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My kitchen renovation is now officially completed!

PG has put up the lights under the cabinets, and did an amazing job of drilling and fastening and magic to hide all the wires and making it all work:photo

He finally got that pesky corner cabinet contraption properly attached and I could finally put away all my liquor that has been strewn around my living room for just over a month (at least it was readily accessible when necessary!):photo

Then after much trial and error, he positioned the handle on the outside of that cabinet exactly where I wanted it – and it’s not even crooked (any more):photo

AND the newly-completed kitchen has been christened: I have had my very first dinner party in it! My guests were duly impressed and we all had a lot of fun that evening …

… but of course, the downside is that PG did all that finishing work AFTER the dinner party …


The light at the end of the tunnel

Well, happy Good Friday, people!

And it looks like it really is a good Friday in Pinklea-land, because as I sit here sequestered in my bedroom, my kitchen ceiling is being spray-painted. This is the last step in dealing with the upstairs toilet tank that leaked through to the kitchen ceiling. Later today I will have (almost) a brand new kitchen! At last!

Since we last spoke (metaphorically speaking, that is), the lovely new quartz countertop and the lovely new sink went in. See? Here’s the counter, breakfast bar and all, without the faucet.photo1

The next day, the plumber installed the lovely new faucet. And here’s what that looks like.: photo.2JPG

The plumber had to work around the drywall guy, who was at my house for almost ten hours yesterday. He put up drywall, mudded it, waited for it to dry, sanded it (mudding-waiting-sanding twice, by the way), and then added the texturing. It’s not one of those true “popcorn” ceilings, but it does have some – well, texture to it. He put in the long day, he said, because all he wanted to do today was the painting.

So while the drywall guy was working, my kitchen looked like this:photo

Nice, eh? For almost ten hours. Needless to say, there was no cooking yesterday. In fact, there was no food at all, other than what DD and I had squirreled away upstairs prior to the drywall guy’s arrival. We ordered pizza for dinner.

And he had to take down my beautiful new track lighting! “But I do need a kitchen light!” I wailed dramatically. No worries, I was told, you will not be left in dark overnight. So this is what he put up as a temporary measure:photo

Uh, yeah. It’s a light, all right. Bit of a step down from what I had two days ago, though.

Anyway, it’s almost done. I should be able to properly enjoy my new kitchen later this afternoon.

But we are going out for dinner tonight regardless.

Reno … go!

imagesI bit the bullet and went back to the home reno store. This time – success!

A lovely woman called Joanne spent just over an hour with me, walking me through my various options in countertops, sinks, and faucets. She climbed up tall ladders to confirm prices for me. She checked flyers to see if the countertop I was most interested in was on sale (it was!). She showed me samples of the various countertop edges that were available. She helped me figure out the difference between 18 and 20 gauge sinks. She cautioned me about getting a really tall gooseneck faucet if there was a window whose view could possibly be blocked. She went over to get a shopping cart for me. She answered all my questions as best she could. She gave me her candid opinion when I wavered.

She didn’t even make me fork over the customary deposit when she gave me a sample of a quartz countertop to take home!

I went home with that sample, a new undermount sink, a very good idea of which kitchen faucet I wanted to purchase (the only reason I didn’t buy it right then and there was that I wanted to measure out whether or not the height of it would piss me off), AND an appointment a few days later for the countertop guy to come to my home and measure everything out.

The measurement process was quite fascinating to watch. Lots of computer work, lasers, tape measuring – and a lot more questions to be answered. Most of them, I hadn’t even considered – like what thickness did I want my new countertop? Huh?!? You mean I have a choice?!? (Actually, in the end, I didn’t have a choice, because I am not replacing the existing white backsplash, so the new countertop must be the same thickness as the old one.)

I am now waiting for the store to call me with the final price of the countertop itself, the removal and disposal of all the old stuff, the installation of all the new stuff, and the cost of the plumber to hook up the water the next day (this is what one does when getting a new undermount sink, so that everything can settle and adhere properly overnight before being exposed to water). In the meantime, I went back to return the countertop sample and to buy that gooseneck faucet that I wanted. Once I have the price and have actually paid, I am told that it will take two weeks to manufacture the countertop, so right now it looks like this will all work out time-wise: cabinets done on March 19, everything else shortly afterward, and all of it while I am on Spring Break!

So I’m pretty much ready to rock and roll here. My cabinets will be dark brown, my countertop will be widened to include a breakfast bar and will be white quartz with flecks of various colours including brown, gold, green, blue and (naturally) pink, my sink will be a little bigger and a little squarer and undermounted, my faucet will be chrome and goosenecked with a pull-out nozzle.

Oh yes, there will certainly be photos. Count on it!