Matthew-the-Awesome was back again today (YIPPIE!) and brought light back into my house!
Let me catch you up on the kitchen real quick. No, it is not finished. No, it is not close to being finished. Yes, it is looking pretty good. Before, the kitchen was a galley kitchen (which it still will be), enclosed on basically all four sides. It was tight, confining, and uncomfortable. Now, the kitchen is open to the living room and the dining room, and will have an overhang into the living room creating a breakfast bar area.
About two months ago, Brian and I knocked down the shared wall between the living room and the dining room. A couple of weeks ago, I rebuilt the wall (yes, me!) to exactly 34.5 inches tall (cabinet height) so that the countertop would be able to sit on top of the cabinets and the wall, and ultimately overhang into the living room. Unfortunately, I sat straight up in bed one night realizing that I forgot to include the height of the floor (which the counters will sit on top of) when measuring the wall - so I was a half-inch too short. Simple fix - rip half-inch plywood to the width of a 2X4 (which is actually 3.5 inches) and nail it on top.
...and then it was time for Matthew to make his great return! He's spent the past two days installing recessed lighting, hookups for pendant lights, outlets, switches, etc. in my kitchen! I have been without electricity in the kitchen for the past month and a half, so having lights and working outlets again is SO WONDERFUL!
Once that was built (and then fixed), Brian and I installed the drywall...
And notice.... Matthew has his phone plugged in! To what, you may ask? I mentioned to him yesterday how I've seen these outlets on Amazon that have built in USB hookups, and how I thought they were super neat. Today, he surprised me with THREE! THREE BUILT-IN USB OUTLETS! Awesome.
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.