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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Things Don't Always Go As Planned

I guess every makeover has a few bumps, but this is one I sure didn't anticipate.  I'll start off showing you something pretty.  After painting and cleaning all the counters, I started working on some vignettes.



I painted all day Friday and then cleaned all day Saturday.  It still amazes me how different this room looks.  Remember the brown paint when I started.




Sunday I had everything nice and clean and ready for hubby to switch out the brown plugs and switcches for fresh new white ones.

That is when everything went to hell in a hat-basket.  As hubby started putting in the new plugs and switches, we ran into a problem.  The GFCI plug on the right side of the range kept tripping and the whole right side wouldn't work.  No lights, no plugs, no nothing.  This is what the kitchen soon turned into.


He had all the plugs switched, went outside to turn the breaker back on and nothing.  So take everything apart and try to track down the problem.  This all started about 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.


Test all the wiring - -


Doesn't every house have extension cords running everywhere to keep the phone going and the necessary lights to see.


At about 6 PM he gave up for the evening and I fixed chicken takeout and potato salad and we sat down with a glass of wine and TV trays.

The table is full of all the kitchen accessories, so no place to eat here.


I consoled myself with this side of the kitchen.  One small area next to the pantry.  At least the electric worked on this side and we could plug in the coffee pot and keep the fridge on.


One pretty Vignette to see.

Monday morning brought on more of the same.  Check and recheck the wiring, check and recheck how the plugs were all wired.  This went on until about noon. Finally he rewired the old brown GFCI that he had just taken out and everything worked like a charm.  Turned out the new GFCI I just bought was defective.  A trip to the store for a new one and everything was running perfectly.  Hubby got that installed by 2 PM.  Kitchen all clean again and now I can cook dinner.

 I'll give you  the full  tour later, but here is a peak.


Hubby gets a huge thumbs up, he fretted over this and worked so hard for 2 days.  I don't think he wants to see another plug or switch for a while.

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22 comments:

  1. Whew!!

    Now that's a useful superpower.

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  2. Marty, I bet he was kicking himself for not realizing it was the plug! We've made little mistakes like that before. Your kitchen looks amazingly different. Just smile and have a tv dinner...it will all be over soon and you'll love it.

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  3. It's going to be worth all the hassle!

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  4. Hell in a hat basket indeed! How infuriating, just one little plug. God bless him for getting to the bottom of the issue. When my father in law changed out all the upstairs outlets from brown to white it took an entire day due to faulty wiring.

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  5. Kudos to your hubby for his perseverance! And your vignette is lovely!

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  6. Yikes! Well he deserves a nice dessert and lots of hugs, eh? (Gotta love those great fellas of ours!) Kitchen looks amazing. Phase I done, whoo hoo - it's just going to be AWESOME, Marty!!!!!

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  7. Yay for hubby figuring it out! I am glad to know "hell in a hand basket" is used in your house too. ha! That's my chosen expression too. I am loving your fresh white look! sheila

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  8. What a nightmare Marty! Glad you got it figured out. That's just the kind of thing that happens to us and the frustration drives me crazy:-) Love the new look!!

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  9. If that every happened to us, we'd have to call an electrician!!.........and wait.... Glad your hubby was able to find and repair the problem. Looking good!!

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  10. Oh gees how maddening! Glad it was a simple fix.

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  11. Remodeling is so unpredictable and maddening--I totally feel your angst. And three cheers to your hubby for solving the problem. I know you were thrilled. The paint color is beautiful, and your vignettes are, too. Have a great holiday!

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  12. Oh my. How annoying. Not telling my husband. I want him to work on our kitchen. :-) Glad you got it figured out!

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  13. Glad it was resolved. Sorry for your frustration and inconvenience. Looks nice.

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  14. I would have been screaming at the walls! Glad he got it fixed. Your walls look great.

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  15. How frustrating!! But, it looks great now. Your cabinets are gorgeous. They look so different with the walls a different color. Looking good!!

    Judy

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  16. Oh, how frustrating!! M sure glad hubby figured it out, it must have been driving him nuts!!!kitchen looks great, so fresh and clean!

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  17. Awe...well at least it is fixed now Marty! Can't wait for the tour. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  18. This too shall pass...but your new kitchen is now light and bright! enjoy!

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  19. Electrical issues can drive a person bonkers...kudos to your hubs for persevering and fixing it. I love the new kitchen look...well done! xoxo

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  20. Everything looks wonderful Marty. So glad that your husband could fix it.

    Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

    Mary

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  21. I think so many of us can relate and have experienced something similar. Lol. So glad everything worked out for you and hubby. Kitchen is coming together nicely.

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  22. Aren't handy hubby's the best! Too bad he got tripped up by a bad switch. The kitchen looks so nice and bright. I love the change!

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