It’s beginning to look a lot like a kitchen

Well, it’s finally starting to look like we might be close to getting this kitchen functional!
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Which is not to say there isn’t a lot more work to do. But, we have a functioning dishwasher again for the first time since mid-April. Yes, that’s correct, more than 5 months without a dishwasher or a sink. So you can imagine the first thing I did when I got home last night:
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I also added some moulding around the floor behind the stove and refrigerator locations, so that everything looks nice an finished behind the appliances like it did before.
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And, you’ll notice, we have cabinet doors!!
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Well, almost…

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Out of all the pieces of the kitchen that we bought from Ikea, this was the only one that had any problems at all, but it was kind of a big one:

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Tonight… it’s installing the stove… and tomorrow, they come and measure for the countertops!
YAY!

The Epic Saga Continues

It’s not much, but we have made more progress on the kitchen over the past few weeks!

Exhibit A:

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Cabinets assembled!! Well, the shells are assembled- the shelves, doors and drawers will be installed once the cabinets are mounted to the walls.

And the best news, exhibit B:

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LAUNDRY!!!

I will admit that we did a half-dozen loads as soon as we got it hooked up again, we were in desperate need of our washer and dryer.

Next is installing the cabinets and then we can call the countertop peeps to have them measure! In the meantime, we’ll keep eating out and hope we finish at some point!

The Secret to Kitchen Makeovers

Bet you thought we were wrapping up our kitchen makeover and just not telling you about it, didn’t you? Well, you’re wrong – we haven’t done much of anything since my last update. The secret to kitchen makeovers in our household is seeing how long we can go without one… until we finally crack and push stuff along because we just can’t take it any longer.

Or at least, that’s how I feel we’ve decided to handle it. Since my last post, we have finally gotten our contractor to come back out and look at some of the areas around the pantry door that need to be fixed (but they haven’t come out to actually fix them yet – hopefully this week). We also made the trek out to Ikea to buy our cabinets.

Both the husband and I had visions of going through the aisles in the self pick-up area trying to track down all the components of the kitchen cabinets one by one, but Ikea makes the process really easy and kitchen cabinets are part of the assisted pick-up! Which is a good thing, because there were more than 130 separate pieces and parts that we purchased to make our kitchen beautiful – toekicks, cabinets, shelves, the wonderful drawer and door closers that keep things from slamming and all of the other little pieces and parts.

We just double checked everything on our pre-designed online kitchen:

Printed out the full list, which an IKEA kitchen specialist triple-checked:
And then paid up in the kitchen area and waited for the IKEA folks to pull all of the items on the list. (We admit, we bought little tarts and had a glass of wine up in the kitchen area for part of that time). After about 30-40 minutes of exploring and dining, we headed to the assisted pick-up area, where they had everything waiting for us on four carts. (I wish I had thought to take a picture of them!)

We loaded everything up into the car we had rented and our own car (it would not have all fit in just one trip in our car), and then made the trek back into the city.

All-in-all, it took us several hours to get everything done, but since the prices of some of the more custom cabinets from the local hardware stores were nearly twice as much, and we liked the look of the IKEA cabinets, we were okay with putting in a little extra time and driving.

But those several hours were about all the progress we’ve made in the past month. Ridiculous. But hopefully the contractor will wrap up his part of the work this week, and we’ll get to laying the flooring this weekend so that we can finally get this moving along. One can only hope that we’ll finally have a kitchen again before our fourth anniversary at the end of August…please!?!