August 30, 2012

...And The Kitchen Sink...

When we returned from the beach on Saturday, we came home to no kitchen. I should mention that this was expected. It didn't wander off. It wasn't stolen. It didn't disappear. No, we actually paid people to come in with sledgehammers* and crowbars to remove it. Entirely. They even made off with a wall.

While we expect a new and improved kitchen in three to four weeks, our lives are temporarily inconvenienced. Because of the layout of our house, we can no longer access the living room or most of the dining room and getting to the basement is not an option. We're cooking in a cheap microwave on the dining room floor. We've taken over the kids' playroom as our new living room. Plastic utensils and plates are used wherever possible. Dishes are washed in the guest bathroom. There's a fine film of drywall dust coating most everything. We have a coffee maker in our master bedroom. The fridge in our garage works but we're forced to go out the front door and open the garage door to get to it. Which has caused some interesting looks at seven in the morning as I return from the garage, bedheadded, with the kids' breakfast delicately balanced in my hands. (And no, I totally didn't run and get a beer from the garage in my boxers. That wasn't me.)

These are not the worst problems one could have. While inconvenient, the simple fact is we'll be getting a nice shiny kitchen and, after a week or so, we'll have blocked all the unpleasantries from our minds. But it sure is a pain in the ass now.

* While I was typing this I accidentally typed sledgehappers which I really like the sound of.

Posted by Chris at August 30, 2012 7:34 AM

You know, as I was reading this, the one thing that popped into my head was 'mini-fridge'. With all the kids going back to school, these things are on sale all over the place. It might be nice to have a small one in the house just for beer/milk/etc. Just a thought.

Hope it all turns out as great as you expect it!

Posted by: J at August 30, 2012 9:54 AM

I have frequently thought that a coffee maker in the master bedroom would make morning SO much easier.

Posted by: rebecca at August 30, 2012 11:12 AM

My wife and I remodeled our kitchen, dining room and living room all at once a few years ago (where were our heads at the time). We had a mini-fridge, micro and coffee maker in our bedroom, plus all of our downstairs furniture was moved upstairs. It was kind of fun camping out that way for several weeks. Our kids are grown though, so I don't envy you on that! Our remodelers sealed the remodel area with plastic to keep as much dust out of the rest of the house as possible. Once it's done though, as you say, you forget about the inconveniences. Enjoy your new kitchen!

Posted by: James Proffitt at August 30, 2012 12:18 PM

Just don't google "sledgehappers" -- at least without Safe Search turned on. *

* I have no idea if this is true or not. There needs to be a word for "a word that could be a euphemism for a bizzare sex act but probably isn't"

Posted by: Aaron at August 30, 2012 2:06 PM