Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me, “So what are you going to work on now that your fabulous kitchen is done?” And it occurred to me that my blogland-perfect pictures and my exclamations of “IT’S DONE!” may have led you all to think that the kitchen is, in fact, done. But “done” is such a subjective word. It means so many different things to different people. So today, in the interest of full disclosure, I’d like to talk about…
Yes, I’ve called the kitchen “done.” But there are still a fairly large number of things that need to happen before I can make myself walk away from it and start another project.
Scratch that. There are still a fairly large number of things that need to happen before Chris allows me to walk away and start another project. I could have happily walked away weeks ago. I mean, it’s functional and beautiful and a million times better than our old one. It successfully served brunch to 18 people a couple of weekends ago. So yeah, in my mind, it’s done.
But Chris doesn’t have the privilege of living in my mind. He has to live in the house. The house that I tore up. And that means that I must either A) patch up the ragged edges I left, or B) tell Chris that he’s welcome to pitch a tent in the backyard where he can live without looking at the mess I made.
It snowed last night, so I chose Option A.
Dear Santa, If you’re reading this, for my Christmas present I would like for you to send a bunch of your magical elves to help me get this done. Please don’t send coal again. It was funny the first time, but the joke’s getting a little old. Thank you. Love, Sarah.
1) Finish the cabinets.
Yeah, I totally faked you out on that whole “The Cabinets Are Finished!” post a month ago. These two angled cabinets that I made still don’t have the doors attached. Give me a little more time to come up with a plausible excuse as to why I haven’t gotten to that yet. Then I’ll finish them and write an entertaining post for you.
2) Install casing around the doors and windows.
Well, I can’t install it until I’m done making it. By my calculations, it’ll be painted and ready for installation sometime before 2015. So you know…keep an eye out for that post.
3) Install baseboard and toekicks.
All excuses applied to the aforementioned casing will also be applied here. Plus, probably, a few more for good measure.
4) Install the bathroom door.
So here’s something I don’t mention very often: we remodeled a bathroom at the same time as the kitchen. It is beautiful. But like the kitchen, it’s missing a few finishing touches. For instance, there’s no door. So no matter how pretty the chandelier is, or how well the toilet flushes or how much toilet paper we put in there, it’s not really useable. Except as a storage space for buckets of fermenting beer and bags of stuff that needs to be returned to Home Depot and lumber waiting to be turned into baseboards.
But. We bought the door at a salvage store. And it still needs to be stripped, sanded, and re-painted. So “install the door” is actually much more of a time-suck than it sounds like. I’ve been working on it, but I haven’t blogged about it yet. There aren’t a lot of uber-popular blogs out there about stripping paint, so I’m assuming that you would find it even less fascinating than I do.
5) Make the closet a closet.
The closet is right next to the back door, and I dream of having a place to hang my jacket and store my shoes when I walk in the house. So we need to do some organization here. And as you can see, the closet also needs a door. It is having the same problems as the bathroom door. While we’re on the subject of stripping and painting doors, there’s also…
6) The basement door,
7)…and the pantry door.
We have this cute little storage space built into the nook under the stairs. It’s suprisingly useful, except that it looks like this right now:
And that means that once the door is made pretty again, we have to
8) Organize the pantry. I had this great idea that we should turn it into a disco-themed liquor cabinet. Mirrored back, glass shelves, purple lights, and a disco ball that automatically starts turning and playing The BeeGees when you open the door.
I guess nicer storage for small appliances and big mixing bowls would be okay, too.
9) Refinish the stairs.
I have been looking for an excuse to rip up this carpet for 7 years. After a year of being exposed to demolition and reconstruction, it has finally been beaten into oblivion. Plus, when we tore out the wall covering the chimney, it left the treads and risers about 2 inches too short. The carpet must go in order to install new treads. Yay! And speaking of the chimney,
10) Clean and seal the chimney.
I meant to do this a long time ago. Possibly before we put drywall up, because I suspect the cleaning process is going to be a wet one. But I didn’t do it. I am seriously terrified that if I start cleaning the brick, I will find that it is not salvageable, and the mortar will start crumbling, and I will end up having to tuckpoint all the joints. So let’s not think about that quite yet, shall we? Moving on.
11) Install a transition strip.
This is what the floor looks like between the kitchen and the dining room, where there used to be a wall. The photo doesn’t really show it, but there’s about an inch-and-half difference in height between the two. So I think I’m going to have to fashion a custom transition strip. Then it’ll be stained to match the dining room floors.
12) Finish the peninsula.
Okay, first of all, see that awesome stool sitting there? There are two of them, and they’re a Craigslist find that I haven’t told you about yet. They are also too tall for this counter, which I knew when I bought them, but thought, “I bet I can cut those down.” So when I finally get around to cutting them down, I’ll write that post about how I spent weeks looking for stools online (at real stores, not just Craigslist), only to discover that I hate 99.9% of stools ever constructed. I did not know that about myself.
Secondly, I used all the old wainscoting I could to finish the dining room walls. But there wasn’t enough to finish the back of our little peninsula. So it looks like once I’m done making casings and baseboards, I’ll have another project to keep me busy at American Workshop. I don’t want to say anything I can’t take back, but I think making the wainscoting for this area won’t be too hard. It should be a cross between making cabinet doors and making trimwork. And since I’ve already successfully (*snorts derisively*) done that, how hard can it be?
BWA HA HAhahahahhaaaaa!
Did you see that? I just said something was going to be easy! So
The best part about writing a blog is that it gives you written evidence of the ridiculous things I say sometimes.
And that, dear readers, is the list I’ll be working on this weekend. Come back Tuesday to see if Chris has moved into that tent yet.
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