Miss It by an Inch, Miss it by A Mile

yeah, this totally happened
Now that we've passed inspection, we're starting to get the house ready for a July house warming party.  And like all things, something had to go wrong.  I'm here to share the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to our adventures with home ownership and remodeling, and tonight it was just plain ugly.  Okay, maybe not ugly, but definitely unfortunate.

One of the first things we need to do is get rid of the pantry fridge so we can actually start using the dining room as a dining room.  It is definitely beyond time to have a pantry in the kitchen.  I'm so excited at the prospect of being able to get all the ingredients for a meal from one room in the house and then to eat that meal in the dining room!  I tell ya, it's the little things.

Our plan is to install a pantry cabinet from Ikea in the opening next to the fridge.  We chose the Akurum cabinet with pull out shelves in the most basic model.  The space for the pantry is an odd size and Ikea actually offers the Akurum in the width we need which is the only reason we choose it.  We need something that's fifteen inches wide, and everything else we found only came in eighteen or twenty-four inch widths.  We don't want to have to custom build the pantry and are excited to find one that fits (sort of).  Plus the standard model comes with pull out shelves (can you tell we're excited about this?)  so we can reach things all the way in the back of the pantry.  The doors on the pantry won't match our other cabinets, but we have a plan to customize them so they'll match (at least as close as we can get them to match).
What do I want?  My pantry!
When do I want it?  Meow!

We've spent the past two nights, after Jack has gone to bed, assembling the pantry.  It's really quite simple to assemble, but when we're just starting to get to work and it's already 10:30 at night, we just can't seem to get much done.  Jack is sleeping through the night, but we can't seem to.  So we finish putting the cabinet together, stand it up, and go to scoot it into place, and IT DOESN'T FIT!!! We must've measured the space for the cabinet 100 times, and yet, here we are with a cabinet that doesn't fit.  The cabinet is 88" tall, and the opening is only 87" tall.  I'm convinced the opening has shrunk.  I swear we've measured that ceiling height at 88'!  All Dennis could manage to say was, "Nothing surprises me anymore.  You could tell me the house was built on an Indian burial ground and all I would wonder is 'what's this going to cost me?'"  I refused to accept that it wasn't fitting and staged a sit in until we could figure out a solution rightnow.  But all we could really do is sit back and laugh somewhat maniacally.  Did I mention we're only able to accomplish things when Jack is asleep and it's late at night?

Dennis thinks he can raise that part of the ceiling the inch we need for the cabinet to fit.  Our house didn't originally have air conditioning and that part of the ceiling was lowered in order to run the a/c duct, so it's not load bearing and could "easily" be ripped out and redone.  Just typing that makes me feel queasy.  Dennis thinks it would be a day's work, but things like that never seem to be just a day's work.  We've pretty much resigned ourselves to the fact that if we want a pantry in the kitchen we'll either need to build it ourselves or raise the roof ceiling.  Maybe another option will present itself to us once we've gotten some sleep.

Always remember, measure twice, buy once.


  1. Oh, man! That's a serious bummer. It's always something with houses, isn't it?

    If you ever do get the cabinet to fit, I can assure that it's an awesome pantry. We have that same Ikea cabinet in our kitchen as a standalone pantry.

    1. I'm glad to hear you like the pantry! I hope I get to find out first hand, lol!

  2. Ack, this feels all so complicated! Good luck, I'm sure it'll work out!


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