The cabinets are in. The appliances are installed. The gorgeous granite is in place. The lights are hooked up. We once again have running water and electricity in the kitchen, which I will never ever take for granted again. The next stop? The Sanding, Staining and Sealing of the Floors. Now mind you, I knew this part was coming, and for some reason I thought this was going to be a minor blip in comparison to the cabinet rip-out and the new cabinets being put in place and the appliances arriving and so on. Which goes to show you what I knew about flooring work, which was Absolutely Nothing. Welcome to the most chaotic part of this whole project!
First came the realization that we would need to take everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, out of the kitchen and the adjoining breakfast room. Anything that sat on the floor needed to find a new temporary home. If you ever want a good sense of how much stuff you have on your kitchen and breakfast room floor, I highly recommend taking it all out and putting it elsewhere in your house. It’s an eye-opener (and more on this later).
The floor guys arrived with a sander with a big industrial vaccum that needed so much power that mysterious things needed to be done with our circuit breaker box. Then our entire kitchen, including any doorways to other parts of the house were covered in this spooky-looking transparent sheeting that protects everything from the dust. It gives the kitchen a kind of Great Expectations look, don’t you think?
The covering and the fact that we are not supposed to walk on the floors for days while everything is drying has separated me from my brand-new kitchen. Which is kind of like taking a lollipop away from a very big baby.
Hello, warming drawer. I hardly even know you, and I miss you.
Meanwhile, back at the stuff that used to live on the kitchen and breakfast room floor, I remember back before this project saying to the Southern husband that even though the kitchen would be upside down, we would be very good about not letting the kitchen chaos impact the rest of the house. To which I say now: hahahahahahahahahaha!
Here is our downstairs hall, which used to contain some old family photos, an antique wagon wheel, an antique quilt and a lovely soft green runner.
The runners have been relocated to the basement for their own safety, and the hallway still has all the other stuff plus the breakfast room table, my photography table, the pie safe, the bread bin, the kitchen broom and the refrigerator. The refrigerator has basically been going on a Grand Tour of the house ever since this whole thing started.
Then there is the living room. Which in addition to things like sofas and wall units also now has a bookcase, my kitchen desk, an antique Irish hutch, the dog’s food and water dishes, a ceramic chicken and various other things.
The ceramic chicken might not make the cut when we getting to the Putting Things Back phase. Cluck-cluck.
While in the dining room you will find the microwave, the kitchen garbage can, the Aerogarden, practically every chair we own and the grandfather clock from the breakfast room. Which looks not so bad in the dining room and I am thinking about leaving it there.
And if all of this wasn’t enough excitement…next comes the painting! Stay tuned to this channel…