You know how you just go along every day getting up and going to work, paying the bills, cooking meals, doing laundry and all the same old things – and then one day you suddenly look up and 25 years have passed? [Don’t laugh. If that hasn’t happened to you yet, don’t be too smug. It will.]
Anyway, 25 years ago when we first bought our house, we gutted it. One of the things we were most proud of was the installation of a brand new kitchen. Oh, it was beautiful! It had a ceramic tile floor, pickled-oak cabinets, white laminate counter-top with wood trim and gleaming white appliances. I felt like Lady Di!
Then, a couple of weeks ago, we turned on the light in the kitchen, and suddenly it looked like an old woman without her makeup. Our kitchen was wearing a ratty, housecoat and tattered bedroom slippers and had a cigarette hanging out the side of her mouth. She looked up at us with a sneer and said, “I only exist for you, when you need something, right?”
I already had a pretty good idea of the kind of kitchen I’d like.
However, what I really NEED is less grand and much cheaper. I’m only feeding two people now and the menu preferences are known by heart. Any deviation causes great angst on the part of my husband. He wants beans!
Besides, I no longer have the burning desire to cook everything from scratch. The microwave is my friend. I do not need a large variety of kitchen gadgets [Goodbye, bread-making machine!] Nor do I need vast counter space. I have a cutting board and a sturdy, wooden kitchen table.We shopped around at some of the big-box home improvement stores and got some ideas and had a couple of people come to our house and give us estimates. The prices quoted were way more than what we wanted to spend, which is probably typical for most folks.
Luckily for me I have a husband who can do anything! I’m not kidding! He has some great skills. I knew he could do most of it himself and do a better job of it, if I could only persuade him to take it on. It might take a little longer, but in the end we’d both be happier than paying someone an enormous fee for shoddy work.
I took to Pinterest in a big way – researching DIY kitchens. There are a lot of great DIY kitchens out there, but my all time favorite was skiesofparchment Look at her beautiful kitchen!
Of course, I had to nix the idea of open storage – I need cabinet doors to hide my clutter.
We decided to paint the cabinets ourselves. First, we cleaned everything with Krud Kutter and wiped it down with Clorox Wet Wipes. We removed the cabinet doors, replaced all the old cabinet hinges with soft-close, and painted everything with a base coat of white latex and a topcoat of Benjamin Moore Bunny Gray.
I say “we,” but really my sole contribution to this project was to whine about having to accompany my husband to every hardware store and Habitat-For-Humanity in the area with a tape measure and notepad in my purse and a debit card in my wallet.
It may take some time to adjust to new elements, but I love it!
I’ve complained that my husband never throws anything away. Yet, I was thrilled when he found a zip-lock bag full of silver cabinet knobs in the garage that actually looked just like what I had in mind! “See!” he gloated. [Pack Rat justification at last!]
We had to purchase some matching silver drawer pulls. Then we decided to remove a portion of our old, white tile back-splash from behind the sink and install a multicolored strip of pencil tile in shades of white, gray and black. So far, our total cost is only $389.00 – a far cry from what was quoted to us, I assure you!
All that is left is the counter-top!
Unfortunately, not enough. How can this dilemma be solved? Don’t despair! You just don’t know how mighty the mighty Quinn is, do you? He has some big slabs of old butcher-block too. (Which is what I originally wanted.) Good bye, portable cutting boards! Mine will be built-in. Everybody jump for joy!
“Come all without, come all within,
You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn!”