Thursday, January 25, 2018

Paused Kitchen

As is the way of DIY, our kitchen is experiencing some hiccups.

Nothing terrible. And really it’s more so just due to lack of available time  -- Blake’s semester is back in session so he’s got a lot to do after work hours to get lectures ready and such. But when he has spare time he’s putting it into wiring in some extras in the kitchen.

Currently:
We wanted to turn the ancient can light over the sink (it used to have this pointy alien looking glass cover) into a normal modern can light. (Done.) We wanted an extra outlet on an empty span of countertop. (Done) And under cabinet lights. (Done --- but maybe we bought a lemon in the mix and it needs to be switched out. Bummer.)
And then, as with old houses, you always find a little something special to throw you. In this case we found that sometime in the past, when they decided against the over-range-microwave, instead of doing what you should -- they just took a hammer, knocked the outlet/junction box back into the wall and wallpapered over it. Lovely. So that was stressful, not knowing if we’d be able to do the stuff you need to do without tarring apart TONS of the walls to find where stuff’s coming from. But thankfully Blake found stuff without too much craziness.

I’m still hoping to add an outlet over our wooden countertops, that we added a few years ago (The ones that go through our pass through window.) Since that used to be a bare wall, there was no outlets at counter height, and it would be helpful to be able to plug in something over there too. Hopefully that doesn’t prove a very stressful prospect.


So right now our backsplash is just a bunch of hole-y drywall. And every few days the entire kitchen gets covered in drywall dust. I have NO idea when I will be able to show you a backsplash. It’s not looking like soon. ha.

But I’m still throughly enjoying the parts that are done. I feel fancy even with the crazy holes in the wall.
And I just can’t tell you how much I love the under cabinet lights. Those changed the entire feel of the kitchen. I knew they’d be nice. But I didn’t know HOW nice.
That extra dose of light has a way of making the kitchen feel so many wonderful things: way bigger (more light just immediately enlarges the space more than I could have imagined), more fancy (it feels SO high end now), more homey (even with the high end feel, it’s not pretentious, it’s more cozy), so more hygge (anyone into that?)(If you turn off the overhead light and just leave on the under cabinet lights -- it’s got that Christmas tree glow vibe), more functional (how much better you can see what you are doing at the counter, is amazing!)
So as you can see I’m delighted by these lights. We are hard wiring them into a light switch. But these are something anyone can add to the cabinets and turn them on with a cord switch (like a night light.) And I highly recommend them. They are a delight.


Anyway -- that’s where we are now. And now we return you to your regularly scheduled program: Back to waiting. :)
I promise I’ll show you when I have something.

5 comments:

  1. Fabulous how much you guys have accomplished! That’s what I’ll do next...under cabinet lights! I forgot I wanted those. Thanks for the inspiration! Did you get them at Ikea?

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    1. Thanks! What we bought was LED Puck lights, and we got ours from Home Depot.

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  2. Lydia,it took us 2 months to get from the cabinets to the quartz,another 3 months to get the backsplash done and we are going to get the last thing-the lights-done this week,so another 2 months later.I can feel your pain (the waiting game).But you will get there;-)

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