Almost done! Almost…

It has now been 8 weeks since demo day. We thought it would take a month but it took double the time. I guess this is quite common but we were not ready for this since we are waiting for a baby to arrive! Some of the delay had to do with unexpected issues with our project, some with the contractor, and some with the counter company. While it’s been a frustratingly long time, we are finally in the home stretch and it feels SO good!

So lets begin where I last left off!

3 weeks ago we installed the rails and attempted to put in the drawers. Pantries were first since they seemed the easiest. The hardest part was knowing where to put the hinges and how to space each drawer. We ended up dividing the top section in half and the bottom half into thirds equally. We figured if we needed to change that, we could. It’s pretty easy.

Pantry with all the drawers installed. Since we didn't know what levels to install the drawers, we checked the height of the shelf so we can fit the tallest thing we think we might put in it.

Pantry with all the drawers installed. Since we didn’t know what levels to install the drawers, we made sure the height of the shelf could fit the tallest thing we might put in it.

Next up were the rest of the cabinets. It was pretty easy to install rails once I did one. The picture below of the 30″ cabinet was a pain because we forgot to install the divider BEFORE installing the cabinet and putting in the temporary counter. The same happened with the sink base cabinet as well. Neither base cabinet came with instructions alluding to needing to do anything else before installing them so you will definitely need to think ahead, look at all of your parts and see when they need to be installed. One thing I found useful was going to the Ikea website and looking at every cabinet’s installation manuals list. I read all the manuals to see what cabinets needed things attached before installation.

Rails are installed.

Rails are installed.

While doing rails, we took a break and tested the dish washer and the oven. THEY ARE AWESOME! I’ve never had a dishwasher before so having one now is a big deal for me. And the stove? Oh my goodness, does it bake evenly!

First thing we baked in our new oven! If you don't recognize these, you're lucky. They are called burekas, a yummy pastry filled with potatoes (Israeli),  and it's my crack.

First thing we baked in our new oven! If you don’t recognize these, you’re lucky. They are called burekas, a yummy pastry filled with potatoes (Israeli), and it’s my crack.

Now that the rails were in and drawers were assembled, it was time to put in handles. We went with Ikea’s Tyda handles because I like the modern look, but I started thinking that maybe having the same handle on every single door would get monotonous.

I googled a bit and found quite a few kitchens I liked that used knobs instead of handles. I didn’t want to change all handles to knobs, but I thought that mixing them would be more interesting. I decided that doors would get knobs, while drawers would get handles. So off to find knobs I like! That took a while…I needed a knob that would go with the Tyda handle: stainless steel and square lines. First stop was Amazon but they didn’t have anything I particularly liked or were unique in any way. Second stop was overstock.com and I found a knob that looked more interesting than the rest. It was stainless steel and square, but it looked more refined and also had a pyramid design. They were also $2/knob so not too bad. Here they are:

So yay! We have the door handles and knobs picked out! Now we had to drill holes to install them. Let me tell you how stupid we both felt when we couldn’t, for the life of us, figure it out. I don’t know what happened to my geometry skills but I was completely useless. We just couldn’t find an easy way to make them all the same! We decided that we wanted the handles in the middle of each drawer, which should have made it easier, but nope. Not so much. I had to sleep on it. Next day I had an epiphany: I’ll cut out cardboards the size of each drawer, find the middle, and measure the size of the handle from there. Voila! That worked pretty well!! We then superimposed the templates onto the drawers, punched holes in the proper place and drilled. And by ‘We’ I mean M 🙂

 

Drawer handle templates.

Drawer handle templates.

First drawers are done! We have handles on every drawer and we thing it looks pretty good! And accurate too!

Drawers are in and handles are attached!

Drawers are in and handles are attached!

Pantry was next but we first had to find the proper placement of the handles.

We didn't know where to put the handle so we put tape on the doors in different places to see what we liked better.

We didn’t know where to put the handle so we put tape on the doors in different places to see what we liked better.

One handle installed! Now we need to do the knobs on the upper cabinets. For that we used the Ikea template. That was easier to do than handles, so if you’re looking to make your life easier, use only knobs.

M installing the door knobs. My man worked really hard on this kitchen. Handy and cute! Score!

M installing the door knobs. My man worked really hard on this kitchen. Handy and cute! Score!

I must say, the knobs are on my top 3 things I love the most about our kitchen!

Ta daaaaa! Pantry all done! I looooooooooove the door knobs.

Ta daaaaa! Pantry all done! I looooooooooove the door knobs.

At this point we had done everything we could do without having counters installed, so the next step was waiting for counters. We waited. And waited. And waited. The stone took FOREVER to come in (about 3 weeks), and then they took another week to schedule the delivery. Our contractor also made the counter support way too big for a 9″ counter so we had to change the size to a 12″ counter. This was one of those mistakes that we are really happy to have happened since it makes the counter more usable, but at the time it was frustrating since it delayed us even more with the counter people. In any case, a few weeks later and it’s counters day! Woo hoo! The contractor came over and installed the roll front cabinet, since it needs to sit on the counter. It was so exciting to see it out, finally!

Roll front cabinet is finally out and ready to make its debut. Can't wait to load it up with all of my appliances.

Roll front cabinet is finally out and ready to make its debut. Can’t wait to load it up with all of my appliances.

Counter people arrived and were finally installing the beautiful quartz counter. We went with Caesarstone Organic White because I thought that it would look really sleek with the white uppers and black bottom cabinets. Beautiful stone! It’s very white, shiny, and has a little bit of gray in it for some texture. I didn’t want anything that looked too busy so I feel that this color is perfect for our kitchen.

 

Counters being installed.

Counters being installed.

 

Counter in! I love the sing cutout...it looks so sleek!

Counter in! I love the sink cutout…it looks so sleek!

 

The counter looks amazing, and we are so glad we installed a 12" counter instead of 9". It's more usable.

The counter looks amazing, and we are so glad we installed a 12″ counter instead of 9″. It’s more usable.

Counter guys took about 4 hours, only to tell us at 8:30pm, that they forgot to bring a piece. I had to call the next day to schedule ANOTHER delivery to bring the missing piece. Now we had to wait even longer. They ended up delivering the missing piece a couple of days later. I also showed them the horrible job they did with the seams and they should be coming back to try to fix it. It basically looks black on a white counter. Way too visible.

The contractor came the next day to tile. I did not realize just how much I loved my tile until it was installed. I feel like it ties everything together! It’s starting to look like a kitchen!

Tile above the stove. It....loooks....AWESOME!!! I love this tile! And the pot filler is a great addition and I can't wait to use it!

Tile above the stove. It….loooks….AWESOME!!! I love this tile! And the pot filler is a great addition and I can’t wait to use it!

Tile near the sink. It looks so good with the counter and the cabinets.

Tile near the sink. It looks so good with the counter and the cabinets.

Next stop was grouting. Contractor came the next day, after the mastic was dry, to grout. It looks decent but unfortunately he left way too much grout on the stone and we can’t clean it up. He will be coming next week to hopefully fix that. I really want the stone to come though since it’s so beautiful.

Good news: we have a kitchen that looks complete! Counters are in, tile is installed, plumbing is installed and all appliances are working. We put back the drawers (which we removed for the counter installation), put liners in each drawer and on each shelf, and filled them up with our kitchen stuff.

Bad news: there are still a few, small things, that need to be done, but nothing major. Grout needs to be cleaned up, pot filler needs to be connected to a water line, crown molding needs to be installed.

The view from the dining room

The view from the dining room

View from the main entrance door

View from the main entrance door

14 - 4

14 - 5

14 - 6

And the view from the dining room. We love how it's all connected now.

And the kitchen with the dining room. We love how it’s all connected now.

So that’s it! We are really excited to be almost done, and we love the look so far! And the Ikea cabinets are really quite utilitarian. I’ve seen other kitchens and none of them have as much space to store stuff as efficiently. Their hardware is incredible! So glad I went with Ikea!

Kitchen Reno – Weeks 4 + 5

Wow, a lot has happened in the last couple of weeks! We now have all the cabinets installed, appliances installed and working, and a temporary kitchen is nicely set up for us to use as we wait for the counters to come in. We are so close (eeek!!) and I just hope Jäger will wait a couple more weeks (I will be at 37 weeks on Sunday) before he decides to join us. I’m definitely nesting, and I think M is as well, and I want everything to be perfect and ready to go for him.

So let me show you what’s been done!

Woo hoo, appliances are in! We bought everything at Abt and I'm so happy we did. Their service is really good.

Woo hoo, appliances are in! We bought everything at Abt and I’m so happy we did. Their service is really good.

 

New door frame. You can totally see how crooked the hows is. No wonder we've never been able to close the darn door!

New door frame. You can totally see how crooked the house is. No wonder we’ve never been able to close the darn door!

 

Stove and microwave are installed.

Stove and microwave are installed.

 

The appliance I'm looking forward using to the most: dish washer! Nice, Bosch one, too. Can't wait to use it!

The appliance I’m looking forward using to the most: dish washer! Nice, Bosch one, too. Can’t wait to use it!

 

And this is what the kitchen looks like from the dining room, without the refrigerator in place.

And this is what the kitchen looks like from the dining room, without the refrigerator in place.

 

The last cabinets are installed, the pantries and the over-the-fridge cab. Can't wait to get the fridge out of the living room!

Just try to look past the adorable grin, and you will find the last cabinets to be installed: the pantries and the over-the-fridge cab. Can’t wait to get the fridge out of the living room!

 

Over-the-sink lights being installed.

Over-the-sink lights being installed.

 

Fridge is finally in place in the kitchen and M is loading it up, but not without cleaning it first. He's amazing.

Fridge is finally in place in the kitchen and M is loading it up, but not without cleaning it first. He’s amazing.

 

Refrigerator is now ready to go!

Refrigerator is now ready to go!

 

This will be used to support the 9" bar-height counter we are adding. Building it from scratch! Can't wait to see what it will look like.

This will be used to support the 9″ bar-height counter we are adding. Building it from scratch! Can’t wait to see what it will look like.

 

This is the before photo. Some gross linoleum. I think it used to be nice but 60 years later...not so much.

This is the before photo. Some gross linoleum. I think it used to be nice but 60 years later…not so much.

And this is the after. Nice tile in the entry way, and stairs that match the rest of the house! Yay!

And this is the after. Nice tile in the entry way, and stairs that match the rest of the house! Yay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover panels are in place.

Cover panels are in place.

 

Deco strips attached, undercabinet lights installed, and I'm a happy camper!

Deco strips attached, undercabinet lights installed, and I’m a happy camper!

 

Sorting station: M separated all the hardware we received with every drawer to make assembly easier. Great system and I highly recommend it.

Sorting station: M separated all the hardware we received with every drawer to make assembly easier. Great system and I highly recommend it.

 

M put together all the drawers while I screwed in the rails. Lots of drawers!

M put together all the drawers while I screwed in the rails. Lots of drawers!

 

A few lessons learned:

  • I love my Ikea cabinets so far, but installing them hasn’t been a walk in the park. If you have a 30″ base cabinet with drawers, make sure you do NOT install it before putting in the divider. Which, of course, came separately, and wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the installation manual for the actual cabinet. Only when we looked through our list of items for drawers did we find the divider. It was a pain in the neck to remove the temporary counter, detach cabinet from the wall and install the divider.
  • When attaching cabinets together or attaching the cover panels to the sides, make sure you know what holes you will need for drawers/doors. We had a couple of screws going through holes that were supposed to be used for drawers, but of course at the time of cabinet installation our contractor didn’t know which holes were off limits.
  • The pantries did not come with any instructions in regards to attaching the door to the cabinet, so I can’t install rails until I bring in the door, attach the hinges and see what holes are available. And they don’t give you any sort of guidelines as to what holes are good. I’ve never had a pantry so I have no idea what would be an ideal placement of drawers.
  • Our contractor hated installing the deco strips. Apparently it’s a pain in the you-know-what. Actually, he said everything with Ikea took longer than other cabinets, so beware!

 

And this is why I've been in such a rush to finish. 25234 weeks pregnant makes you a bit anxious! He's almost here!!!

And this is why I’ve been in such a rush to finish. 25234 weeks pregnant makes you a bit anxious! He’s almost here!!!

 

So what’s next? We are waiting for the counter to come in. Once that’s installed, we will be ready to finish everything. Roll cabinet, backsplash, crown molding and the pot filler will need to be put in. Can’t wait!!!

Our Kitchen Accoutrement

Cabinets are fun to shop for, but do you know what is even more fun to shop for? The accoutrements! That includes tile, sink, faucet, lighting, etc. We didn’t really have a specific ‘look’ we were going for but I do like semi-modern stuff. After all, the cabinets are kind of modern looking so we had to stick with the look somewhat, and infuse some interesting elements here and there.

First item to shop for: tile. This was really difficult because I am not one of those people who can look at an item and know exactly if it will match or not. I went to some tile shops and they all had nice tile but expensive. Like, $20/sq ft expensive! Since our cabinets are white (and kinda simple) on top and the counter is very white, I wanted some color but all tiles seemed so busy. I don’t want to have a seizure while cooking so I wanted a more simple tile. I looked and looked, searching Lowes and Home Depot, as well as Amazon.com but to no avail. One day I took a trip to Costco (my home away from home) and, lo and behold, they had tile! I’d never seen tile there before so I decided that it was fate. I had to buy it! And it was $5/sq ft!! I’m telling you…Costco can read my mind. Here is a very, very bad picture of the tile:

This is a very bad picture of the tile, but it's basically glass and natural stone. The glass part is white and the stone is a mixture of tan and gray.

This is a very bad picture of the tile, but it’s basically glass and natural stone. The glass part is white and gray, and the stone is a mixture of tan and gray.

I bought a few boxes of that and immediately proceeded to the checkout just in case I change my mind. I can be like that…Of course, the next couple of weeks I searched and searched for more tile just in case I like something better. We went to HOBO and found a tile I liked, more of a Mediterranean look, but once I brought it home and held it up to the white cabinets I have in place now, I saw how busy and out of place it would look in my new kitchen. I ended up taking the Costco tile to Ikea with me when we ordered the cabinets and coutertop to see how it would look, and I LOVED it. Matched perfectly and looked quite natural and clean. I strongly suggest you do the same.

 

On the same tile trip to Costco, I checked out faucets. They had the Moen Motionsense Pulldown Kitchen Faucet for $299. I checked it out on Amazon and saw that they were selling it for $495. Score! Good reviews and a much better price than Amazon.

Our Moen 7594ESRS Arbor With Motionsense One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

Moen 7594ESRS Arbor With Motionsense One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

 

 

Next up: the kitchen pot-filler. Oh yeah!! That’s the last thing I added to my design, and this is truly an addition I never thought I could make in my tiny kitchen, but my contractor is amazing and said no problem! I shopped for that on line and found it on Amazon.com. We went with the Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Faucet.

Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Faucet - Wall Mount, Stainless

Delta 1177LF-SS Pot Filler Faucet – Wall Mount, Stainless

 

 

Sink was next. I knew nothing about sinks so I had to google what to look for in a good sink. I wanted a stainless steel sink to go with the modern design, but also because my porcelain sink that is in my current kitchen is terribly stained and I don’t want to deal with that again. Apparently ss sinks scratch easily and can be noisy, so nothing is perfect. It all comes down to preference. But what do you want in a stainless sink? I found a great article on This Old House that told me EXACTLY what to look for:

  • drain towards the rear, better if it’s on the left or right side
  • 16/18 gauge
  • depth – more than 6″, less than 10″
  • square corners, straight sides, flat bottom (more space)
  • 300 series, 18% chromium + 8% nickel
  • rubbery undercoating and pads to minimize noise

So I started looking for these traits and found a few brands I liked. One was Kraus but it is REALLY expensive and out of our budget at $600. Other sites listed even more expensive brands! I was not going to spend $1000 on a sink, so I looked for some more affordable options. The one we settled on is the Ruvati RVH7515 16 gauge, 32″, double bowl, 60/40 we found on Overstock.com. It fulfilled almost every TOH requirement and it is GORGEOUS!!

Ruvati RVH7515 Undermount 16 Gauge 32-inch Double Bowl Kitchen Sink

Ruvati RVH7515 Undermount 16 Gauge 32-inch Double Bowl Kitchen Sink

 

 

Lighting came next. We wanted under-cabinet lighting as well as a couple of pendants to hang over my awesomely amazing 10′ counter (still can’t believe it). M loves his lights and he was solely in charge of this one. He found these great LED under cabinet lights on Amazon.com, Lightkiwi T1228 Under Cabinet Lighting 42 LED 24V Warm White. We tested them and they are great. Warm white lighting makes things look more natural and because they are LED, they will last forever.

Lightkiwi T1228 Under Cabinet Lighting 42 LED 24V Warm White 3 Panel Premium Kit

Lightkiwi T1228 Under Cabinet Lighting 42 LED 24V Warm White 3 Panel Premium Kit

 

 

Then we focused on the pendant lights. There are so many beautiful pendant lights to choose from but I had no idea what style to go with. Do I choose modern, which would make the kitchen ultra-modern, or do I go with something that will tie in the kitchen with the rest of the house? Our house is very traditional and I thought that lights would be the perfect place to insert some traditional elements so I went looking for more traditional lights. Again, I found my answer quite easily, but sadly, dramatically. Too dramatically for my taste. I had a car accident on my birthday at 7.5 months pregnant. Of course we were scared out of our minds and I had no idea if the baby was going to be ok. I was taken to the hospital to get checked out and, after being monitored for 5 hours, we got the go-ahead to go home. M, being the amazing fiance that he is, took me to dinner to make up for the crappy day and hopefully end my birthday with a bang (pun not intended!) While stuffing face with an awesome burger and fries, we were talking about the decor in the restaurant, noticing all the Tiffany-style lamps. I love Tiffany lamps and have quite a few of them, including a very large one in the living room that M got me for Channukah. Score! I will look for Tiffany-style pendant lights! And the next day I found them at wayfair.com, called Quoizel Mariah 1 Light Mini Pendant. They look even prettier in person.

Quoizel Mariah 1 Light Mini Pendant

Quoizel Mariah 1 Light Mini Pendant

 

So that’s it! These are all of the accessories we’ve purchased so far. Can’t wait to see how it all ties the kitchen together. Only a few weeks left!

Kitchen Reno – Weeks 2 + 3

Week 1 was called demo week but I’m not sure what to call weeks 2 & 3. Rebuilding weeks? Sure…that sounds good. Not much happened visually during week 2 and the first half of week 3 so I couldn’t take pictures, but the contractors worked hard. All of the electrical was installed (and a lot of the old one removed and reinstalled correctly.) Gas line was moved, some HVAC work was done…just a lot of work. This was the meat of the job. And then, a couple of days ago, it seems that EVERYTHING happened! Walls were put in and taped, hardwood floors were installed, and the cabinets went in! Just in time for the counter measuring this morning.

Half wall is installed

Half wall is installed

 

All walls installed and taped

All walls installed and taped

 

 

Hardwood floors are in

Hardwood floors are in

 

Our awesome contractor painting the ceiling

Our awesome contractor painting the ceiling

 

The other awesome contractor painting the walls in the kitchen to get them ready for cabinet installation

The other awesome contractor painting the walls in the kitchen to get them ready for cabinet installation

 

First cabinets are in!

First cabinets are in! If you plan on using Ikea cabinets, just know that they do not provide you with the proper screws or nails to do the job. You will have to use your own screws, and of course, they don’t tell you what KIND of screws you need. We are lucky we didn’t do the job ourselves as it would have been a nightmare. Assembly is fine, but hanging, not so easy.

 

All upper cabinets are installed

All upper cabinets are installed

 

Now on to stalling the base cabinets

Now on to installing the base cabinets

 

Ta daaaaa!!! All cabinets are in except for the refrigerator wall. That should be done in the next couple of days.

Ta daaaaa!!! All cabinets are in except for the refrigerator wall. That should be done in the next couple of days.

 

So a lot was done these last couple of weeks. The counter measuring was done this morning and we are hoping it will take at most a couple of weeks to get that installed. By then everything should be finished. Our contractor is going to put in a temporary counter top and, since our new appliances will be delivered tonight, we should be able to use our temporary kitchen in the next couple of days. Woo hoo!!

Kitchen Reno – Week 1!

This week shall be called demo week – everything came down! Walls, ceiling, floor…pretty much nothing left in the room except for the 2x4s. So exciting to come home and see all the progress!

Ack!! No more walls! (7/7)

Ack!! No more walls! (7/7)

 

M's favorite light fixture in the house ;) So sorry I had to throw it away, honey! He actually asked me where I put it. Really, he did!

M’s favorite light fixture in the house 😉 So sorry I had to throw it away, honey! He actually asked me where I put it. Really, he did!

 

And no ceiling! (7/9)

And no ceiling! (7/9)

 

Lights and insulation installed. (7/9)

Lights and insulation installed. (7/9)

 

No floors...

No floor…

 

But the ceiling is in place already!

But the ceiling is in place already!

So that’s it for week one! We have another week and a half of work to go and then we’re ready for counters!

 

Assembling Ikea Cabinets

I read post after post about how difficult it is to put Ikea cabinets together so we were ready to work on this for a week. We recruited my brother and his brother for the job so we had 3 people doing the work, but we still thought it would take a while. M thought that they could assemble the big cabinets that were too heavy for him to lift by himself and he could do the smaller cabinets on his own.

The day before, after we finished clearing up the kitchen, dining room and living room, we took a break to eat some awesome BBQ  at a BBQ class. Yum! 🙂

Brisket

Brisket

Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse 6954 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60645

Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse
6954 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

Ribs!

Ribs!

 

Ok, back to cabinet making. So our brothers showed up on Sunday morning at about 11. They moved a few furniture pieces and then got down to building the cabinets.

Our building area #1: the living room. We left the rug so we would protect the cabinets.

Our building area #1: the living room. We left the rug so we would protect the cabinets.

Building area #2: the dining room. We used the boxes in which the cabinets came it to protect them.

Building area #2: the dining room. We used the boxes in which the cabinets came to protect them.

Master builder

Master builder

All three of my favorite men!

All three of my favorite men!

Look how happy they are to be working so hard!

Look how happy they are to be working so hard!

Being 8 months pregnant, I wasn’t allowed to lift a finger, so I was the organizer. I love telling people what to do so win-win! Here is how I organized things:

  • Took note cards and wrote all the cabinet numbers I received from the Ikea plan printout. Wrote the Ikea part number so they would know which box to grab. I also wrote the dimensions of the cabinet, as well as whether it’s a base cabinet or a wall cabinet. I then sorted the cards by the size of the cabinet. We did a couple of small cabinets to get the hang of it but then we made sure to finish the big ones first in case M had to do some by himself later.
  • Took little ziploc sandwich baggies and wrote the cabinet numbers on those, and with each box they finished, I put the extra screws in the little bag. Some screws will be used during the cabinet hanging so while you’re building your cabinets you will have extra screws.
  • I taped the note card to each cabinet as it was finished but saved all the screw packets separately in a bigger bag.
  • I also made sure they had ‘manly’ music, whatever that means! Apparently I was playing chick music and that wasn’t motivating enough. I think Sarah McLachlan is very motivating, but that’s just me. Thank goodness for iTunes Radio…the AC/DC station was approved.

We messed up one cabinet by putting the backing backwards. They removed the nails, broke the backing and put it on the right way. I wasn’t too happy about that but oh well…It was at the bottom of a huge pantry so nobody will see it.

We had only one cabinet that came damaged and apparently their rules about exchanging it within 48 hours isn’t so strict on damaged goods but more on missing parts. So I would just make sure you have everything and worry about the damaged parts when building the cabinets.

6 hours later, which included lunch (Lou Malnati’s Pizza, anyone?) and a few short breaks, and all the cabinets were done! I’m not kidding…ever single cabinet, except for the damaged one, was done!! I couldn’t believe it! I guess it pays to have amazing, hard working, strong brothers 🙂

 

Ikea cabinets are here!

I found out I was approved for the HELOC on Wednesday so naturally we went to Ikea THAT night and ordered our stuff 🙂 Our contractor was supposed to start working on Monday and he wanted the cabinets to be assembled by the time he started so we knew we had to hurry. We ordered everything on Wednesday and chose to have everything delivered…by the next day! Kinda amazing. And boy, are we glad we did that! In our area, the cost was $79 for them to deliver everything, and it meant that we didn’t have to rent a truck or lift every box. 17 cabinets = 179 boxes!!!! Holy cow!

They showed up on time and took everything off the truck and put it in our garage. They even counted boxes for us! You HAVE to check the number of boxes because you only have 48 hours to let them know if you’re missing anything. That was the only stressful part about this – we had to make sure we checked every single item on the list and we only had 2 days to report if something was missing or damaged.

Truck is here!

Truck is here!

 

All the boxes came on a pallet which makes moving them much easier.

All the boxes came on a pallet which makes moving them much easier.

 

After the delivery and rough counting of the boxes, we got down to business: check every box and part number against my master list and group things by categories: all doors together, cabinets together, drawers together, etc.

After the delivery and rough counting of the boxes, we got down to business: check every box and part number against the master list and group things by categories: all doors together, cabinets together, drawers together, etc. This is the cabinets pile.

 

Doors pile

Doors pile….and M’s hand shadow puppet lol

 

Drawers pile

Drawers pile

 

Next step: putting cabinets together!