Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kitchen day 36: Storing our storage

With our constant renovation, life in our household is one big game of musical chairs.  Aside from our current kitchen belongings being stashed on the back porch, the basement, and the den, we also now have a living room full of kitchen cabinets:

As Justin quipped earlier, we got a kitchen in the mail today!  Our installer is coming to put them in next Monday.  Although we initially went into the project thinking that we'd do the installation ourselves, we learned that the laws are set in such a way that you don't have to pay tax on installed cabinets, while you do have to pay the tax if you buy just the product.  At our price level, this means that the installation cost is only a few hundred dollars (the difference between the actual (expensive) installation fee and the tax).  Given that it would have taken us a couple of days of time off work, we decided it was worth it to pay a professional.  Not to mention all of the other perks of this approach (you know, like level cabinets!)

This week, we're working on the other small projects that need to be finished before the cabinets.  Tonight I took the wood fill to the door and window trim.  Although we had initially planned to cover it with new trim, we've now decided to stick with the regular trim that matches (most) of the rest of the house.  Despite my wood fill efforts, it will still be a bit uneven.  We're OK with that.  The little imperfections are reminders of the house's history.  Don't worry, there are plenty of reminders :)

Oh - and I almost forgot - the update to my overly dramatic tile saga is that there are 200 en route from Florida :)  I think they'll be here just in time to get them down before the cabinets are set in place.

It's hard to believe that we're less than a week from being (almost) back to normal with a kitchen.  Until then, we're just making more memories for next year's "Remember When" post :)

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