Doug's First Visit
It's done. All of it. Having an open house as I write - already had some prospects come through. Kinda feel sorry for them as I hadn't showered yet (after working for the past 16 hours with only a 2-hour nap from 4-6AM) so I was quite repulsive. Awesome. They were actually checking out the place for their grandmother, and they liked it so they are bringing her by in a little bit. Buy grandma, buy!
Friday night Shannon picked me up from work and we headed down to VA. Got into the shack a little after 1AM, then fell right to sleep. Woke up and got ready for our first meeting with Doug Fabbioli - will blog about that later - and that finished up about noon yesterday, then it was time to get the Uhaul with Shannon's clothes and most of the kitchen stuff unloaded at the new place. In the midst of all this, a stray kitten wandered over to our place from across the street. Pitiful. Two eye infections glued shut and a sinus infection - the poor thing could barely breathe. So we snatch her up and take her with us, with the plan of depositing at the animal hospital for treatment. So then we met my mom at the new place and got the Uhaul unloaded, then went back to the shack for the bedroom furniture while mom picked up some lunch. Unloaded the second time, then it was time to get me to the airport for a 5PM flight. Ahh, but first we have to deposit kitty and trailer.
Animal hospital - closed.
Uhaul office - hidden.
Stress levels - mounting.
Finally get the Uhaul dropped off, but now there is no time for Shannon to take me to the airport, so I hop in with Mom and we're off to Dulles (after a teary goodbye - very sad.) Shannon makes it to the animal shelter just in time, and I make my flight just in time.
So I land at White Plains at 6:45PM, head to Wilton (damn cab ride cost more than my plane ticket...) pick up my car and go to Home Depot to pick up some remaining pieces. Back to the house and work until 4AM getting the last bits of construction done. Nap until 6AM then get up and begin the cleanup. Finished that around noon just in time for some nice folks to drop by. What a weekend.
Anyway, for you fans who have been following the kitchen progress, I betcha can't wait to see the final result??? Well first let's have a peek at what it looked like just over 2 weeks ago:
Lovely pink laminate cabinets! And one more peek after it was gutted:
Gutted with surprise pipe
And now for the main event! Since some of the colors didn't come across too well on my old digital camera, the counters are dark blue with a grainy pattern in them, and the walls are a light grey/silver, maple cabinets, brushed silver hardware and wall plates.
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View image 5 (ugly light is getting replaced tomorrow night...)
Now I just have to manage to keep my eyes open until 5PM when the open house is over. I am toasted right now.
Also have to write my relocation notice for work tonight - dropping the bomb on my boss tomorrow. She's the best - I am very hopeful that even if there is some resistance from the other Execs that she'll make it happen for me. Cross your fingers gang...
November 7, 2004 12:50 PM
That is absolutely the most amazing make over!! I truly can't believe it is the same house. What a wonderful job you did!! You two are truly a "DYNAMIC DUO". Now only one more hurdle to clear "the relocation notice". Stephen, I really have a good feeling about that and believe with all my heart they will not let you go. It will be a hugh surprise but once the initial shock is over, they will realize what a tremendous asset you have been and will continue to be to their company. They will not want to lose a valuable employee. So you will have all my prayers and good thoughts with you tomorrow as you meet with the higher ups. I love you and know which ever way it goes, it will be for the best. Love to you both. Mom
PS WELCOME TO VIRGINIA, MRS. MACKEY!!!
November 7, 2004 6:01 PM
The kitchen/pantry look great. Hell of a job you did there! Sell that house and get on down here! :)
November 16, 2004 11:51 AM
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