I don’t remember how much I’ve said about it on the blog… But I’m working toward a kitchen remodel.
Over the years, I’ve come to hate my kitchen. I’m pretty sure everything in it except for the microwave is from the 1960s. The oven’s in the wrong place and doesn’t light properly. The stove works weirdly with the burners shooting out inconsistent levels of flame. The fridge has stopped working entirely. The sink shoots water out of the side. The dishwasher sometimes leaks and/or doesn’t get all of the soap off of the dishes. The linoleum is curling. The cabinets are run down and disturbingly painted flourescent orange inside. The cabinets over the island hang so low, it’s less an island and more a wall with a space for shoving bags of chips into. (And I can’t count how many times I’ve banged my head on those goddamned cabinets!) The ceiling light is falling apart.
In short, the place is a mess. So we’re gutting it and starting over.
Unlike the ill-fated bathroom remodel from not-so-long-ago, I know what I want in the kitchen. I am also working with someone I trust and like—and who I’m pretty sure won’t leave me with a list of crap that pissed me off. In fact, so far he’s been incredibly helpful, found a couple of ways to save money, and he has me excited about the whole thing. (He’s a personal friend, too…and that helps.) He’s already light-years better than the guy who did the bathroom.
Tonight, I think I picked out all of the needed major appliances at Lowes. I took some crappy cell-phone pics that I’ll put on the Tumblr page sooner or later… But basically, the fridge is stainless, the oven/range is black and stainless, the dishwasher is black, and the microwave is stainless. Nothing too flashy…but modern enough and versatile within almost any color palate. In my case, I’ll be doing mainly browns and blacks. The contractor (whose name I’ll with-hold, just in case it would end up causing any problems for him since he’s doing me some favors) recommended a black granite countertop with some black-coffee overtones to it. I haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds lovely and like it’ll fit right into my earth-toney color-scheme. I haven’t decided what I’m doing for the floor, back-splash, or lighting yet. There’s still some time on that. I think I might like to do a sort of wood laminate for the flooring, but I’ll need to see the countertop to decide some of that.
Anyway…it’s all starting to come together and I’m excited about some of the ideas that it looks like we’ll get to try out. I’ve thought long and hard (tee-hee!) about the kitchen and whereas we’re already going in a little bit of a different direction than I’d imagined…it’s a direction I like and it’s in line with a lot of the ideas I’ve had all along. It’ll be cool.
…and also, I discovered that there is a small, 6-8 bottle wine fridge available for $100. I haven’t bought it yet…but that looks amazing! 🙂
I’m sure I’ll keep y’all posted. I have no idea what the timetable is going to be…but hopefully we’ll get moving soon-ish!
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