Getting them home was a bit of a problem. We thought we'd be able to shove them all into the truck bed, but we were sorely mistaken. Jay called in reinforcements in the form of his family with their big excursion and we were able to shoe-horn the three cabinets we couldn't fit in the truck into the excursion.
|With the cabinets unloaded|
|This pantry? Enormous.|
We couldn't find a counter top at ReStore, so the salesman suggested getting a solid-core door and cutting it to size. Why not? It would give us a nice solid counter top and we could tile over it. The door they had in stock was HUGE, something like 7 feet by 4 1/2 feet and weight a zillion pounds.
To get it cut, I called in my own reinforcements with a circular saw. Nebalee and family came out to cut our "counter top".
|Huge, heavy door undergoing its transformation.|
I was determined to at least get the base cabinets put together, so I took a day off of work. When I called Mom to tell her what I was going to do, she sent Bill down to help. Instead of just getting the base cabinets done, we were able to get all of the cabinetry put together and hung.
|Me and power tools - a dangerous combination|
We took a break and Bill played with Skeeter before heading home. I decided I wanted to paint the cabinets and had just gotten started when Jay came home, so he jumped in and we knocked it out in no time.
After a break for dinner, we put the doors back on and it started to look like a real kitchen!
I love our "new" kitchen. The gaping space in the upper cabinets will be a wine rack (eventually). We also need to replace the shelves in the two right upper cabinets and all of the shelves in the pantry. Why on earth those didn't come with the cabinets is beyond me. It never occurred to me to check, because who takes the shelves out of cabinets? What does one do with lengths of board that were formerly shelves? It's a mystery.
We haven't actually gotten around to unpacking and putting things away yet, but I'm sure I'll love it even more once we get our kitchen stuff moved in (and the shelves replaced).
Maybe once Copper is delivered, we can go back to focusing on getting us settled in. For now, we've been too focused on outside stuff.