- Kitchen countertop and sink laid out on paper and ordered √
- Dishwasher ordered and ready for pickup at Sears √
- Black and white VCT flooring tile ordered √
- Old linoleum and tar paper scraped off the kitchen floor √
- Sliding glass door frame and surrounding wall demoed √
- French doors framed in √
- The kitchen subfloor discovered to be 5/4″ thick. √
- Subway tile for behind sink purchased and waiting √
- Two new electrical outlets installed (ahead of schedule) √
- A renovation calendar with projects clearly scheduled √
- A yellow bedroom that will soon have to be renamed the White Bedroom √
Oh my! There is so much good progress, I hardly want to show you the bad and the ugly.
But for the sake of truth in blogdom, I will.
- It was really hard work taking up the linoleum. I might have whined several times. Our backs and our knees reminded us that we are OLD…
- I don’t understand why 18″ dishwashers are more expensive than 24″ dishwashers. Less parts, smaller = bigger price. Totally unfair!
- We found another mummified mouse — this one was under the refrigerator when we moved it to pull up the tile. (At least they all have been dead a long time…)
- When Mr. H. C. was taking up the tile under the refrigerator, he discovered the floor had been patched there because of termite damage. (But see Good list above — the reason it didn’t cave in was the solid five-quarters subfloor.)
- The kitchen is now shrouded in plastic drop cloths and sheets while the work gets messy, dusty, and serious. Which means I have just a small temporary kitchen in the living room.
Which leads us to … The Ugly:
Which means this is what we get to have for dinner most nights:
Wait! Is that good? Or bad? I’m not sure… But we certainly are glad to be making good progress finally. Bad knees, aching backs, sore muscles, and the ugly of it all.