Week 61: The wood anniversary

This week was our five year anniversary…the “wood” anniversary if you go by the traditional gifting themes.

We have not gone by the traditional gifting themes since our 2nd anniversary, which was cotton, when we decided to buy a new couch, which supposedly had some cotton in it. 😂

For the record, the third anniversary is leather. Do with that what you want. And the fourth is fruit and flowers.

For our five year, “wood,” anniversary, we thought we were pretty set. Having spent the first part of the week installing all of the cabinet doors and drawer boxes and fronts, there was an abundance of natural maple in our lives.

Quick side story on the door and hardware installation. So handles/cabinet pulls, like just about every other part of building a house, can get expensive in a hurry. So I had found a version of the cabinet handles that I liked, and then found a less expensive yet similarly styled version on Amazon that were less expensive, so ordered that way.

When you need over 50 handles/pulls for all the cabinetry in your house, you save a dollar where you can!

Pretty much all I wanted to do this week was get those handles on to see how things looked, so as soon as Josh had all the doors on, I was immediately ready to drill holes for handles. Josh indulged me, drilled the holes and…discovered the installation screws that had come with the set were too short.

Undeterred, I set off to Menards for longer screws, returned to the house where Josh had continued to drill out cabinets and drawers for me to install handles on, went to the first cabinet with all haste and anticipation and…discovered that the new installation screws were long enough, but didn’t seem to thread on the handles.

After some investigation on the product listing page on Amazon, we realized that the screws used were metric instead of America measurements, and the company from whom we’d ordered would gladly send us longer screws upon request.


We emailed to have the longer screws sent.

The next morning we get a response email that the company would be happy to send us the new screws free of charge. HOWEVER, they would ship them from China, and with COVID-19 still very much a thing, they anticipate it would take 2 MONTHS for delivery! If that was not an option, they would send along the specifications of the screws we needed and we could either find them at a hardware store or order them elsewhere.

Obviously, 2 months isn’t going to work. Fortunately, we did find what we needed in stock in Rochester, but you can only buy them in packs of 2.

Nothing can just go as planned, you know!

With the kitchen cabinets full installed, we spent our five year anniversary not in wood but in quartz at the MSI showroom in Minneapolis picking our kitchen countertop color. Actually, we were “verifying” our color because I’d picked out what I wanted online, but then wanted to make sure I saw it in person before we put that kind of money into something based on a picture.

For your reference, the “quartz” anniversary is year 18!

And that quartz color we picked is “fantasy gray.”

Oh! And the stove…we bought the new stove on our anniversary as well. I’m not sure what year a stove counts towards.

The rest of the countertops for the bathroom vanities are white and also came in this week. They were installed, and faucets should arrive next week to finish off the look of those cabinet pieces.

In other projects, Josh has started trimming. He started with the stair skirts, which were put into place as natural wood pieces that I then went back to prime and paint white. the upper railing post was also installed then primed and painted. While he installed those, I worked on finishing the wood step treads which will go in once the finish is fully cured (and probably after we’re done trekking up and down the stairs with materials, tools, garbage, etc. quite so much!)

While I did the priming and painting, Josh went on to start framing out the window trim, which got built into boxes that fit into each window, but then taken out of each window to go down to the basement to be painted. It will be amazing to see trim start to go in and finished it will make things look. Even just seeing the window boxes sitting in the windows as they were built made things look so much cleaner and “done.”

We’re still waiting for the landscaper to come and do final grade. Every time he suggests he might show up, it rains overnight, and everything is too wet the next morning to do anything. The next few days look dry, however, so fingers crossed!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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