By noon on Friday our cabinets were installed and installed by one of the nicest man I have ever met. I hope that somewhere down the line I will meet him again and it will turn out that he is the uncle of one of my friends and that we could get to know him. He installs cabinets for a living, all day he works by himself and yet he is so appreciative for work, happy to be living and was so helpful with any of my questions/concerns. I normally want nothing to do with unknown men, regardless if they have a crown or a halo. Any time I have to meet with some man I don’t know (or barely know) I make Jordan come with me as my security guard. But there was something sincerely relaxing about this man. I pray that he is blessed immensely and that other can be as uplifting for him as he was to us. Isn`t it lovely!
Alright, onto our Kitchen. By the time I started loading up the shelves and drawers I realized that I was going to have to be much more strategic, not just a little, but like playing Monopoly at Christmas with my brothers strategic. I thought that I would finally be able to reclaim my linen closet and no longer have hot sauce sitting beside my pillow cases. No really the case, although our Kitchen is so much more beautiful than what we had before, something has to be said about additional storage spaces in the 60’s. Yes, the old cabinets were ugly and very impractical – there was a lot of storage. The 60’s saw an extensive use of upper cabinets, hood fans with cabinets above them and corner cabinets that seemed to go into the abyss (even though you could never access that back corner due to lack of light and practicality). In our new Kitchen we have a section full of upper glass cabinets, where organization is a must and is home to only beautiful dishes. We also have a range hood with a neck that reaches for the ceiling and allows no room for upper cabinets. Aside from our truly magical ‘Magic Corner’, there is no where to put dry goods. I jsut need to say that I love these ‘magic corners’ and it need to become a standard in every Ktichen to elimiante those terrible waste of space corners and lazy susan (whose Susan anyways?)My wonderful in-laws came over to help renovate this weekend and what a blessing that was – Jordan’s dad helped him with the flooring and his mom helped me organize life in our new Kitchen. Here`s a look at our new floors!Antoinette seems to be an organization guru and gave me the much needed perspective. After I realized I could begin moving into my new Kitchen I pretty much crammed my cupboards full of goods as fast as I shovel ice cream in my mouth, not caring where it was going, but just getting it in there. I soon started to panic, I still had a linen closet full of dry goods, a cabinet full of Tupperware and coffee cups stacked on the counter and the cupboards were full. She quickly assessed the situation and realized that I was not the organization master I pretended to be. After about an hour she had me and the goods sorted out and much to my happiness things began to fit! There still are a number of deficiencies that are going to be sorted out in the next couple weeks, so we can’t get completely settled in quite yet.
Our new Kitchen is lovely, but when I first came home I immediately noticed some things that weren’t right, not so wrong that Mike Holmes would come over and rescue me, but wrong enough that I am not satisfied. The deficiencies range from cracked doors, wrong drawer fronts and soft close doors that are not so soft close, nothing to loose my composure over, but enough that my Kitchen doesn’t really feel finished. Today we have a representative coming over from the cabinetry shop to resolve any issues, but I think it will take another couple weeks to have it finished. Granted we still need to finish the flooring and tile the backsplash, but I just wish it was something we could cross off the ever growing list. It will all be completed in a few short weeks and I just need the patience to get there. I am so pleased with how things have gone and have been so blessed to have an amazing husband who takes the time to learn how to plumb in our Kitchen faucet and sink. Seriously, Jordan is a mastermind, he can watch a Youtube video on soldering and 5 minutes later we have a new hose bib! He has been working feverishly at getting our flooring done is already half way done the 750 square foot area. By 10pm I usually have nothing left in me seeing as I am in my fist trimester and I turn into the worst renovation helper that ever existed. I tend to try to complete the task lying down, with one arm or whine enough that Jordan sends me to bed. The other night I wasn’t feeling so hot and at 6 I found myself making a little bed on the corner of couch sticking out of the rubble – that was it for me and my very unhelpful skills (see below). I woke up 4 hours later, made my way to bed and slept until 8am the next morning – worst renovator ever! Then there’s Jordan, he’s up until midnight every night, working endlessly to complete a task and not resting until he’s satisfied or until our neighbor makes a point of telling him that they are going to bed (I am sure they tell him so that he stops using the table saw at midnight, but maybe because they want to wish him a good-night, who knows). We have a great group of friends and this being the long weekend coming up, we are all getting together for a stay-cation here at home. One of the events on Saturday is a BBQ at our house, so we are on the clock to have the flooring, granite and baseboards completed, so no more slacking for me, its time to step up.See you later Old Cabinets – have fun at the dump!