Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween



A dark and stormy Halloween night as I sit alone with only the animals for companions, since the hubbs was called to work. The blustery wind  whistles and howls as  my century old house creaks and groans in protest of approaching winter chill. I settle in for the night with a good book, a cup of hot tea and fuzzy blanket to ward off the chill that has pervaded the house. Nightfall has shrouded the landscape in an inky darkness, as the shadows give ordinary objects an eerie appearance. 

My silent reverie is abruptly interrupted with a repetitive thumping sound on the exterior of the house. Nervously, I peer through the windows,  trying to ascertain what is causing the noise. Do I investigate? Do I wait until the hubbs comes home? Erring on the side of caution, I pick up the house phone to call the hubbs only to hear a line of static. My fear factor ratcheted up a notch or three. No problem, I muse to myself,  I will text him. Only to discover, I have no bars for service. 

The banging noise on the house has not stopped, if anything it has gotten more frantic. I am no longer certain if the pounding I am hearing is outside or if it is the frenetic beating of my heart. The dogs are on full alert, with the hackles up, growling and prowling about the house. I am certainly not comforted by this show of intimidation. If anything it further reinforces the fact I am alone on a dark and stormy Halloween night.

I have to do something. Is it punk kids pulling a prank? An injured neighbor? Flesh seeking zombies??! Gathering my courage and the foot long aluminum policeman's flashlight, I follow in the foolish footsteps of all the victim's in horror movies and open the door to go outside.

As I step out,  the storm door is yanked from my hand. I screech and jump back assuming a batters stance with the flashlight ready to knock someone or something out...Only nothing is there. The wind gusts had grabbed the door. I slowly turn and shine the flashlight , illuminating the dark carport. Hmmm ...nothing. The banging has stopped and I don't see anyone...or anything. I chalk it up to to an overactive imagination. Shrugging it off I turn to step back inside. Whoosh, BAM! A loud, slamming noise right behind me. I scream as the wind carries the sound, then my dogs begin howling and barking. Any second I wait for the feel of cold steel as madman hacks me death...

Yet nothing happens...Deep breath, I turn around and see....the outside storage closet door has been blown open by the wind...There is no mass murderer or flesh eating zombies (that we know of). Just a scaredy cat blogger with an overactive imagination. 

Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oh Crankybutt

Yes-- this is a legitimate post. A glimpse into the the life--specifically an interaction between me and the hubbs. Saturday morning, I woke up early (about 6:20) because the dogs were whining. It should be noted...I am NOT a morning person. I am more of a night owl. I find mornings to be the place that happy, shiny people reside--which annoys me greatly. However, this is tempered by caffeine consumption and my choice of wonderful breakfast yummies...or as I like to call it...go away I'm eating. Anywho, after taking the dogs out, I decided to stay up and be productive. I knew my brother-in-law and step-dad would be arriving in a few short hours to help with the kitchen.

When I know I am going to have a crew of people working around my house- which is usually family- I always cook something to feed them as my thanks for helping us out. Saturday was no exception, as I made a crockpot pot roast. I also set some dough out to proof for the dinner rolls.

The pot roast was damn good in the words of  my brother-in-law

The hubbs finally rolled out of bed and was in rare form. Which is code for annoying the crap outta me. Within 10 minutes of the hubbs being awake, he proceeds to flip the lights off and on while I was adding spices to the crockpot, then held the door shut when I went in the bathroom to wash my hands, and he finished it off by singing the "Oh Crankybutt song" (which is the same tempo as "O Christmas Tree" but he substitutes his lyrics) to me when I got all pissy with him and told him to knock it the hell off!

THEN he ran up the stairs giggling (I kid you not), said "Oh that's right, you're not a morning person. That crankiness is going to be your downfall." I said, "Oh NO--THAT will be YOUR downfall!!" He laughed then sang the crankybutt song EVEN LOUDER!

I swear it is is like living with an oversized 10 year old man-child. Then he wonders why I get all twitchy. I think I need to awarded hazard pay and a commendation for dealing with his shenanigans. GAAAAHHHH!

Don't get me wrong, one of the reasons I fell in love with him is his ability to make me laugh. But sometimes, he tries my patience. UGH!

Anyway, do y'all remember last time I posted I talked about extending the run of cabinets, needing to divert the vent and getting more money to buy the additional pantry cabinet? If not, then y'all have worse memory issues than I do, haha.  My brother-in-law came over, along with my step-dad to help us, and generously covered the difference, so we could purchase the pantry cabinet to install instead of waiting week or so. I am so lucky to have my family.  Although for someone who isn't a crier, I bawled my eyes out. First, because I was so touched by his generosity. Secondly, to be honest, I was embarrassed I didn't have all the money to buy it and I really HATE owing money to anyone. I am ever so appreciative to keep this project moving--even if my pride gets a little bruised along the way.  And I have to say, this act of kindness went a long way to dissipate my crankybutt status. Haha!

The first project was diverting the vent so it would run under the cabinet. I found this galvanized piece of ducting at Lowe's for about $8 and the tape was $10. As you can see from the picture, it is the correct height to fit under the cabinet, but the length is too long for the cabinet and width is too short to match the width of the vent. That's ok, it is an easy fix.


Sorry I forgot to pictures when cutting this. The length of the base was measured and transferred to the duct. Using tin snips, a 2 and 1/2 inch flap was cut from the underside, folded down into the vent. Kinda like this



The rest of the vent was cut in length to fit the base of the cabinet. The extra metal was placed over the opening and taped in place, as well as,  to seal the end of the vent using the duct tape.  The real duct tape for ventilation (which is a foil backed mylar tape) not the stuff people used to make wallets and prom dresses, haha. The tape was used to seal all the edges.


The measurements for the duct location were transferred to the bottom of the base cabinet. My brother-in-law then used both a circular saw and a reciprocating saw to cut the openings. I swear it was like watching a surgeon, lol. Better him than me! 







This was then fitted in place over the duct, shimmed/leveled and secured to the lazy susan cabinet. The final cabinet (the huge pantry cabinet) was installed, repeating the level/ shimming/ securing to the wall and existing cabinetry. An added bonus was the installation of the toe molding. Which completes the cabinet installation! 

Ta Da!
I need to purchase or DIY a toe kick vent grille. That is the gaping black hole in the base of the cabinet in the previous picture.  Of course it isn't a standard size, so it make take a bit to locate what I need. There are still quite a few things to do, but we are inching our way to a  completed kitchen!

Here's my list from my earlier kitchen remodel post with some additions/ modifications
  • Finish tearing out the plaster and lathe on the North wall--DONE!!
  • Tear out ceiling--DONE!!
  • Cut out the wall boards in the sink area to remove mold. It appears to be contained in a few spots. Decided to do a complete tear out--DONE!!
  • Patch/ repair the remaining 2 walls. Possibly skim coat. Decided to do a complete tear out
  • Build temporary supports for new headers over door and window.--DONE!!
  • Cut out a  2 foot by 8 foot floor section (sink area)--DONE!!
  • Sister the joist beams and shim where the floor slopes--DONE!!
  • Determine if sill plate needs repaired  Damage is minimal-yay!--DONE!!
  • Install a floor jack on North-East corner--where the the sill plate is water damaged
  • Move the stove outlet from floor to the wall and update to a new receptacle-DONE!!
  • Build bump out wall (west wall/ kitchen sink side) to accommodate for out of plumb wall.DONE!!
  • Lay a new subfloor--DONE!!
  • Replace, update and attach the outlet to a stud on east wall--DONE!!
  • Add 1-2 new receptacle(s) to the east wall (window wall)--DONE!!
  • Add 1 new receptacle to west wall-DONE!!
  • Purchase recessed light housing and trim kits
    DONE!!
  • Order focal/ center light--DONE!!
  • Move center junction box, DONE!!
  • Install recessed lights perimeter of the kitchen (3 on each wall) and install dimmer switchDONE!!
  • Install/ wire in electric for stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Replace the window--DONE!!
  • Insulate and seal. Minimize any possible cracks, leaks or vermin/bug/ draft entry points-IN PROGRESS
  • Electrician inspection--DONE!!
  • Drywall, mud, tape, prime and paint --DONE!!
  • REPAIR THE EXTERIOR WALL FROM INSTALLING A SMALLER WINDOW--IN PROGRESS
  • Install the linoleum -- DONE!!
  • Install plugs and light switches--DONE!!
  • Final electric connection to the breaker--DONE!!
  • Purchase additional corner cabinet DONE!!
  • Install cabinets-- DONE!!
  • Figure a solution for the 6 inch gap in run of cabinets (stove side)--DONE!
  • Order remaining counter top (stove side of the kitchen) Order NEW counter tops due to laminate being discontinued--14 days lead time
  • Install counter tops
  • Plumbing!
  • Install sink
  • Install garbage disposal
  • On demand hot water? Maybe???
  • Order and install stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Paint and install the new entry door
  • Purchase door hardware--DONE!!
  • Install door hardware, including kickplate
  • Add a peephole to the door since it is windowless
  • Trim work (doors, the window, baseboards, crown molding and cabinet toe molding)
  • Purchase  tile for backsplash--DONE!!
  • Install tile back splash (sink area), considering backsplash installation on stove side?
  • Install stove and refrigerator
  • Purchase end panel for dishwasher installation--DONE!!
  • Purchase and install a dishwasher--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase and install cabinet hardware--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase ceiling medallion--DONE!
  • Install the ceiling medallion and chandelier
  • Decide on window treatment--DONE!!
  • Order and SEW fabric for window valance/ curtains/ shade--IN PROGRESS
  • Paint  mobile island/ cart
  • DIY some wall art
  • Purchase/ DIY 2 kitchen stools
  • Accessorize
  • Cook, bake and ENJOY the finished kitchen!



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Shorty McShort Short

I was  able to move all of the foodstuffs into the cabinets, but I definitely need to install some cabinet organizers--perhaps some of those pull out baskets for the lower cabinets and the hard to reach spaces.  Not that I am being lazy or anything...

I also need to invest in a very sturdy step stool. Because I  can not reach the back part of the upper cabinets on the second shelf. And most definitely not the top shelf at all!

This is MY actual eye level for the upper cabinet. 

I have visions of knocking myself out trying to reach cans of food.

The cabinets are standard height  for "off the shelf" cabinets. They are installed at the standard 18 inches above counter top height. I am apparently more vertically challenged than I thought because THIS is what I see when  look up. Now I know how a toddler feels, haha.

Reach for it!
Pretty sure I will end up moving all my stuff around (probably a few times) until I figure out what works for me.

Besides my issue of being short...ummm vertically challenged, I appear to be short on actual storageHow can I have new kitchen and still not have enough storage space? Did my things multiply while they were stored in the half dozen (or so) plastic totes?

Part of the issue is the missing 2 cabinets (the 12 inch wall and base cabinets I talked about HERE). They are not going to be installed after all, because if I do install them I will lose the option to upgrade to a bigger refrigerator. That kinda bums me out.  Taking a look around the kitchen, we were trying to figure out where we could gain more storage.

There was 1 viable option remaining. Okay, two- the 1st option pains me to say this-but I could purge the hoard stash of kitchen gadgetry and other kitchen stuff.  Hahahahaha, yeah so NOT happening! The 2nd option--which I prefer--will extend my run of cabinets from the lazy susan cabinet. That will eliminate the the big remodel plans I had for the space on the other side of that wall (bathroom and laundry area) but I will discuss that later. An added bonus is I don't need to worry about a custom cabinet for the little  space behind the lazy susan cabinet I talked about HERE. Although it will irk me to no end KNOWING that unused space is there! 

We added a 24 inch base cabinet

One little snafu is this new run of cabinets will sit directly over the heat vent. Though not to worry, because it is an easy fix. Stay tuned for this work around.

So what? Are we gonna preheat our food in the cabinet?

I am running low on funds so I wasn't able to get the pantry cabinet which will end the run of cabinets. We plan to purchase and install in about a week. But once we add the pantry, we also are planning on adding some open shelved storage for my large glass jars (storage for my sugar, flour, pasta, beans and rice) between the 2 cabinets.  And I will continue the puck lighting from the underside of the upper cabinets to the underside of the shelving. This is sorta what it will look like.

The pantry is 18 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 84 inches tall. That's alot of storage!

The ideal is all the food stuffs will be over in this area, whereas all my dishes will be on the left side of the stove area, except for the glasses and coffee cups which will be in the cabinet above the dishwasher, closest to the sink and coffee maker.

Holy kitchen reno, Batman!! It is really looking good! Woot! So how do y'all work around your storage issues?


Here's my list from my earlier kitchen remodel post with some additions/ modifications
  • Finish tearing out the plaster and lathe on the North wall--DONE!!
  • Tear out ceiling--DONE!!
  • Cut out the wall boards in the sink area to remove mold. It appears to be contained in a few spots. Decided to do a complete tear out--DONE!!
  • Patch/ repair the remaining 2 walls. Possibly skim coat. Decided to do a complete tear out
  • Build temporary supports for new headers over door and window.--DONE!!
  • Cut out a  2 foot by 8 foot floor section (sink area)--DONE!!
  • Sister the joist beams and shim where the floor slopes--DONE!!
  • Determine if sill plate needs repaired  Damage is minimal-yay!--DONE!!
  • Install a floor jack on North-East corner--where the the sill plate is water damaged
  • Move the stove outlet from floor to the wall and update to a new receptacle-DONE!!
  • Build bump out wall (west wall/ kitchen sink side) to accommodate for out of plumb wall.DONE!!
  • Lay a new subfloor--DONE!!
  • Replace, update and attach the outlet to a stud on east wall--DONE!!
  • Add 1-2 new receptacle(s) to the east wall (window wall)--DONE!!
  • Add 1 new receptacle to west wall-DONE!!
  • Purchase recessed light housing and trim kits
    DONE!!
  • Order focal/ center light--DONE!!
  • Move center junction box, DONE!!
  • Install recessed lights perimeter of the kitchen (3 on each wall) and install dimmer switchDONE!!
  • Install/ wire in electric for stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Replace the window--DONE!!
  • Insulate and seal. Minimize any possible cracks, leaks or vermin/bug/ draft entry points-IN PROGRESS
  • Electrician inspection--DONE!!
  • Drywall, mud, tape, prime and paint --DONE!!
  • REPAIR THE EXTERIOR WALL FROM INSTALLING A SMALLER WINDOW--IN PROGRESS
  • Install the linoleum -- DONE!!
  • Install plugs and light switches--DONE!!
  • Final electric connection to the breaker--DONE!!
  • Purchase additional corner cabinet DONE!!
  • Install cabinets-- DONE!!
  • Figure a solution for the 6 inch gap in run of cabinets (stove side)--DONE!
  • Order remaining counter top (stove side of the kitchen) Order NEW counter tops due to laminate being discontinued--14 days lead time
  • Install counter tops
  • Plumbing!
  • Install sink
  • Install garbage disposal
  • On demand hot water? Maybe???
  • Order and install stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Paint and install the new entry door
  • Purchase door hardware--DONE!!
  • Install door hardware, including kickplate
  • Add a peephole to the door since it is windowless
  • Trim work (doors, the window, baseboards, crown molding and cabinet toe molding)
  • Purchase  tile for backsplash--DONE!!
  • Install tile back splash (sink area), considering backsplash installation on stove side?
  • Install stove and refrigerator
  • Purchase end panel for dishwasher installation--DONE!!
  • Purchase and install a dishwasher--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase and install cabinet hardware--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase ceiling medallion--DONE!
  • Install the ceiling medallion and chandelier
  • Decide on window treatment--DONE!!
  • Order and SEW fabric for window valance/ curtains/ shade--IN PROGRESS
  • Paint  mobile island/ cart
  • DIY some wall art
  • Purchase/ DIY 2 kitchen stools
  • Accessorize
  • Cook, bake and ENJOY the finished kitchen!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Are you sick of me talking about my kitchen remodel yet?

Sorry, I am just so dang happy it's almost finished!!!

After using my old dark and disgusting kitchen for so many years, I longed, dreamed,  fantasized about the the day when I would have a kitchen that reminded me of sunshine. A room which was light, bright, and happy. I would say I am well on my way.

Here is the kitchen with all the recessed lighting finally installed. The center light fixture won't be installed until after all the crown molding goes in to avoid damaging it, but it has 3 additional lights. And don't forget, I also have under cabinet puck lights to install as well. Although I have to admit when we flip the light switch on (especially in the morning) it is somewhat jarring. Who needs caffeine? heh


Notice anything else?

Remember the issue I had with the 6 inch gap next to the stove? Well my brother-in-law shifted the cabinets to the left so the gap is no longer next to the stove. It is now at the end of the run of cabinets behind the lazy susan cabinet. Why didn't I think of that? Ummm, because he is the professional, and I am not!

So I think the plan will be to block of the back of the lazy susan (under the window area) so things (or my animals) can't get stuck back there.


Block access to the dead space behind the lazy susan cabinet.

Although it is making me crazy KNOWING that extra space is there and will be unused!
Unused space BEHIND the lazy susan cabinet.
To bad I can't have some fancy high tech gadgetry, that raises and lowers a TV...wait a minute...These things actually exist?!!  How fancy is that? Not that I could EVER afford something like that. But it is nice to dream, eh?


You really can find everything on Pinterest!
 I took a little artistic license to render an ideal of what this would look like with an access panel/ door


The space is 7.5 inches wide, has a maximum depth of  28 inches and a height of approximately 30 inches by the time you factor in the construction of the cart/ shelf and clearance. Just imagine the possibilities for storage! I could stash the pet food, have small roll out pantry shelf or store over-sized platters and baking sheets. 

Hmmm, what else? I bought the cabinet hardware and the fabric for my curtains. I am still scouting ideals for a bar stool or 2. I am prepping my kitchen island makeover and have some decorative objects for the kitchen...but more on these later.


Here's my list from my earlier kitchen remodel post with some additions/ modifications
  • Finish tearing out the plaster and lathe on the North wall--DONE!!
  • Tear out ceiling--DONE!!
  • Cut out the wall boards in the sink area to remove mold. It appears to be contained in a few spots. Decided to do a complete tear out--DONE!!
  • Patch/ repair the remaining 2 walls. Possibly skim coat. Decided to do a complete tear out
  • Build temporary supports for new headers over door and window.--DONE!!
  • Cut out a  2 foot by 8 foot floor section (sink area)--DONE!!
  • Sister the joist beams and shim where the floor slopes--DONE!!
  • Determine if sill plate needs repaired  Damage is minimal-yay!--DONE!!
  • Install a floor jack on North-East corner--where the the sill plate is water damaged
  • Move the stove outlet from floor to the wall and update to a new receptacle-DONE!!
  • Build bump out wall (west wall/ kitchen sink side) to accommodate for out of plumb wall.DONE!!
  • Lay a new subfloor--DONE!!
  • Replace, update and attach the outlet to a stud on east wall--DONE!!
  • Add 1-2 new receptacle(s) to the east wall (window wall)--DONE!!
  • Add 1 new receptacle to west wall-DONE!!
  • Purchase recessed light housing and trim kits
    DONE!!
  • Order focal/ center light--DONE!!
  • Move center junction box, DONE!!
  • Install recessed lights perimeter of the kitchen (3 on each wall) and install dimmer switchDONE!!
  • Install/ wire in electric for stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Replace the window--DONE!!
  • Insulate and seal. Minimize any possible cracks, leaks or vermin/bug/ draft entry points-IN PROGRESS
  • Electrician inspection--DONE!!
  • Drywall, mud, tape, prime and paint --DONE!!
  • REPAIR THE EXTERIOR WALL FROM INSTALLING A SMALLER WINDOW--IN PROGRESS
  • Install the linoleum -- DONE!!
  • Install plugs and light switches--DONE!!
  • Final electric connection to the breaker--DONE!!
  • Purchase additional corner cabinet DONE!!
  • Install cabinets-- DONE!!
  • Figure a solution for the 6 inch gap in run of cabinets (stove side)--IN PROGRESS
  • Order remaining counter top (stove side of the kitchen) Order NEW counter tops due to laminate being discontinued--14 days lead time
  • Install counter tops
  • Plumbing!
  • Install sink
  • Install garbage disposal
  • On demand hot water? Maybe???
  • Order and install stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Paint and install new door
  • Purchase door hardware--DONE!!
  • Install door hardware, including kickplate
  • Add a peephole to the door since it is windowless
  • Trim work (doors, the window, baseboards, crown molding)
  • Purchase  tile for backsplash--DONE!!
  • Install tile back splash (sink area), considering backsplash installation on stove side?
  • Install stove and refrigerator
  • Purchase end panel for dishwasher installation--DONE!!
  • Purchase and install a dishwasher--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase and install cabinet hardware--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase ceiling medallion
  • Install the ceiling medallion and chandelier
  • Decide on window treatment--DONE!!
  • Order and SEW fabric for window valance/ curtains/ shade--IN PROGRESS
  • Paint  mobile island/ cart
  • DIY some wall art
  • Purchase/ DIY 2 kitchen stools
  • Accessorize
  • Cook, bake and ENJOY the finished kitchen!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beat the Clock Beef Barley

Soup...Stew...Stouwp?  I literally had 15 minutes before I had to leave for work this morning, when I remembered the package of stew beef in the fridge that I needed to use. Not to mention, I needed something for dinner after a day of working and then running to appointments when the work day is over.

A 60 second check of the pantry and freezer indicated I had everything I needed. Disclaimer--this is not a wholesome from scratch recipe but it will give the appearance and taste of one. 


Spritz the crockpot with some cooking oil. Toss the stew beef and dry gravy packet together and pour into the crockpot.


Add to this:
1/2 cup of barley rinsed
12 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup frozen diced potatoes
1 cup of frozen mirepoix
8 ounces of  canned tomato sauce
2-15 ounce cans low sodium beef broth
 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
pinch of salt and several dashes of pepper (I prefer to add more salt and pepper to taste upon completion of cooking)


Give it a good stir or 2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.


The final result is a thick, rich and hearty soup/stew/ stouwp.  Very flavorful and rich--with beef so tender it falls apart.


I served it with some take and bake french bread -slathered in butter of course-- and a big ol' glass of moo juice. Not too shabby for less than 15 minutes of pep time, eh?



What are y'all cooking?





Sunday, October 12, 2014

All about that base

...cabinet. But I am a big girl and can appreciate all the right junk in all the right places. As long as it is neatly organized and color coded, hehe.  

Now I now y'all were singing and dancing to this song--don't even try to deny it!

So yup, we finally made it the base cabinet installation. Sorta. We have the cabinets temporarily in place and found a couple issues. Of course we did! And by we...I mean me!

What you can't see here is the cabinet on the far left, when the door is open, extends 3-4 inches overlapping the entry door.  This was an easy fix, by simply switching the cabinets. Sorta. By switching them, they no longer match the symmetry of the upper cabinets (i.e 24 then 18 inch left to right) Scroll down to picture #3, to see what I am talking about. 


Entry view. Notice anything?


How about now? Apparently, unbeknownst to me, the cabinets do not include finished toe kicks. So that is a small extra cost to purchase the toe kick molding.


Notice anything else?  We have a 6 inch gap which will be on the right side of the stove.

 Unfortunately this line of cabinets does NOT include 6 inch base cabinets. DOH!! What to do? I have 6 options...
1. I have reached out to the manufacturer because maybe--just maybe--I can custom order the cabinet or at the very least, order the door before we attempt a DIY  match project in option #2. 
2. I found a tutorial on how to build a base cabinet, courtesy of Ana White. So yeah, somebody is gonna be putting their carpentry skills to the test. I can purchase the cabinet skin thats matches my line of cabinets to finish the sides. I have found some doors with a similar profile (WHY oh why didn't I choose flat panel doors?) and I would need to match the paint. Oh joy! 
3. Contact a custom cabinet maker for a build and match.
4. Space either of the cabinets left of the lazy susan to accommodate the filler attached via a hidden piano hinge and a pressure latch. I would still need a base spacer frame.This would be the least amount of construction and would still allow me use of the space for a compact step ladder or baking sheets. Given  time and budget constraints this may very well be the best solution. My only concern would be scratching the the sides of cabinets by not building a full skeleton cabinet and finishing it with the cabinet laminate.
5. Install filler strips between 2 of the cabinets to close the gap. This would be the cheapest and easiest fix, but I can't  stand the the thought of all that wasted space. It is bad enough there is so much wasted space behind the lazy susan cabinet.
6. Build the base spacer and install a pre-built organizer like one offered from Rev-A-Shelf. I could then attach a door to the slide out frame. Again this leads me back to needing a custom door.


Next problem (or two)


I LOST my drawing of the kitchen layout. Yes, somehow I misplaced it and this is what happened... The 2 extra  (12 inch wall and base) cabinets we THOUGHT we didn't need (and already returned) were suppose to go here (As shown by the white rectangles). So now I will have very little counter space on the right hand side of my sink. The bigger problem-as indicated by the red arrow--is a bow in my cabinet. We don't know if the warping happened due to manufacturing process or if this was a cabinet that was in the garage for a year. This is gonna have to come down. It is making me crazy. We can't take the cabinet back because it has holes from securing it to the wall. SO it will be recycled into the laundry room makeover. Maybe both problems can be fixed on this  side somewhat easily--just not cheaply.

So as far as cabinets go--fix the gap, the bow, the missing cabinets issue, shim, level and secure the cabinets. Once these steps are finished the measurements will be taken to order the counter tops. 

1 step forward and 2 steps back. Siiighhh...Things could be worse. I am just so anxious to see the project completed. Anyone else working on some troublesome projects?


Here's my list from my earlier kitchen remodel post with some additions/ modifications
  • Finish tearing out the plaster and lathe on the North wall--DONE!!
  • Tear out ceiling--DONE!!
  • Cut out the wall boards in the sink area to remove mold. It appears to be contained in a few spots. Decided to do a complete tear out--DONE!!
  • Patch/ repair the remaining 2 walls. Possibly skim coat. Decided to do a complete tear out
  • Build temporary supports for new headers over door and window.--DONE!!
  • Cut out a  2 foot by 8 foot floor section (sink area)--DONE!!
  • Sister the joist beams and shim where the floor slopes--DONE!!
  • Determine if sill plate needs repaired  Damage is minimal-yay!--DONE!!
  • Install a floor jack on North-East corner--where the the sill plate is water damaged
  • Move the stove outlet from floor to the wall and update to a new receptacle-DONE!!
  • Build bump out wall (west wall/ kitchen sink side) to accommodate for out of plumb wall.DONE!!
  • Lay a new subfloor--DONE!!
  • Replace, update and attach the outlet to a stud on east wall--DONE!!
  • Add 1-2 new receptacle(s) to the east wall (window wall)--DONE!!
  • Add 1 new receptacle to west wall-DONE!!
  • Purchase recessed light housing and trim kits
    DONE!!
  • Order focal/ center light--DONE!!
  • Move center junction box, DONE!!
  • Install recessed lights perimeter of the kitchen (3 on each wall) and install dimmer switchDONE!!
  • Install/ wire in electric for stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Replace the window--DONE!!

  • Insulate and seal. Minimize any possible cracks, leaks or vermin/bug/ draft entry points-IN PROGRESS
  • Electrician inspection--DONE!!
  • Drywall, mud, tape, prime and paint --DONE!!
  • REPAIR THE EXTERIOR WALL FROM INSTALLING A SMALLER WINDOW--IN PROGRESS
  • Install the linoleum -- DONE!!
  • Install plugs and light switches--DONE!!
  • Final electric connection to the breaker--DONE!!
  • Purchase additional corner cabinet DONE!!
  • Install cabinets-- IN PROGRESS
  • Figure a solution for the 6 inch gap in run of cabinets (stove side)--IN PROGRESS
  • Order remaining counter top (stove side of the kitchen) Order NEW counter tops due to laminate being discontinued--14 days lead time
  • Install counter tops
  • Plumbing!
  • Install sink
  • Install garbage disposal
  • On demand hot water? Maybe???
  • Order and install stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Paint and install new door
  • Purchase door hardware--DONE!!
  • Install door hardware, including kickplate
  • Add a peephole to the door since it is windowless
  • Trim work (doors, the window, baseboards, crown molding)
  • Purchase  tile for backsplash--DONE!!
  • Install tile back splash (sink area), considering backsplash installation on stove side?
  • Install stove and refrigerator
  • Purchase end panel for dishwasher installation--DONE!!
  • Purchase and install a dishwasher
  • Purchase and install cabinet hardware
  • Purchase ceiling medallion
  • Install the ceiling medallion and chandelier
  • Decide on window treatment
  • Order and SEW fabric for window valance/ curtains/ shade
  • Paint  mobile island/ cart
  • DIY some wall art
  • Purchase/ DIY 2 kitchen stools
  • Accessorize
  • Cook, bake and ENJOY the finished kitchen!