Re: wall cabinet and recessed medicine cabinet
posted at 7/29/2013 7:26 AM EDT
Found it! The medicine cabinet - after going through about 5 different websites over the course of 2 hours one day, and then another 30 minutes the next day, we found a cabinet that has a large enough mirror with the right (small) opening. Had to order it,but only spent $115. We ordered one that looked the only one we could find that would fit, but then realized that where the hole is on the wall, you couldn't SEE into the mirror - it would be too low. So back to the drawing board - and I discovered that the websites don't do a good job telling you which ones have a certain recessed size - so when I clicked on one we really wanted, the hole was the right size, even though the mirror was much bigger! I would like to redo their searches on their website, grrr.
We are going to just get kitchen cabinets from IKEA. They won't be long enough (longest wall cabinet is 36 inches long) but we can put 2 next to each other. Pingo, it is fine if the cabinets are taller - and I'd agree that 30" is more helpful, the deal was I was trying to find them longer than 36 inches, but that's a no go.
Took TWO DAYS to wrangle the current cabinet (metal, from 60s) off the wall - the screws were put in with anchors and 1/2 the screws were spinning in the anchors so they wouldn't come out. Had to use a drill to drill through the heads of the screw (who knew?) and then the heads came off and the cabinet could come off the wall. There are still metal screws and anchors in the wall, but that won't matter since we will put up the next cabinet in the studs, not just anywhere on the drywall! If this cabinet had been screwed into drywall it would have been much easier to remove.
We didn't want to just pull the cabinet off using a pry bar (although honestly a few times we were very tempted) because that would have pulled the anchors out, bringing huge chunks of drywall that would have had to be replaced.
The first floor is looking good - painters just need to finish 2 more rooms, one today and one on Saturday. He is very slow and for the most part good - although my husband and I will certainly be going around after he leaves with a paint brush to fix many places where the chair molding meets the wall above it - he just doesn't get a good edge there with his tape. But the ceilings are done well and the crown molding, and the walls, and those are all areas that aren't that easy to fix for me (who hates ladders) so that's good. Its just frustrating that we are it costs $4500 to have all the painting done and we feel like we are going to be doing touch ups after he leaves (because when we talk to him about the touchups, he says he'll do them, and then after he's "done them" we find more, or the ones he did do aren't touched up fully - 1/2 the area is, but the other isn't. So we've just decided that the big ones we'll mention, and then we'll just walk around together with tiny brushes and small cups of paint and fix the other things. I think we're probably too picky - but I could do a better job, I just can't take a month off my job to do it, and that's frustrating because when you pay someone to do it, you'd like it done right.
so anyway, I AM going to do the bedrooms upstairs this winter, one room at a time, which I can handle on the weekends. Decided not to do it that way on the first floor because it's hard to just do one room without impacting all the rest (at this point, every flat surface on both floors has art, vases, shelves, etc. that have been moved from one place to another for the painting - my husband keeps walking around muttering "I want my house back")
The great news is that we love the colors. Sometimes when you get the paint up you don't love the color, and that would be a nightmare, as it would cost more $ and time to change and have him repaint.