Saturday, March 23, 2013

Kitchen Remodel - Week One (and Week Two, unfortunately)

The first week of the remodel went as smoothly as one could expect.   All the demolition was done more quickly than anticipated, and the workers got going with electrical and wall repair. So far, my husband's favorite thing has been the zipper door.  They hung a sheet of plastic over the doorway (on the right), then stuck this blue strip down the middle (turns out it's a zipper), then pulled the zipper and it cuts a doorway.  Ingenious!

The most exciting thing that happened was that they were able to install the new ceiling fan and sconces.  Not to brag or anything, but we now have the coolest ceiling fan ever!


In general the place doesn't look a whole lot different than it did after day one, because a lot of what was done was kind of "structural" in the sense that it was behind walls or under floors, so, once they patched everything up, you can't really see it.  But I know it's there, and it's going to be awesome. Really.

Hardware and Shelving Drama:

We ordered the cabinet hardware, but we had to go with our second choice, because our first choice was backordered until the end of April.  THEN, the shelves we were going to use for the kitchen turned out to be too deep, so we tried to order our second choice and those were on backorder, too!  I was getting really nervous about all of this, so I looked on-line and found a company in West Virginia called The Virgin Timber Lumber Company that uses reclaimed wood to build all sorts of things, including shelves.  So I emailed one of the owners, who was really nice and accommodating, and ordered 3 shelves from him, in the exact lengths and depths that I was wanting.  Maybe things work out for the best, despite ourselves.  :-)  Of course, the brackets we wanted were also on backorder, so we went with a different kind, but I'm just so nervous that all these different parts are going to come together and I'm going to hate it in the end.  I have actually lost sleep thinking about all of it.

Not only that, but the narrower shelves are going to only be 4 inches deep.  Little did I know that it is hard to find brackets for a shelf that narrow.  Luckily, I hope, our project manager said he might be able to float mount those. Still nervous about it all coming together, though.

That's about all for week one.  I'm not sure how well week 2 will go, but I'll keep you posted!

[One week later...]

So here's how week two has gone:  see week one.  Our cabinets AND our flooring have been delayed, so there was absolutely no work done this week.  Super awesome because, of all the weeks they could have taken a break, next week would have been so much better, because it's spring break.  So, instead of sleeping late and lazy mornings, we'll have workers in here at 7:30 all week. Apparently that's to be expected (but really, that's pretty lousy planning, people). So, I'm going to give myself a break and not take any new pictures or do a separate post, because there's nothing to post about.  :-)

The good thing that happened was that the shelves can be float mounted, so that's a plus. And all of our cabinet hardware is in, so once our cabinets are in, we can rock and roll.  :-)

I expect by the end of next week, there will be all sorts of new stuff to see, so tune in then!

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