Suddenly, my kitchen remodel is starting. A week earlier than planned. You know this is the opposite of how it's supposed to happen. The usual routine is, you set a start date, then your contractor is stuck on another job that's running long, then when he's ready you find out that you're missing this one screw that's critical to the entire job, and it's backordered for 4 weeks. Then when the screw comes in, the contractor's busy again. 6 months later your kitchen is almost done...
But not in my case (knock on wood!). I called Bryan, my contractor, on Tuesday to schedule a cabinet inspection for Friday, the day the cabinets are arriving. He says, "oh good, because we want to start on the 3rd." I gulp. "The 3rd? I thought we weren't starting till the 10th." "One of my lead guys came back from vacation early, so we can start next week."
So we're starting. Here's what we still have to do:
- Christopher has to finish clearing the garage so there's room for the cabinets, the cabinet inspection, the appliance deliveries, and some workspace for me to build and install the cabinet accessories. (It's now 8:22 pm on Thursday evening. The cabinets arrive at 9 am tomorrow. Christopher is still working on the garage. A little while ago he looked around his formerly glorious, overstuffed garage kingdom and forlornly said, "I had room in here for my truck before you moved in.")
- Clear all goods and furniture out of the kitchen.
- Buy all the lighting stuff. (BTW, don't even get me started about doing kitchen lighting in California with Title 24).
- Order and receive materials for roll-out trays, tray dividers, and trash pull-outs. Build and install in cabinets.
- Find paint to match the cabinet color.
- Order moldings, buy wood and router bits for custom moldings, get Christopher to help me decide what moldings to do and then cut them and finish them with aforementioned paint.
- Pray that my custom-made stainless steel sink arrives soon and that it fits into my sink base cabinet.
- Figure out what to do about a @$#@@#! door-mount spice rack for the pantry cabinet. Why don't they make a decent one of these off the shelf? Do I have to build this too?!?
- Find someone to install a cork tile floor.
- Pick out countertop and backsplash tile.
- Pick out pendants and chandelier.
- Oh yeah, and paint.
That's all. Fortunately, only items 1-6 need to be done in the next week. Phew!