Saturday, July 5, 2014

Well, it can only go up from here?

Our kitchen renovation is not off to the greatest start but our determination is still intact. (For now.) It started last week when we were supposed to get our delivery of our cabinets and hardware. We scheduled to have everything arrive on June 25. By the end of the day, we still had nothing. A long and angry phone call to Ikea yielded no results except that June 25 was an estimated date, not the actual date. I called BS on that because they had over 2 months to prepare this order. Later on we learned it was because the handles we picked were recalled. HANDLES! The least important part of everything we bought. Because that was recalled, the whole order was stopped. Out of all of this mess, they did refund us the delivery charge. So hey, that’s something. We should be getting everything today, July 5. We’re crossing our fingers.

Over the past week or so, I’ve been moving things out of the kitchen. You don’t realize how much crap you have until you have to move it all. Not fun. Perhaps we’ll stay in this house forever so we don’t have to move anything else. Yesterday we started to take down the drywall around the soffit. We have to sort out the electrical work because we're getting taller cabinets and no longer have this extra space above the cabinets. That’s when we hit roadblock #2. D was taking everything down without a problem until I hear “WHITTTTTTNEY!” I rush downstairs and see blood everywhere. A piece of metal had torn into his knee as he was pulling stuff down. We rushed to the ER where we learned the cut was really deep but luckily it did not damage his knee joint. They had to get a consult with an orthopedic surgeon and that was pretty darn scary. But they stitched him up and sent him home 4 hours later. He has an appointment with a specialist on Monday, but we’re just going to hope that he says all is good. Our vacation is right around the corner, so this would not be the right time for some bad news.

Before the knee incident. 
But the soffit drywall is now gone, furniture is being shuffled around to make room for appliances in the living room, the lights, sink, and other kitchen-y things have ordered, and hopefully we won’t have any more major hiccups. It’s on the beginning of a loooooong journey, and it hasn’t been easy so far, but our spirits remain high. What we're low on is beer in the fridge. Gotta go work on that so we can last until the end of August. 

After the knee incident. But doesn't it look nice?

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