This is supposed to be our final week of construction, and it should see big changes to the appearance and functionality of our new kitchen. No matter what happens, we will be returning to our normal work and school routines after the Labour Day weekend, and that means we need a functioning kitchen (even if it’s not completely finished.) Our list of things still to be completed is long:
- finish painting in front stairwell and back hall, plus touch-ups throughout
- install wall tiles and grout them
- finish installing dishwasher
- finish electrical
- hookup plumbing to dishwasher and fridge
- install faucet
- finish cabinetry details, including platform for stove, hardware on pantry, drawer dividers and rubber mats, and sagging cupboard above fridge/freezer
- install range
- install vent hood
- move out of temporary kitchen and into new kitchen
- move furniture back into living and dining rooms
- unpack boxes for kitchen, living and dining rooms
Too bad a week is only 7 days! Did I mention that my contractor has gone on vacation, and left me with the phone numbers of his electrician, plumber and tiler? Let’s hope they return my calls.
We can’t leave grout colour to the installer — that’s like letting the painter choose our paint colours! Mapei’s ‘Pewter’ looks good to us. Thank goodness Lowe’s has enough for our project.
Our first look at the tile with our wall colour and cabinets confirms that it will pull everything together nicely. Love the slate pieces!
Tile goes in on schedule Monday and Tuesday. So glad we used so much — it adds texture and pattern.
Kitchen Court also showed up on Monday to drop off some missing doors, and pick up our pantry doors for hardware installation. Easy come, easy go!
Now that the backsplash is almost complete, we turn our attention to coverplates for the electrical outlets. We were thinking of all stainless steel, but that was not available. Then we considered stainless plates around white outlets….they’re okay but not great.
Black outlets with stainless steel plates are much sexier than the white ones! Decision made.
We decided to complete the dishwasher installation ourselves. We were told it required a platform, which it did not. However, leveling it after it was pushed under the countertop and raised to its proper height proved to be a feat of contortion and brute strength. (And included a certain amount of cursing!)
Speaking of washing dishes, we were thrilled to discover that our ‘too big’ sink did indeed fit without removing our soap holders. Hurray! (Our joy was short-lived when we realized that they have been set too high, and our scrubbing sponges get caught when we open the flap. Add that to our list of details to sort out.)
The electrician also showed up on schedule, to complete lighting installations and other work. That meant we needed bulbs. Hubby was determined to convert all of our lighting to LED bulbs. Little did he know that sourcing the right wattages in the right colour temperatures would be so complicated. Our choices ranged from warm 2700 K (similar to many incandescents) to 3000K to cool 4000 K (Under-cabinet strips). It involved a lot of testing of trial bulbs in various fixtures in various rooms before we decided which ones we preferred in each. I don’t mind saving energy, but not at the expense of my colours. This week, we finally got the right bulbs installed in every fixture.
Move-in was scheduled for Wednesday, which meant that Tuesday was clean-up day. Time to remove all the cardboard and paper protecting our floors. Look, there’s wood under there! We finally get to see how our wall colours look with our flooring.
Did I mention that I hate moving?
In the midst of our moving day, the plumber was hard at work.
Ta da! We have a faucet. Good thing I poked my head in the kitchen once in a while– the on/off lever was meant to be at the front, but he had it to the side, where it bumped into the backsplash. It was easily fixed at the time, but might have been a bit trickier later on.
Having the furniture upstairs, before we had a functioning kitchen, meant we were still cooking downstairs, but eating upstairs. Logan insisted that we turn on the fireplace, even with the boxes, to add atmosphere while we ate.
Friday saw the return of our pantry doors, with the beautiful new recessed hardware. It’s big and bold, and we love it.
We were finally able to ‘install’ the range on its platform, with a little help from Kitchen Court. Now if we could just get that vent hood up, I could start cooking for real! Unfortunately, grouting has to come first.
Our old fridge and stand-up freezer were to go to a sister, which meant they needed to be emptied before the weekend. Finally, we are moving our food from here……
…. to here.
The catch is, we had to take a break in our unpacking and organizing, to help my Mom move. My sister benefited because we decided to drop the fridge and freezer off on our way to my Mom’s. Unfortunately, it was a very long day, in the rain, and it put us behind on our own work. But you can’t say no to Mom! It’s payback time for all the times she helped me move in and out during 4 years of out-of-town university. We may not have finished our move-in completely, but were were able to prepare (if not cook) our first lunch on schedule.
Pizza anyone? The grill works wonders on prepared flatbread with our toppings.