the kitchen update

[This is a bit overdue. I’ve been busy.]

Ugh.

It’s almost done.

I took some unexpected time off of work this week and got A LOT of stuff done. Granted, it wasn’t necessarily the most efficient method (we did a lot of running around chasing equipment), but we did OK and we’re both pleased with the results.

We got all our stuff from IKEA (where else?) via a rental minivan on Monday. We started putting the big countertop/drawer unit together on Tuesday and got it done after about 6 hours (including a short lunch break). We were pretty happy with the way it looked but tired from all the driving of screws and such. We were gathering our equipment up for the exciting next day of drilling screws through plaster into…who knows what… for the purpose of mounting shelves when I noticed our screws and wall anchors (Dübel, auf Deutsch) required an 8mm drill bit, and I don’t didn’t have one of those.

So we marched off to the hardware store bright and early this morning and got a suitable one. Came home, measured carefully, incorporated all the tips from all the more experienced home improvers in my social circle, and proudly mounted one shelf quite nicely. And then we checked our screw inventory only to find we could support only one half of another shelf with our current supply. So…another trip out on the bus…this time to a different hardware store, with bus service more than once per hour. Of course we wanted the exact same kind and size of screw and wall anchor set — specifically the brand recommended to me by people who’ve used them, but they didn’t have the right size-kind-brand combination at the 2nd hardware store. We opted for the right size and kind, but wrong brand. And, these screws have those wacky 6-pointed star heads. Good luck getting those suckers out. Heheh.


7 thoughts on “the kitchen update”

  1. CN Heidelberg

    Looks great!! Good work!

  2. cliff1976

    Thanks. It sure was a learning experience.

    Rainer, if you’re reading this, let me tell you: I love my drill and my 8mm masonry bit.

  3. Mom

    Nice job! So… I don’t see the Ikea ladder that hangs alongside a cabinet for Sarah reach things off those shelves. Or is there a stepstool in the bottom drawer of the work counter? Ikea stuff is darned cool. Can’t wait to see you.
    Love, Mom

  4. Margot Milner

    Quite an improvement! I’m designing kitchens, too. A bit early, but I live in anticipation.

  5. J

    How do you guys like living on the ground floor?

  6. cliff1976

    It’s quite a bit different from where we were before — 4th/5th/6th floors (American counting). The obvious benefit is with regard to shopping and furniture. We plan on getting a couch now; previously all the couches we’d tried to order were too big to fit up the stairwell of the old building. Now, the couch(es) could probably fit in through the windows on the street. That’s how most of our stuff came into this new apartment, in fact. And I’m sure I speak for Sarah as well when I say we sure don’t miss lugging backpacks and shopping bags up all those stairs.

    Even after about 3 months, it’s still a little weird to see people’s heads floating by on the street. I do like to catch them looking, though. It’s a lot darker and colder here than in the old place due to the lack of skylights and profiting from no one else’s heating needs in this place. But there are some definite benefits to living here that make it worthwhile.

  7. Courtenay Charbeneau

    Cliff? Tammy Chapman’s mom died a few days ago, I got to thinking about our group of friends… Went looking for you on the web (I know, this seems rather stalker-ish…), and found you here! It’s awesome that you’re in Germany. And the cupboards look cool! We love Ikea in our house. It’s the one “style” we can agree on. Drop me an email, I’d love to catch up!

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