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99% there.

Sorry for the long absence, but the good news is that we’ve been too busy actually working on the house to blog about working on the house. Well, also we were away for a week somewhere in there, so to be perfectly honest we haven’t been *that* busy with the house.

The kitchen is 99% done. All that’s left is grouting the tile, cabinet knobs (which for some reason have taken over a month to arrive) and painting the trim. *In theory*, they should be done Tuesday. We had a bit of a backsplash debacle which may or may not have been our fault, but we’re going to have to live with it for the time being. We requested “white” backsplash tiles, not remembering that much like every color name, “white” is a relative term. In our heads, we wanted “white that would match the cabinets”, but unfortunately that thought never made it out of our heads and into our contractor’s ears. It’s true that they sent us a sample that we ok’d, but that was before we had cabinets to compare it to. As a result, the tile we got was “ivory”, which means it most definitely doesn’t match the cabinets. So while this was partially a miss on our end, it was also something maybe the contractor should have mentioned before holding it up to the cabinets and deciding it was ok to install. After initial anger and anguish, we’ve decided to try to put it behind us, but it definitely takes our excitement levels down a bit. If we hate it in a few months, we’ll deal with it then, but for right now I just want my house and my sanity back.

Our next big expensive project for this year (and hopefully our last for quite a while, barring any major catastrophes) is new windows. We’re hoping to make a decision today, because as the temperatures dip I’m beginning to think that another winter with these circa-1950 single-pane windows is not really feasible. Luckily other than the sting of another sizable check to write, this is the sort of job that will only take one or two days of someone else’s labor. And if I’ve learned anything from this whole experience, it’s that the best kind of labor is other people’s labor.

I’m having a birthday party in two weeks, which has definitely helped light a fire under our asses to get stuff done once and for all. We’ve stripped all the wallpaper from the 2nd floor hallway, including the enormous wall leading upstairs from the living room. By tomorrow I’m hoping we can have it totally prepped, painted and ready to go. Next week I want to get the kitchen set up, so I can do some Halloween baking and get all that homeless kitchen stuff out of the dining room. By next weekend we’ll have the dining room painted so we can get everything set for the big party the next weekend, at which point the downstairs will be basically done. Wow.

Every once in a while it occurs to me that all this progress we will have made by the party means that I can actually sit back, relax and enjoy the holidays for reals this year. Like, I have this beautiful new kitchen to do all sorts of baking, and then I can cozy up in the living room with some cocoa and Charlie Brown, and have people over for festive dinners in our lovely dining room, all the while not feeling guilty about all the work I should be doing on the house. I can barely contain myself at the thought.

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holy cow we are SO CLOSE!

I’ve been meaning to upload these forever. We are excruciatingly close to being finished, all that’s left is the backsplash, cabinet knobs and about twenty small details that still need to be taken care of. I’ve been spending at least a half hour a day just standing in there fantasizing about where to put my new food processor and coffee maker and mentally assigning things to drawers and cabinets. It’s amazing to think that in two weeks, I’ll never have to eat another Lean Cuisine again. EVER.

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so this *IS* going to be a kitchen after all

Just a quick shout out to my HUSBAND OF ONE YEAR! We had big plans for the evening to go out for Indian food and eat one-year-old stale cake, but instead we got sandwiches, watched the Eagles game and painted the ceiling in the guest room. Who said the honeymoon is over?

The presence of upper cabinets has made me remember that there’s actually a kitchen being built in there, and that it’s not just construction for the sake of tearing the house apart.

Tomorrow they start the floor, and in a few days when everything’s all dry and ready, the base cabinets will go in. Now we better get our asses in gear and finish our other projects before I turn into Julia Child. Or more likely Rachel Ray, although I think Greg would divorce me if I started using the word “delish”.

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Day 16: I’m running out of subject lines

The stage is set and the floor is ready for the tile to go in on Monday. Now what they’re planning to do for the next two days, I have no idea.

Clearly the floor is going to be something special, what with the presence of Wonderboard…

Also, may I present one of the biggest problems DIY-ers face in their homes: Tantalizingly peeling wallpaper just BEGGING to be pulled at, in a room that happens to be last in line for plans of remodeling. It’s like a stray piece of yarn in a sweater, or a small flake of last week’s sunburned skin. But I really have to contain myself, as I’m in over my head as it is.

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Day 14: Do, do, do lookin’ out my back door!

Good progress today with a new back door AND crazy purple drywall! I had no idea drywall was purple these days, who knew?

And for no other reason other than this has been stuck in my head all day, here’s my favorite song of the day by the Kinks, who have crept up to #2 in my last.fm listening stats. Unfortunately WordPress won’t let me embed the player onto the page, so we’ll have to do it the old fashioned way and send you through a link…

Picture Book by the Kinks

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Day 3

More visible progress yesterday!

Goodbye window, hello lots of space for cabinets!

Greg was a very happy camper yesterday when he came home to find his most hated thing, the archway, gone. Don’t ask me why it’s his most hated thing, he just likes to pick strange things to hate. We mainly just got rid of it to open up the space a bit and to match the rest of the archways in the house, which are rectangular, and because you could actually see the outline of where they added it.

Here is our nice new enormous window, all ready to go in:

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Day 2

I really wish there were more hours in the day. Every day, I start out with a list of things to do that I am somehow never able to get to because there’s some other situation I have to deal with. We did go out and pick up the last of our appliances, along with a light fixture for the kitchen, and we also picked out a faucet for the sink. So it wasn’t a completely unproductive evening. We got sidetracked by the fact that I completely forgot how dusty these projects are, and in an effort to keep up and not be living under three inches of old plaster dust, I spent the remainder of the evening vacuuming and dusting as many surfaces as possible, because each and every square inch is covered already. As opposed to my plans of doing laundry and possibly cleaning the bathroom.

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