This month, in my kitchen are guys – good guys. Well, Celia did ask what was in my kitchen this month and frankly I wish that I was sitting in her kitchen right now munching on all of the fabulous treats she has! Check out all the great food she’s got. It may look a little chaotic but that’s Dennis installing the kitchen sink on the left and Jim, husband to Mary, our kitchen designer and also my favorite all ’round save the day guy. Jim’s getting those upper cabinets in today but also saved the day on Friday when the granite guys needed a cabinet modified to fit the 3rd sink (more on why I have 3 sinks later) before bringing in 2 tons of granite.
Let’s see, where did we leave off in my kitchen? I think we were at the part where my entire tile shipment had been smashed and the next shipment was 3 weeks out at sea. A quick dash to the tile showroom and I had a substitute tile picked out so the job didn’t get delayed since it took about 2 days to rip out the subflooring and lay new board down to set the tiles. I have to say, the tile work was the hardest to live with since the floor flows from the kitchen, down one hallway to the office and down the back hallway to a bathroom & outside door. That would be Lola’s door – she supposed to go in and out the back since we have an underground fence that blocks the front yard and door from her. Unfortunately I let her out the front door and the tile guy had the back door open so she came running in the back… right through the big patch of wet cement he’d just spread. She didn’t just run through it – she slid, dragging her butt and tail then, after leaving some footprints on the boards, took off for the foyer and living room. After cleaning up the cement from the marble and hardwood – oh and her big old brush of a tail painted some doors and walls, I got her outside. You can see, she’s a little ashamed of herself or maybe she’s not happy about getting dried cement picked out of he hair.
Once we got the tiles down on the floor, we really made progress with the cabinets. The center island and base cabinets were installed.
Once the granite was in, it really began to feel like a kitchen again.
And the kitchen sink! We had a little sink problem. A month ago, I ordered a copper sink online. When we unpacked it for the granite guy to make the template, he noticed that the bottom was all dented in. That’s not a good thing. But we also needed to know that I could get the same sink so they could at least go ahead and make the template to not delay the granite. I got on the phone with a customer rep to order a second sink and let them know they were getting the first one back. At first, she wouldn’t let me order the second sink until I returned the first. Oh dear, please just pretend that I’m ordering another sink so we can be sure of the granite cutout and we’ll worry about the return later. Alas, I did get the second sink (although I’ve still not heard back about returning the damaged one) but when the owner of the granite place saw the size of the sink I’d bought, he really didn’t think it was big enough. Okay, let’s order a third sink. And it’s not just a great sink, it’s a tub big enough for a cat to swim laps in.. Wait until the faucet gets installed – he won’t be so happy to sit in there.
To say it’s been hectic is an understatement but I know it will be worth it. Actually we added to the project by deciding to re-do the entire ceiling to change from the stucco to a flat plaster ceiling – 2 days of plastering guys.
And, although this wasn’t in my kitchen, I got a call from my daughter who needed an emergency Halloween costume. I should have asked first when she needed it by since I just assumed Halloween but of course her party was the next day. Technically it was an easy enough costume – she wanted to be a Starbucks coffee cup. Basically a white sack with a brown belt and Starbucks logo for the hot cup holder at her waist. Little did I know how rabid Starbucks is about their logo! I thought I could just download the logo, print it off and put that on the belt. Wrong – you cannot download a Starbucks logo from anywhere. Matter of fact I’m not sure if I’m even allowed to write ;Starbucks’ in my blog. So this crazed lady drove to the nearest Starbucks to snap a photo of the logo in the window but don’t you know, they had the shade down covering the big logo in the window. I’m sure they’ve had stranger people walk in but I wasn’t leaving without a logo so I walked in found a display of their coffee machines, snapped a picture of the logo on the box and walked out (I hate their coffee). And the costume was done by Saturday morning and looks like this: