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The Kitchen Renovation.
The last of the tear out.

Have you ever been so excited to get a project finished that you are almost dancing through the last bits of it?! Working night and day getting happier and happier that something you’ve been waiting for is almost here.  You get that extra boost of energy because the end is in sight.

Yeah, that’s not happening to me.

What I *am* becoming is someone who if given half a chance could be considered a danger to society.

Just yesterday I didn’t separate my recyclables.

I am fed up, miserable, and not enjoying one single second of this.  The only upside to any of this is, my new friend the spazzy eye twitch, which makes me  look psychotic enough for people to keep their distance from me.

I cannot be trusted with people.  I bite now.

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I’ve kept as much of my kitchen intact as possible until the very last moment.   This is the last moment.

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And this is pretty much how it will remain until the new kitchen is installed.

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As I type this I am debating whether or not to just go to bed.  It’s 1:32 p.m.  I was in the kitchen earlier assessing what I still needed to do.

1.  Prime the walls and ceiling.

2.  Paint the walls and ceiling.

3.  Repair holes in the drywall.

4.  Patch the floor.

5.  Paint the trim.

6.  Check myself into some sort of “facility”.

And I’m going to start on that list immediately.  In reverse order.

 

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100 Responses to The Kitchen Renovation.
The last of the tear out.

  1. Muff says:

    Oh my! Just ask and I can send you a photo of my kitchen mid-reno – my contractors (bless their wonderful hearts – I can’t say enough nice about them) took my threats seriously and believed me when I promised that if they left me at the end of each work day with a ‘working’ kitchen (running water, fridge, stove and counter space) I would keep the supply of cookies topped up. In a 9 month renovation of my whole house with a 6′ x 20′ addition to the kitchen I was without running water for a total of 36 hours and I was able to use the bathroom on the same floor for that time. They did, however, cut around the original plumbing with a chain saw and leave me just that sink part of the old wall for more than a couple of weeks while they got the new plumbing ready to go.

  2. Nikki Kelly says:

    I think a spa counts as a “facility”.

  3. jainegayer says:

    You sound like you need a drink, or lots of chocolate, or xanax or whatever it is they do in a “facility.”
    Poor girl.
    I’m going to bed and hope that I don’t have nightmares after looking at those kitchen pictures.

  4. Alison says:

    You can do it!! You are going to have such a spectacular kitchen!! We are all rooting for you lady!! So many exclamation points!!!! (Got a little excited there)

  5. Alison says:

    Also, wine helps

  6. You are awesome, Karen!! Always make me laugh!

  7. Ella says:

    The island is gorgeous!

    • Laura Bee says:

      That was my first thought!
      Karen: You aren’t painting it are you?! Although in your state I won’t argue with you about it. Well, I probably would not argue about anything with you any other time.

      • Karen says:

        Oh lord no. I’m not painting that. What you all are seeing is just a tiny glimpse of it. You’re looking at the back of it. When the time is right, I’ll let you all see what it actually looks like, but I bought it at the beginning of this reno and have kind of based the whole kitchen around it. :) ~ karen

  8. Susan Preston says:

    The dust… It’s the dust! All I think about during renovations is my bathtub, and how nice it’ll all be when it’s finished…and the dust, all thru the house! Wanna come to my house for supper?

  9. Barbie says:

    Oh Karen! I know how you feel! I really do! Hang in there it will be worth it in the end! You go get those rose colored glasses back out of your drawer right now and do NOT take them off again until the entire job is done! You NEED them to emotionally get through it trust me.

  10. Kathline says:

    My husband and I once renovated a house while we were living in it. Once.
    Lucky for us we were kind of a new couple at the time and still thought each other was cute.

  11. SK Farm Girl says:

    There are a few facilities where I can get you a great discount; you can use my preferred customer discount! Tell them I sent you . . .

  12. Auntiepatch says:

    Oh, my……….

  13. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I know it pretty useless to tell you to get help so I’ll just say I love the beautiful wood on the island and the white brick wall..just think how gorgeous it will be when it is finished!!!!!!!! I thought maybe some more exclamation points might help..lol

  14. Tracie says:

    Oh, Karen, never hold off on wine….you may end up in a facility. And by facility, I don’t actually mean….spa. It’s all rather dangerous if you ask me. So drink wine. Always.

  15. Kate says:

    I feel your stress. Actually, I do. I’m getting hyper and feeling a migraine coming on as I type.
    By the time our contractors got the kitchen cabinets in, I no longer cared. not. one. bit. I just wanted to walk out the door, leaving it wide open, and never return. Pretty much felt that way for a whole year post-renovation (a whole house reno of a ca. 1900 brick rowhouse) A year later, the stove went up in flames (No reason ever discovered; sometimes a lemon just rolls off the line, was my appliance guy’s comment). Eight firemen in full fire kit blew tramped through the house to congregate in the kitchen, by which time I had subdued the fire with the fire extinguisher. Made a claim against our homeowners insurance policy for the damage. When aforementioned policy came up for renewal two months later, it was cancelled. Because we filed a claim. Lesson learned: Never file a claim against your homeowners for small stuff. Wait until your house blows up. Had to buy insurance from Lloyds of London for the next three years. For lots more money. Fun times. But the firemen were really nice.
    That reno was 14 years ago, and those memories remain strong. REALLY strong. Bad memories.
    Please, go have a drink. Then another one, for me. I’ve still got work to do. Damn work.

  16. Julia says:

    If I could I would hop on a plane and come round to help. But who would look after my chickens?

  17. Grammy says:

    It’s like raising children — there has to be a stressful period (anyone who’s lived with teenagers knows) so you are actually ready to “let go” when it’s time. Suffering before the transition makes the big change so much more wonderful and you embrace and savor it immediately. Hang in there and in no time you will be luxuriating in your dream kitchen.

  18. gabrielle says:

    Pizza. Beer. Chill.

    Repeat as required!

  19. mimiindublin says:

    Breathe, Karen, breathe!
    Your kitchen is going to be fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lol at the pic of you with glass door in hand, you look as though you’re going to throw it at someone!

  20. Deb says:

    Call in all the fabulous women you are linked to by blood, love or blackmail. They can at least take the doors from you as you take them off cupboards, bring you food, separate recyclables, feed chickens, tell you when to stop for the night. You are my hero. I have to convince myself to scrub the toilet.

  21. Danica says:

    I really love that you still have the chandelier hanging…that just offsets the mess. I am sure nobody will notice.

  22. Kyle says:

    I actually live not too far from a psychiatric facility that actually has a thrift shop, which is dicey for me because I often feel I should stay.

  23. Jenny W says:

    Oh Karen, now your scaring me! We had our first meeting with a contractor yesterday to discuss a complete gut & reno of our bathroom ( we only have the one ) back hall and kitchen. I do not think I am going to be able to handle, and live in the mess! I may need to be medicated for the duration!

  24. I have been entertaining a major renovation…and you’re not helping one bit!
    Basically I want a sexy master suite with a fabulous bathroom and closets converted from my bedroom and a formal living room, a screened in porch heading down to a bricked patio with outdoor fireplace and cooking amenities, conversion of my center dining room into a cool living area with a huge wall of built-ins (and deep purple plush velvet love seats!), country french white-washed beams in several rooms, French doors to the new dining space with a transomed window, French doors to the screened in porch and a new access to the bathroom from the guest room……..that’s all!
    Any advice….? I almost hate to ask…

  25. Wendy says:

    Um. I know you do stuff, and I know you say it’s all simple enough if you plan and think it through, and I know you’re too cheap to pay people to do stuff after the whole expensive fence thing . . . but after the 120 day backyard thing . . . aren’t you a little tired? I mean, new kitchen’s are amazing and you are equally amazing . . . but are there no “troops” for you to call in at this point. I mean, where’s the sister with the pink tool Belt? Where’s Betty in her flipflops? Aren’t there other people who know how to do stuff around who owe you? I’m just sayin . . .

    • Karen says:

      Well, everyone else is just as busy as I am. And the sister with the pink toolbelt did come and help me move my stove inside when Costco left it on my front doorstep. (they do threshold delivery) I try to reserve asking people for help for when I really and truly absolutely cannot do something myself. ~ karen!

      • Jody says:

        ……like Tim the Plumber?

      • Amy in StL says:

        I do that too! Which is how I ended up lugging the two boxes containing my huge kitchen island with the granite top inside and nearly dying when I slipped on the rug. Turns out even the UPS guy had help with it; so I totally should have asked for help.

  26. RosieW says:

    You rock, Karen. When I saw the picture of you taking off cabinet doors I thought you were going to try to remove the entire cabinet. DON’T. Too stinking heavy for one person.

    It’s going to be wonderful. Wish I could be there to help.

    Rosie, in icy Atlanta area

    • Karen says:

      HI RosieW. The cabinet is removed, lol! It’s just hard to tell from the pictures. The only thing left is one small piece of wood on the right that’s holding some electrical work. :) ~ karen

  27. Tigersmom says:

    Please tell me you saved the glass front cabinet doors.

    They will make a beautiful cold frame next year which will be about the time you will be able to look at a power tool again without a visit from your new friend, “Spazzy” the eye twitch.

    Hang in there and remember the end of all this is a wonderful new kitchen that functions perfectly for you. And please don’t work when you are over-tired. Speaking from experience, it only causes more work in the long run to rehab the inevitable injury and redo the work right.

  28. Su says:

    I’m with Nikki – a spa is indeed a facility – especially one that lets you bring in wine…. remember it’s always darkest before the dawn

  29. Karen J says:

    That Island! Another teaser! #*!

  30. Jody says:

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Never mind being overwhelmed–just keep going even if it is one small thing. Just remember your kitchen is the art of DOING stuff.

  31. Dagmar says:

    Maybe the eye twitch will be of some help, and you will accidentally pick up a nice contractor friend who will work some magic with you in your kitchen…and then maybe some other rooms of the house. Hmm.

  32. Danni says:

    Oh man, I’m having flashbacks!! I had to do all of that too, patch drywall, plaster, prime, paint… but it took weeks… months…
    Keep the coffee brewing and turn the clocks to the wall. Godspeed on your quest!

  33. karol says:

    Have you ever seen that show on HGTV where a group of people come in while a couple is out to dinner and complete renovate their entire kitchen as a big surprise? In a few hours. Do that… call those people. I bet you can pull some strings and make it happen. And here are a few more exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Reg says:

    Oh dear. Just looking at all that is making me hyperventilate recalling my kitchen reno. And that was 14 yrs ago.
    Maybe if we all softly sing Soft kitty, Warm kitty, Little ball of fur……

  35. SuzyMcQ says:

    Forgive me, Karen, but all I could think of was how you could repurpose those glass-fronted cupboard doors.
    Please don’t drop me from your approved subscriber list……

  36. Lynne says:

    Is that your new stove I spy over in the corner?

  37. Ann says:

    Karen,

    You do realize you are doing by yourself, what other similar projects require whole teams of men to do? Of course you are tired. Of course you are cross. Of course you need rest. And drugs.

    I know you will get it done. Everything, just one step at a time, will happen. I keep considering painting my kitchen cabinets one day. I just need to remember you did an entire kitchen and maybe the painting project won’t seem so hard.

  38. Ev says:

    One day at a time Karen. and when it’s over you will know that YOU did it! It will be a wonderful room and you are gonna love it! Maybe someone will send you a photo of that wretchedly cute kitten hanging on for dear life–you know, the one that says “Hang In There”! You could build a small fire (hopefully outside) and do a dance around it while you burn the photo! We’ll all keep a good thought for you. Weak, huh?

  39. Deb J. says:

    You will get there! Nothing quite like posting it for the world to see to motivate – but you would finish it anyway. And one day it will be all done and you will be sitting in it sipping coffee and enjoying the efficiency – and all this WILL be a distant memory. Keep your sense if humour, get your sleep (if only to prevent injury but also to keep your sense of humour) and keep us posted. Oh, and patch the drywall BEFORE you paint – much less work:)

  40. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    I actually wish I were there to help you…..as much as I hate painting I know you’d keep me laughing the whole time. What you’re going thru is kinda like childbirth…..in a month when it’s all over you wont remember all of the pain (and actually might be ready to do it all over again)

  41. karen l says:

    Oh honey! I’m prescribing a therapy day – grab your sisters and head for the hills. Do something, do anything that is not kitchen related!

  42. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Wow…this is not encouraging to someone who will be going though the same mess, I mean experience later this year. Karen, you can do it!!! Make us smile, make us laugh, make us proud!!!! You go girl!

  43. Mary Werner says:

    Looks like my kitchen but I’m not renovating. Oh well, at least I can have a new one virtually when you finish yours. Find anything interesting in the walls besides the brick wall? My husband used to renovate for others and always left something like 2 cents, or hand print, or note. You should think of a fun surprise to leave for some future renovator to find – like aspirin or an empty wine bottle, or a note of encouragement with a link to your blog post written – wonder what they will be using for communication when it gets renovated again.

  44. Janet says:

    Right now, I’d say you’re going for the “Open Look”. It’s ok….there really will be a light at the end of the tunnel…maybe not this end, but definitely the other end.

  45. Karen J says:

    The Island!
    Another teaser*!@#!

  46. kate-v says:

    OOh, I know what you mean!! When my husband and I tackled a remodel we worked liked dogs. It seems that ladders, lumber, tools, paint, drywall, drop clothes, mud and tape were everywhere all the time — it went on forever, it looked horrible and we were very tired and depressed. So, we picked everything up and walked away on a vacation from which we weren’t sure we would ever return. . Days pass, we have seen scenery, played with grandkids, partied and not washed a dish lifted a hammer, daubed any mud or smoothed any wall texture. It was fun – we forgot about the horrible situation at home. Then we went back – with new attitudes to be sure from not constantly thinking about what needed to be done next. We walked in the door and were amazed at what we had done, how well we had done it, how nice it looked — and how little was left to do!!! We had fresh new energy, we could actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, yes, Karen, go on vacation! No, not in a few minutes, go now!! Take a friend!! Have fun!! You will not regret it and we will enjoy your travelogue.

  47. toekneetoni says:

    looking beyond the madness (which could actually be a lot worse) and visualizing it’s potential. my conclusion: the brick looks great and the kitchen will be fabulous!

  48. Bols says:

    Threshold delivery must be dumbest thing ever invented (didn’t know Costco does this).
    Years ago, I wanted to buy a treadmill and Canadian Tire told me they will deliver it to the door but not an inch further. Very helpful!!!

    Couple of years ago, I bought a snow blower (a big, massive beast, very heavy and not the easiest to operate – I am slowly discovering I am REALLY into S&M), also at Can. Tire. They are one of the stores who give you a whole afternoon window and refuse to narrow it down. I took the dogs for a brief walk just around the block and I left a note at the door stating I will be back in a few minutes.
    Didn’t they deliver the beast just the exact moment I disappeared past the 1st corner? What more,
    they did not want to leave the thing in front of the house (as if anybody would want to steal it at 2pm) and decided to somehow get it up 10 stairs (my house is a raised bungalow) and put it behind the gate into my yard.
    I was MAJORLY pissed. You have no idea how difficult it was to get it back to the garage level – I had to get guys from the neighbourhood to do this for me.

  49. Sandy says:

    I feel for you! We remodeled our kitchen a couple years ago. What started out as a simple remodel ended up with the whole kitchen being gutted for various leaks, rotted floor, etc. I think the kitchen is the worse room to remodel. In the end though it will be beautiful. Just keep that in mind. Can’t wait for finished pictures.

  50. Mimi says:

    That Jura will help you make it through this! Mine saves me everyday!

    • Karen says:

      That Jura is sometimes the only thing that gets me up out of bed in the morning, lol. My sister bought another brand of semi-automatic espresso maker and had NOTHING but trouble with it for over a year. She finally ended up getting rid of it and buying the same Jura as mine. ~ karen!

  51. Sera says:

    Judging from these pictures, the end is not really in sight, so I sympathize completely. When my husband and I were remodeling, we’d have little high five sessions over small things because everything took forever. FOREVER. And four months of take out became a bit tiresome.
    We finished to functioning on thanksgiving of 2012 and are still working on it. We just finished the cabinet trim last weekend, and still need to tile the backsplash. Ah home Improvement.
    Good luck Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sera! ~ k

      • sera says:

        I actually meant that comment to sound more encouraging. Let me just point out that while my husband did most of the demo, we hired a contractor for windows and door, drywall, plumbing and electrical. We installed the flooring, cabinets, appliances, exterior plumbing (sinks, garbage disposals, dishwasher), did the painting and the window trim. And by we, I mean mostly my husband. I’m good at the painting and sealing and things that require a brush, and I did do 50% of the floor. You are amazing to be doing so much – work that usually takes many people. As with the rest of your house, your house will be really YOUR house. You did it, you built it. Don’t let the time it takes be discouraging. Also, having a second pair of hands when it comes to installing that Blue Star will come in handy. Technically, you’re supposed to call a pro for gas line stuff but… Also, the box does not come with all of the gas line stuff because they want you to have a pro install it. Please do a post on that or at least email me how it goes.
        And I would also love a post on “how to tile a backsplash”. I realize there are a million already, but you have a particular charm that I appreciate.
        Encouragement! Love! And for god’s sake, take a break and go watch some tv when you need to.

        • Karen says:

          OH, lol! I wasn’t being sarcastic with the thanks (although totally understandable that you would lean towards thinking I was being sarcastic, me being me and all) I was saying thanks to the good luck, lol. ~ karen!

  52. Charmaine says:

    I’m with Kate – go on a vacation! We got our house on Aug. 30th, kitchen gutted Aug. 31st, and no real kitchen until Dec. 19th – one day before our Open House… As someone who considers the kitchen her “place” and cooking as joyful therapy, it was a long 4 months to live in a whole house under renovation! We’re going on vacation tomorrow morning :-) P.S. I’m almost beginning to believe it was worth it!

  53. Jake says:

    Can I suggest, just a little North. Hom*W*od, you know where all the famous crazies hang out anonymously. I could deliver chips.

  54. janpartist says:

    Screw it! Give it up and blow the whole thing to smithereens. You out to get in a facility for free then-though I doubt there will be spa’s and wine at that facility, just drugs and Nurse Rached.

    (I thought negative encouragement may help)

  55. Leslie says:

    I feel your pain. Hang in there.

  56. Ashley says:

    Kitchen renovations are the worst. Keep your head up — it’ll all be worth it in the end.

  57. Carole McGinnis says:

    It is always so hard to go through a renovation but it will be soooo worth it. You will love it. And, remember how much money you are saving by doing it youself. More money = more potato chips. Remember how stressful your backyard renovation was? But, you got through it and it is beautiful. Hang in there.

  58. Julie says:

    Karen,
    Saw this post & thought today’s the day to write in. Good for you on the kitchen reno – loved the backyard one too.
    Couple of points:
    1) saw the pink tool belt at Canadian Tire this am & thought of your sister – then went to look at table saws.
    2) I too am in the midst of a whole cottage reno. Luckily, my DH is doing most of the work. Paint sprayer is the way to go when the place is empty – super quick and easy. Also, Luxury vinyl tile is another way to go – so easy to install my 12 year old was laying the floor, unaided. I was outside shoveling and snow blowing while the inside work was going on.

    Can’t wait to see the reveal. Loved the “New Kitchen Reveal” a couple of days ago. That one made me laugh – a lot!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Julie! And good to know the toolbelt is at Canadian Tire. I recently spotted a dark red suede one and LOVED it. ~ karen!

  59. Susan says:

    I think you need a spa day somewhere in this process. It will do wonders for your body, as well as your temperament. I think you also need a spa day after you’ve finished everything. As someone brilliant above said, a spa is also a facility. The kitchen doesn’t need to be done tomorrow. We don’t mind waiting a few more weeks or months, if it means saving your sanity and health. So, while you absolutely must keep pushing onward, you don’t really need to shove yourself. It will all get done. It will look absolutely fabulous. No one will ever know, unless they do it themselves, how much really, really, really hard work you put into it. Anyone who has ever watched Renovation Realities knows, grown men have been known to cry just doing a fraction of what you’ve already done. You’re amazing. There should be some kind of award you get for doing all this yourself. If nothing else, surely you know that we would all love to be just like you. Surely there’s some sort of feeling of reward in that, alone, that can help you get through the rest of what needs to be done, so we aren’t just being voyeurs, but are providing some sort of energy for you to use. Any time you need exclamation points, just let us know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Erica says:

    Karen. You can do this. If you invite us, I bet some of us would even come over to help you finish it! And really, the painting isn’t going to be that bad. It’s just the thought of painting that is debilitating. Much love!

  61. Shauna says:

    You did know this was going to happen right? I mean, you did re-do your entire backyard and spent a few blog posts telling us how it was not something you would ever do again, and yet…here you are…doing it again. Just in a different location of your house.

    This might be a good time take up drinking. You know, the more you drink wine, the more your taste buds will learn to like it. You might hang the cabinets all wonky, but as a wino, you won’t care much anyway;)

  62. Karen says:

    Karen you rock! And you probably don’t realize how many of us you’ve inspired to become DIYers. I’m looking at my kitchen now and I’m imagining all sorts of possibilities thanks to you. Looking forward to seeing your finished product. Who needs a man around -well I like them for some things ;). But renovating doesn’t have to be one of them.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Karen! I’m glad you get the point of this site! The odd time I’ll get a comment from a woman saying “Really great DIY. I’ll have to have my husband do that for me one day!”. And it makes me sad. :( Your comment however, made me happy. :) ~ karen!

      • CJ says:

        You do inspire! When you’re exhausted and pushing through it, instead of smiling with a perfect manicure, you are so relateable. There are things I can’t do things easily, and I can’t do things looking pretty, but I can do stuff.

        For example, our washing machine started overflowing. The plan was for my husband to go to the gym and then we would go shopping when he got back. Instead, inspired by a post I’d seen of yours about fixing your dryer, and figuring I couldn’t break what was already broken, I googled common reasons why machines overflow. A little bit of you tube watching later, my husband returned to find the shell of the machine off and me clearing some tubey bits and refitting them. The machine hasn’t overflowed since.

        That was you. You are inspiring to do it yourself. You will get your kitchen done. It will be hard work but you’ll be proud of yourself in the end.

  63. I am impressed Karen!!!!! I have lived through a kitchen reno but I did not do the physical work myself and I wanted to check into a “facility.” So pat yourself on the back, take a day or several of rest. You rock! And I know the finished product will be as awesome as everything you do.

  64. victoria says:

    you rock Karen! I know how hard renovations can be to LIVE through. Last Xmas we renovated our ONLY bathroom. To make things even more fun for the holidays, my son and I got food poisoning. No toilet. No shower. Only a small trashcan which got a lot of action for a few days..My husband was literally carrying out bags of you know what! Nothing like a ton of sh*t to bring you closer as a couple. …

  65. Feral Turtle says:

    You’re almost done!!! Well at least halfway there :D Beer and a dust mask will get you through this!

  66. Andrea Meyers says:

    on a brighter note. Your floors that you did yourself, still look ah-mazing!

  67. rktrixy says:

    This reminds me of one of Garrison Keilor’s tales of the Norwegian Bachelor Farmer –

    This farmer, now in his middle ages, had been champing at the bit to take over the farm from his dad. And lo, the day came when Dad said “Son, you need to take over. Let’s do it next Monday”. So up until that day, the Bachelor Farmer made a list of ALLLL the things he wanted to do when he took over. It was gonna be great! Finally, on Sunday night he looked at the long list he made. He was so intimidated by his own wishes he up and ran off.

    I am a champion list maker. I am also a champion list disregarder. I think it’s up to you to think about what is needed, and what should be left until the installation is complete. There is a lot of damage that will occur between now and when the installation is complete. As you can see – I’m also good at rationalization!

    Just breathe, honey.

  68. Stephbo says:

    I’m the DIYer of my household. My DH, who works at Home Depot, I might add, is only good for lifting heavy things and reaching high stuff. Frankly, I’m surprised that you’re only just now starting to bite. I’ve been bitey for years.

  69. If you need to check yourself in wait till feb 10th. thats when the new hospital on west 5th is up running and it looks so nice. individual rooms and all… luxury crazies.

    Good luck!

  70. Ana Silva says:

    Do you not own a ladder? I only ask because I see you standing on the counter.

    • Karen says:

      Yup. I own a few ladders. Hopping up on the counter is easier than dragging a ladder in and maneuvering it through the mess of a kitchen though. ~ karen!

  71. Heather (mtl) says:

    Gorgeous chandelier!
    Yes, that is what I first looked at. I’ll keep my hands over my eyes for the rest ;)
    Honestly, the tear-down part might (must) be therapeutic, but if I had done this, I’d be living in room 17 at the KooKoo Inn on Looneyville Lane.
    You are so brave!

    • Karen says:

      Brave, stupid … it’s all the same at this point. ~ karen! ps i love the chandelier too, but i’m replacing it with something more simple. I won’t be getting rid of the chandelier though. Possibly relocating it. ;)

  72. Ruth says:

    I’m just in awe of your spunk, Karen. I am waiting with bated breath to see how it all pans out. With your track record, I already know it’s going to be fabulous.

  73. Theresa says:

    Eye twitch! My head is about to explode. I feel for you as I have lived through this too. Summer is a much better renovation season though. One word… barbeque!!

  74. Deedie says:

    Oh my, I feel your pain but I want to also point out the potential for future celebration!! I started taking my kitchen apart and realized it was too much for me to do (after months). Hired a contractor and have been without any kitchen for 2 months now! Everything going slow, miscommunication between contractor and sub contractors and then with us……but my kitchen is coming along…last night I got home from work and all my lights , including under the counter lights had been installed. LOVE them!! Smiled all night and turned them on this morning when I left at 5:45 just to see them to carry me through the day. They’re back tonight painting so I’m pretty happy! It will come together and you’ll be sooooo happy with it!

  75. Pam'a says:

    Well, the only thing I can think of to say that hasn’t already been said is that it HAS to help having this huge peanut gallery cheering you on.

    Keep on swimming…Keep on swiming…

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