Kitchen: Drywall and paint brings hope
Things are happening quickly now, and the new cabinets get installed this very week by Thursday and Friday, June 23 & 24. The drywall began to arrive last Friday:
The room continued in a very dirty condition, but was quickly getting re-built:
By dayâ€™s end it was done. Not dry enough the next day to tape and mud, they came in Monday and finished. Dry, dry dryâ€¦..by Wednesday we began to paint. Now, nearly a week later, we have finished painting using 6 gallons of paint for this one room. That was what it took to cover up new drywall and color it right:
Now Rodger began to worry about the Hood being squeezed between cabinets:
As it turned out, Standard Appliance failed to prove they could get our hood in time, so Mark located the distributor and called. They immediately stated we should be talking to the store and not them so Mark calmly told them the store has been no help and had began simply saying baloney about being unable to track shipmentsâ€¦..THIS theyâ€™re saying to a man who worked in transportation shipping for 31 years. I only got the salesman to apologize after firmly saying, â€œYou mean YOU have never heard of global positioning satellites? If I had two ID items on this hood from Zephyr, I could tell you where that ship is in about 10 minutes. He had been saying NO one could possibly know where a ship is at in the ocean, so naturally, could not possibly know when the hood would be in. That was when Mark knew they didnâ€™t care enough to find something out. So, anyway, the distributor was told the sale would be canceled and â€œthank you for your time.â€ It wasnâ€™t 15 minutes later and Standard Appliance was calling to announce that the same hood was on site AT the distributor in Seattle, and had been on hold for another customer who wasnâ€™t ready for itâ€¦â€¦they would have it to us by Wednesday. Odd how that worked, that it took MARK to make the call, the store was of no help. Now that we had the hood by Thursday, Measurements were reviewed again:
The house is still a mess and eating out is a primary source of our meals, but when we cook something simple it goes through gyrations of finding stuff, most common used items are here on a rack in the Family Room:
Donâ€™t forget there are shelves, stands, boxes in every room of the house â€¦..how did it all fit in that old kitchen?
With painting done we still review the vision of whatâ€™s going to happen, and here is that source of inspiration, our samples all in once muggy view:
Can you visualize the new kitchen that will be in place about 3 weeks from now by looking at that pic?
Oh well, a trip to the HazMat place tomorrow, and we can then begin to try to pry up as much of the old floor as we can get. By Wednesday, we should have a quiet day to await NEW STUFF!
Today, Mark did take a few hours to plant the corn starts out in the garden since the day reached 80 and was beautiful. On the down side, after trapping 6 moles, there are STILL new holes coming up on all sides so six traps are still setâ€¦â€¦I am SURE that all the clear-cutting next door drove a few more out than normal.
As we mention our Kitchen adventure to folks, we here LOTS of different stories. One guy at Costco said to me, â€œWell, I hope you make it through without ending up in divorce.â€ It IS a struggle to continue thinking about all this and doing grunt work since March. Our Vet has a friend who, along with his wife, are doing EVERY item themselves in their remodel, and they are not replacing cabinets but refacing them. Their kitchen has been torn up for a year, and theyâ€™re still not close to being finished. Thatâ€™s what happens when both people work all day and then he is going to do Everything from scratchâ€¦..THAT would be a nightmare.
Intrepid Rocks, our granite company, and their intrepid agent, Andrea Morgan, have outdone themselves. We already had three slabs chosen with our name on them. At that point, I figured they were done with us. On Friday Morning, ANDREA, who was in on her day off for a bit, called to say there were new slabs of our granite â€œJuperana Pompeiâ€ in and they looked very nice so thought we might want to see it. Someone was already there lookingâ€¦.. We hopped right down to find gorgeous beautiful slabs. We immediately changed our selection from what we had to these new ones and canâ€™t say enough about Andrea to have gone that extra mile to help us. IF you ever need granite, make sure you talke to HER at Intrepid Rocks. Intrepid is a name thatâ€™s been mentioned quite a few times by others when weâ€™ve mentioned that we were using them. It appears everyone whoâ€™s worked with them has been happy.
So there we have it. Hopefully NEXT weekend, weâ€™ll be putting stuff stored all over the house back into new kitchen cabinets even though countertops and appliances wonâ€™t be working for another two weeks or so.
Odd observation: AS we get so close to having done all we can do, every day seems a long list is made up of little things that MUST be done the next day. The hidden fact of being the â€œGeneral Contractorâ€ we guess.
****ON OTHER THINGS:
**ALL our bird traffic MUST be feeding young. They are seen at feeders ALL DAY LONG and draining them fastâ€¦â€¦â€¦.. what a wonderful thing to watch. The DAMN Jays already brought a fledged set o-young to the feeders. Mark got home one day to find 7 jays hogging every post in the backâ€¦â€¦and not a tiny bird to be seen. Weâ€™re seeing fewer and almost NO Male Hummingbirdsâ€¦â€¦â€¦my, how this time is short here for them.
So, Nancy, rest easily knowing your hummingbirds are still being fed with clean fresh food â€¦â€¦â€¦.. interesting though, the feeding has dropped big time just with this warm airâ€¦.Iâ€™m sure they wonâ€™t need as much, but Iâ€™m wondering how many males have â€œflown the coopâ€â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦. HAH.
Mark & Rodger.