Day One of The Kitchen Remodel

Airing out

Airing out

Day One of our kitchen remodeling project has come and gone and we’ve survived.  Our technician arrived right at 7:30 a.m. so it was a very good thing that I had showered early and thrown on some clothes.  I hadn’t had time to eat breakfast but I “made do” with a Little Debbie Swiss Roll.  Oh, the sacrifices I make for this house!

The first thing I had to do was show him where the cut-off valves were.  Luckily the Commander had taken me downstairs the evening before to show me where everything was – well, everything but the cut-off for the refrigerator water hose.  I guess he figured it out, though because we have no standing water in the kitchen.

Next he mentioned that he needed to move the refrigerator and the stove so that he’d have room to work.  We looked over the kitchen and decided to move the table out into the dining room and then the refrigerator could fit in the space where the table had been.  For now, he has the stove out in the middle of the kitchen floor.

From that point, I moved the little dog/child gate to block off the kitchen and told him that we’d cleared the garage to give him a work area, pointed out where the bathroom and snacks were, and left him to get at it.

Dust Guard in Place

Dust Guard in Place

I heard lots of pounding, sanding, and other assorted noises during the day.  I just holed up in the computer room, for the most part, and worked on photo editing, organizing notes for a book I want to work on, and (when I really got desperate) my wool spinning.

Laminate is trimmed and glued on

Laminate is trimmed and glued on

In the area where our oven door was hitting the wall, he trimmed part of the section in the juncture where the two cabinets meet to give us that little bit of extra room we needed.

Countertop removed

Countertop removed

He removed the counter-top   At the beginning of the day, he had asked me if I wanted the counter-top saved.

“Are you kidding me?” I asked.  “I’ve hated that counter-top ever since we moved in here.  I don’t ever want to see it again.”

Ready for final sanding and trim work

Ready for final sanding and trim work

I smelled glue all day.  Lots of glue.  In fact, it was making me a little whoozy.  I hate to think what it was doing to his lungs, being in that small space behind a wall of plastic sheeting.  Yes, our technician was very careful about putting a dust guard in place and taping cardboard to the flooring to protect it.  And he really did a nice job cleaning up before he left for the day.  I heard him working all day long.  If he ate lunch or took a lunch break, I never heard it.

Tomorrow he said he’ll be bringing the cabinet doors and there will be sanding and trim to put on.  Then there is the pantry door and molding.  Next will be the countertop, backsplash and new sink and faucet.

Pathway to the garage door

Pathway to the garage door

 

This is how it looks tonight if you look from our dining room towards the door out into our garage.  We decided to just go in and out the front door and not disturb things.  We also opened windows…….LOTS of windows.  It was wonderful to be able to go out to eat supper just to get some fresh air.

What's going on?

What’s going on?

Toto is looking a tad confused.  I’ve got her food and water dishes in the guest bedroom.  She’s been glued to my side all day while all the strange noises have been coming from the kitchen.  Tonight, with the windows open (a rare occurrence) she has been beside herself with each strange noise she hears.  Some cats just got into a fight out back and I thought she was going to go through the roof.  When we came back from supper, she meandered to the door to meet us and I swear she was weaving back and forth.  Must have been the glue fumes.

Well, batten down the hatches, kiddo!  There’s more on the horizon tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

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