October 08, 2015
So after finally unpacking (most of) the boxes and fully settling into the new digs, we decided it was high time to re-pack everything in the kitchen and blow some shit to smithereens.
The kitchen was...obviously not a big selling point/major attraction for Yellow House. Everything is original and builders' grade, the floor tile is cracked, and there's just a lot of wear and tear on the cabinets and countertop. Sagging shelves, warped hinges, chips and scrapes. We knew going in that we needed to factor a kitchen remodel into our offer and budget.
(Also could never figure out who, exactly, that SUPER LOW desk was intended for, as no chair or stool we own is the appropriate height. It's a desk for ants!)
We also knew we were NOT going to do that thing where we waited and waited to do anything, only to invest in improvements right before we needed to move. We keep doing that. Stop doing that!
Old Kitchen of Bland Blahness is getting demo'd to hell today. New Kitchen of...well, probably still Bland Blahness but at least more of a this century variety, with less floor cracks/Haunted Tiles and a countertop that's dark enough to not show every. single. spill. and. crumb. OMG children.
We're not going too overboard or fancy...kind of amazing how what you THINK is a pretty generous budget gets you...not a whole heap of a lot, especially if you aren't a huge DIYer. (Raises hand, arm gets tired, outsources handraising to someone else on Angie's List.)
But after spending time cooking in the space we decided the current layout is actually pretty great and roomy and has plenty of storage, so there was no need to reinvent the floorplan or knock down walls and shit. We're losing the desk and raising that to counter height, extending the counter for seating, and adding proper corner cabinets/lazy susans so I don't have to send Ezra into dark blind cabinets to retrieve the salad spinner.
The small pantry has to stay because of a wall full of plumbing, and the soffit has to stay because $$$$$ and also I am already too damn short to reach the existing top shelves, what in the world would I put up even higher? A bajillion mason jars, probably, gathering dust and getting suspiciously sticky. The appliances will be replaced on an As They Die basis (DIE FRIDGE PLEASE DIE), and Jason and I will install our own backsplash at some point, both for budget reasons and also because if I had to make one more design/color/pattern decision my brain was going to leak out my ears and slither out in front of traffic.
I'm in the basement office today, listening to all sorts of bangs and smashes, occasionally smiling helplessly because no, I have no idea where what appliance is hooked up to what pipe or circuit board, I can point out where all the access panels to anything wire-y or plumbing-y looking are, but you're gonna have to take it from there because Yellow House is a giant maze full of secrets. Dishes and pots and pans are scattered all around in various storage nooks, there's a slow cooker and a toaster in the family room and everything else that I JUST UNPACKED is repacked in boxes and bins in the living room.
We were told two to three weeks which means probably four which means hopefully sometime in mid 2016. In the meantime, come on over! Grab a glass from the buffet in the family room and some booze from the basement and if you need ice the fridge is in the dining room and then duck under the plastic sheeting to get out to the grill on the deck. Oops, forgot to tell you to grab a paper Star Wars plate and some Elegant Flatware while you were back in the dining room.