My contractor showed up first thing this morning to get started. Somehow, in just one workday, he managed to move the plumbing vent stack, re-route 2 overhead lights, move one switch and one outlet, and install a new electrical box. Amazing, if you ask me. I tried to be a good girl and stay out of the way, but I did find myself wandering upstairs so I could stand in the middle of the kitchen and just stare through the non-wall. But, mostly I only did that when he was crawling around on his belly in the attic.
In other news, I've been on the hunt for an affordable material for my new backsplash. While I am hiring out the serious stuff (plumbing, electrical, drywall repair), I'm going to try to tackle the easier stuff by myself (myself=with help from my dad/a friend/someone who knows DIY stuff). And, in this case, backsplash=easier stuff. I've not made any decisions, but I will share with you some eye candy.
Ooh, and one decision I have made is on light fixtures. I found these guys at Lowe's, and I LOVE them.
I am so excited about how well this is all coming together. Honestly, I'm not sure how I'm going to sleep tonight knowing that my contractor will be back in the morning to likely finish things up. I hope to have more photos to share tomorrow!