Timecrack. noun. definition: the belief that you can accomplish something in x amount of time, which actually by all physical laws requires 3x amount of time.
I have it. I still firmly believe I'm going to have a "finished" kitchen before Thanksgiving. By finished, I mean the bulk of the work that needs to be done by me will be done. It will not have new windows or door yet, nor will it have a permanent step, and there are several things that will wait until I've raised more funds. But in terms of walls, molding, cabinets, ceilings, etc, I'll be done. I know, mildly crazy, given the amount left. However - see the definition of timecrack above.
The countertop will be installed on Tuesday! In order for the template to be made, I had to disconnect the sink (still not sure exactly why), and remove the temporary faucet. In that process, I discovered that the hot water cutoff valve (very recently installed by the cheaper plumber) does not actually entirely cut the hot water off. Really? Really? I mean, I figured it was ok for them to not clean up their workspace at all, and even to have to get them back to center the sink, since they weren't the high-end quote. But c'mon, the stuff is still supposed to work! Sigh.
Spent a good chunk of last night installing the cabinet hardware, finally! In the process, I discovered the first real mis-step of this process. I've made plenty of timing mistakes, but I'd always liked how stuff turned out. But - I don't like the drawer hardware I chose. It doesn't go with the door hardware I really like. Not that this is a major issue, I can find new, and for the interim it's nice not to have to use your fingernails to open the drawers, but kind of a bummer.
Please excuse the bad quality of this cell phone photo - but look, hardware! A kitchen! We progress - and I just need to keep breathing...