Well, it’s done. The stove has been taken out, the sink disconnected, every cabinet removed from the walls. My kitchen is nothing more than walls and a concrete floor and it’s totally and completely depressing me. Even though I knew this time would come, I wasn’t fully prepared to be without a fully functioning kitchen for a month.
Typically, a kitchen reno wouldn’t take quite that long because you would have labourers and tradesmen complete the job in half the time. I, however, am going very cheap with my labour and all I have to do is sleep with him. Meet my labour.
My husband likes to do things on his own, which is fantastic, because it saves us heaps of money. He built our house, our garage, our hot-tub, outdoor kitchen and pool. He has done every renovation in this house and where most husbands would balk if their wife said “Can we raise this floor, raise that door, knock down that wall and put a bigger window in?”, my husband smiles and says “No problem.” I’m a lucky girl.
The flip side of this though is time. My husband works long hours during the day and then comes home and works on our house. A man can only take so much. We have to build in down time.
So, we have a set up a kitchen in the basement to get us by. I use the term “kitchen” loosely, as it’s set up amongst my laundry hampers and summer clothes storage. We have a microwave, a toaster and a one burner induction unit. It’s functioning but just so. And it’s driving me BONKERS…and we’re only on day four.
So, I’m trying to come up with a game plan for the next month. And so far, this is what I’ve come up with. My slow-cooker, dining out and eating at other people’s homes. Last night, I ran into my friend Tracey at the grocery store. We haven’t seen each other since June and we immediately said we should get together. To which I also chimed in “Yes, at your house, for dinner.” I’m completely shameless.
Mom? Are you reading this? 🙂