The Only Thing Better Than Installing Cabinets is When Countertops Arrive

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kitchen remodel day 5

Of course, I have a week to wait for that. The countertops won't be installed until August 4. But the cabinets are in. Whew. It was no easy job.

First, the diagram given to the cabinet installers differed than the diagram I agreed upon in one small but important way. The microwave was to be installed at the entry to the family room and NOT to the right of the floor-to-ceiling cabinet. I noticed the installer had them switched.

He showed me the drawing he had and, sure enough, it was transposed. That meant the side of the lower microwave cabinet was exposed; however, we can order a sheet to cover that. I actually like it better the way he installed it. This way, I can transfer whatever is in the microwave directly to the kitchen table (which will be under the hanging chandelier).

kitchen remodel day 5

The installer had to move two of the receptacles to accommodate the switch, though. Good thing I did not opt for under cabinet lighting in that area, or that would have been a huge nightmare. Because I did not, it was a fairly easy fix.

Next came the second floor-to-ceiling cabinet that would not sit flush with the wall. I hadn't noticed my wall by the refrigerator was not plumb. It's off by 1/2 inch from the top to the bottom. My cabinet installer had the answer: shave off the trim side of the cabinet to make it fit the wall, and then the trim molding fit perfectly.

kitchen remodel day 5

Except for the part where I ran around putting towels under the cabinet installers tools and tool box, warning him, "Do not scratch my new floor," and I suppose he thought I was a royal PITA and secretly hoped I would plant myself back in front of the computer, yet it turned out beautifully. Adding the double crown molding made the cabinets pop and look luxurious, as did adding the molding around the bottoms.

I have drawers that pull out for trash and recycling, all my big cabinets have pull-out drawers and, next to the stove, is a pull-out spice cabinet. I hope my husband loves and appreciates this.

You will note the ebony glazing on the light mocha cabinets. It picks up the hue from the lava flooring.  I also thought the reed glass doors added a special touch to the upper cabinets over the sink. I wanted to paint the interior of those cabinets black, and install lights inside instead of under the cabinet, but even that idea seemed a waste of money once it was tallied up.

On the still plus side, the baseboards and door trim were installed yesterday.

kitchen remodel day 5

The photo above is of the adjoining room where the washer and dryer live and our CDs reside.

Ah, but fresh hell awaits this morning, Day 6, when the painter comes to paint. I can't hang around to monitor and yell at him. I have to go show property all afternoon. In the midst of all this hoopla, work still comes first.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Michael A. Caruso
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Hang in there. It's looking great. Much less fun if you're living in the home during the kitchen remodel. Ask me about that one!

Jul 26, 2008 04:02 AM #1
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Gary Woltal
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Elizabeth, I continue to be enthralled by your series. I do know more about your house and your remodeling work than your neighbors. Your best line was I can't hang around to monitor and yell at the painter because of work. I really think you get a kick out of playing supervisor. You are SO funny!! Life is good when the countertops arrive LOL. Enjoy the chaos. You seem to be THRIVING in it. Oh yes, you are a Broker, that is status quo for you ; )

Jul 26, 2008 04:04 AM #2
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Looking good!  I've lived through a couple of kitchen remodels and it's organized chaos at best. 

Jul 26, 2008 04:05 AM #3
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Chip Jefferson
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Remodeling is a task for the unweary. I like what you are doing it looks great. Hang in there it will all be worth it.

Jul 26, 2008 04:13 AM #4
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Kevin O'Shea
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You are coming to the finish, it is looking good!

Take care.

Jul 26, 2008 04:13 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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I hope you put some pulls or knobs on the cabinets because if I come to visit I like the pulls and knobs.   LOL   I'm amazed at how many house builders forego the knobs and pulls.  Guess it saves them money.  It's looking good! 

Jul 26, 2008 04:35 AM #6
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Hey Michael: Tell me about it. Every square inch of my living room and dining room is packed full of boxes and appliances. I'm living on frozen food and take-out sushi. Well, I do grind my own coffee beans.

Hi Gary: I don't really get a kick out of playing supervisor. I don't like to tell people to correct something or do something over, but I will if I must, of course. I'm a Type A. What can I say?

Hi Norma: It's best to remodel a kitchen before you ever move into the house.

Hi Kevin: I'm a ways from being finished, but at least it's starting to look like something now.

Hi Barbara: Pulls. I'm a pull person. No knobs. But yes, the hardware is scheduled for installation next week, which will make a big difference in how the cabinets look.

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Jul 26, 2008 05:10 AM #7
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
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This is going to be a lovely kitchen -- lots of hard work but it will be nice.

Jul 26, 2008 05:45 AM #8
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Ahhh, counter tops, who needs them, it looks fine without them . . . .  :-)

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Jul 26, 2008 05:54 AM #9
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Debi Ernst
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Your kitchen is going to look so nice!  I'm anxious to see the countertops.  Thanks for keeping us posted!  :)

Jul 26, 2008 09:09 AM #10
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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Hey Elizabeth, what fresh hell awaits us, indeed! Your remodel has got to be one of the best reads I have ever had on-line. This is turning into a gorgeous kitchen, but I have to say, the commentary is priceless! ;-)

Jul 27, 2008 03:07 AM #11
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Hello Bob & Carolin: I'm trying to maintain a positive attitude about this.

Hello Ronald: Hey, I thought the same thing myself. Except the silverware would get dusty.

Hello Debi: I've got a week to wait for the countertops. But I'm anxious, too.

Hello C: I'm glad you find it amusing and entertaining. If you were here, we'd by clinking champagne glasses next week. But only one, I know your limit. :)

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Jul 27, 2008 03:59 AM #12
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Jim Quinn
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Elizabeth, love the cabinets. Looks like it's going to be one nice looking kitchen. It has a very clean look.

Jul 28, 2008 07:26 PM #13
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Hi Jim: Well, wait until you see it with the new pendants installed! That should be done today.

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A blast from the past, I hope all is well with this home! 

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What in the world brought you back to this blog 3 years later? This is sorta weird. And who are you?

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