Countertops are in … a week early! SURPRISE!
Last Thursday, Valerie (who we are ordering our counters through) called and said that our counters came in a week early and that Jeremy could install them on Monday instead of the following Friday. This totally came as a surprise me (and her!) because she had just told me a couple days prior that she called the company and they told her the counters would come in on August 1.
After talking with Scott, we decided that we would work our little hearts out and get the kitchen painted that weekend. Here is what the place looked like on Friday and what it transformed into by Monday:
– Paint another coat on the cabinet frames (it just has a primer + 1 coat of paint)
– Paint 2 coats on the front and back of the cabinet doors (they are just primed)
– Prime and paint the front of the bar and corbels
– Prime and paint the shelves
– Put in a backsplash
Once that is all done we can move on to:
– Prime and paint the new drywall and ceiling
– Install crown molding
– Install board and batten in the dining room & kitchen
– Lay the new floor!!
As Scott and I were eating dinner last night, I asked him what percentage he thought we had accomplished and he said about 40%. After looking over our checklist, we actually have about 47% done! Not that the percentage actually means anything. We are still living in a construction zone and our living room is our kitchen:
So, let’s see … let’s get you up to speed on what happened?! this weekend. First, Steve the drywall guy finished up and the dining room looks ah-maze-ing! Definitely money well spent. Thursday night I finished up patching the doors and deglossing them. Here is “Crazy Allie” really tired and mildly delirious from this step in the process:
Thankfully that step is out of the way! We initially thought about using wood filler, but that stuff shrinks like nobody’s business and is really finicky to work with, so we decided to use Dap’s “Crackshot”. Awesome name, no? We’ve used this stuff before when we did the whole board and batten project and it applied like a dream. This stuff is not your normal spackling putty. It can actually be used on metal doors!
There was a little shrinkage with this stuff, but not near as bad as the wood filler. I counted all the holes that needed to be filled and the count came to 266 (!!). Which I ended up having to go over again to make sure everything was smooth. Blerg. I’m soooo happy that is over with!
After the putty was dry, Scott and I sanded everything really well. Then, I headed outside to degloss the doors. This is simply wiping everything down to get all the dust and gunk off. Once that was dry, they were ready to be painted.
We started priming the cabinet backs with Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start oil-based Enamel Underbody. I researched and read multiple places for the best primer for our cabinets, and ultimately it came down to having a conversation with the paint guru at our local Ben Moore store. You can find more info on the product here, but overall it was great to work with, applied nicely, settled and smoothed evenly, and blocked all the stains, tannin bleeds and anything else that went on in that house over the last 30+ years.
We also needed a system to keep the doors up off the ground so we could paint the edges. Scott, the genius husband, came up with the idea of setting the doors on Dixie Cups! This has worked miraculously and only cost us $3 for a pack of 200.
You can also see in the background of ^this^ photo that my seester made an appearance to help this weekend. It was fun having her at the house and it was really nice to have another person to help with the painting.
That photo is also a little out of order, but after we primed the backs of the doors (I didn’t have a photo of that), we started in on the cabinet frames. There is no better way to say this than – it sucked. It just really did. But it makes a WORLD of difference:
We also demo’d our old countertops (they were gross) and took out our old sink and the faucet that we installed last year and ripped out the laminate “backsplash” that had been glued to the walls.
A lot of our time this weekend was spent ripping something out and then having to clean up and wipe everything down to get ready for the next coat of paint. It would definitely have helped if we had a garage, but alas, we don’t so we just have to make it work.
This all went on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So, first thing Monday morning, Jeremy showed up with our countertops, corbels and a new piece for our bar-back:
The counters are Formica Brand from their 180fx series in Soapstone Sequoia. They are AWESOME! They also have an Ogee edge. Jeremy was telling us that with the layout of our kitchen to help minimize the seams (we ended up having to have 2), the people at Formica had a staff meeting to discuss our counter to make it look as good as possible. And it is so awesome and we are so happy with our decision to go with this color and material.
After Jeremy left, Team Scallie took a nap. No, seriously, we did. Then we ventured over to our local supply store to get new drain kits so we could install our sink. After talking with the plumber pro there (who also happens to be our neighbor!), he walked us through the steps for sink installation.
And wouldn’t you know it, we came home and installed the sink, put in the drain kits, hooked up all the plumbing and garbage disposal, re-installed our faucet and turned on the water … all without any problems! And looky here … isn’t it shiny?!! I LOVE IT!
The sink is a Kohler brand, 9 inch deep, 18 gauge stainless steel that we bought from Lowe’s.
We are definitely worn out, but so happy and excited with all the progress that is being made. We are even still having fun! We can’t wait until this is all done and we can finally enjoy our kitchen again.
I’ll probably have another update after this weekend, but until then we’ll “just keep painting, just keep painting, just keep painting, painting, painting, what do we do we paint, paint, paint …” you know the rest 🙂