sink love

I finally got a working sink in my kitchen.  I never knew how special that would be… just like that old song; “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”  I was so overwhelmingly ecstatic I just had to post this on FaceBook – ( I don’t even like FB )

In order to get the sink in we first had to install a counter.  We decided to go with an 1 & 1/2 inch oak butcher block from Ikea.  Our counter length was one inch more than the 73″ one that they offer, so we had to buy the bigger one.  Let me tell you a few things about that:

1. The counter is huge, approximately 97″ x 27″.  It barely fit in my van.  It stretched from between the two front seats all the way to the rear door. So a car or a small SUV would never work for pick-up and delivery would cost more (199.00 shipping) than the counter itself.  Here’s its box in our dining room, it almost hits the ceiling:

2. It weighs a ton.  A ton. Which makes it incredibly difficult to maneuver in a small space, such as my 130 square foot kitchen. Here it extends into the hallway and sits on another cabinet awaiting the first cut. (the double-sink in the background was simply too big, out with it.)

3. It’s solid oak and hard as hell. Cutting the sink hole was painstakingly slow (at least with our jigsaw) and there was no room for error.

4. The catalog says it’s treated, but in reality you have to treat it with Behandla (bah-hand-la-la-la)  I am sure whatever it is ( latex based sealant of sorts? ), it must be sold at any local hardware store, but I bought mine at Ikea – because it was easy.

5. You must wait 24 hours for drying time between each coat and I think you need about 4 to 5 coats. I don’t know why I wrote directions on the can (?)- the graphic are perfectly clear……..bush 10-12 m-squared and for 24 hour keep it on the tip of your pointer finger.

6. Good news we have enough left over for some small cabinets that may someday flank our stove. (the stove we do not have yet)

So that’s where we are…..I have change my mind on the color for my accent wall….I was going with this vibrant red-orange (at the bottom of post), but all of a sudden I got this feeling I wanted  soft light colors inside the house.  So paint color is up in the air….just like my mind,  floating about without a clue of what I really want, but dead-fast in knowing I only want to paint once.

Is that even possible?

Cheers!

the ugly truth

Okay here goes: we have not had a working kitchen for quite some time.  We used to have a kitchen sink so we were able to kind of make due, but the sink has been gone now for what feels like forever.

This issue is compounded because one weeks ago a plumber came out and said he could NOT fix the sink in the upstairs bathroom.  He said maybe (maybe!! -wtf?)…. maybe he could fix it if he broke through the ceiling in the dining room, and he even added, “I may have to take out some of the wall.”

This was too much for me.  Plumber-man was scheduled to come out the next day to do the nasty; to destroy the one part of the house that isn’t broken, but I got cold feet.  I called him off.  I have not heard from him since.  Therefore, the sink upstairs doesn’t work either.

So where’s the ugly?……right below.  As it really is with a bucket of dirty dishes to the left waiting to be cleaned by the maid.  (we don’t have a maid)

that’s my dog Batman sleeping under the stairs

Let me clarify: it’s an awesome sink, but we have not cleaned it up just yet.  The entire basement has remained in “AS-IS” condition since the day we moved in.  Which is funny because I wanted it fixed-up first, so we could find places for things and only have to move them once.  Oh well.

Now that’s pretty messy, but wait, wait, there’s more.  To the side opposite of where Batman is napping, is our temporary kitchen.  Including a banana peel and cantaloupe skin awaiting the compost pile.  I have absolutely no system for compost.  This will have to be solved rather soon.

I didn’t clean or move a thing for this photo.  You can see I also brushed my teeth in this sink. Plus we have a spray bottle of ammonia and water, next to a squeeze bottle of agave, cardboard recycling, and cooked rice from last night’s dinner.  Yummy.

So maybe you have been here-done this, or maybe you are like me and you are plugging along and getting by.  Tell me about it.  Share pics if you want….I can’t be the only one.

My Advice:   Don’t pretend it’s okay, because then your motivation slips, at least it did for me.  I say tolerate but do not “like” and keep on moving forward.

****News Flash: Low and behold I may see a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.  I have been informed, it is quite possible, likely probable, that we will install a sink tonight.  Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so very excited.  Cheers!