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What’s Left To Do in the Kitchen: The Punch List

December 16, 2021

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In the past week, the kitchen has started coming together so beautifully and with every new arrival and addition, we’re feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for this space. It’s our dream kitchen, truly. And it’s not even done yet! That being said, I thought it would be nice to get you up to speed on what still needs to happen in order to stick a fork in this project.

Counter Stools | Pendants | Sconces | Faucet | SinkDrawer Pulls | Knobs

We have been getting creative with tight shots, especially for a shoot we had this week in the kitchen–but when you pull back–well, there’s a tiny oven in a large range nook for starters. Haha. Chris and I made a punch-list of everything that needs done. Here’s the full list.

Kitchen Punch-List

Wood Baskets | Wire Baskets | Clear Canisters | Tiered StandLe Creuset

• Hang the walnut pantry doors. There will be double doors leading into the pantry. When they open, it automatically turns on the light inside the pantry–just one of those little details that get me excited.

• Trim out the pantry doors.

• Paint the exterior of the pantry, including the trim. The exterior paneling is going to be the same taupe color as the cabinets. Stoffer Cabinetry sent the paint so it will match perfectly!

• Install sconces on the pantry exterior, and the flush mount inside of the pantry.

• Install the bookcase ladder.

• The outlets on the island got installed in the wrong spot. There’s supposed to be box trim on each side of the island and the outlet goes inside of that. Stoffer Cabinetry is sending us new panels and that will be fixed.

• Trim out the base of the island.

• Add shoe moulding to the baseboards and finish molding on entry into kitchen.

• A few hardware pieces are missing and need to be installed. (hence the white tape on a few drawers)

• The pebble ice maker tubing keeps getting pinched and needs to be fixed and pushed into its proper spot so the panel can be put on it.

• All the appliances need installed and their cover panels and hardware.

Appliance Timeline

Speaking of…let’s talk appliances. We ordered Wolf / Sub-Zero appliances. If you’re not waiting to receive an appliance right now, you know somebody who is. Lead times on these babies are months and months away. In some cases, a year or more! We ordered ours back in early summer, and they continue to get pushed back. Let me just show you the timeline on what is coming and when.

Hood Insert – Jan 5th

Range – Jan 18th (I’m so grateful this is soon!!)

Dishwasher – February 7th

Speed Oven (microwave that will be built into the island) – February 22nd

Freezer – May 25th

Fridge Drawers (for our drink station) – June 24th

Fridge – June 24th

We’ve had to completely surrender to this timeline, because we’ve done all that we can. We’re not the only ones in this boat and that does make us feel better. Am I going to cry with joy each time a new appliance arrives? Probably. Until then, we’re grateful we have all working appliances accessible in the kitchen so it’s not too bad function wise, even if it looks a little wonky.

Missed part of the kitchen process? You can catch up on all the kitchen posts right here! 

What do you think?

  1. Dawn says:

    We’ve been waiting two months for a part for our broken ice maker, so yep.

    This kitchen is stunning. Even with the tiny oven, which is actually a cute in progress thing.

  2. Sherrie says:

    Needed new Bosch dishwasher. Called local appliance company – to support local – they chuckled and told me 6 months minimum. So, my husband got the model number we wanted – called Lowe’s – ordered on line and it was delivered and installed today – in 3 weeks!

  3. Scyelar Hirsch says:

    Loving everything so much! And y’all are definitely not the only ones waiting for appliances…we are missing our Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances as well. We did the Scotsman pebble ice maker, too. Did y’all purchase the water filtration system with it? Or have a different filtration system for it?

  4. JL says:

    Forgot to ask, when and where will the dinner bell go up!

  5. Jordan says:

    absolutely stunning! What will go in the open spaces below the glass cabinets that are on each side of the hood?

  6. Amy says:

    It’s already stunning! My in-law’s house was built in 1965 and every closet light and the pantry light turn on when you open the doors. It’s amazing. It’s not motion censored, but the on/off button is in the frame of the door. It’s completely genius!

  7. Courtney says:

    My jaw is on the floor! I’ve been following along every step of this renovation process but to see these photos…. wow! just wow! The before and afters are truly mind blowing. Its such a beautiful kitchen. I love a detail and this kitchen definitely delivers on the design details!

  8. Tracy Schroth says:

    Would you do a post on how you did the pantry lights that come on when the doors open, please? Thank you!

  9. Allie Austin says:

    But that the moment the refrigerators are installed..!
    Thanks for showing all the bumps and in-betweens. It’s so gorgeous that I look at everything’s else before I even notice the stove doesn’t fit.

  10. JL says:

    Thanks for the update Julia. As you’ve said, you have a range oven, a refrigerator and two sinks; so you now have a fully functioning kitchen to be thankful for going into the holidays. Moreover, the finishes turned out beautifully. The kitchen is simply stunning. Can’t wait for a video walk-through. I also have to say, the ultimate decisions you made in the dining room were spot on. That magnificent black lantern complements the sleek lines of the kitchen lighting. And you were right to switch to the round table, which offers the perfect juxtaposition to the long island. Well done!

  11. Lindsey says:

    Does your current fridge fit in the spot where the new fridge will go so you can at least temporarily get it out of an awkward spot? Looking so good!

  12. Laura says:

    I feel your pain on the appliances. We ordered a full suite of appliance from Bosch during our renovations and they took forever to come. For anyone looking to order a full suite from one manufacturer (we did it for a big rebate Bosch was offering), make sure the seller will agree to deliver as the pieces come in. Bosch wouldn’t release a single appliance to us until the entire suite was in the Lowes warehouse (Lowes said it was Bosch’s policy). We could have had almost everything months earlier than when it was all finally delivered but for that policy. It was supremely frustrating.

  13. Kelly says:

    Just wanted to leave a note saying how much I have loved following along with this renovation – every step of the journey has brought so much joy! Thanks for taking us along – it’s turning out to be a stunner!

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