Unless you’ve lived here for 7½ years or have endured one of my “I do NOT know what they were thinking!” kitchen tours, it may be hard to comprehend the reason behind our kitchen remodel. (Didn’t we just dig a basement?!) And for those who have visited and have seen the absurdity, it’s hard to comprehend why we waited this long!
I’m not interested in granite counter tops (we’re going with laminate). Stainless steel appliances are finger print magnets. I’ll pass. (Matching appliances made in the current century would be nice, though, some day. ) Tile floors are cold and hard, so we’re likely going with Allure (We already have beautiful OLD wood in most of our home.) It’s not a high-end upgrade we’re after, it’s function.
Here’s the thing. We’ve made do, very contentedly, really, for years. With this. (Please excuse the mess. We were moving out before I remembered to take pictures.)
That’s the back wall of our kitchen. Boxed in fridge. (What in the world is that?!) Cabinet door. Wasted space. Lots and lots of wasted space. The wall behind that buffet is a black hole of empty space, because the only access is that crazy small rectangle cabinet to the right of the fridge.
Uh-huh. Here’s a closer look.
Anyway, I’m still not convinced that you grasp the severity of the situation. Let’s try this.
Yep. Lots of space. Sorry, kids. Mama’s taking back the kitchen. In If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fashion, when we moved the basement steps to the living room (They were right next to the back door, off of the old back porch, 100 year old house style. Not good with kids in bedrooms down there.) we all of a sudden realized the opportunity to seal off the old stair space, knock out the kitchen wall, and gain 40 square feet of function. Yes, please!
So that’s what we’re doing. They tore it apart last week. I’ve cooked tacos in my laundry room with a smile, because I have a real laundry room. With a sink! All.of.the.decisions. (flooring, counter tops, back splash, sink, lighting) are about to do me in, but oh… worth it. It will be worth it! I’ll keep you posted!