When we bought our house we wanted something that we could move into with a minimum of redecorating. Our careers demanded so much time and energy that we felt we couldn’t take the time to do much with the house. More than ten years later the original peach color in the master bedroom and the sage green in the upstairs bathroom are a testimony to our wish to take things slowly. Having recently retired I decided that I now had the time to update our kitchen.
Our home’s previous owner had installed new cabinets, a pantry and a built-in refrigerator in the late eighties. The only thing wrong with the work was that the apartment-sized refrigerator was built into a custom sized opening in the wall. I worried that the appliance, probably 25 years old, was nearing its end of life and waiting until you have food thawing in the freezer is not a good time to replace a refrigerator.
In our case a new, larger refrigerator was absolutely a requirement. To do so meant increasing the size of the opening at the expense of the adjacent pantry. Once we selected a new refrigerator and knew its dimensions we could then bring in the carpenter to begin demolition. With the old fridge rolled into the dining room it began:
Changing the floor plan meant the old vinyl flooring had to be replaced which was no great loss. There is a bewildering number of different types and styles of floor covering. Fortunately the salesman didn’t sneer at our ignorance and sold us a nice cushioned vinyl floor covering that didn’t set us back too much. Once the fridge cubbyhole and the narrowed pantry were done we had the floor installed. Eden and Ollie seemed to approve:
We’ve installed roll out shelves in the pantry and painted the walls a nice calming gray. Today our painting contractors started painting the cabinets, doors and woodwork. By the end of this week I figure I can start moving the things back into the cupboards, drawers and pantry. We are also adding an additional cabinet as a peninsula opposite the refrigerator – we can use the extra drawer space and work surface to house my ever increasing collection of tools and containers.
The moral of the story is when they tell you that a kitchen remodel is disruptive to the home’s routine believe them. Also, estimate the time you feel the project will take, then double it. You should probably use the same formula for the finances too. I can already tell that the new kitchen will be a delightful place to plan, cook and entertain. I can’t wait to get the new kitchen operational. How many times have we said, “We should have done this ten years ago?”