So. This keeps happening.
Prior to the start of the kitchen remodel, it was our very sincere intent to do all the cooking in the downstairs bedroom and on the grill. The first day, while Joel was out of town, I realized that the spare bedroom didn’t have any clean flat surfaces on which to place the Vitamix – and also that the Vitamix cord is ridiculously short and needs to be right near an outlet – so I made my morning smoothie in the bathroom. The next day I needed to chop some peppers, and again couldn’t find a flat surface. So I did it on the sink. Then I cut some raw chicken there. And prepped two bunches of asparagus. And cut up a gorgeous grilled steak (and stood there in sweaty running clothes eating it with my fingers).
I’m also washing everything in that sink, and tonight I’m going to wash my dog in the bathtub in that same room. Did I mention the construction guys use this bathroom?
Ugh. No amount of lysol wipes can possibly make this okay, but I have to tell you, I am beyond caring. Last night I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich on a paper plate in my bed. It was that, or cereal. We’ve resorted to pre-made rice in a bag, because using the rice cooker requires too much washing. The only line I’ve drawn so far was over drinking milk out of a plastic cup. Milk, as everyone should know, belongs in glass. We’re not animals!
We are, however, covered in white plaster dust. Despite the contractors sealing off the kitchen in plastic, the dust has infiltrated the entire house. I was petting Huck two days ago and my hand came away white and chalky. The cats are leaving tiny white paw prints on everything. It gets in your eyes and your throat and your hands feel perpetually grimy. I’ve taken to wearing pastels so I don’t show up to work looking filthy. We’ve both eaten cereal out of dusty bowls and the animals seem extra thirsty. We have decided, when it’s over, that we’re paying to have the house cleaned from top to bottom.
The remodel is continuing apace and is on track to be finished at about six weeks of construction. The original estimate was four to six and I was counting on six to eight, so I can’t complain. (As I type, I am knocking on wood so I don’t jinx it.) Yesterday they finished the drywall work, and today they started putting in the cabinets. Despite the fact that all contractors seem to work half days, it’s been relatively smooth.
The biggest issues have been with ordering things on our end. We were naive, I guess, to believe that things like farmhouse sinks could be bought in stores. They can’t! At least, not the good ones. Also not in stores? Downdraft range hoods. I didn’t even know such a thing existed until we learned the ventilation wasn’t going to work with an overhead range hood, and then we were looking at a special order and no time. Easier to get? Hardwood flooring. At least the red oak kind we needed. Also, tiles for the mudroom. Those will be in on Friday.
As of this morning, this is what it looked like:
This has been the biggest chunk of the work. The beautifully smooth beams you see at the top of the picture used to be the walls of the dining room. We weren’t sure how we’d feel about the new room having even this smallest of breaks, but we’re happy to have it now. It allowed us to keep the crown molding in what used to be the dining room, which is barely visible here.
The dining room molding is more visible in this picture! You can also see where the new lights will go. Cans in the kitchen and these guys over the dining room table. The good news about that downdraft range hood is that there won’t be a giant hood hanging in the middle of the kitchen, so it’ll be more open. It would have hung to the right of those can lights.
The chair rail to the right used to be wood paneling, and in the future it will be cabinets and a bookshelf and a window bench. Just having that dark wood out of the way makes the room so much brighter, not that you can tell from this picture. Backlighting is not your friend, friends. You can also see where the light over the sink will go.
We’ve been pretty hands off this entire remodel, except for some wallpaper removal last week. This weekend, though, we have to paint. Which means we have to pick paint colors. We’re doing a tile backsplash – like you do – in a light slate grey. It’s possible that it could suck some of the light out of the room, so we don’t want the paint to be too dark, even though we both tend to lean that way.
From right to left above, the colors are: Behr Moonquake, me totally screwing up and not rinsing the brush and therefore combining two paint colors, Behr Loft Space, Behr Tin Foil, Dutch Boy Empire State and Dutch Boy Quicksilver. (Super annoying that I couldn’t find any of the colors except Empire State on the brands’ websites, even though I am holding the color swatches in my hand and they are clearly current.) Joel’s favorite is Empire State, but I am leaning toward Tin Foil. Given that the tile leans toward blue, I feel the paint needs to have a whisper of blue, too. Empire State is just straight-up grey. Joel says I get to pick, so, you know, I’m gonna.
Tonight we have chicken pesto burgers from Whole Foods and also some bratwurst as our dinner options, but I can hardly stand the thought of cooking. I’m going to post now so that I can go lobby for eating out. Again. Two more weeks (or so)! Two more weeks (or so)!
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