Garage Conversion Week 16

After last week’s debacle, the IKEA cabinet installer came back to extend the back of the cabinets by 3 in. This will help stabilize the kitchen counter overhang. In everyday terms, this means that guests can sit on the bar stools without worrying about the counter crashing down on their legs. Pretty important.

A couple days later, the fabricator came back and the countertop finally went in on Tuesday. It’s a marble-looking soapstone that’s reminiscent of the Pental quartz we have in the main house (yet significantly cheaper).

Our new West Elm mod platform bed ( 20% off for July 4th!) arrived, and it was definitely the highlight of our week (and still is). We were so excited to upgrade our bedroom and bring some style and order to the space. The delivery guys also came in to assemble it, and we bought a new king-size Tuft & Needle mattress.

To make room for our new bigger bed, we donated at least 5 boxes of stuff to Goodwill and 2 boxes of clothes to ThredUp. I’ve been reading Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki which has helped me a lot with letting go of stuff that have served their purpose.


Towards the end of the week, the downdraft hood caused lots of problems all over again. Alex spent the majority of his day figuring out how to resolve the issue. In short, we discovered that the downdraft hood vent we got from Sears Outlet was missing the actual vent. So Alex spent his entire day calling manufacturers and trying to find the missing part, but instead opted to purchase a new downdraft vent altogether. This has been the hardest part about the garage renovation, and In the future, we’ll be sure to avoid the downdraft vent.