OK, you were right.
I said it
What do you mean you didn't say anything?
It wasn’t you who said I was crazy for trying to do all this in one week?
You’re not the one who said who in their right mind would plan a big party to happen in 2 weeks after the start of something of this magnitude?
And then said you are totally insane for thinking you could get Erin’s floor done this week too?
Are you sure?
It was me that said it.
The Other Me.
The one with a lick of common sense.
The one that whispers in the back of my brain whenever I get these cockamamie ideas.
The one I tune out pretty often.
as a matter of fact.
Because that Me isn’t ever right.
Except for this time.
Looks like I’ll be re-evaluating the plans.
Why oh why did I decide to cheap out and use all
recycled junk stash materials?
How in the world did I ever think that would be better?
Why, just getting to the stuff is a project all in itself!
A big one.
Have you seen my garage lately?
There’s a reason I haven’t shown it.
It looks like this.
(brace yourself, this is ugly)
I so need to use this stuff or get it gone. (That will be a future ‘gitter done!’ project for Donna’s link party)
I’m such a crybaby,
Somebody please tell me to suck it up…
Put your big girl pants on….
And just get back to work for Pete's sake.
No throwing in the towel now,
Quit your belly-aching……
There’s no crying in baseball….
Sorry, I just had to throw that one in, my favorite Tom Hanks line from "A League of Their Own” ;)
I did this to myself, and by golly I WILL make it work.
Never mind I almost bit Mike’s head off when he called and said we had dinner plans with his parents last night.
(No Mike, you didn’t mention it the other day, I would have promptly said
count me out NO Freaking WAY! if you had)
And that when his sister called him to see if she could stay at our house this weekend I just about had a coronary. (sorry, Sis.)
I mean, what the heck?
It’s not like I’ve been cleaning the house or anything this week. (or even plan to)
There I go again with the belly-aching.
Where was I before I started
having a nervous breakdown crying?
You wanted to know how it was going.
Well, I was off to a good start on the weekend…
To make the kitchen fit on this small patio I decided to set it off the actual patio. That way we can utilize more “floor” space.
All this dirt! I couldn’t even move that wheel barrow, I filled it too high.
Ok, so once the base was leveled and filled with gravel for drainage….
I started to frame out the bar counter and the sink counter.
The plan calls for building them in separate sections so they can be moved if necessary.
This patio is not even close to being level.
So I’m not a framer, and this took me all weekend to do.
I had to figure it out as I went.
This is what I came up with, and anyone who knows how to build will be shaking their head right now.
I get it.
Just don’t tell me, k?
I used pressure treated lumber on all ground contact areas and then regular 2x4’s for the upper framing.
Because I had a few on hand already.
But I really should have used pressure treated for the whole thing.
Let me tell you, my framing nailer was a god-send at this point.
I just love that thing!
It packs a lot of oomph.
However, the down side is that you still have to go back and throw in a few screws.
At least I did.
Otherwise the nails start coming out.
And then nothing stays square.
Ask me, I know.
See the metal studs on the ground? I thought for the cooking counter I would need to use a non combustible material.
So I picked these up.
And then spent precious time googling how to use them.
Turns out they were for a non-load bearing application only.
Definitely not what I had in mind.
So back they went to the store.
Now to figure out how to make the cooking counter.
That was another several hours online. Searching for options.
Looks like masonry block is the best way to go.
Not exactly what I planned to do time wise, and definitely not in the budget.
And that will mean learning how to do that now too.
How on earth do those weekend warriors ever get anything done?
Oh, and then, my plan was to have Stainless Steel countertops made in sections to fit…
Like a restaurant kitchen. Easy clean, easy care, impervious to water, right?
Well, the stainless fabricator (who Mike has done some business with thru work and is very reasonably priced and good at it too) tells Mike that SS is not a good choice for the countertops. Somebody really needs to let all the Outdoor Kitchen designers know that, as every stinking one of them lists SS as a good alternative. He says we will be unhappy with it within a year and he himself used granite on his outdoor kitchen counters. He highly recommends we change our plans.
Not like I haven’t been planning this for months or anything.
Maybe we should have talked to him sooner.
And granite isn’t cheap.
And it’s really heavy.
So now back to Google to search for other options.
Like $500 budget for counters cheap options.
Concrete (which is within the budget but not in my time frame) and tile are the only viable alternatives.
Or are they?
And this is where the trouble begins…..
Gotta go now, I got a project to work on!