Week 6 in Review

After the darkest week yet in this home renovation, things started to look up again in Week 6. We made some major strides forward, and completed our final large purchase. This week, we had help from both  my Dad and our friend Rich. Tyler and Dad have been working basically all weekend, every weekend, and I couldn’t be more impressed by their tireless work ethic and willingness to sacrifice. After they got the cabinets returned to their rightful place in the kitchen, they installed under-cabinet lights and then began work on installing the new recessed lights I’d like in the living area. These are big projects – ones that I know Tyler and I would have difficulty tackling alone – so I am especially grateful for the help. We also finally ordered a countertop material, settling on the Silestone Lyra instead of the Zodiaq Bianca Carrera I’d originally selected. I think it will look nice although I’m still wary of potential problems that may arise when the crew comes for the templating visit. We requested a large, rounded bar overhang that will need some sort of support and there are a few areas that may need additional support as well due to the strange way that our base cabinets were laid out. There is probably no reason not to believe things will go smoothly, but there is enough “unknown” to make me worry! We also shifted focus this week to begin preparing our yard for summer, purchasing a tree, planting seeds for our garden, and making plans for the landscaping elements we’ll need to plant before the weather heats up. 

Week 6

Saturday March 9 – Friday March 15

The first seeds for our summer garden are sprouting! A little joy amidst our house of pain and suffering.

The first seeds for our summer garden are sprouting! A little joy amidst our house of pain and suffering.

The Pergo flooring is home and acclimating before installation.

The Pergo flooring is home and acclimating before installation.

Primer time.

Primer time.

Sprouts! These ones are for eating.

Sprouts! These ones are for eating.

Dad marking out holes for new recessed lights.

Dad marking out holes for new recessed lights.

The cabinets are back where they belong - on the wall.

The cabinets are back where they belong – on the wall.

  • Replaced/re-hung the upper cabinets in the kitchen
  • Replaced the lower cabinets in the kitchen
  • Installed under-cabinet lights (ooh! ahh!)
  • Finalized plan for recessed lighting in the living areas and bought supplies
  • Spackled and sanded the cabinet doors/drawers
  • Painted the cabinet door backs with buildable primer
  • Painted cabinet door fronts with regular primer
  • Sanded cabinet door fronts
  • Vacuumed cabinet door fronts, removed dust with tack cloth
  • Spackled areas where the wood grain was still too visible
  • Sanded cabinet fronts again
  • Marked and cut holes for the new recessed lights
  • Bought countertops (!!!)
  • Picked up our flooring (story on that to come)

Anne

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