Our contractor is kicking butt. The guys finished framing the new wall & doorway into the dining room and framed out a new closet this week.
The closet entrance will be in the dining room and is where we're going to store all the AV equipment. In fact, Chris is running wires for new speakers as I type. Chris is also planning to put his now beloved dorm fridge in there to store adult beverages. That closet will be his very own man cave.
The new kitchen window has been framed and the old one was boarded up until the new one arrives. The guys also removed all the clapboard from the side of the house and covered it up with Tyvek-- which explains all the daylight you see!
The electrician came back to do all the rough wiring.
I tried a little gold leaf Rub n' Buff to mute the shine. The difference is subtle, but it definitely effective. Now the finish will more closely match the new pendants we got for the kitchen.
But I'm still not in love with it. Hopefully it will grow on me more as the rest of the kitchen comes together. If not there's always spray paint...