Starting on Friday, 4/18, I’m going to attempt to remodel my kitchen in 5 days. With some luck, beer and a lot of hard work, I’ll complete it by 4/22, end of day. Each evening, I’ll document my progress. Here is update #4 (4/21/2014).
The good news is that all of the cabinets are hung and they look great. Our lines are straight and the cabinets are sturdy. The bad news is that I didn’t even lay one single tile. There are two reasons for this:
Scraping up the old mastic is a chore: Last week, we took some tiles off and they popped off super easy. Great! However, not all of the subsequent tiles gave in so easy. Many put up a very strong fight. We spent hours scraping the floors, getting the old junk off. The most important part of a good tile job is getting a solid foundation. The good news is that we’re ready to put tile down first thing tomorrow.
Our home is a mess of monumental proportions: Due to construction, our yard and garage have been humongous disasters for months (thanks you kind and understanding neighbors for not calling the village on us). We haven’t been able to park a vehicle in the garage in 2014. I cannot stand this. Messes mess with my mind. I lose my keys, wallet and phone constantly. My brain is frazzled. Not good. Enough. So today, we spent about 5 hours just cleaning up. I feel much better.
Hours spend today : 9 (total 35)
- Trips to Home Depot: 1 (3 total)
- Injuries today: 0 (1 total) My thunb still hurts from the “drill incident” the other night (drill + human flesh = not good), but nothing new. My fingers appreciate it.
- Beers consumed: 2 (total: 9) That’s it. No more beer after today.
- Prognosis: Meh. Tomorrow, I’ll get a lot of tile down, but still won’t be complete. Did I fail? Maybe.
Behind the cabinets treasures!
We’ve remodeled houses before and one of the fun parts is finding the junk left over from previous occupants. This home is no exception. Behind the cabinets, we’ve found all kinds of treasures including periodic table place-mats and random pictures of senior citizens. I’m definitely keeping the placemats, but not sure what to do with the pictures of “Aunt Mildred.”
One more day
This fun was supposed to go on for 5 days. I’ll have completed most of the work by end of day tomorrow, but not all. I’ll still have a bit of tile to finish up which will happen during the weekend because I have to go back to my 9-5.
Some of you may be wondering why the hell I’m blabbing about hanging cabinets and laying tile. I assure you that it’s not to toot my own horn. I’ll have something to say about this tomorrow, so stay tuned*.
*”Stay tuned?” Is that a dated saying or what? Who has to tune their TV or radio to receive a broadcast anymore? I wonder if anyone under the age of 30 even knows what on earth I’m talking about?
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