How to Survive a Kitchen Makeover: Update

I don’t really have another tip today, but I do want to update everyone on the progress. Obviously it is moving at a much slower pace. The backsplash tile just came in but now needs to be installed. The range hood will be installed after the tile. The trim and light fixtures still need a little work and a few cabinets have to be finished off. So not a lot to do, just a matter of coordinating worker schedules so we can wrap this up.

In the meantime, I decided to start moving dishes into cabinets. Notice all the extra space?


Of course, the coffee maker has now been relocated to the kitchen.



My husband had fun organizing the spices, cooking oils and condiments. I think this cabinet is really cool!


My stools arrived and, although I was doubtful at first because they are slightly larger than I realized, they are so comfy and I can picture spending many mornings, evenings and cocktail parties sitting in them, or at least guests sitting in them while I cook.


Finally, we have been cooking and eating on real dishes, using the dishwasher and microwave. And I even collected a bouquet of flowers to make things feel more like home.

I’ll have to move a few things when the tile work is being done, but until then I am just trying to enjoy as much of my new kitchen as I can.


How to Survive a Kitchen Makeover: Tip # 7


Tip #7: Have patience and remember Tip # 6!

It has been a week since my last progress report and tip. Obviously the pace of things has slowed down and many of the improvements are internal, as in not obvious to the eye.

My husband wrapped up his contribution by putting in the vent and then covering it up so that my son can reclaim his closet space.

vent to outdoors (pre- boxed in)

The overhead lights were all wired and the gas stove, refrigerator and microwave are all on the circuit.

nice and bright




The granite fabricators came and laid out the template. My granite was delivered and I went to view it and place the template.


Andromeda granite

Andromeda granite

Corner template placement

They also gave me a chunk to carry around to compare to backsplash tiles. Husband and I have been to 4 different stores trying to find the right color.

which one do you think looks best?

which one do you think looks best?

I have been testing paint colors out, trying to merge my kitchen into the dining room, family room and hallway.


The walls are being taped and spackled and should be ready to paint in a few days. The granite countertops are scheduled to be installed Tuesday. Then the plumbing needs to be fitted.

We did choose a tile and it should be here in 10 days. After which the backsplash can be installed and the hood should be the final step.

winning combo!

winning combo!

This kitchen makeover officially started June 30. Today is July 25. Obviously we had some setbacks and because we did not order our backsplash in advance we seem to be on track with the timeline I anticipated. My tip is to just keep my patience and continue to appreciate progress. There seems to be something new every day, even if it seems small. Remember, at least I have my coffeemaker and a working refrigerator…