Happy Saturday! Bradley’s busy working on a project today while I’m busy recovering from the flu. It’s been a rough couple of days, but I think all of the chicken soup and couch time has really helped. It seems like all of the ladies in this house are sick right now.
Margot picked up kennel cough at the animal shelter, and she and Jabba were both sick all week. They’ve been good couch companions. And now that Margot’s feeling a little better, she’s starting to come out of her shell.
Life is good! Wait, scratch that. Life is great. You know why?
Because that guy installed our dishwasher! Whee!
Up until recently, our dishwasher was in the garage, piled on top of the old stove we removed when we moved in:
We delayed the installation because we weren’t sure where we would put it. Our plan has always been to refinish the old cabinets in our kitchen. So we thought we’d wait it out until we renovated the kitchen.
After 7 long months of living sans-dishwasher, we’d had enough. We also realized that we don’t want to keep the old cabinets after all. They were cobbled together poorly and they’re basically falling apart. Bradley dismantled the drawer cabinet by hand:
Seriously. He popped them right out with his bare hands. I don’t have a before picture because he was in such a big hurry to get started, but here’s how the cabinet looked with the drawers gone:
We’re not sure we could have kept the old cabinets even if we wanted to. They’re attached right to the plaster. The plaster is just a thin layer right over the brick. So we would have had to remove the cabinets to insulate the walls behind them — and based on how rickety they are, we’re pretty sure they’ll fall apart in the process.
At least the floors look decent:
We’ll have to peel up that hideous linoleum and pry up the plywood underneath. Hopefully the glue didn’t cause too much damage to the kitchen floors.
While removing the cabinets, we noticed that they weren’t as old as we thought they would be:
They’re put together using commercial nails that are newer than the big square nails we’ve found throughout the rest of the house. Either way, removing the drawers has sealed the deal: these cabinets are outta here.
Once Bradley had the drawers removed, he used a hole saw attachment to drill holes for the dishwasher pipes:
The hole saw does exactly what the name implies: it saws a perfect hole.
A hole on the right side for the power cord:
And one on the left for the hoses:
The hoses went into cabinet under the sink where Bradley could plumb them in:
That spot may be my least favorite in the entire house. We’ve cleaned it as much as we can, but it will never stop looking gross. We can’t wait to rip up this cabinet and get rid of everything underneath. Especially the nasty, peeling wallpaper:
Once the wires and pipes were threaded through the holes, Bradley gently pushed the dishwasher into place:
Then he used some spare hunks of wood to make up for the difference between our deep dishwasher and our not-so-deep cabinet:
It’s not the prettiest solution, but it’s very temporary. We’ll rip everything out when we renovate the kitchen anyway.
After that came the plumbing:
And finally, he hooked up the power:
It starts getting dark here at 5:30 now, so Bradley’s been using his camping flashlight headgear to get work done once the sun goes down. One of our neighbors keeps asking him if he’s a coal miner.
The final product:
Ta-da! It’s not pretty, but it’s a temporary fix to our problem. Our problem being that we were both really, really sick of washing dishes by hand. We cook most of our meals at home, so it felt like we were always washing dishes. And standing in front of a sink full of dirty dishes after a long day of renovating or a hard day at work was getting old fast. Now we just load up the dishwasher after dinner and listen to the hum of dishes washing themselves while we watch TV on the couch. Oh, luxury. How we missed you!
We’ll be back soon with another update. Both of us have been crazy-busy with work lately and we’ve gotten a little behind in our posts. Lucky for me, I’ve got a sick day to get all caught up. Stay tuned!