We're getting a new fridge!!! I am way too excited about this. Humor me. Our old fridge is about 25 years old and we've saved up for a new one for a while. We've been waiting for it to die...and it just won't, so when we went out to look for options this weekend the one we were interested in was $1100 off so we decided that we'd just go for it. J is over the moon at the thought of endless cold water and ice on demand. I am happy at the thought of an inner chiller drawer for beer and wine. Everybody wins...well except maybe my dad who has agreed to help us install it... :)
Because (of course) there is one issue - it is wider than our current small fridge. OK honestly all fridges are except for itty bitty ones...so, some work is needed in the kitchen so it will fit. When we replaced our furnace we made our chimney obsolete and capped it under the roof when it was replaced so the corner part of the kitchen wall to the right of where the fridge is now where the chimney comes up through the wall from the basement is potential open space...we've been putting off dealing with it. We just (haha) need to cut open the wall in the corner and take the chimney out in bricks layer by layer. Not a tonne of work, but requires some patience and carpentry skills which we don't have to. My ever patient and lovely dad has agreed to come for a few days and help us do this so we can then open up that bit of space for the fridge and a bit of storage. Eventually Dad (what would we do without him??) can build us a small floor to ceiling cupboard that will fill in the space next to the fridge to give us some much needed storage in the kitchen, but for now the focus is to put the floor and ceiling in in that little 20 inch square corner area and redo the gyproc walls in that corner after. That way we won't have to really deal with the lack of linoleum flooring in the corner because of the new cupboard will cover over it eventually...it'll just be a little 6 inch strip to cover under the fridge, which I think we have a remnant to use to fill in the space still (crossing fingers). It will be a pain in the ass and a fair bit of fiddly work but J has agreed to help Dad with all the heavy stuff and be his reno slave so hopefully it won't be too evil. If I had time to take off work to help I would but I can't so I'll be evening help and the one who finishes the drywall and paints after it's done. Luckily we can get this done when Dad comes in to town in September after the long weekend so it's all going to happen relatively soon. It's exciting.