I called in a favor from my favorite painting company last night, and the owner sent over two painters this morning at the crisp hour of 7:45 AM. In fact, I was just out of the shower when he called my cell, wanting to know why I didn't answer the door.
His painters were marvelous. Two great 20-year-veterans of the business, Chris and Barbara. I think Barbara might buy a home soon -- after I armed with her enough information and yakked her ear off about the opportunities for buying homes in Land Park and other neighborhoods in Sacramento. She will most likely call the mortgage broker I work with tomorrow.
They were meticulous. They cut-in the entire kitchen, rolled another coat of paint on the ceiling and on the walls. Repainted the baseboards and trim the first painters messed up. Overall, they were fabulous.
You know how to tell a terrific painter? A really good painter uses a four-inch brush and cuts in a ceiling freehand without missing a stroke or messing up.
Plus, some of you will be happy to know they were not wearing flip-flops.
My dishwasher and range hood arrived, too. The hardware installer was too late. He promised to arrive at 8 AM but didn't get here until almost 9:30, long after I was gone. I had to show condos in downtown and midtown this morning. He knew I was leaving at 8:30. Still, he didn't bother to show up before the painters had draped the cabinets, so he's coming back tomorrow.
I also received a call from the Kitchen Design Center at 5:30 this morning. They agreed to send over a cabinet installer today -- at long last. It seems their installers are from Russia. I like Russian accents -- reminds me of Boris and Natasha and Rocket J Squirrel. Nothing up my sleeve. Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out a hat.
This guy was a professional. He had the intelligence to ask if I wanted him to leave part of the sides intact since the sink slides forward from the faucet. I really liked him. One thing he said upon inspecting the cabinet: "You could have done this yourself." Now, how he knows that, I don't know, but I responded, "Yeah, probably, but if I screwed it up, I'd have to pay for a new cabinet. If YOU screw it up, I get the cabinet for free."
He saw my point.