The “To Do” list…

We have a majority done but we still have so far to go. I have yet to hear from our counter top company to setup the installation so it is looking more and more like we won’t have it the day before Thanksgiving *sigh* I was hoping Paul could plumb that whole weekend so we could get final inspection from the township and our 3rd party inspector and so we’d have a dishwasher and sink.

DuPont Zodiaq in Meteor Grey

Other things include building out the window casing, install and paint the crown molding, open shelving for the sink area, source and install the back splash and baseboards. We need to find some local mill shops to see if they’ll have our baseboards otherwise we’ll be getting a custom router bit. I want 3/4″ thick baseboards! I asked some friends about this and they think it would be worth the effort, even if it takes much longer and the kitchen won’t quite be ‘finished’. I also still can’t locate beveled tile locally and if I order online, it’ll be about $400. Decisions, decisions!

I love this corbel, reminds me of the scroll of a cello

Did I mention we’re still committing to our dinner club through all this? Indeed, we are – the weekend after Thanksgiving! We love our friends and this is the last one until 2011. Paul will make his beef tenderloin that I am very much looking forward to. I’ll be getting some Chinet – these people are worth it LOL

We use the Alton Brown recipe here If you are afraid to ruin this expensive cut of meat, don’t be anymore. This is a HUGE crowd pleaser. I love having with with baked sweet potatoes and some garlicy green beans or cranberry-apple stuffed acorn squash.

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3 Responses to The “To Do” list…

  1. Debbie Winterstein says:

    Is that the countertop that you are getting? It looks really nice! I’m getting a solid surface counter for my kitchen renovation too, but mine is from Meganite.

  2. Irene says:

    It is, almost the right color. I didn’t want granite or marble, it’s too fussy and it isn’t a very ‘green’ material. What coloring are you choosing?

  3. Debbie Winterstein says:

    The Meganite color we are getting is called Gold Rush. It is a medium to dark brown base, with shades of dark brown, light brown, and gold mixed in. I agree with you about the granite. It is more work to maintain, plus if it is damaged there is no repairing it unlike the solid surface counters which are easier to repair.

    Your kitchen is looking fantastic! I love following the progress and am impressed that you guys are doing it all yourselves. We usually do projects ourselves, but wimped out with our kitchen and decided to hire a contractor since it is such a big job.

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