The theme of our kitchen renovation this week is Big Chaos, Big Progress!
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Originally we had tile in the entry, laminate in the living room and hallway, and (two layers of) linoleum in the kitchen. We had already finished scraping the linoleum, but this last week, we tore up the old laminate in our living room and chipped up the tile in the front entrance.
Ryan also borrowed a special saw from a friend and undercut the brick on our fireplace so we could lay the laminate under the brick instead of up to it — the laminate then looks like it was laid before the brick, instead of an afterthought. He said it was fairly easy, but it created a dust cloud of massive proportions. We’d covered everything we could, but still ended up with an insane amount of dust everywhere.
(And yes, the fireplace will get another coat of paint!)
The floor installation wasn’t difficult, but it is taking a while. Cutting around corners and the fireplace and the doors down the hallway tested Ryan’s geometry skills. I helped a bit, as did our visiting friend Noelle. We aren’t quite finished, but we were able to put in the fridge and should be able to do the range pretty quickly as well.
But because we had to move everything to do the floors, our somewhat orderly living room has descended in to chaos. I refuse to organize it until we can clean the floors. So until the dining room is finished and we can move everything in there while I clean and lay down our rug, it remains a disaster.
On Wednesday, we had our countertops installed! Everything we do makes me say, “Wow! This is really starting to look like a kitchen!” But the countertops took that to the next level. We went with Corian because we wanted a light, bright color and couldn’t find a granite or quartz in a price we liked.
Along with the countertops came our seamless Corian sink! It’s part of the countertop, so there are no edges where grime can build up. It’s fabulous! And it brings our kitchen one step closer to being fully functional.
Other odds and ends
We ran into an issue on Wednesday evening when all the outlets on the wall with the fridge mysteriously stopped working. We had to plug in the fridge along another wall while Ryan diagnosed the problem (I’d already moved our food over!). We were about to call an electrician when he decided to cut into our wall to check one thing — lo and behold, it was that one thing! He repaired the wires and now the outlets work. That does mean, of course, patching more drywall. I swear, most of our kitchen is drywall patches!
Ryan also started the plumbing for the sink — the sink moved about a foot to the left from its previous location, so it’s taking a bit of work to get the pipes moved over.
And I started filling cabinets! We still have trim to do, but we decided that should we need to move anything out of cabinets to do the trim, that’s way better than tripping over everything in our garage, office, and spare bedroom. I have moved in 90% of our things and we have so much room to spare it’s ridiculous.
This weekend is pretty busy so I’m not sure how far we’ll get. Tomorrow is our Once A Month Meals cooking day, and Sunday is, of course, Easter. Next week I have two days at home and then I’m headed to Salt Lake for SNAP! I’m sure Ryan will work while I’m gone — he’ll probably finish the floor, the plumbing, and maybe get the range and microwave installed. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s done while I’m gone!
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