It’s been a quiet week around here.
And by here I mean here, not here as in my house because O boy would that be far from the truth.
No, here here there has been the constant sound of sheetrock saws cutting holes in ceilings for recessed lighting and in walls for outlets. There has been a pretty regular hum of a shop vac catching sawdust and the like. There’s been the pounding of 2x4s being framed in, moving walls around to just where we want them.
And shhhh. Did you hear that?
Yep, there it is.
If you listen closely, you can hear the soft whimper of a mama who doesn’t have a working stove or oven and is serving her family meals on paper plates.
My fridge is plugged into an extension cord, my range is completely non-functional and has served only as storage for the pots and pans for which I now have zero use, and there is a piece of plywood screwed to my dining room wall.
Scrap plywood: a DIYer’s baby gate
Have you heard the expression that the kitchen is the heart of a home? Well if that’s true, our heart is currently laying out on the operating table and oooo, boy is it painful. Having the kitchen in a complete state of upheaval makes me care O, about thismuch about how the rest of the house looks.
If I am eating off of paper plates from birthday parties past, am I to give a hoot that my dining room table is a veritable dumping ground? And if there is a constant, constant layer of fine plaster dust coating my floors, do you think I’m going to bother to sweep up those cheerios? Not a chance.
It’s always at this point in a project that things start to drag for me. Demolition? Great, hand me a sledge hammer. Installing floors? Perfect, I’ll lay the pieces, you use the nail gun. But electrical? Meh. I usually do end up wiring some outlet boxes or helping DanO fish wire through the joists to the can lights, but even then it’s 4 seconds of helping for every 20 minutes of work. And the visual impact of wiring electrical compared to, you know, knocking out walls is very minimal.
Thankfully, I have found a way to be useful during all this wire running. I sit in the kitchen (being supportive to DanO with my presence, obviously) on my laptop looking up things on craigslist. It’s true. We got our wood flooring on craigslist, I am watching appliance listings with an eagle eye, and we plan to list any cabinets we don’t re-use on there as well.
O, did I mention? Instead of choosing a tile and laying it in the whole area, we are continuing our original wood floors – interweaving unfinished identical wood and sanding/staining it all to match so that it’s one continuous flooring throughout- and then the mudroom will be tiled. This will look awesome, but will be about 800% more work than the original plan of tiling the whole space.
So where are we and what’s left to do (because I’m sure y’all like itemized project lists as much as I do)?
We have already: demolished the interior of the formerly 3 season porch, insulated it, raised the floor to match the rest of the house, installed new windows and a new door, removed 4 layers of flooring in the kitchen, removed the west wall’s cabinets and appliances, removed the overhead east wall’s cabinets complete with soffit, wired all of the outlets, hung all of the recessed lights, wired them, moved the natural gas line to where the stove will now go, framed up a wall over an old doorway, widened the doorway into the dining room (will be french glass doors).
We have yet to: install the heated floor thermostat for the mudroom, hang sheetrock, mud and tape (and patch) the sheetrock (O! The patching that will be needed!!), replace the over-sink window, lay the floor heat, lay the wood floors, lay tile floors, hang french doors, install back-splash, build cabinets, paint existing cabinets, have counter tops installed (by someone else!!), replace appliances, trim everything out, and… wait for it…
lay down and take a nap*.
* Actually, no napping will be allowed on our parts until the backyard, patio, and garage are also completely remodeled/re-landscaped. That’s up next.