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Putting Things Back

That’s not a very accurate title. A better one would be clearing the dining room. But if you saw the dining room “clear” is NOT the word that would come to mind. So the title stands as is.

IMG_9277The “back” part of the title is that my sideboard – my gorgeous, wood, custom-made sideboard – has migrated from the dining room into the breakfast room. If you look at my “before” pictures you can see that it used to reside in the kitchen. It is now BACK in use in the breakfast room giving us additional counter and storage in that room. I have been worried that there would be too much wood in that room when both the sideboard and the bistro table were in, but I think it’s doing okay. That’s still my concern about adding the stools for the table. They are scheduled for delivery tomorrow. 🙂

IMG_9278The other major furniture migration was removing the old refrigerator from the dining room into the BACK of the garage. My sister has been in charge of disposing of old appliances. We both feel strongly about not adding to landfills so she has been posting them for sale on swap meets and such. I told her she can keep all the money as long as I don’t have to talk to any potential buyers. The first one we had (for the dishwasher) made me totally crazy, and I was in Arizona for part of that story. She is a prime example of why I don’t sell on the internet. If we can’t sell the refrigerator, I can get it moved out to the curb in October for the town’s bulk pick-up. 🙂 Always have a Plan B.

The hardest part of migrating the refrigerator was moving what was in it into the new refrigerator. IMG_9309 Although that refrigerator is MUCH larger than the old one, it has a completely different structure. For starters, I can tell that no one who designed it or used it or sold it drinks wine. I went to put an open, corked wine bottle in the fridge, and there was NO place sufficiently tall. I finally moved one of the door shelves up to what I think is a somewhat inconvenient location in order to fit the wine. Priorities! I did grocery shopping as well and discovered that I buy much more produce than those 2 (little) external drawers can handle. 🙂 There are 2 more internal drawers and I put them to good use too. I decided to put the “snack” fruits and veggies in the external drawers and put the “need to be prepared” vegetables in the inside drawers (lettuce, peppers, onions, etc.). I’m getting used to it.

One thing I really dislike on the refrigerator are the self-closing doors. IMG_9280That is one of the stupidest things I’ve encountered. Why do I say this? Because my husband relied on the self-closing and I walked in to find the refrigerator open. I told him forget the whole concept and just shut the doors. I don’t even enjoy them on the cabinets, truth be told. That’s the problem with being old – you’re so used to doing things a certain way, that when newfangled conveniences come along you can’t appreciate them properly. So self-closing drawers don’t thrill me, but all the rest of the newfangled stuff is totally wonderful!!!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kitchen

Soooooooo much has happened since my last post I’m not even sure where to begin. Nothing happened on Wednesday except for frequent visits to admire the counters. Then on Thursday everything began to happen.

running waterThe day dawned early with the plumbers there before 8 am. I was lucky I was ready for them because I’d slept late that day. If they’d been any earlier or I’d slept longer, I might have had to leave them idling on the sidewalk. They began attaching water to the sink and refrigerator, and gas to the stove, and setting up the faucet!!! RUNNING WATER!!!!! I was so excited I took pictures of water coming out of the faucet. 🙂 I’ll say now, although I only realized it much later, that my husband and I are going to need Remedial Kitchen Appliances 101. I couldn’t understand the faucet – how it worked, why there seem to be 2 on/off levers – without assistance from the contractor. Not only did we now have running water in the kitchen sink, but the dishwasher migrated back to the kitchen, away from the refrigerator, so once again there was a wide-open doorway. *grin* It’s those little things that make life so much more comfortable.

IMG_9219.jpgTom came by soon after the plumbers to begin hooking up appliances, installing hardware and all sorts of other “putting things right”. I love love LOVE my cabinet knobs and pulls. That day’s big decision was where to situate the knobs on the various cabinets. I have no experience in this – I’ve never had a new cabinet without some sort of knob or pull. I started the morning thinking that every knob had to be situated in the exact same position on every cabinet. Tom assured me that these were my cabinets and I could do what I wanted. It’s very hard for me to visualize some of these smaller details. I went across the street to see if my neighbor Stephanie was home. She is an artist and has a great eye for placement (we both garden and I often check with her about placement of perennials). IMG_9229Luckily for me she was available and came back to look. She agreed with Tom that I could place the knobs in different areas on different cabinets, depending on where it felt natural to me to open the cabinet. She said it would look fine. Then she did something I would NEVER have considered: she rotated the knobs 90 degrees. Oh. Em. Gee. I LOVED that look. Not only did it give more space between adjoining knobs, but the new angle worked so much better with the tall slender cabinets. We did all of the knobs at that angle with the exception of the 2 roll-out spice cabinets, where a horizontal placement was better (and thanks to Tom for suggesting that). The knobs and pulls are worth every single penny. They are, I believe, hand-made for Schaub and Company: Solid Brass Knob with Violet Oyster, Tiger Penshell and Yellow Mother of Pearl inlays on Antique Brass Finish. IMG_9228 The pulls were a bit larger than I was expecting but that worked out beautifully as well. 🙂 SO HAPPY!!!!

Tom also patched the various holes in the walls and ceilings, left by the knob & tube electrical adventures. He hooked up the refrigerator using an extension cord (since the electricians had not yet been here, there was no outlet for the refrigerator yet). He put in the piece joining the breakfast room floor to the bathroom floor (I thought those were called thresholds but according to my latest internet search they are called “transition strips’). Tom gave me my first class in Remedial Kitchen Appliances by helping explain the faucet, IMG_9222and giving me an overview of the refrigerator. We’ve never had a refrigerator that made ice or dispensed water and ice from the door. So much to learn. He suggested that we run at least a gallon or 2 of water through the door before drinking it and to dump the first few ice bins as well, to clear the lines.

By the end of Thursday, we had running water in the HUGE kitchen sink, a working refrigerator (it worked – just plugged in a temporary spot), patched walls and ceilings and the majority of the cabinets had knobs and pulls! A VERY exciting day!
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knobs and pulls installed

A Crowded Kitchen

Yes, it is looking much more like a kitchen these days, because we have APPLIANCES!! Unfortunately, the appliances are not installed. kitchen with soffit and crown molding No, they are close to where they will reside ultimately, but for now they are creating a maze where once we had wide open nothing.

It got a bit stressful for me yesterday morning when they could not fit the refrigerator through the door. They removed the screen door and still not enough room. They then removed every door from the refrigerator. I believe that was the point where I heard the construction crew say “still no luck?” and an affirmative returned from the appliance crew. That is the point when I left the vicinity. I don’t know how they did it (I do still have a working door frame and door) but there is now a refrigerator with doors and drawers sitting in my breakfast room. breakfast room with crown moldingThe range and the dishwasher are here, as is the wok ring, but the hood is back-ordered.

We also have the soffit and crown molding up. Wow, does that stuff need a coat of paint. 🙂 I need to start thinking about what color to paint the walls, but I really need the backsplash and counter to make that decision.

The bistro table got delivered this morning. I was a bit annoyed as the delivery people refused to bring it in the house. They insisted the delivery was for garage or curbside only. Apparently had I wanted it in the house, I was supposed to pay more for that. It’s now in the garage, and that’s probably a better place for it than the house. The new ceiling fan and replacement tiles are in the front hall, my dining room is in my living room, my kitchen and breakfast room are in my dining room, and my appliances are, as I have said, all over the kitchen. range hood boxed perfectlyEither my husband and I will open the boxes and bring the pieces into the house over the weekend, or I will throw myself on the mercy of the next construction crew to come by to help get it into the house to be assembled. Since there is no place really to put it, I don’t need yet another huge box taking up space. The only problem with the garage is that it floods if we have heavy rain. We’re expecting dry weather for the next few days so even that should work out fine.

I can see by the tracking number that the cabinet hardware is out for delivery, which means it may get installed next week as well. 🙂 I’m guessing that I won’t see the electricians and plumbers until after the counters arrive on Tuesday (I hope that was a definite “counters installed on Tuesday”). I suppose it’s possible we might see the crew that is going to modify one of the cabinets to be my broom closet. broom closetThe plan is that the shelves are removed from the bottom of the cabinet, a divider added down the middle, and an opening cut in the shelf to allow the broom handles to fit and also be restrained. This is where I’m hoping to also put in the garbage can on a slide out base. I’ve been looking at that online. I’m not sure if that can be done as part of this job or if that is something we will have our painter (who is multi-talented) do for us.

There are still a lot of little bits and pieces that have not been confirmed. I’m still hoping for deck lights for the electricians. The various holes in the ceiling and the walls need to be addressed by the sheet rock folk. We need the new electrical sub-panel. The front hall will need new tiles because of the removal of the old radiator. None of those things have been discussed in any detail. But it does seem as if this project will wrap before, oh, let’s say Halloween. 🙂

Have to go – I hear the familiar, beloved sound of a beeping delivery truck outside – cabinet hardware!!!! 🙂

Morning Update

Come, stress along with me.

IMG_9143First, and this is not really a stress and is totally expected and will probably be for the best: Of course the bistro delivery people had left for the day when I called back yesterday, and would not pick up the phone when I called early early early today, so by the time I made contact the trucks had gone out without my table. Delivery Tomorrow.

Second, although the appliances are being delivered, the hood for the range is back-ordered and is not here. That may or may not be an issue.

Third: Joe is not happy with the vent that is installed for the hood. He has looked at the space and has asked: How am I supposed to box that out? As my face turned a whiter shade of pale, he said “Don’t worry Ahuva, we’re going to make it beautiful”. 🙂 I love my contractors.

Fourth: The refrigerator is not fitting through the door. They have removed the refrigerator doors. It’s not fitting. You’d think maybe someone should have talked to us about this somewhere along the line????? I don’t like wishing time away, but I’ll be happy to be at the point where I have a new refrigerator in the correct spot.


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