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Friday, 2 October 2015

a sigh of relief...

I want to start by thanking you all so much for your feedback on our small kitchen catastrophe! I also want to apologize to anyone that knows me for only ever talking about our kitchen... I swear someday I will have a life that does not revolve around it! I am also happy to report that you can all breathe a sigh of relief for us. We received all of our kitchen products and there was only one small issue... one of our corner cabinets was damaged during shipping. To our surprise, we had no issues returning it and getting a new one shipped right away.
Today, I wanted to share with you our little countertop problem. As you know, we had issues with the measurements when we originally did the design plan. HOWEVER, this has nothing really to do with the countertop being about 3 feet short. Yes that is correct. We may have been off in our measurements by an inch or so, but the countertop was short almost 3... full.... feet... = not impressed. Let me elaborate....

We decided that we would butt our countertops together, instead of doing a nice corner edge... mostly because it was a lot simpler that way. Whether we had done it this way or not, we still would have been short. When Steve finished his last cut, he realized that we did not have a full length piece to finish off the last 3 feet of counter space...

not one full piece... we had two cut off pieces however, that still would have left us a couple inches short. AGAIN, NOT IMPRESSED. So, back to IKEA we went. No one wants ugly, unnecessary joints in their countertop... (first world problem, i know!!) So, we very politely, talked to a manager at IKEA and explained that even if they had given us enough length wise, we’d have a couple unnecessary joints... that would look ugly and unprofessional. They screwed up and should have given us another 6ft length of butcher block. After only a little bit of deliberation, we came to the conclusion that we would pay for the extra piece, as we would have had to if THEY had measured correctly in the first place... but that we would NOT pay for shipping. Why did we refuse to pay for shipping? Because it cost almost as much as the 6ft piece we needed!! CRAZY!

So, sometime in the near future we should have the rest of the countertop, and then we will finish filling the edges. In the meantime, I spent a good portion of time sanding and oiling with Ikea’s recommended oil. Not the best method in the world... so I started researching other methods and stumbled upon this post from “House Tweaking”. Once the new piece is put in place, I will be sanding down the top again and using this method. It honestly sounds SO much easier! I’ll keep you posted on how THAT goes!

Between receiving our last shipment and waiting for the rest of the countertop, we have been busy trying to finish up the lower cabinets. It's a very slow process as we are just working on everything when we have a few spare hours, so we get very small sections done at a time. We have officially put all of the doors on the lower cabinets and the pantry...

Putting the doors on really relieved a LOT of stress for me... because... I was able to..... PUT STUFF AWAY!!!!! It had been almost 7 weeks of having EVERYTHING from our old kitchen sitting in boxes or loose in our living room. I GOT MY LIVING ROOM BACK!! Do you know how much weight was lifted off my shoulders after this?? I am a cleanly, organized person and I also like routine... This was not happy living for me! Now I can clean the living room... I can sit and watch TV without ten boxes blocking my view... I can go to the cupboard and grab a bag of chips... I mean wheat thins... without having to sift through a box of 500 spices and paper plates. It’s the little things in life, truly!!

The bottom cabinets just need pulls and handles, and then we need to put in the “filler” pieces in the spaces that you see there. Then the kick plate goes on and....... well we still have lots to do, but it’s useable... that’s what really matters to me! This week we have been working on the upper cabinets and hopfully this weekend I will be able to put doors on and then EVERYTHING will have a home again!!

This means that we are getting so close to the "decor" stage of this renovation and I’m getting very excited! I am going to be priming the "hospital green" walls very soon and then it's time for a proper paint color. I think I have decided to go with a neutral color on the walls so that accents can be the stand out pieces. I’m trying to decide on a grey... I don’t want it to be too silver... maybe one of these??


All of our kitchen utensils are very bright in color, so that'll add a punch and I plan on putting fun, bright prints up on the walls. Something along these lines...

kitchen print set

But for now, we will continue to slowly put everything together .... and I know that i’m jumping the gun a bit, but can we please take a quick look back at what our kitchen looked like before??

Can you believe it? We are almost home... almost living in OUR home.. not just occupying someone else’s... and that....feels...AMAZING!

If you would like to catch up on the rest of our kitchen renovation...the ups and the downs... start here!

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