Remodeling elves

Kersten - December 11, 2007

We couldn’t have done this process without all the help from our families. We’ve mentioned Tai’s rock-star dad on this blog many times before (see subfloor 1, subfloor 2, tile) with even a picture of the fine gent here. We interrupted his Saturday night with a desperate call for help wiring our dishwasher and garbage disposal. He graciously responded by crawling around on our floor for several hours:

My mother bravely trekked downtown in the middle of the season’s first blizzard to help us paint some closet interiors. The hall linen closet and the living room coat closet both now have paint thanks to her.

The brothers-in-law helped put down the bamboo, and my grandfather spent two back-breaking days under our kitchen sink trying to figure out our antiquated plumbing. Bless his heart — he is SO tired of doing our plumbing. He’s also been housing us since mid-August, so I’m pretty sure he’s sick of that, too!

My dad and little sister even got in the action by priming on our kitchen walls and front door. My dad made an encore appearance to prime the bathroom baseboard (ah, our lives are so glamorous!). My mother and grandfather made a much-needed dump run for us, which is why you haven’t been treated to a final photo of the old toilet in an odd setting — they got the honor of throwing it into the dump pit. I got word this morning from my mother that she ironed and hemmed our bedroom and office curtains for us (”It’s curtains for you…” was her exact phrase). And Daniel and Lacy gave us a jump start on our kitchen cabinets one very cold night just before Thanksgiving.

So, this is great. When I grumble about living in Utah (see: the last three years), it’s usually because I’ve forgotten what a benefit it is to live near family. Help with our remodeling project is just a small reason why I’m constantly reminding myself that we are indeed lucky to have all trillion of them nearby!

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for your fabulous post. This is EXACTLY the color combo of cabinets and countertop that I have picked out. I was wondering how the Numerar counter would look with the red gloss and a stainless sink - you’ve convinced me I made the right choice. That’s the aluminum effect color, right? I am going to go with a lighter floor in the grey range, but same idea. Great job you did and great family you have!

    One question for you: I’ve been trying to figure out the clearance needed for the cabinet doors, I realize it’s not an exact calculation - depends on internal fittings - but I’m guessing you don’t have pull out drawers behind that tightly fitted 2 door high cabinet tucked into a tight space. Can you open those doors fully? Any words of wisdom on clearance?

    Comment by KitchenKate — July 28, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

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