Under a Kitchen, Part 2

I only had one meltdown during our time without a kitchen, which I feel is an admirable amount for a two-week window of living in a dust-filled house with extremely limited first-floor access.

At the end of last week, we were finally able to move the stove back into the kitchen and to start assembling the boxes and boxes of drawers stacked throughout the first floor. This week, the fridge went back into place and we slid those drawers right into their new homes.

Ikea assembly is awful, but also not so awful, but also a little awful. By the time you get the hang of things, it's over. The kitchen manuals have a lot of what I like to call 'Bonus Instructions', which are like a Choose Your Own Adventure within the assembly manual, except that you don't want to choose the wrong adventure because then your kitchen won't work.

The real reason you are here is probably to see some Before and After pictures. It's the whole reason I'm here, too. We're about 90% of the way done, which seems like as good a time as any to deliver you a visual update.

 Before

Before

 End of Day 1

End of Day 1

 Week 2-ish

Week 2-ish

 End of week 2

End of week 2

The corner cabinet's farewell tour:

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We don't quite know what to do with all of this new storage space! The counters should be installed in about a week, so we're getting by with some more makeshift situations - which we are all too familiar with - until they arrive. Some more finishing touches and we are home free.

Look at Where you are. Look at Where you started.

It's been way too long since I've thrown a Hamilton reference in the mix.

That's hard to look at. So much carpet. So many drop ceilings. Could more than 1.5 people even fit in that room to eat dinner?

Looking back at these Before pictures is the only thing that keeps me sane sometimes. It's so easy to get caught up in projects and have the mindset that you'll never make enough progress to feel accomplished. But my god. The fact that we still need an area rug and to finish painting some trim seems so minor - almost too easy - when I look at the Before picture.

Here's what's in the room now:

And yeah, the fact that we're alive is a miracle.

That would be enough.

You get the idea.

Werk.

 Image via   Broadway  .  com

Image via Broadway.com

Before / During / After: The Living Room

Talk about a transformation. Although using the word "after" feels premature as there are a few things off-frame that aren't in an After state just yet.

The living room was our biggest project yet largely due to the massive amounts of plaster that hid that beautiful brick. You can read about our exposed brick wall project and process here.

A lot of work went into this one and the payoff was well worth it. Once I finish painting, our coffee table is delivered, and the rest of the paint is removed from the banister, we can close this out officially. Until now, I'll keep looking this way.

P.S.

The turntable station is by Line Phono and the print by my talented aunt Pat Sidman.