Gosh, this getting-a-new-kitchen thing is tricky. The hardest part? Finding lighting. Yes, lighting. The lighting in my present kitchen is decidedly inadequate and patently ugly. So ugly, as a matter of fact, that the electrician threw-up a little in his mouth when he saw it. He poked at things and smirked at things and offered a few suggestions and even said not to be surprised if the heinous canned lights over the sink suddenly “disappeared” and were replaced–his treat. My present kitchen gave the kitchen designer the heebee geebies and now it has given the electrician the heebee geebies. I can’t wait to hear what the plumber has to say.
So, it’s an ugly kitchen. It was ugly the day it was installed. That means it has been ugly for about 18 years. Ain’t my fault. I didn’t pick it. I’m pretty sure it would have been on my ain’t-no-way list. And, yes, I cried when we bought the house 13 years ago and I started putting things away in the cabinets. The shelves were bowed, one of the drawer fronts was hanging on by the prongs of a staple, and the hinges on a couple of the doors on one of the base cabinets were bent. I vowed that I was going to get a new kitchen right away, but life happened in unexpected ways and the kitchen did not materialize. Last year at this time I had come to the conclusion that I would never get a new kitchen. Now the Lord has blessed us with enough money to improve the kitchen and I am so grateful.
It’s not the kitchen I had dreamed up in my head some years ago and I’m okay with that. The past 13 years have taught me some interesting lessons about wants vs. needs, about life and living. Somehow, the elegant, natural cherry wood cabinets that I had pinned in my brain long before Pinterest was even imagined, don’t really fit with where I am right now. Can I just tell you that I am so glad IKEA rolled into town? So, so glad.
I know that the posts have been pretty sparse around here. Forgive me while we tear out the old the kitchen and have the new one installed. Tomorrow (Wednesday) the old cabinets are being taken out. Thursday the electrician comes to work on the wiring. Friday the new floor gets put in. On Tuesday of next week (the day after Memorial Day) the installation of the new cabinets begins. Some time after that is finished, counter tops will be made and installed. At some point, the electrician will finish his installations. Oh, wait…I have to paint before the cabinets are installed. I guess I’ll do that over the weekend. There’s not really much painting required in the kitchen, but we will also be painting the family room and that will require a bit more effort.
Don’t leave me…drop back in now and again because I do have a few things planned…stuff that doesn’t involve actual cooking. There’s one more thing, too. I have it on good authority that there will be an upcoming giveaway. I’m pretty sure the give away will be announced on Tuesday of next week–sort of a celebration for new cabinets. Yep, I’m pretty sure that I will be posting those give away details next Tuesday.