Kitchen Remodeling……………Uggghhhhh!

Nothing puts your life on hold quite like remodeling a kitchen!  We are now in our third week of redoing what I thought was just simple updates to my kitchen.  But I have learned, in a kitchen, even simple changes take a massive amount of time!  The jack-of-all-trades guy I’m married to would never dream of hiring anything done.  I am exceedingly grateful for this quality of his because the money he has saved us over the years is probably well into the hundreds of thousands.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit there are times when we are in the middle of it I think, “Oh my word!  Wouldn’t it be easier and quicker if we just hired it done!”  But once it is done, those feelings go away, especially when I don’t have to write a big check to someone else!

Our youngest son Kyle who is free in the summers because he is a teacher is his Dad’s right hand man during all our projects.  I’d hate to think of tackling something like this without him.  Here they are tearing the old painted paneling off the walls.  Underneath was fairly decent wallboard that only needed a few holes repaired then it was ready to paint.

The mess had already begun when I remembered to snap a quick before picture.

The mess only got worse……..

And worse…..

and worse………….  I mean, do we really have to replace the bad board that got wet behind the sink, can’t we just put something over it…….please!!!!!!  Nope, that’s another good thing about the owner of the house doing the work.  It is going to be done right, no short cuts!  That’s a good thing………………I guess.

The mess spilled over into every single room of the house.  Every single one!

Mark told me this morning he was surprised I was handling this so well.  I told him that’s because I told myself I had to.  If I got stressed and grumpy that wouldn’t do anything except cause everyone to be stressed and grumpy.  It will end, it will get done.  I feel like I am starting to see a tiny smidgen of light at the end of the tunnel…………….if I look really really hard……………….and squint.  I see enough of it coming together to know it is going to be worth it.  At first I didn’t know if I liked the dark green but as more and more of the cabinets were painted I liked it more and more.  Especially seeing it with the tile Kyle is starting to add today.

Then I had a surprise visitor show up to help paint more cabinets.  This lovely lady is my daughter Karen.

With such wonderful helpers, I will have my life back sooner rather than later.  That little light at the end of the tunnel is slowly starting to glow a little brighter!  To be continued…….Can’t wait to show you all the finished product!  And to cook.  I’ve never wanted to cook something so bad in my entire life!  A person can only eat so much fast food and sandwiches before going stark raving mad!