Racing to finish the kitchen remodel

Racing to finish the kitchen remodel

Kitchen week 16
I also finished the first round of trim that goes around the doors.

With all the rain we had last week, I turned my focus from getting flower and garden beds ready to finishing the kitchen.

We've officially set May 15 as the day by which we'd like to have everything completed there. That Sunday falls on the weekend my parents will be coming out here to help us run the electricity for the new recessed lights and put all the trim back on the doors.

This week, we refinished the door jambs, some of the trim that goes on the sides of the doors and the final cabinet, which my dad made. The original cabinet was made to go over a six-burner stove and was too big for a microwave to fit underneath it, so my dad made one that fit the space better.

I'm particularly excited at how good the trim that goes around the doors turned out. When we took it off the wall, the trim was pretty-beat up and the stain was quite worn. My husband spent hours sanding off the remaining stain and filling cracks and holes with stainable wood putty. Then I went to work staining and finishing them. Now the trim looks brand-new instead of 60 years old.

Here's a list of what we still have to do:

- Paint the ceiling, pantry and walls.

- Stain and apply polyurethane to the trim pieces for the cabinet doors and drawers.

- Use a pin nail gun to apply trim to flat cabinet doors and drawers.

- Refinish doors.

- Install trim on the doors and floor.

- Apply a final coat of polyurethane to all of the refinished wood to conceal the pin nail holes.

- Pick out and order countertops. (We're having someone else install those.)

- Install the sink.

- Install the dishwasher.

- Buy and hang a microwave and a fan.

- Run pipe and wires to the new recessed lights.

Do you think we can get it all done in three weeks?

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