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).
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.
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.
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.
Photos: Elizabeth Weintraub