A Modern Mom Managing Multiples

Holding Pattern

This is the stinky part of buying the kitchen early because Ikea is having a sale. Plus, other than a paint color (to be decided upon VERY soon!), the main decisions are made. Which I am so, so, SO happy about because I hate decisions and having them behind me (and visible on my sideboard where I can admire them and remind myself that yes, it WILL happen) makes me happy. But here I am:


We are now in the busy season in our home–lots and lots of weddings (well, one anyway!), spring concerts, spring art shows, World Robotics competitions, homework and work mock-audits. There is nothing that can be done about it, it must be lived through.

So I continue waiting.

Jim has to contact our neighbor about helping with door installation and the electrician about electrical modification timing. We want the big stuff to start May 21st. But the door has to be taken out, framed in and new door installed before then. And southeastern PA has had Very Interesting Weather of late. As in, SNOW. And below freezing. And rain and wind and other craziness.

So I must wait.


Yes, Veruca Salt lives and breathes in my house.

It’s the New Kitchen!



Somehow all of these (and you can’t even see all of them–a lot are behind the long boxes on their sides AND behind the boxes on the far right) are going to transform into this.

Final Plan


Saving loads of money and doing it ourselves isn’t quite as attractive as it was before I could see the reality of that pile.

So I approached today with glee, excitement, anticipation and joy.

Almost 5 hours later, back home from dropping Catie off, going to Starbucks, driving to Ikea (arriving 45 mins early!) and driving home, I’m left with a fairly dissatisfied feeling.

Like I said, I got to the parking lot 45 minutes early. I talked to my mom on my cell and started to see people arriving. The doors unexpectedly (for me, at least!) opened at 9:30. You could go to the restaurant! I headed inside, all the more closer to the kitchen section. An Ikea employee, though, said I could look around upstairs (WooHoo!), so I took the short cut through the kids’ section to the kitchen section and grabbed a stool and computer.

I brought up my plan on their PC (25 minutes early–I was going to be FIRST!). A gal, H, said hello so I asked her how the process worked. She came over and started pulling up my info and decided to check my order out. I protested that it was 25 minutes early, but she said it was fine.

I was all excited about my Inspired Kitchen Design (IKD) design, although I had only brought in the “extra” paper that were things to be added to their list of things to buy. She–wow, I’m still surprised–was super critical and untrusting of the design.
“You should get your money back!” was one of her comments. She didn’t believe that we didn’t have enough room in the corner for a cabinet (although my designer and I tried and tried, there just wasn’t room) and I started getting really defensive. She wanted to add things to the list of things to buy, but I said I would rather be angry at IKD that I had to go back to Ikea to buy more than being angry at H because she didn’t believe the design and ordered too much stuff and I had to go back to return. She finally acquiesced and put it through as IKD wrote it. Now I’m nervous and wondering if and what they might have missed.

We arranged delivery for March 18th, two weeks from today. I’m not in any hurry–everything will just be stored for a couple of months anyway–but I was worried that if we chose a late delivery they would start to run out of stock because the sale is so popular.

While I understand that H wanted to protect me as a customer, I really REALLY didn’t like how she handled it and me. Being defensive about a professional design that we were previously happy with and feeling like she disagreed with my choices kind of ruined the shopping experience for me.

And yes, in my area in PA it’s snowing. I don’t care! I’m dropping my kid off at her school, getting coffee and heading up to their parking lot early. Hopefully the snow will keep people away. I’m doubtful since it’s not really a heavy snow, but hey, a girl can dream, no?

I’ll post about the experience when I get home!

Real Progress

Lots of things have happened since I last posted! We’ve made many actual decisions, purchased some items and ordered others.

A fridge. 36″ black French door. I actually ordered it just this evening on a GREAT sale at Home Depot. Delivery scheduled for next Saturday. Our existing fridge will move out to the garage.

This past week I went to King of Prussia (for those non-locals, that’s a name of an actual town!) to Colonial Marble and Granite. They were having a FABULOUS sale on granite–three types were $1499 for 50 square feet or less. That would be us! Two I hated but one I liked. We ordered it for delivery in May/June/July/whenever we actually get the cabinets installed. The style we chose was Bianco Catalina. Isn’t it pretty? Not sure if it comes across, but it’s white with black, gray and tan flecks.


We also chose flooring. Last time I posted we visited a flooring store and they were going to quote us. Ummm…..the LEAST expensive was more than $4500 (which included floor leveling). NO NO NO NO NO.

I looked around Home Depot, nada. This week I went to Lowe’s (do you see a pattern with me being the researcher? I figure it will balance out when Jim starts doing a lot of the labor!) and found this:



This isn’t necessarily what it looks like in real life. It’s a good combination of gray and brown and looks wonderful next to the granite and white cabinets. Not to mention $1.98 a square foot. Our kitchen is 160, so even overestimating at 200 square feet that’s $400!! We got a lovely offer from a father of one of my daughter’s friends to help us with the leveling, which is fantastic.

Best of all, Ikea’s 2016 Kitchen Sale starts FRIDAY MARCH 4TH!! I’ll drop Catie off at school, head up to Conshohocken and be there the INSTANT the doors open at 10am. I’m even planning to sprint to the kitchen department (I know the short cut!) so I can be the absolute first in line. SO EXCITED!

Next up is researching which kind of door I need to buy–a right-swing or left-swing. The door handle will be on the left on the interior and swing in I guess counter clockwise. We’re getting a full-light (aka all glass) 36″ exterior door to replace our sliding glass door that just takes up too much wall room. We need to decrease door space for more cabinets.

While we aren’t doing demo or anything build-y yet, we are definitely moving in the right direction!

Baby Steps, Man!

There are times when I question that this project is actually really, truly going to happen. We’ve been planning on it since last year, and I’ve been doing massive research online and in stores for months now. It feels like NASA taking a manned trip to Mars–it will happen someday, but not likely in my lifetime.

But there are glimmers of “it’s really going to happen” now and again. Getting The Plan was the first. Having the electrician over last week to look at the job and work up a quote (still waiting on final numbers) was another. Monday Jim and I went to a local flooring place and picked out three flooring options. Someone came out today to measure and then we’ll get a quote from them later on this week. Another concrete step. Discussing color options for granite is not quite as concrete as actually going to a warehouse to pick a slab, but it’s a part of the step, at least.

Quick funny: We obviously have a budget for this, and some of the numbers (including cabinets) are higher than I originally expected. So I was thinking we could cut back on flooring. When we were at the store, Jim kept gravitating towards more expensive options. Which, frankly, surprised me. When we got in the car after shopping, he turned towards me and said “with this, you’re Tarak”, which I instantly got and laughed at. We watch a program “Flip or Flop” with a husband and wife team. When they go to a store to pick out the tile or wood flooring, Tarak definitely has his eye on the money. Christina, however, wants to go all out and upgrade everything. I don’t know that Jim would go as far as to call himself Christina, so calling me Tarak was safe and funny. And in this case, true.

Houston, We Have a Plan!

So, what do you think? This is the final plan!

Final Plan

And seriously, you need to be impressed. My kids taught me how to do the whole screen shot thing and I actually remembered it!

For a reference point, here are a few shots of our current kitchen. You see what a HUGE change it will be!



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