I’ve been wanting to do the big reveal of our kitchen makeover for weeks. But I haven’t been able to.
And it’s all because of the CURSE!
Yes it’s true. Our house has a curse.
Don’t believe me? Let me explain.
It all started 15 years ago when we were building our house, and it continues to this day. Here are just a few examples:
-A few weeks after having our doors installed, one of the contractors lost our set of keys. We had to get all three exterior doors re-keyed.
-While waiting for the new keys, the garage was supposed to be textured and painted. Unfortunately, the oak railings were delivered that very day. They couldn’t get into the house, so they had to leave them in the garage. Which meant that the drywall crew couldn’t work in the garage. It is still unfinished to this day. 🙁
-A few months after we moved in, I started noticing moisture under the front of our fridge. I pulled it out and discovered that the plumber had hooked up a line for a water/ice dispenser. Unfortunately, our fridge didn’t have a water dispenser. Even more unfortunately, the plumber hadn’t turned the water all the way off, and a slow drip ruined our wood floor.
-After weeks of living with a ripped up kitchen floor while we waited for the sub floor to completely dry out, the wood floor was finally replaced. . . And as the installer scooted the refrigerator back into place, he left a foot long scratch in the floor that he had just installed. Nice.
When we finished our basement we installed a new exterior french door. When we bought our new couch, we discovered that it would not fit through the door. And it wasn’t a big couch. The builder had to tear out the brand new door and install another one.
I don’t think anything we try at our house works the first time. You can never follow the manual or go with what has worked in a hundred other houses. There is always some stupid glitch.
When we hired my cousin (a contractor), to re-do our master bathroom shower, I informed him that our house had a curse. He kinda laughed it off. But then after the shower replacement turned into ripping out drywall, tearing out sub-flooring, replacing tile, and all sorts of other fun obstacles, he actually started to agree with me.
Are you still with me? I realize that was a whole lotta words. 😉
Now that we are starting to do more DIY projects, the darn curse has really started biting us in the bum.
The kitchen lighting has been such a nightmare that it’s almost laughable.
We bought all three pendant lights about six weeks ago. We are replacing recessed cans with pendants, so we also bought the converter kits. We’ve replaced lights before, so we thought this would be a simple project.
But the converter kit only comes in white, so I had to spray paint it to match the fixtures. Waited over a week for temperatures to get above 40° so I could spray paint.
Then when we got ready to install the pendants, we discovered that instead of two black lights, we had one black and one brushed nickel. Back to the store.
The cashier informed my husband that we were lucky, the lights were already ordered and should be arriving in 2-3 days.
When they didn’t call for almost a week, I called to see what was up.
I learned that the previous cashier had made a mistake, and that the lights had not been ordered.
Thankfully she let us have the floor model.
Then came the time to install the pendants. The whole process should take about 5 minutes. I watched several online tutorials, and it seriously should be a simple project.
Enter the CURSE!
For some reason, the recessed can lights that we have WILL NOT work with our converter kit or our pendant light. We spent over an hour trying to figure out how to get the buggers in. My husband is super patient, but I just wanted to swear and throw things!
So we are going to have to call an electrician.
And I’m pretty sure we’ll be hearing some form of “Well, I’ve never seen this before. . . .”
And until then, this is what I get to look at every time I walk into my kitchen:
Sigh. I hate you stinking curse!