Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Some Progress on the backsplash

Hi all!

Well, they came and fixed where my floor was torn up.  I'm not sure I'm happy with the fix, so I'm living with it for a while to see if it will bug me or not.

Tonight I used my oven and stove for the first time!  I made spaghetti and garlic bread.  It was yummy!
Don't ask me why I chose the biggest pot I have to make one small bit of spaghetti. LOL
They started putting in backsplash tiles.  Here's the small area that they did today.

Of course, it'll look better when the spacers are gone...

Here you can see it with the counter and the cabinet.  I think I'm going to like it. I hope so, because I'm stuck with it now!  
So, that's the latest on the kitchen.  We're almost there!  I'm still toying with the idea of buying a new kitchen table set.  If it wasn't for my stupid car, I wouldn't even have to think about it.  Even if I don't get one now, I'll eventually get one.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tears in my floor. Wah.

I was so excited yesterday!  Today I had more time and less excitement and discovered there are several tears in my new vinyl floor.  I'm hoping this is fixable.  Trying not to worry about it.  :(


Monday, October 22, 2012

Plumbing, Wiring, Appliances! Oh My!

Hi all,

I have electricity and plumbing.  The appliances are in place!  Backsplashes and floor boards and it'll be done!!  I'm not sure if I like the light fixture for the dining room.  It hangs lower than I imagined. Now I guess I need to start working on vacuuming and lining shelves, cleaning the floor and starting to get things moved into the kitchen!

Sink and dishwasher

Light fixture



Yay!  The microwave is in!

I have a faucet!  The fridge is in!

Light fixtures.  I think the one in the dining room might hang down too low.

Happy, happy, joy, joy!  The fridge is in place!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Appliances are here!

Hi all,

Well, yesterday I talked to Bob Pendleton, my contractor about a few things.  He went to order the tile for the backsplash and they were out of stock.  So today I went back and picked out a different "color".  My sister, who went with me, said that it looks exactly the same.  I think it's a little lighter, but not much.

The electrician will be coming Monday or Tuesday.  The plumber decided to go deer hunting (bad timing!) so he won't be here until Thursday.  Backsplash tiles will be in Thursday.  So we're getting closer to finished.

The only appliance that's in place right now is the stove.  The rest are waiting for the electrical work.

Oven is in place!
Another shot of the stove side.  It's a convection oven with all these cool new features I'll have to figure out how to use.  
The dishwasher, and the microwave on top.  To the left you can see the side of the fridge.
The fridge is sitting backward so I can't get a good picture of the front, not enough space to get far enough away to take a picture.  
My faucet is still in its box, but here it is.  :)
Between the early morning delivery (7:30 a.m. on a Saturday!), the trips to the tile store, a trip to one pharmacy, a trip to the doctor's office, a trip to another pharmacy, switching out fridges and the task of figuring out which way the oven racks go in, I'm pretty tired!  I'm looking forward to having more to share next week as things get closer and closer to finished!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Counters and a Sink!

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen,

After getting the bill to fix my car ($1400), I came home to new kitchen counters!!  The sink is in, but no faucet yet.  Here's the picture proof:

My printer/phone area.

The big box is my faucet.

The counters around the still non-existent stove.

I have a sink!  I can't use it, yet, but I have one!!!
So,  here's what I think is left:
1. backsplash
2. electrical outlets
3. floor boards
4. install appliances
5. need handles for the two drawers below the sink, even though they don't open, it looks strange to not have them there.
6. light fixtures
7. paint touch ups
8. possible work on the edge of the counter where it doesn't exactly meet up with the wall.

By this time next week, I'll hopefully have a complete kitchen!

Thursday, October 11, 2012



First, I LOVE the smell of the fresh wood.  The cabinets look awesome!  It'll take some getting used to.  Here are pictures.

The left is where my printer and phone will go.  The right is the pantry!

The blank spot is where the fridge will go.  Then counter, then sink. The empty spot is for the dish washer.

The oven will go between these cabinets.

The microwave will be mounted underneath the two top cabinets.

It's interesting how the lighting makes the wood appear in various places. This is lookin into the kitchen from the entryway. The area at the far end will be the dining room.

Recycle and garbage cans!  :)

My pantry!!!  The shelves pull out.

Cabinets above the sink area.

Katie's checking it out.

Sniffling at the hardware.

It's almost like she's telling me something is missing there.

And she wouldn't be a cat if she didn't jump up and try to investigate.  I love the quizzical look on her face!
Now it's 7-10 days for the counters.  Woohoo!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I have a floor!

Yes!  I came home to find I have a floor!  Now this is exciting progress!  Here's the picture proof!

The entry hall and the carpeted hall.

Entry hall

The kitchen (and the cat checking it out)

You can see where the carpet to the living room and dining room is. And the cat making herself comfortable.

Looking through the kitchen from the dining area.
Oh, this brings hope!  Who knows what I'll come home to tomorrow!?

Monday, October 8, 2012


Well, they had to cement or patch or something my floors.  My house is a bigger mess, I can't quit sneezing, and I'm tired of stuff being everywhere.  I can't open my fridge 'cause they left all their crap in front of it.  I've reached that ugly point where I'm not able to look past the yucky inconveniences to the lovely shiny future of a new kitchen.

That said, here are the pictures from today.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Light Fixtures

After an impromptu trip to Home Depot with my brother, John, and nephew, Jack, I have light fixtures for my kitchen.  Special thanks to John for helping me with the decision making.

Here's the one that will go in the dining area.

And this one will go in the kitchen area.
So now, I think I have all the major decisions and purchases done.  I just have to be patient and wait for everything to get put in.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Nothing New

If anything new got done today, I can't see it, so I have no pictures to post.  Hopefully there will be something on Monday.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sheetrock is finished!


They finished the sheetrock today.  The floor is looking some better, but there's still work to be done on it.  Here's today's pictures.

And for those who helped out in my backsplash poll, I decided to go with the one on the left.

That's it for today.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Progress and Backsplash poll

They did some electrical and phone wiring today and put in some sheetrock!  Here's today's updated pictures.  After them, I'm conducting a short poll about backsplash tile.

Here is a picture of the design I'd like for my backsplash:
I think I want the pattern at the top of the panel that has the four small diamonds nested with the larger diamonds.
So the informal poll:  Which looks better with the wood and counter top, the tile on the left or the tile on the right?  Comment below, please. :)