ORC Week 3: The One Without Any Pictures

Ahh, week three.  I remember you well.  Last fall, week three boasted no progress except for shopping.  This year is no different, except that my shopping was less successful.
Our mishaps started on Saturday, which was supposed to be the day we installed our vent hood and built a DIY custom cover for it.  About thirty seconds into the project, we realized (DUH) that a thirty inch vent fits precisely into a thirty inch opening, leaving exactly ZERO space for a cover.  Insert facepalm emoji here.

We immediately started brainstorming new options, all of which involved buying a new vent fan.  We haven't even begun the process of determining if we can return the one we bought on Black Friday.  I was tempted by a few options at Home Depot, but nothing quite worked with the aesthetic we want.  In a moment of pure desperation, I checked out the options at IKEA, and finally found a super slim in cabinet one that we could build around.  It was more expensive than we wanted it to be, but we're at that stage where we'll pay almost anything to be done.

Most of Saturday was consumed at IKEA, because every single person in Houston decided to join us.  We managed to install the cabinet, but not the appliance, on Saturday.  On Monday, we installed the vent fan, and on Tuesday we started planning the cover.  After Patrick and I spent an hour doing the back and forth, not arguing (but kind of arguing), polite (I hate your guts) thing, we were STUCK.  My original plan had been for the cover to extend past the cabinets by 6-10 inches and slope up to the ceiling.  It was going to be trimmed out to match the cabinets but in a contrasting color.  The problem was we couldn't agree on HOW to achieve that, and if I'm being honest, every time I envisioned the end product, I wasn't pleased with it.  In a moment of desperation, Patrick removed one of our lower cabinet doors and held it up in front of the vent hood as if it were installed there.  It looked PERFECT.  I knew right away that our super rudimentary carpentry skills were never going to make the space look as finished and pretty as that stock door would.

Yesterday I went to IKEA (for the third time in a week if you're counting) to buy the extra door and special hinges to hang it horizontally.  It was so traumatizing that I gave Patrick a play by play of the expedition when he got home (he is so patient with me, haha).  When I got to the part where we were walking our items back to the car, I said, "Do you know how much wind a 21" X 40" door catches?"  He replied, "Wait, you mean 21" X 30", right?"
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Yeah.  So now I have to figure out when we're going back to IKEA for the fourth time in two weeks. 

I know this is all just a part of the process, and we plan to just press on through and get it done.

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Thanks for following along!
-Kelli

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