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30 March 2009 @ 06:27 pm
Foggy brain. That is what I have. Apologies in advance for any spelling or grammatical disasters.

When last we left Project: Make Kelly’s Kitchen Less Crappy, the tile had been laid (hee) and I’d begun to shop for countertops.

Don was home on Friday!!! Also,! I missed him so. Bill the Tile Guy was here bright and early, though, so no sleeping in for my husband. Instead, we embarked upon a day of home improvement related shopping. The better part of an hour was spent peering up at ceiling fans (note: Lowe’s uses 15 watt bulbs for display purposes. which means, unlike at Home Depot, you aren’t constantly blinded. thanks, Lowe’s!) and about the same starting at kitchen faucets. I won’t keep you in suspense: we bought a faucet. Didn’t buy a fan. There. Now you won’t skip to the end.

Or maybe you will. I won’t be mad.

We made two trips to the House of Stone. I’d told Don all about the shiny blue granite and, in the process, talked myself out of it. It’s gorgeous, but a bit flashy and rather bold. I’m not. Having ruled out the blue, I selected five other candidates: one full black, one pale green with grey and black flecks, and the other three dark green with black and gold flecks of varying sizes. One had a hint of teal, another tiny specks of burgundy. All five were respectable, stately, and quite lovely. Any one of them would look very pretty with my hickory cabinets.

I went with the Volga Blue. Show of hands: who is even remotely surprised? The more I thought about it, the more I realized how light and clean and simple my choices have been for the rest of the kitchen. It could do with a bit of boldness.

No weekend progress to report. Well, not exactly true: Saturday morning, Don and Bob unboxed the cabinets and moved the bases into the kitchen. My house looked like a Middle School dance. Boys on one side, sprawled out and trying to look cool:


Girls on the other, clustered together, pretending not to look at the boys:


Then there's this young lady. She and the dishwasher, her only friend, were hanging out in the corner and talking about horses and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.


Bob started installing first thing this morning. Apparently it’s essential that cabinets are installed level. This is especially true if you’re planning on stone countertops. Hey, remember how I noted my kitchen was a bit tilty? Funny story. It’s actually a lot tilty. Two inches worth, sloping down from the outside wall. Bob has added lifts to the cabinets in the lowest spot. Everything else is shimmed. He’s had three levels going at all times. When all is done, it will look perfectly even. Just don’t drop a marble in my kitchen.

Maybe I’m worrying overmuch. It’s barely noticeable, right?


Fortunately, it was all sorted out by day's end. It's starting to look rather kitcheny, don't you think?


And, finally - what does this mean?

Adrienne C.adrienne429 on March 30th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
OMG, it's really starting to come together.
It's going to look awesome when it's done.
Zoë Tzoethor on March 30th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ooooooo! It looks so pretty!!!

Don't worry, my parents' kitchen slopes at a good solid 5-10 degrees from one end to the other. Think of it as charming!
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on March 31st, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Yay! Blue granite!!!It will be beautiful!
Ratesjul: soaringratesjul on March 31st, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Have I ever told you I love your kitchen posts? They're so full of unexpected - but lovely - quirks. *hugs Kelly* *hug's kelly's mushed brain* *hugs kitchenposts*

As for the note, someone has an opinion of someone... possibly even themselves!

Oh, and as for slopey kitchens, the house I grew up in sloped all over the place, and not just in the kitchen!
Kelladyjoust on April 9th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh, Ratis. Coming from someone who writes as beautifully as you, that means a lot.

And I do find some charm in the slopey floors. :)
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on March 31st, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
I am so glad that you went for the blue granite!

The note on the cab...well, what else, they were shippen' it to you...who are, though you deny it, rather hot! :)

It's looking great!
harpiegirl4: silly malharpiegirl4 on March 31st, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
I feel your tilting problem. Though to be honest, when Cody and I discovered how tilty our living room is, we immediately got ourselves into some rolling chairs and spent half an hour riding along the living room floor. Also, it makes our home feel slightly reminiscent of Little Big (which I have a feeling you must have read, right? If not, do so immediately. One of my favorite YA books EVAH!)

That being said, we haven't attempted to do any work to our kitchen, so I really have no right to talk.
Kel: sweet Donnaladyjoust on March 31st, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
I've never read Little Big.

But I will, I promise.