Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day Two

Yesterday afternoon they finished tearing up the floor - they put down the mesh and the mud that will support the new tile floor. It dried overnight and today they start laying the tile.
A big, loud, dusty mess, but fun to watch.

Worst part was - we cleaned out the kitchen, moved dishes and such but forgot about pantry items. At the last minute, we were grabbing things - knowing we would have to stay off that floor for 2 days or so. It's amazing how you want EVERYTHING when you're forced to choose. I know it's not quite "Sophie's choice", but still.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Just is a 4 letter word

Everyone told us "just do this". Just doing something is easy as long as you're not the one doing it. For instance, they told us "just take out the appliances before we start". That was just two days of moving, sorting, cleaning, pulling, pushing, and other such happiness. Taking the fridge out and moving it took a lot of planning, like where to put it and how to disconnect the water for the ice maker. Once done, it revealed a huge dust ferret (think dust bunny only longer).

I know, pretty scary huh? Not to mention all those little things you spilled over the years. Fear not, for we did do battle with the dust ferret and alas, we slew it mightily. But with one victory under our belt we had yet to tackle the stove, and worst of all, the dishwasher. I've done battle with dishwashers in the past and the last time ended with me being shot across the floor, sparks flying, and a great deal of cursing. A minor electrical burn, and a quest to find the REAL circuit breaker later, the job continued. That was years ago and the nightmares have subsided, however, one remains vigilant and wary lest he has a repeat performance.

Now, all that is just out of the way. The ugly flooring has been torn up and preparations are being made to install the new pretty one. Wish us luck, we'll need it.

Day One

Well, technically it's day one of the kitchen remodel. The contractor came with his two guys this morning, they are ripping up the floor.

We've been working on it a while already though, so it really doesn't feel like the first day.

Doing our research on appliances and materials. Shopping around for good deals. Making to do lists and trying to get ourselves organized.

This past weekend we cleaned, scrubbed, moved out old appliances and all the things that usually stay "out" in the kitchen - like the toaster and the like. We ordered the new appliances and painted sample colors on the wall.

We're making progress...