And So It Begins

That’s right folks. The kitchen renovation project is actually really definitely going to happen. (I think.) This Saturday, the cabinets are coming. Last night, our contractor came over to look at what supplies he’ll need when he starts a week from yesterday. We’ve ordered and paid for the countertop. I feel like I’m at the top of a rollercoaster ride, staring down at what’s ahead of me, and kind of dreading what’s going to follow.

Once we have that renovated kitchen, it will be lovely. I’m really looking forward to having the extra storage space, kitchen space, counter space, lighting, windows, and more. But getting to the point is going to be very uncomfortable.

One of the biggest discomforts is just admitting that I don’t know what’s going to go wrong, but I know things will go wrong. We still aren’t sure what we’re going to do with our ceiling, because we won’t know what we can do until we rip out what’s there to see what can be done. The same is true with the floor. It’s one level at one spot of the kitchen, and another level at another. How will we even it out? No clue. We can’t know until we know why it changes levels.

The good news is that we’ve waited long enough and saved enough for this that I feel reasonably confident that we can handle whatever this throws at us. (Knock on wood.) We’ve even decided to renovate the downstairs bathroom at the same time, just because it’ll be easier to get it all over with at once, and we have enough stored up that we should be able to swing that comfortably as well. So it’s not like I’m staring at my finances and praying that this all stays at budget. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t want it to go over budget, but at least I know that if it does, it should work out.

With how busy we are this semester, all I can really look at is what I have to do next. For now, I know we have to get the cabinets delivered Saturday, and we also need to empty out all our current cabinets so that they can be ripped out on Monday. Once they’re gone, we’ll also be without a kitchen sink or dishwasher until the back wall of the kitchen is finished (new windows put in at bare minimum. We’ll also need to be painting the outside of that back wall. In all our spare time.

Baby steps, Bryce. Baby steps.


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