IKEA Cabinet Installation: Day Two

On the morning of Day Two of install Aaron decided he needed to tighten the valve on the sink pipe because there was a slight drip.

The time is 6:45 AM.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the process.  But here’s what happened:

Broken Pipe - Interiors By Kenz


What was supposed to be a tightening of a valved turned into a broken pipe.

6:50 AM – Aaron runs to turn the water to the house off.

6:55 AM – Kenz wakes up in a furry to ralph out her morning sickness.

But there’s no water.

7:00 AM – Aaron comes in with a jug of water from the food storage to rid the toilet of the morning sickness, but sees Kenz throwing up blood (which had been happening on and off, but much worse on this day)

7:00 AM – Aaron panics and tells Kenz an ER trip is absolutely necessary.  Kenz says no.  Aaron says yes.  Kenz lays on floor dramatically and cries about how much she doesn’t want to go… because WHO WILL LET IT IN THE KITCHEN INSTALLERS?!  She reminds Aaron that they still have a broken pipe and no water.

7:10 AM – A plumber friend who owes Kenz’s dad favors is called.  Other phone calls are made to find someone to be at the house when the installers show up.

7:30 AM – Aaron’s brother, Daniel, is trusted as temporary house sitter.

7:45 AM – Aaron and Kenz leave for ER

7:46 – 8 AM – Tenants basement dwellers start waking up, needing to shower… oops, we forgot to tell them about the water.

Okay.  That was our morning Friday.  And I was NOT happy.  Beyond frustrated doesn’t even come close to how I was feeling.  Kind of like a T-Rex with a back itch.  I just really wanted to be at the house.  An orchestra is nothing without their conductor.  Which is how I saw myself with all these big renovations.

ER Visit - Interiors By Kenz

It ended up being a good thing I listened to Aaron.  I had a Mallory-Weiss Tear, which is a tear in your esophagus where it connects to your stomach.  Pretty important for them to fix that.  To fix it, they have to get me to stop throwing up.  So for now, that means triple the dose of nausea medicine and take a sleeping pill in the morning to get through it without throwing up.

So after a couple hours, and an IV bag of fluids and zofran we got to go back home.

Everything was going up without a hitch.  Turns out the orchestra really doesn’t need their maestro 😉  If they can read the music, they’ll be just fine.

IKEA Cabinet Installation

They were doing all the molding and trim, so this was the shop they had set up in the front yard.  Very HGTV-esque.  Candice Olsen would be so proud.

IKEA Cabinet Installation

IKEA Cabinet Installation

IKEA Cabinet Installation

IKEA Cabinet Installation

As wonderful as it was to see all the new things come in, this was all going out.  And we were responsible for disposing of it.  SO MUCH FUN!

IKEA Cabinet Installation

They didn’t quite finish the install on Day Two, so they had to come back for a little bit on Saturday to tie up the rest.  And THIS is the finished cabinet installation!

IKEA Cabinet Installation

IKEA Cabinet Installation

Don’t mind the range sitting in the middle of the floor.  It turns out IKEA ranges don’t come with power cords.  (It’s an international thing.)  So we had to get one, and haven’t wired it up yet.

IKEA Cabinet Installation

I seriously can’t get over the closet/pantry/buffet/built-in hutch wall.  Staring at it is comparable to staring at Ryan Gosling.  Hey girl, it’s that good.

IKEA Cabinet Installation

Next up:

-Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods (if you follow on Instagram, you know this also happened Saturday)

-New roof (this began Tuesday)

-Build new fence

-Paint ceiling & walls

-Install flooring

-Baseboard + board & batten

-Counter top install (the soonest they can do it is August 28th!  So 2 more weeks without a kitchen sink)

-Back splash

The list feels long, but progress is definitely being made.  It’s been a long year and a half of saving and planning, so it’s fun to see it all come together.

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    oh it is soooo beautiful. I hate that you’re so sick!!!

    • Kenz

      I hate it too! It’s the pits.

  • Wow! It’s looking amazing. And I’m so glad that you’re (relatively) OK. That sounds like a pretty nightmare-ish morning!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Rita! It definitely one of “those” mornings. But I think everyone goes through them at some point. And I’m glad everything is okay too! I’ve had a lot of rest and support this week 🙂

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    everything looks so shinyyyyyy 🙂 I’ll be over soon to pet it. and hold your hair while you puke :).

    • Kenz

      So much shiny goodness to touch! If teleporting ever becomes a thing, it will definitely have been invented by blogger friends. Living across the country is just TOO HARD when we want to hang out at each others’ houses all the time!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    So sorry to hear about your trip to the ER. I am happy they were able to help you.

    LOOOOVEEEE the new built in hutch. So much storage. That is going to be awesome times 8000!!! Love that you chose a full depth fridge cabinet. We did that too and I think it makes the fridge look so much more built in.

    • Kenz

      I’m glad we did it too! I was kind of nervous about it at first. I was worried it would make the kitchen feel smaller, but I agree. It really goes with the built-in-fridge look so much better. Anything that is awesome times 8000 is good in my book 🙂

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    That kitchen looks amazing. Glad you listened to your husband and went to the ER.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anne! It’s starting to look like what my vision has been all along 🙂 I’m glad I listened too. I can be awfully stubborn sometimes. I’m glad the doctors know how to fix the problem 🙂

  • aunt becky

    Wow!!! That is beautiful!!!! And so are you!! You are such solider with this pregnancy!! sorry to hear about your tummy but you will get it fixed and feel much better!!! Let me know if i can do anything for you!!! Love you!!!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Aunt Becky! The medicine is definitely helping. Hopefully I’ll be up and running in no time 🙂 love ya!

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Makenzie Anastasia! (that IS your middle name, right?) you listen to your hubby when he tells you to go to the ER… do you hear me? Can you see me wagging my finger at you? Hehe…

    Your kitchen looks glorious. I can hear angels singing. I hope you’re feeling top-notch asap. That little baby is going to be so worth it!

    • Kenz

      haha! Anastasia’s my middle name NOW! I solemnly swear to listen to my husband from this point on. 🙂 The good news is I’m feeling MUCH better!

  • Daniel Crowder

    ‘Twas kind of you to leave out that I fell asleep in your guys’ bedroom. Once I passed the messages entrusted to me, I reverted to an unemployed(sleep in) state.

    • Kenz

      hahaha this is news to me! I had no idea that you were sleeping. Thanks for coming over at such short notice.

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Oh man… throwing up blood? Poor Kenzie… your little throat is just so tuckered out from upchucking so much. You print all of these posts out and put them in a binder to show your future-teenage-girl when she’s driving you nuts.

    “Do you SEE what I did for you?!? I threw up BLOOD. And I left my kitchen installation in someone else’s hands. That. Is. Sacrifice.”

    It’d work on me! 🙂

    • Kenz

      hahahahaha! I am definitely going to need to do that. She will definitely be taught about sacrifice 🙂

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Poor girl! You did not downplay the dramatics of day 2! Goodness. Hope the nausea and morning sickness let up, so they can fix your throat.

    I love the pantry/buffet! It’s so glamorous! 🙂 Take it easy sweet friend. Let Aaron haul all that mess to the dump.

    • Kenz

      Well, you know… sometimes I gotta leave a little drama in there 😉 Luckily the medicine regime they’ve got me on seems to be working. MUCH less throwing up. And don’t you worry, Aaron is handling all that garbage like a boss!

  • Oh my–that was quite a day! I hate that you’re feeling so awful! I’m glad you at least have the most amazing wall of cabinets in the world to distract you. That is AWESOME.

    • Kenz

      That wall is definitely distracting me! It’s been a great source of comfort lol. 🙂

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