Kitchen renovations are fully under way. It's actually becoming a reality! Months of planning, angst over packing up all our crap, picking out all kinds of fun items... it's a reality! They showed up the morning we were leaving with some of the pieces that they had been working on, and with one of the 2 guys that is doing all the 'hard' labor!
First it was a total whirlwind getting the last of our stuff out of the kitchen. I had held on to the basics - fry pans, plates, utensils, Rosie stuff and snacks. We were able to cook all of last week. Tuesday I spent getting it all out and preparing the spaces that we are going to use throughtout the house. It's so hard because little fingers want to touch everything, and she doesn't miss a trick! Her high chair is in the LR, with a shelf of basics. My goal is to get through it without her getting injured! I escaped with her to my parents house for the remainder of the week. I wish we could be here next week too, but they are going to California and we have appts. It's going to be so stressful.
Before we left I had a glimpse into some of the new pieces... oh my goodness. MIND BLOWN. I have been so excited to get the new pantry piece. I have lots of platters and other pottery that I would love to display. Just to have a place where I can decorate. Change things up through the seasons and holidays. For years I've been wanting to put shelves in the DR above the side board I inherited from my parents. I never dreamed that I would get the whole thing - display shelves AND 'pantry' space....having a place to put the odd shaped items - i.e. cereal boxes. I had no idea that it would be ready so quickly. I seriously had tears in my eyes when I saw it all together...
The top part has adjustable shelves, then there is a beautiful butcher block counter - at one point we had talking about granite there too, so glad I said no - 2 drawers and then more adjustable shelves behind the doors. I was going to do sliding baskets instead of one door, but decided that I could adjust the shelves and get baskets that I wanted. It will be stained to look like it's always been there.
As I have also talked about, very excited to lose the washing machine in the kitchen and get a new base cabinet, that will also house our trash which has been out in the open. They brought that in too!
Again, speechless!! This will be set up as a 'mommy' office. They'll close up the hook-ups and make it all seamless. At the end we are going to paint chalkboard so Rosie can draw.
The final piece they brought in is a small, or skinny cabinet, where I will be able to put baking sheets and other skinny items. It's going on the very end next to the wall, the dishwasher will be to the right.
Since we've been gone, a lot has happened. They have started to adjust some of the upper cabinets, install doors. It's still going to be 2 weeks. I will find some way to survive with my 2 yr old and my parents 16 yr old dog!!