Friday, November 9, 2012

Make-Shift Peninsula

You know what gets our butts in gear during a renovation? Having over 30 people coming over for our annual Thanksgiving potluck next weekend... which requires a lot of cooking... which requires working cooking things... that's what.

Up to this past Tuesday, we still had our white stove hooked up. However, as of Wednesday, the stove was out of here. There were a couple of reasons for this. The first is that we are hoping to get all the new cabinets installed over the long Thanksgiving weekend which means that we need to finish the bump out before then. Since people are going to be over next weekend, this means we need to take the wall down this weekend so the dust has time to settle and I have time to clean the kitchen about a million times next week. 

Second, the gas hookup was in the way of the wall coming down and our water heater (more on this later) desperately needed to be replaced. To kill two birds with one stone, we had the plumber come out and install our new water heater and moved the gas hookup to it's new home. 

This all is a very long way of saying that we had to find a way to use our new cooktop with our new hookup so that we can still cook before the cabinets are installed. We also used this opportunity to put in the correct size "counter" so that we could get a better feel for the space. The way we did this was to mark out where our cabinets would go for the peninsula and then measured out the overhangs for the counter top to get the full size of the peninsula top.

We grabbed a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 inch thick plywood at Lowe's and had them rip it down to the correct size. We brought it home and Nate used a 2 x 4 on the wall and the old peninsula base to support the piece of plywood in the correct spot.

I then measured out where the cooktop should go (we wanted it close to what it will be so that we get an accurate feel) and used a jigsaw to make the cut out in the plywood (since I can't lift anything heavy, use anything smelly or walk any significant distance, I get to use a lot of power tools!).

We were able to get all of this done before Wednesday so once the plumber moved the gas line, he was able to hook the new cooktop up right away so we were without a cooktop for about 12 hrs. You know the best thing ever? ALL the burners turned on! Since we got it from the clearance section, we had to just rely on the sales people word that it worked so it was very exciting when it actually did. Obviously, plywood isn't the best countertop material but since it only has to last a couple of weeks, it was the easiest option.

Now we just need to get the bump out done so that we can hook up our oven so the turkey I serve next weekend is a cooked turkey instead of frozen!

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  1. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on through tomorrow night at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  2. y'all are so clever and creative! hoping the turkey gets cooked. ;)