Coffee Talk + Kitchen Makeover Update

Well, it’s been quite a week here in the Shane household! I’ve been eagerly anticipating getting my kitchen remodel underway, and this week we finally got to see some progress.

On Tuesday, the desk area in our kitchen was replaced with a regular kitchen cabinet, including the new pull-out microwave and drink fridge. Here’s the “before” picture…

And here’s how it looked after the carpenter left. The plan is to make it into a drinks station.

For some reason, he didn’t put the proper supports in around the new drink fridge, and when the counter guy came back to take his final measurements, he noticed it immediately.

So that sent me scrambling to get my carpenter back over to put some support pieces back there.

Even then, he didn’t make them high enough, so when the counter guys arrived to do the install, they had to jerry-rig some extra pieces of trim around the top of that cabinet to level it all out so they could install the counters.

Anyway! It all worked out.

By noon on Thursday, my beautiful quartzite countertops and new induction cooktop were installed, and I finally got to see my counters in their full glory.

I wasn’t able to go to the template meeting, so I had only seen one of the three slabs before — standing on its side in the dark warehouse. It was super exciting to see them all placed properly in my kitchen!

It took five men to hoist this counter up onto the island. I had to turn away; I couldn’t watch. When they were done, I heard one exclaim, “I quit!”

I think it was jest…

Unfortunately, we were unable to hook up the cooktop that day because we didn’t have enough power to our electrical connection, so we ordered takeout for dinner and called a few electricians.

Through this whole process, with so many little glitches, I kept thinking about Frank on Trading Spaces. Remember him? He always said he didn’t like to make his designs too perfect, because nothing in life ever is.

Well, he got that right!

On Friday, we finally got the broken fan in my wall oven replaced, and we found an electrician to come out to hook up our new induction cooktop. It’s basically been Grand Central Station around here.

Yesterday, Paul and I removed the over-the-stove microwave, as it’s getting replaced with a vent hood, and the cabinet painters start on Tuesday.

The plan is to paint the cabinets a soft white and the island a charcoal grey, and the backsplash will be white subway tile in a herringbone pattern. I’ve also ordered new counter stools.

If all goes as planned, my kitchen remodel should be complete by Wednesday, March 4th! Of course, there are a lot of moving parts, and these things rarely go as planned, so we shall see.

Here’s what it looks like at the moment…

It’s clearly a work in progress, but I’m starting to get a vision for what it will look like when it’s all done, and I’m super excited!

How many times can I say “super excited” in one post???

In other news, this weekend has been pretty unusual for us, as all of our kids are away. David’s at college, Caroline’s at a youth retreat, and Becca went on an overnight trip with a friend.

You’d think Paul and I would have made the most of it and done something fun yesterday, but by the time we got the microwave removed and took some pictures for an upcoming sponsored post, our day was mostly shot.

Oh, well. At least we got to cross a few things off our to-do list!

We decided to go out for drinks before meeting friends for dinner, and that was our day.

This morning, we’re picking up friends at the airport, and otherwise I’ll just be hanging out, waiting for my girls to come home. I can’t wait to hear all about their weekends.

I hope you all have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!