I’d celebrate by using the appliances for the first time in almost three weeks by cooking a fancy meal…but that would require a trip to the grocery (the refrigerator is damn near empty; can I make anything out of hard cider, a bottle of wine, mayonnaise, milk and mustard? Oh – and a paintbrush wrapped in a damp cloth inside a plastic bag; I’m sure that would be tasty addition to any repast.)
Plus, it would require putting away all the crap that’s on the counters – and most of it is crap I still need.
Although I painted the baseboards last night and got most of them installed this morning (before my neighbor, Brian, helped me move the appliances back in place – thanks Brian!), the one on the back wall is going to need a few kerf cuts on the backside to more easily follow the serpentine plaster. While I might be able to force it in place with masonry nails, I’m worried the nails will eventually pop out of the soft brick…or pop out at one end as I drive the nails in at the other (as evidenced by that occurring on the sink wall behind the stove). So that piece will just have to wait until tomorrow. I’m not making a special trip out to the PWM shop for 5-10 kerfs (though I would were that run holding up real progress).
After that, there’s some paintable caulk to run at the top, a few small gaps to fill and sand at the corners and scarf joints, and plinth blocks to make and nail in place before a final touch-up with paint.
I also need to make transition strips for the three doorways, make and install the toe kick/feet under the cabinets, surface and install the beech I bought for the backsplash on the counters opposite the sink, make the island and come up with a plan for a narrow table with a top that follows the curve of the wall to the left of the stove (under which will be the cat-feeding station).
Ugh. Still a lot to do, actually. But at least I can boil the kettle for tea.
Oh, and I’ve decided to not sell just yet. I have too much else to do and don’t have time to deal with that on top of everything else. So I’ll get to enjoy my work for a while.
p.s. I harbor longstanding enormous dislike of my refrigerator – it’s too big, plus the black sides and plastic handles are, to me, heinous (when I bought it 7 or 8 years ago, I thought the $450 I saved over the one I liked would render it acceptable. It has not.) Is it crazy to get a new, European counter-depth one (they’re narrower than the typical U.S. counter-depth models). I’m thinking the one at left (because the one I really want is three times as much…and that is indeed crazy). I’d get the somewhat reasonably priced one below, but apparently, I’d have to live in England to do so…which would be just dandy, actually.