Home, Ugly, Home
Yes, home is where the heart is. The kitchen is the heart of the home.
Our home and kitchen is the heart of a big, messy remodeling project. We decided to update our kitchen with new cabinets, countertops, and floors. While we were at it, we also want to revise the traffic flow, which means moving some of the plumbing and electrical.
My husband, Randy, decided we would do the remodeling ourselves rather than contract someone to do it. He once built an entire house and it is still standing after 20 years, so I trust he can manage the workload provided I supervise.
The remodeling of our kitchen has been underway for 9 weeks and we have things torn out and scattered everywhere. I’ve given up on keeping the house clean. Keeping up with parts of the house and where we put the groceries this week is hard enough. We decided to take things in small segments so Randy didn’t have to take time off from his day job to work at home. He does what he can at night and on weekends. It’s slow but steady progress.
Our kitchen has partially-painted walls-some with the old paint color, some with the new paint color and some with new drywall that needs to be mudded or sanded. There’s more paint on the old vinyl floor than there is on the walls in some places. Sanding dust decorates every flat surface in the house and each piece of furniture has smiley faces and butterflies etched by little fingers and signed by the grandkids. What a work of art!
The remaining old base cabinets with their tired, worn-out faces are embarrassed by beautiful new wall cabinets we’ve installed. Peeling, cracked countertops sit precariously atop old base cabinets that had to be pulled away from the wall to allow access for tearing out the old bulkhead and hanging the new upper cabinets Dishes are stacked all over the dining room. We even have small appliances in the living room. The rest of the newly-assembled IKEA cabinets are in the spare bedroom waiting their turn in the line up.
Randy turned me loose to pick out the new countertop, so I went to the granite yard and bought a large, costly chunk of rock. With the template man coming next week, we have to get the terrazzo tile floor laid this weekend so we can install the base cabinets for a proper measurement. That means we have to move the sink and its plumbing to the other side of the dishwasher by Tuesday. No problem. Who needs sleep?
You may see photos of the work in progress at http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/von_von/perry_kitchen_remode/.