Week 7 felt like the week that we had to ‘hurry up and wait’ — we were not quite ready for appliances, but hundreds of little details needed attention.
New stair railings were finally installed.
Interior doors were installed, including the door that will close off the back bedrooms from the front of the house.
Our pocket doors for the dining room arrived ahead of schedule, but not in time to have them painted before they were installed. Still, we’re happy to get them so quickly, after cancelling our original order with Lowes’ supplier. (They went into a 4 week backorder after keeping us waiting for 5 weeks.)
A new floor vent has been added to this kitchen alcove, and we love the way the stainless steel cover brightens the floor in this area.
The wall vent was put up in its new position in the kitchen wall. Why do they always come in white? I carefully painted this one to match the wall before it was installed.
One little detail that came to light after the cabinets were installed: the tiny slivers of primer-painted white walls, between the front of the cabinets and the edge of the door frame. There were a few more of these tiny gaps on walls that will otherwise be covered in tile. Wish I’d thought of those areas before the cabinets were installed! It doesn’t make sense (to me, anyway) to paint these slivers in my wall colour, because that reddish colour will draw too much attention. So I painted them to blend in and disappear.
I even painted those gaps between the bottom of my soffits and the tops of my window frames. They won’t be visible when my valances are installed, but what if someone looks underneath the valances?
My contractor worked for several days to finish all of the carpentry details, but every new piece of wood he installed had to be primed and painted. Since I’m the chief painter, that meant another lost weekend.
Our closet doors weren’t new, but had not yet been painted. There’s no escaping the task this time around.
The only saving grace in all the painting is how much I love our new colours. I’m particularly in love with our new trim colour — I may never paint trim white again! It’s like liquid linen….
Week 8 promises to be a big one — appliances will be delivered and installed; cabinetry is to be finished, including new hardware; and countertops are to be installed. With any luck, we’ll be moving back upstairs before Labour Day.