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Kitchen Update

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Well, it's been two full months since we started renovating our kitchen, hiring a neighbor to do most of the work. It is about 95% completed and almost paid for. The neighbor is just being extremely slow about finishing the last couple items. I really like the new dishwasher and the new stove. The cabinets are a much lighter color and the overall affect is lighter and warmer at the same time. Very much like the color scheme. I also like that there is no particle board like we had, all plywood and better quality materials. The matt (not glossy) tile floor is attractive, the new counters are bigger and look good. The back splash tile is my favorite part.

There were several weeks when we didn't have water in the kitchen and it was difficult to cook and clean, but we are weeks past that. So the renovation is not interfering with my maintenance efforts at this point at all. Good.

The new cabinets look great except two cabinets won't stay closed. One hides two garbage cans and I really want that one to stay closed. The corner cabinet has a two-part door concealing a lazy susan. He needs to move the hinge because it impedes the lowest shelf of the turn table. He said it's no problem to fix, but hasn't yet. He is going to install magnets for the two cabinet doors that won't stay closed. He hasn't reinstalled the curtain rods yet either.

The new white porcelain sink is much deeper than the one I had before. I like the size, but had forgotten how porcelain stains and even my bleaching cleanser doesn't leave looking sparkling white. Maybe there is a trick?

Overall, I expect to be pleased with the kitchen when finished. Not sure my hubby and the neighbor will ever speak again after this ordeal though!
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  • _LINDA
    Adding to the chorus requesting photos!! So glad the end of this ordeal is finally in sight for you! Hope the lemon works for your sink -please report on it as I have stains on my bathroom sink that won't come out..
    1831 days ago
    WE WANT PICTURES!! emoticon
    1831 days ago
    Sounds wonderful! Glad you are close to being finished with the renovations! It can be stressful having your house out of order for any length of time. Hope you enjoy your new kitchen for years to come!
    1831 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Sounds great. You will love the tile backsplash-I know I do.
    1831 days ago
    sounds great. i won't tell you have long it took for the kitchen ceiling to dry from the leak from upstairs (but a year after the initial leak, the guy finally called his plumber to look seriously and he found a leak in the dishwasher that he'd never fixed :-() ... but it looks great now (makes us want to paint the living room). now the electrician's coming to see the state of the electricity damage.
    1831 days ago
    sounds wonderful. I know it's really hard when you engage a friend. I don't recommend it as there always seems to be trouble. Hopefully your DH and this person will get past everything and you can totally enjoy the kitchen.
    Have a terrific day.
    1831 days ago
    Your new kitchen sounds so wonderful! I know you will enjoy it once it is finally completed! yes, please do show us pictures.

    1831 days ago
    Sounds nice and friendly, but pictires please.

    1831 days ago
    Sounds awesome but I understand the waiting frustrations. We hired painters to pressure wash and stain the little cabin and it was supposed to be finished in three days. One day to pressure wash - wait a few days for it to dry - and then two days to paint. We waited 10 days for the pressure washing and it took 6 days for the painting to completed. The six days were spread over three weeks! In all fairness we had lots of rainy days here and they got behind and were trying to appease several customers at once. We have no complaints about the quality of the work-the cabin looks awesome but we are so GLAD it is finished finally! Hopefully, your kitchen will get the final touches soon and you will have that wonderful feeling of completion.
    1831 days ago
    When are you going to post pictures? Since we can't come over to see them. Bet it is beautiful! Enjoy.
    1831 days ago
    It sounds like it will be wonderful when those final touches are done. I do hope you share with some pictures. Enjoy!
    1831 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Your kitchen sounds lovely! I am a fan of Mr Clean Magic Sponge...gets every mark I have ever even got permanent Sharpie marker (black) off a white leather chair where my mother had marked all over her beloved chair...that was when we decided she had to go into a home...bless her heart...that was 7 years ago...hope this helps too!
    1831 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Congratulations on your New Kitchen. Sounds like it is Beautiful. Enjoy it to your Heart Content. Why don't you post some Pictures of it so we can see it too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Your Day. Take Care.
    1831 days ago
    sounds beautiful.
    For cleaning your sink, I read this tip;

    Use fresh lemons to whiten small new spots and stains weekly if possible. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and can fade away small new stains without using harsh chemicals. Cut the lemon in half and rub it directly on the stain. Let the lemon juice sit on the sink for at least ten minutes. Before rinsing see if the stain has faded, if it has rinse, if not let it set for another ten minutes and check again

    Read more: How to Clean a Porcelain Sink |

    Hope that helps Marsha
    Have a great Sunday
    1831 days ago
    Hope you are happy when it is done. I would be upset if cabinets wouldn't close too. Maybe not level?
    1831 days ago
    That, of course, is one of the dangers of doing business with folks with whom you have another, different kind of relationship (family, neighbors, etc.) Hope your hubby and the neighbor work their way past it, and of course, that you end up very happy with your new kitchen. It sounds lovely!
    1831 days ago
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