posted on Sep, 11 2018 @ 10:12 PM
So we're remodeling the kitchen (big time). It's a long project with multiple phases (so we can still live in the house at the same time).
The first phase was to build a full-wall built in hutch, with glass doors (to show off her china and the whole 9 yards). Spent top dollar on the
cabinets, all solid Maple. Okay, so we get that built, and it looks great! One piece missing is the granite counter top in the middle, but we can't
do that until we get done with Phase 2, the Island. It's a huge island too. (7x9).
Next is phase 2; we build the island. Again, top dollar solid maple cabinets and every option she could ever want...pull out spice drawers, sheet pan
racks, garbage can drawers, book shelves...everything. Now we go and buy the granite, but we can't get it measured up yet because we have to do
Phase 3 the back counters (where the sink, stove, dishwasher and fridge are).
So the island is a pretty big project. Have to do some re-wiring in the basement and run new electrical circuits to the island before we can fix the
cabinets. Okay, no problem, but it takes time. Then there's the leveling the cabinets and getting everything exactly oriented. BTW, it's not just
the kitchen; we're also tearing out a load bearing wall between the kitchen and the living room too, plus re-doing all the floors and a whole bunch
of other stuff (the house isn't that old either, we had it built in 2006).
It's okay though, I've been in the contracting business for 35 years so I more than know my way around finish carpentry and remodels and home
Phase 3 is a little more challenging and has numerous parts where deliveries and sequence is critically important so as not to cripple the function of
the kitchen in the process. The stove alone is 4 months out, lead time. Just the sink is going to take 12 weeks to deliver. Then there's all the
fixtures, plumbing, HVAC, electrical work, flooring, cabinets, wreck-out, framing, sheet rock and so forth. So we've got a holding point where we
have to pause for a few weeks. I can't do any more until we have some time pass to let things get ready for delivery.
In the mean time, I put down some really nice veneer Birch 3/4" A/C plywood on the cabinets for a "temporary" counter top on both the island and
the hutch. IT'S JUST TEMPORARY!! Well, of course the counter tops immediately start getting used for all manner of cooking. And the unfinished
plywood is starting to get stained and ugly. Okay, so I fix. So I cleaned the counter tops down with a good scrubbing of Murphy's oil soap and they
came out awesome. I'm letting them dry out and admiring my handy work and asked the wife to take a look. Wow, she says they look great. (no more
nasties on the counter). So then I decided to coat the work surfaces with some Johnson's wax, just to put a water seal on it...again, TEMPORARILY!!.
Now I get the furrowed brow look, and the snide remark..."Hey, you know...we're NOT keeping those counters, Bob!!"'
No S#, Sherlock! The counter tops are just TEMPORARY!, and besides that; if I wouldn't have put these temp counter tops down you'd be eating on the
F#'ing ...PORCH!! G# Dammit!!
So why am I so pissed? Sometimes you go the extra mile to make something really nice, even if it's temporary, and then you get a ration of S# about
it which makes you just want to start breaking S#!! This is her dream kitchen (the one she's wanted all her life), and I'm spending about $150
grand on it...cut me some F#'ing slack already, would ya???