The picture above is of the dining room side of our kitchen/dining room renovation. It’s pretty much finished and just waiting for crown moulding, a table, hutch, curtains, and a few decorations.
It looks pretty good doesn’t it?
But THIS is the kitchen side… taken on the very same day as the dining room picture above!
We started our kitchen renovation exactly 3 months ago… and we’re STILL not finished.
Our goal was to be completely finished by Labor Day, but that obviously is not the case.
As with all home renovation projects (especially in old homes), it’s been a “bumpy” road full of obstacles, unexpected problems, and a few costly errors (thankfully they did not cost us money, but rather other companies who messed up). Things are taking quite a bit longer than we originally planned… but thankfully we are currently under budget with very few expenses left!
So why on earth are things taking so long?
1. We have a baby who never sleeps.
Yeah, I don’t even think I need to explain this one 🙂
2. We try to use as much cheap/free labor as we can!
Yes, Dave and I do as much work as we can, but we would never ever be able to any of our home renovations without the help of my Dad. He pretty much knows how to do any type of home project and has all the right tools. He also knows the right people who can give us deals when we do need to hire out some of the work.
However, since we’re getting so much cheap / free labor, we really can’t be too pushy or demanding. It’s just not nice!
3. I changed my mind 27 times.
Seriously, I’ve never felt so indecisive in my entire life. I’m usually the type of person who makes a decision, implements it, and then moves on. But not this time. I keep second-guessing my choices and changing my mind — which then makes things take that much longer. I think it’s because I know we will never do a major kitchen renovation in this house again — so I’m trying to think of everything.
4. We took a 3 week break.
We basically stopped making any progress from the time we left for Dave’s brother’s wedding at the end of June until my sister’s wedding in the middle of July. We just had way to many family things, wedding things, and traveling things to worry about… and the kitchen had to wait.
So obviously, this is a big reason why this project is getting dragged out.
5. Our house is 120 years old.
After our bedroom, bathroom, and office renovations last year, we knew we would find some crazy things once we started tearing down walls… but even we were surprised by all the craziness we found in our kitchen.
For example, one of the exterior walls wasn’t even structurally sound and once we took the layers and layers of drywall/plaster off, my dad could literally wiggle the entire wall without much pressure at all.
A few weeks later, we were trying to fix some of the uneven spots in the floor and could not figure out why it wasn’t leveling out. So we finally decided to tear up yet another layer of flooring, only to find a bunch of shims, boards, and planks of wood IN BETWEEN the layers of flooring! No wonder it wasn’t leveling out!
We also ended up re-doing all the electrical which was a bigger project than anticipated as well.
6. Our cabinets came in the WRONG color.
If you follow Simple Organized Living on Facebook, you already know all about this. I honestly didn’t even know this kind of thing happened — but apparently it does! The company actually delivered boxes, and boxes, and boxes of cabinets in the wrong color.
I wanted bright white. They sent ivory. As you can imagine, ivory cabinets don’t look so hot with bright white windows, doors, trim, backsplash, wainscoting, etc. And you know how much I love my bright white!
So, that is pushing us back another 3 weeks (or more). Apparently, they are supposed to arrive by next week Wednesday… fingers crossed!
7. Dave is back in school.
Because of all these delays and because we didn’t finish before Labor Day, Dave is now back to teaching full time — which means he has even less time to help with our renovation.
So we’re still here, we’re still living with our tiny apartment size kitchen, we’re still making progress, and we’re still excited to see the end results (and share them with you!).
We’ll finish eventually — and I’m certain it will be worth the wait!