Oh man. The past 4 days have been a doozy to say the least. We went from having a working kitchen, to having no countertops, to having no backsplash (or sheetrock behind it!), to having poured concrete countertops within a taped off demo zone.
In the course of 4 days.
Let's just call Joel the miracle worker. Bless his heart.
Day 1 he demoed the space. Which, the big to-do on that day was knocking down the bar height portion of the peninsula to be level with the counter height. On Day 2, he pulled out the sheetrock completely from behind the backsplash and started cutting the concrete backer board to size to fit over the cabinet boxes. The concrete backer boards served as a workable surface to build the concrete molds directly on the cabinets. On Day 3, he finished cutting the concrete backer boards, and also cut the holes needed in it for the undermount sink and the cooktop. On this day, he also cut the edgeforms for the concrete pour. On Day 4, it was all hands on deck. Joel and my Dad started the day early and finished screwing in the edgeforms along with the fiberglass mesh. Once it was time to pour, we had 2 more friends come and help us get the concrete mixing while Joel and Dad poured and leveled it out into the counters. That part happened incredibly fast and wouldn't have happened without everyone's help! This definitely is not a one or two man job.
At this point with the countertops, it's basically just a waiting game.
While all of this was happening, my job was to keep Xander offsite and entertained. This definitely couldn't have been done without the help of my Dad. I'm telling you, it takes a village to take on a project like this! He helped me take Xander all over town, run errands, get tools for Joel as he needed them from the hardware store, and keep him fed. He slept 3 of the 4 nights over at my Dad's house so Joel could work beyond his normal bedtime with the power tools.
As for me, I had one meltdown. On paper this all seems so doable. But factor in the pregnancy hormones and you've got a recipe for disaster!...pregnancy hormones are real, and fierce, and scary. I got to a point where I just missed Joel. My breakdown stemmed from exhaustion and missing him. We barely got to see each other over the course of this portion of the project. Not to mention the days before it while he was working, and now that he's back at work again for the next few days. It's just a part we both overlooked. Lesson learned!
The kitchen is still a construction zone as I type this, but we get to clean it up tonite so Xander will be free to run around the house again tomorrow. This evening will be exciting for us. We get to snap off the edge forms from the molds to reveal the countertops! I can't wait! Then, next Sunday, enough time has passed for us to sand/polish the tops, then add our sealer. At that point, the countertops will be 100% COMPLETE.
As for the kitchen renovation as a whole, when we were at the point of starting all this and hiring out for it, it definitely seemed like it could all happen in a month. Now that it's DIY, factoring in the pregnancy and still having a little time for Joel and I while he's off work yet working in the kitchen, it's going to be longer than a month. And that's okay. Our goal for this is still fast considering. Countertops, backsplash, appliances, and fixtures are (crossing my fingers here!) hoping to be complete mid-May, before Jonah's arrival. The cabinet refacing won't even begin until the summer. We'll have a snuggly little newborn to get used to before taking on that portion of all this :)
So that's our weekend in not so much of a nutshell.