We knew we should be able to get that refund when we bought our cabinets, but it was so nice to watch $1,400 get refunded back on our card.
Which meant we could do our floors! We were going back and forth about doing the floors now or later (or just doing the kitchen and dining room and leaving the old laminate in the living room and hallway). But saving that money and discovering during the renovation that there was nothing to love about the old floors, we decided to put new dark laminate in the entire front part of the house. It’s going to be so nice to have a smooth transition from all the rooms (instead of tile in the entry, laminate in the living room and hallway, and two layers of linoleum in the kitchen and dining room). Yay floors!
But by the end of Sunday I was spent. The dust nightmare plus our house being so disrupted and having a bunch of dudes around for most of my days (being an introvert is hard), I was feeling a little suffocated by the end of Sunday. A few tears, but at least I knew where they were coming from and how to help myself cope.
How did I cope? All day on Monday I dusted. I knew the dust would continue to settle, but I had to get some of it cleaned up. It’s been significantly better since then, and I’ve been feeling a lot better too.
Monday afternoon, our cabinets were delivered! IKEA cabinets are flat-packed like all of their other furniture, and our kitchen came in approximately forty-seven-eleventy-thousand boxes. That evening, Ryan and I matched up all the parts to our master list. It took several hours, but we had all the boxes (and some extras that we’ll have to return!).
First thing on Tuesday, Ryan and I went to Kelley Moore and chose a paint color for the dining room and living room (the kitchen has no exposed walls). We chose “Gettysburg Gray” (which is a sort of “greige” color) and painted a sample on the wall. We both really liked it, so we’re going for it! The walls are brown and orange right now — I really wanted something to brighten up the smallish space.
After Ryan went to work, I started in on the cabinets. The idea is that I’ll build cabinets during the day, and Ryan can install them in the evenings after work. So I spent most of Tuesday building cabinets.
They aren’t difficult to build once you figure out the first one, but after a day of building them (while trying to stay off my foot), I was exhausted! But I had seven cabinet frames and felt pretty darn good. I swear, we have more storage space in those seven cabinets than in our entire old kitchen. And we have twenty-three cabinets in the new kitchen, two of which are enormous pantries. I can’t even imagine how much easier it’s going to be to fit everything in the new kitchen.
For most of Wednesday, I sat in Starbucks and wrote this post and did some freelance editing. Can’t be working on the house all the time!
That evening, Josh came over again. After he had painted the ceiling, we noticed a problem. The old ceiling paint was a hair darker than the new ceiling paint (age? wear? who knows.). So he came out Wednesday evening, covered the entire house in plastic, and re-painted all of our ceilings, from the front door through the living room, kitchen, and dining room, and down the hallway. Such a good friend to do that for us! Now everything is nice and white and perfect.
We wanted to get paint on the two walls that will be touching the new cabinets, so we don’t have to worry about painting up to the cabinets and maybe making a mess.
So I spent some time on Thursday painting edges and around door frames and wall plates, so Ryan could come in and roller paint those two walls that evening. We’re leaving everything behind the cabinets as is. Ryan’s also working on fixing our misfit ceiling fan that decided it doesn’t want to fan, it only wants to light.
And for now, I leave you in chaos! This week we’ll fill the trench we made with concrete, continue painting, and start installing the cabinets (and by “we” I still mean “mostly Ryan”). Check back next week to see where we are!
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