Things have gone so well and have moved along at a really good pace this week…until yesterday. Yesterday was one of those days where I hit a roadblock at every turn and felt like I was spinning my wheels all day long.
The plan was to get the refrigerator/range wall completely built — built-in cabinet around the fridge, trim on top, decorative feet. Well, that plan didn’t quite work out. Here’s as far as I got on that.
Yep, I only got the appliances moved into place. Why? Because it took me over an hour to get the refrigerator moved from the breakfast room to the kitchen. It has wheels on it, just like any other refrigerator, but the problem was the uneven floor. There’s still about a 1.25-inch lip in the floor going from the breakfast room to the kitchen, and I tried for an hour to get that refrigerator over that lip.
I tried a dolly. Didn’t work. I tried two of Matt’s wheelchair ramps, both of which were the perfect height on the high ends, but each of them had the tiniest little lip at the very beginning of the incline (tiny, as in probably 1/8-inch), and those wheels on the refrigerator just refused to go up over that tiny little lip. I pushed, and pulled, and pried, and turned it around, and tried again. Then I took a break and had lunch, and then tried again. I finally got it to work by building a ramp up onto the ramp using some of the layers of super thin wood veneer that I had peeled off of the plywood that was on the breakfast room walls.
The stove was a bear to move also, but nothing like the refrigerator. At least it was light enough that I was able to get it up onto a furniture dolly to move it into the kitchen. I just kept it sitting on the furniture dolly for now since the stove doesn’t have wheels and I’ll need to move it again very soon while I finish up the cabinets, paint, and pour the countertops.
When I had those in place, I decided I finally needed to switch the door swing on the refrigerator. I searched and searched for the manual, and couldn’t find it. Then it finally dawned on me that I could find the instructions online. I found them, read through, and realized that I don’t own all of the tools necessary to do the job. Not only did I not have the tools, but I learned that I’m supposed to have two additional hinges that are required to change the door swing.
I searched and searched, and finally decided that they delivery guys had evidently forgotten to leave the extra hinges. At this point I had wasted at least another hour, if not two, searching for the manual, reading the online manual, and searching for hinges. I was so frustrated and about to call Home Depot when I got sidetracked thinking about the cabinet I was going to build around the fridge. I climbed up on the ladder to take a measurement, and guess what I found. The extra hinges sitting on top of the refrigerator!!
I feel like that’s how my entire day went. I hate days like that.
But at least I did finally get the appliances moved into the kitchen, and I got the cabinets moved in for the sink peninsula.
I still need to cut the holes in the bottom of the sink cabinet for the plumbing pipes so that I can push that cabinet back into place. It won’t be sticking out like it is now. And the empty space to the right of that cabinet is where my dishwasher (that I haven’t even purchased yet) will go.
At least now that I have everything in the room, I can build the half wall on the other side of the sink cabinet, get the rest of the electrical wired, and finish up the drywall on that wall. I’ve been waiting and waiting to build that half wall until I could get everything moved into the kitchen. After the wall is built, there will still be room to move appliances in and out of the kitchen, but the fit would be much tighter through the doorways, and I didn’t want to have to deal with that.
So I’m putting yesterday behind me, and tackling this with a positive attitude today. I will make great progress this weekend!! I’m determined! 🙂
My goal is to get the half wall built, get the electrical wiring finished, install the rest of the cabinets, and add all of the decorative trim to the remaining cabinets. That sounds do-able, right? And bonus points if I can get all of the prep work done for pouring my countertops!