Last night after work, Manny stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few things. When he came home and we were unpacking the bags, he held up a package of break-and-bake chocolate chip cookies (don’t judge us…), a look of triumph on his face.
“Did someone order COOKIES?!”
My response? “Um, Manny — we don’t have an oven. Remember?”
(Cue the sad face.)
Such small defeats are weighty. I tried weakly to bring us into a better place by saying: “Getting started is the hard part. And we’ve already started renovating the kitchen so… the hard part is probably, definitely over, I think…?”
His response? “The hard part is… GAAAH EVERYTHIIIING!”
Sigh. He’s right. This kitchen renovation is exhausting, even though lately it hasn’t moved forward very much as we’ve been waiting for the plumber and electrician to finally finish. Next week they will both be done, though (I think…?!), and we can get back to work by attending to things that will outwardly suggest “progress” — like insulation, drywall, and floor refinishing.
I just don’t understand how it is that I’m so exhausted all of the time given that we aren’t actually actively working on the kitchen at the moment. Maybe it’s because everything we need to make even a basic meal is scattered throughout the other rooms in our house — dishes in one room, food in another, better-than-nothing-electric skillet in yet another — so that to sauté a chicken breast or two you have to get your 10,000 steps in for the day.
Or maybe it’s the constant, low-grade stress of living in a dusty, disorganized, kitchenless house — of looking at a leaking ceiling and open walls with exposed electrical wires and maligned, discolored hardwood floors — and knowing there is no magic wand to fix these problems, that it’s going to take months, potentially, and it’s going to continue to be hard and uncomfortable and confusing in the meantime.
Even Tilly is exhausted.
“Please bring our kitchen back,” she’s saying here. So sad.
I’ve been staring at a particular problem in regard to our floor plan for some time. In the old kitchen arrangement, an awkward bank of cabinets on the shared wall with the dining room was covering up what we now know is a brick chimney. I mentioned in a previous post that the chimney is staying, even though it breaks up that wall.
But by committing to keeping the chimney, we also commit ourselves to keeping the weird little nook it creates — about 40 inches wide by 20 inches deep. That space used to house the monstrously large fridge the previous owners had. Given that the weird nook isn’t terribly deep, and the fridge was yuge, you guys, it stuck out like a sore thumb, projecting way out into the kitchen.
Nope. Not gonna fly.
Our new fridge is smaller, so the plan is to put it on the wall cattycorner, where the laundry used to be and will remain. But while this means the awkward nook won’t house a monster fridge anymore, it’s still an awkward nook.
It is possible, of course, to create a custom built-in here, but considering our small budget this doesn’t seem like the best use of funds. I mean, I’ve gotten some estimates, and they’re really high. A less expensive option — and one that might end up being a whole lot cooler anyway — is to find a tall cabinet or armoire to place there to be used as a pantry cupboard.
Pinterest to the rescue!
Vintage furniture in the kitchen is so hot right now, and I discussed some examples toward the end of an earlier inspiration post. Research is suggesting the solution might entail the perennial favorite — Swedish white.
Or maybe something glass-fronted…?
Or maybe something in a natural wood finish…?
Or how about some color? Dark bluish grays and navies are ALL THE RAGE right now, if *every single blog on the interwebs* has anything to say about it. (And I’m not knocking this color trend — or the fabulous attention it’s receiving — it’s super beautiful.)
For now, I think I’m going to
drag invite Manny to some antique shops in town this weekend to see if we can find a cabinet of some kind for the kitchen. And who knows? Maybe finding the right piece of furniture will jump start our enthusiasm for this project once again…