No, we're not really that lousy at housekeeping. Work on our new kitchen begins tomorrow morning bright and early. Since I'm working all day today and tonight, there really wasn't any time to get it done, so I spent the entire day yesterday working on it.
The old kitchen actually photographs pretty well. What the pictures don't show is the almost non-existent finish on many of the cabinets and drawers. Some are practically down to raw wood. The white tile shows everything and the grout is next to impossible to clean.
Our current pantry (top picture) has been quite the obstacle course in the six years we've lived here. In order to reach anything in the back, you had to remove stuff and then practically stand on your head to dig out the wanted item. You wouldn't BELIEVE the strange things I found tucked away back there! The new pantry will be wonderful. That little built-in desk (you can only see a portion of it) will be removed, and the pantry will be easily accessible. There will be three pull-outs and three shelves, so it will be great!
What really got the ball rolling on the project, however, is the florescent light unit pictured in the "after" shot below. The ballasts are all shot and the light was always dingy and so--florescent. That whole area will be opened up, giving a "high ceiling" effect with crown molding--incandescent can lights will be installed. Of course the inevitable domino effect set in, so the yucky "blonde" cabinets will be replaced with cherry. Actually, the only thing surviving from the kitchen will be the dishwasher. (The oven actually died last week. The 'fridge is on the brink.) So, aside from the national economy tanking, this is pretty good timing for the re-do. It will be a long month, but we're looking forward to the adventure.
The "after" shot of the kitchen.
Everything but the dishwasher is history.
In the new kitchen, it will be to the right
of the sink. The new oven will go to the opposite
side, under the cooktop. Where the oven is
now will be new countertop/cabinet, with
The dining room and table became the staging
area for the kitchen pack-up. As you can
see, there was quite a bit of "stuff" to deal
with. More boxes were lined up behind where
I was standing to take the picture.
I was so glad we were only packing up
ONE room. After helping the Templetons and
Johnsons move pretty frequently over the
last few years, this was really not that
big a deal. (It helps when you don't
have to seal boxes or pack them for
the jostling that comes from being trucked.)
Now everything's tucked away in its
home-away-from-home for the next
four weeks. The dining table is in the garage,
where all the kitchen drawers will be
stored. All the plates and glassware (and
coffee mugs) are in our master closet.
The all-important coffee pot is in our
bathroom. Bring on the demo crew!