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.



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







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



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.



  1. 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…

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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. ;)

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Andrea Meyers says:

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

  11. Feral Turtle says:

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

  12. 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. …

  13. Kim from 3 peanuts says:

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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;)

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