Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Installation Woes: A Minute-By-Minute Account

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Installation Woes: A Minute-By-Minute Account

Sep 11, 2014
Just a few of the broken parts of our cabinet... we can't catch a break.

Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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We left off last week with a missing cabinet and a brick wall that quite frankly, is sort of being a punk. This week some of that has changed. The brick wall is still a bit ornery, but the corner cabinet arrived! So we both took off work to get started, and the day went a little something like this (in an effort to maintain a sense of calm, all details will be told in third person):

9:00am: Happy couple dances into the kitchen, shims in hand, and opens the box to their beloved corner cabinet.
9:05am: After merrily removing the cabinet from the box, happy couple discovers said cabinet is broken in several places, as if it was put together with cardboard and school glue.
9:06 - 9:30am: Both fume, huff, puff, and wait on hold with Home Depot whilst imagining walking into the kitchen department with baseball bats and going medieval on everyone.
12:00pm: Couple arrives at Home Depot (sans bats) and meets their kitchen rep at his desk the moment he starts his shift. Kind but firm words are exchanged.

Our home depot kitchen rep actually came to our house to repair it.
1:00-3:00pm: Kitchen rep, who thankfully used to be a cabinet maker, comes to couple’s home to reinforce cabinet with actual nails, not school glue, and promises full refund of cabinet. Hope is restored.
3:00-4:00pm: Couple misinterprets installation instructions and uninstalls cabinet racks that were already perfect, only to reinstall them in the wrong orientation all while using an infant-sized allen wrench. Realizing the mistake, couple proceeds to uninstall and reinstall racks back to the orientation that they arrived in. Couple recends all rude and condescending comments about why the company didn’t just deliver cabinet with racks already installed correctly. Sheepish faces are exchanged.
Later that day, the cabinet is finally ready to be installed.
4:00 - 6:00pm: Couple, now exhausted and far from happy, attempts to install the corner cabinet and fails miserably. Lacking proper knowledge of shim usage, they cannot seem to get the dang thing level.
6:00 - 6:45pm: Wife cries inconsolably on bed while delivering a monologue about failure, a lack of DIYness, and the realization that having a professional install the cabinets will cost $750.
No progress, but at least they're sitting in the right spot.

Needless to say, that day was an ultimate low point in the renovation process. Thankfully, family came to the rescue the next day and helped us get the first few cabinets in. We still have a long way to go, but at least now we know what we’re doing.

Smoothing out the walls.
The entryway all mudded and taped.

In other news, David taped and mudded the walls, our bathroom vents were installed, we picked up our flooring, wall trim and baseboards, and our electricians came and installed most of the switch plates!!! We’re hoping to finish installing the kitchen cabinets next week... to be continued.

Transporting the trim was a dangerous drive home...
The wood floors will have to sit for 2-3 days before being installed.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #16 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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