Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kitchen Update Gone Awry

I had hoped to share with you the reveal of our kitchen update BUT that just isn't happening. We ran into some hiccups, some minor and one major.  Because I don't have a photo of me with a very sad face, this one will have to do.  

First to "The Plan" - we had planned to spend the first two days of the Memorial Day weekend working on our kitchen and then would relax and hang out on Monday as a reward for all our hard work.  The breakdown was to work like this:

Saturday: Layout and install the tile

Sunday:  Grout the tile
              Install the 3 new lights
              Install the new faucet

Monday:  Hang out
                Do a little yard work & plant a few flowers

Sounds like a doable plan right?  We thought so.  We purposefully didn't put too much on the list for any one day, which is our usual M.O.  This conservative approach seemed to work since we got off to a very good start. 

By about 6 pm Saturday night, we had a backsplash that looked like this. 

I was thrilled...beyond happy...over the moon and all around giddy at how things were shaping up. Such an improvement over the painted drywall that used to be there. 

Sunday morning, we work up energized to grout!  Again, we finished things up with out a hitch in a little over an hour.  We were even more thrilled than on Saturday night if that is possible.  Best part, it wasn't even noon so we were totally on schedule to get done by the end of the day.  It was SO exciting!  (We should have known things were running much too smoothly and dark clouds were gathering!)

At this point, things started to go wrong...horribly wrong. See the plug in the photo above? Take a close look. It is beige. Beige does not look good with white tile.  It totally bugged me to have spent all this time and effort to install the tile and have these beige blobs in the middle of the beautiful white tile. 

So we thought we would do a quick swap out of the beige plugs for white ones.  Yup, we got over confident and used the word "quick."  We jinxed ourselves when we added something to the list, something we hadn't planned on and this was exactly the thing that derailed our progress.  Grrr!

Somehow during the removal of the old plugs and the install of the new ones, we loosened a wire or connection or something and every time we tried to turn the breaker back on, it would trip. [insert another sad face here] It was at this point that our quick swap out went quickly out the window.  

So we now have a backsplash that looks like this.


Everything we tried had the same result. Popped breaker. Blargh!!  Dirt kicking!! Saying every swear I know in my head several times in a row!!

The worst part?  All this testing and trying and more testing and trying took over two hours, a bunch of trips up and down the steps to the breaker box, and another trip to the hardware store. Blech! All this extra rig-a-ma-roll put us behind, way behind. 

So...while we have the backsplash installed we have

No new faucet install.  We still have this beauty gracing our sink.  (at least the backsplash looks good, right?)

One set of lights did get installed (a bright shining moment - no pun intended - after the whole plug debacle).

Of course since nothing is accomplished is without another issue cropping up - the ceiling needs touching up.

The over-the-sink light is back in the box and needs to get returned.  It hung down too low so right now this is what we have over our sink until I can figure something out.  Isn't it lovely?

I think we can all agree it is quite pitiful.

So tomorrow, instead of relaxing, we will be rewiring the "pigtails" for each wire in each of the outlets, which according to the Big Book of Electricity will most likely fix the problem.  (OK, it isn't really the Big Book of Electricity, it is a book all about wiring, but I think it is much more fun to call it the BBofE).  If the "pigtail" fix doesn't work, we need to call an electrician since the issue is most likely with our fusebox.  Please send good thoughts that isn't the case. 

Wish us luck tomorrow! 

Hopefully I will be able to update soon with the total reveal and the white, working, plugs! 


  1. OH no! Hope you get it all sorted and finished soon!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Luckily we were able to figure out the electrical issue and we found another light fro over the sink. Now just onto the paint touch ups.

  2. Nice to know that it's not just us! No matter how hard we plan, every project involves multiple trips to the hardware store and much frustration! The last project we did I told Mr. B, we are just going to chew at this one slowly and, it went so much smoother...not smooth...smooth-er :)It will get done and you will have stories to tell ♥ Thanks for sharing this at the party this week! I hope you have the finished project to share very very soon!

    1. Oh no, it isn't just you. We like to joke that if a project only takes 3 additional trips - we are doing well. This one has taken like 6 extra trips. Here's hoping I have the full reveal for next weekend.

  3. I'm so jealous of your lights. They are gorgeous. Your kitchen is going to be amazing! I just love the backsplash. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

    1. Thanks! I can't wait until it is all done.

  4. It looks wonderful!!! I see from one of your comments that you fixed the electrical problem.. YAHOO!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!


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