Monday, April 14, 2008

Not so blog-worthy

Clamorers, rejoice! I have for you a picture-laden post about my kitchen remodel. Perhaps, given the number of angry diatribes I wrote about The Bathroom Remodel, you expected a lot more posts about the current ordeal, but the kitchen remodel is going so much more smoothly that I just don’t have as much to say! I’m not even bothering to capitalize "kitchen remodel." Not that I am complaining, mind you. But that is exactly the problem. Posts about home renovations are only worthwhile if there is something to complain about.

Sure, there have been a few delays, but over the course of the past two weeks, the kitchen has gone from this:
kitchen-before

to this:
kitchen-during-2

to this:
plaster

Just look at those walls. See how there are no grease stains whatsoever? Lack of grease stains is a real plus in a wall, in my opinion. And all of this in only two weeks!

There have of course been a few delays, but all have been minor. For example, Andrew and I have just learned that we cannot paint the plaster for at least one more week because we have to make sure it sets properly. But there has only been one serious (and boring) problem, and it hinges on the location of the vent for the microwave. The vent, you see, is not where we wanted it to be. When this was discovered on Friday night, there was a lot of worrying about the possibility that we would not be able to vent the microwave at all which changed to concern that the drywall would have to be removed in order to move one of the new outlets, but it turns out our contractor will be able to patch it instead. So, no harm done! In fact, we’re going to end up with slightly more counter space than we had before!

So now we are waiting for the plaster to dry and for the doors to come in. The doors are actually the cause of the other major delay, but that is only because we decided to replace the doors at the last minute and they need to be special ordered. And unfortunately, the contractor can’t install any trim or wainscoting until the doors are in, which won’t be for another two weeks. But do you realize how easy it will be to paint the walls with no trim to worry about? No taping, and we can roll the whole thing. I’m almost looking forward to it.

The main reason this renovation is going so well is that we hired professionals rather than do it ourselves after work. That sort of thing makes a difference. But the other reason I think things are going so swimmingly is that The Bathroom Remodel was just so unbelievably painful, all other home improvements projects pale in comparison. It’s like sitting through a bad movie after having already sat through Gigli. Somehow, it just doesn’t seem that bad.

In closing, I present you with the following pictorial list:

Top Reasons The Kitchen Remodel Is Easier To Endure Than The Bathroom Remodel

1. The dining room:

During the kitchen remodel
dining-kr

During the Bathroom Remodel
dining-br

2. The living room

During the KR
living-kr

During the BR
living-br

3. The kitchen sink:

During the KR
kitchsink-kr

During the BR
tub-br
4. The bathroom sink:

During the KR
bathsink-kr

During the BR
tub-br

5. The shower:

During the KR
shower-kr

During the BR
tub-br

6. The toilet:

During the KR
toilet-kr

During the BR
tub-br

OK, just kidding on that one:
toilet-br

Not all THAT much better, though, huh.

7. Landing:

During KR
landing-br

During BR
landing-kr

8. Dishwasher:

During KR
dishwasher-kr

During BR
dishwasher-br

9. And last but most important of all, Jack:

During BR
jack-br

During KR
jack-kr

Things are better this time, no?

2 comments:

Becca said...

OH MY GOSH HE COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE ANY CUTER!!!! It does look like things are much better this time around. If I had to wash dishes in the bathtub when I was that pregnant you probably would have seen me on an episode of Cops for a domestic battery call in which the cop was saying "Now just calm down, ma'am. Now why did you break a casserole dish over your husband's head?"

Yay for hiring professionals!

Emily said...

He is just the spitting image of Andrew, isn't he? I cannot WAIT to see them standing next to each other. IN PERSON. SQUEEEEEEE!

This post scares me, however. Why do I think we can remodel our entire kitchen in two weeks if it has taken two weeks JUST FOR YOUR WALLS? Well, not JUST for your walls, but you know.