Sunday, September 23, 2012
Kitchen Sink Drama
Okay, so there was no actual drama but it makes for a good title anyway. It did take all day to install this cabinet unit and the sink and faucet, which kinda surprised me, but it went pretty smooth. Mainly because we got Allen to come down and do it! Now, the sink is actually only temporarily installed because, if you notice, I have only a plywood countertop there. When the concrete counters are poured the sink will have to be lifted back out and reset. Hopefully, it will just be a simple matter of undoing a few connections and then putting them back. We will have to replace one piece of cheap drain pipe, I think, as the sink will raise 2 inches, but that's nominal to me.
My new sink and faucet!! Yea!!! It is so lovely. I bought a Franke sink and the faucet is a Kohler. Both of these items were not cheap, let's say, but I believe in buying the best you can to avoid problems later. I thought it was kinda funny because the instructions on the sink actually say, "congratulations on buying the last sink you'll ever need." It better be. So far I am very happy with them both. We actually put the sprayer and the soap dispenser in the wrong place but the interesting thing about this design is you can move them around in whatever configuration you want. We may swap a few positions of the things when we take it back out, depending on how I feel actually using it. I think the control lever might be better on the left, for example.
We are slowly taking each cabinet unit out to stain and finish and then put back in permanently. Well, they will all get the beeswax finish inside once permanently installed. I ran out of my original stain because Cabot decided to quit offering a custom mix. I was very unhappy, and still am, with them for doing this. And, they made no premixed stain that even came close to the ones they used to offer. It took many days of searching but I finally found a Rustoleum stain, of all brands, that matched pretty well and that I liked. In fact, I have switched several items to Rustoleum stains where I used to use Minwax or Cabot. Rustoleum's colors are beautiful, they dry very fast and don't have near the odor that Minwax does.
This gap between cabinets is where the dishwasher will go. Eventually. After the guys delivered the cabinets and left I realized I was 2 feet short on cabinets for this side. I was freaking completely out and then after about 15 minutes of pure panic I realized why I was 2 feet "short". Duh. I'm still working on getting all the drawers and doors stained so that is why some are missing.
We were planning on buying a new toaster oven and microwave to match all the new stainless appliances but the toaster oven came a little quicker than I intended when the door of the old one fell off the other night. I was going to wait until all the heavy work was done, so as not to risk dropping something large on them or whatever. Oh well.
We will probably not pour the countertops until we get back from the honeymoon and Jack's son can work us into his schedule but that's okay. I'm going to get the cabinets stained and finished and set and get the plywood tops put on and then really just cease work on the house to get ready for the wedding and relax some.
My friend Karen kinda got on to me for sounding like a Bridezilla in that last post! lol! I didn't mean to but maybe I sounded like a bitch. Most people I talked to said they figured I knew they were coming anyway! lol! My sister did call me ranting about why she wasn't making the cake? and such and such. Now, I have nothing against my sister; she's a good cook. But she literally runs herself so much doing stuff like this she is seriously affecting her health and her financial well being because she won't charge people enough to cover her costs. I told her flat out I was not going to contribute to either of those issues. I told her getting the cake for free was not the point. Everyone having a nice, relaxed time (without any stress or drama) was the point and it doesn't hurt any that this nice local chef is making a few bucks, which I'm sure right now, she can really use. She seemed to understand that logic and I still asked her to make a fruit tray and maybe some dip and that seemed to satisfy her. Now, I just need to get over this horrible head cold... lol!