The night before the bank deadline was indescribable. We had 7 people working feverishly to finish our projects. Doug and I, and some friends, had already spent the week previous up until 1 or 2 each night to get everything on the list finished. But the night before, we still didn’t have all the light fixtures up, we didn’t have the under cabinet lights in, we didn’t have window trim (ironically, we didn’t have our windows in yet, either – but the contractor had more time for those, so we had to trim out windows that weren’t even the real ones). No baseboards, no door trim…. this was what we did in the last night. It was INSANE. I wish I had photos or video of it all. But there was just no time for that nonsense.
Without our talented friends who also have talented friends that they brought along, we could have never, ever finished the kitchen. EVER. Much of what we did ended up being very HGTV – we had to have the appliances in place, but if they weren’t connected, it was OK. So, the wall oven was not hooked up. The Butler Pantry sink and faucet – not hooked up. But it looked great.
Doug laughed at me when I hung up some temporary curtains to make it look nice. I’m not sure if he’s met me before, but it’s totally something I would – and did – do. If someone was going to come in and JUDGE my kitchen, it was going to be as perfect as I can make it. I have some gorgeous fabric waiting to be made into curtains, but I haven’t had time to sew in forever. I can’t wait to have some time to make them – it’s my plan for my first school snow day, whenever that will be!
The inspector came, and snapped a few pictures, and left after about 15 minutes. Hours of stress, worry, work, and time… and it was all over in 15 minutes. I was almost mad, then Doug said, “If we didn’t have it done so well, it would have lasted longer. Consider it a compliment. He’s right.
After the bank man left, I just about collapsed. I took pictures of the kitchen, put them on Facebook, then went to the bed on the third floor and just looked at pictures. I was too tired to look at the kitchen in real life. But since it’s months later, you all can enjoy a video tour. I made this tonight, and regretted that it was filmed in portrait. So, my apologies. We thought about re-filming, but we put a hole in the drywall for the mirror project about an hour after filming. Oops. Isn’t that just like us? The quality was being dumb as well, so hopefully it’s OK. We’re learning. 😉
With that, enjoy the final product. Well, the ALMOST final product. I still have curtains and a mirror project to finish. Stay tuned…. and if you missed the previous entry, you can find it HERE!
THE BUTLER’S PANTRY (applications for Butler being accepted!)
THE MAIN KITCHEN