Mom likes her new kitchen
As promised, I am providing some photos of my new kitchen. I have now been cooking in it for about a week, although there are still a couple of details to iron out, like a missing shelf or two in some cabinets, a drawer that won’t open, and an in-drawer spice rack yet to be built. I also want them to reverse the opening of the refrigerator door – did you folks know refrigerators were built so that’s possible? I sort of knew that somewhere buried deep in the reptile portion of my brain, and after several days of cooking dredged up the primal memory because the new position of the fridge makes opening it on the left tremendously awkward. I sort of almost have to leave the kitchen, more or less walk around the refrigerator, open it and then have nowhere to put anything I take out of it since the kitchen is way over to my right behind the new ell.
Oh, and I got a new flat-screen TV, with a DVD player, that will be hung on the wall – me, the TV-hater, will now have by far the nicest TV in the house, in fact the nicest TV we’ve ever owned, in the kitchen. It should be comical to watch me try to turn it on and, more importantly, off. As it is, if our teenage son leaves the house with the TV on in the living room it stays on until he gets home because I can’t work the remote; pushing random buttons doesn’t seem to get me the result I’m looking for. But I do like to watch the news once in awhile while I’m cooking and my husband watches it early in the morning while he’s making the coffee. (Yes, I’m spoiled!)
But I’m loving the kitchen! The colors look great and the counters worked out perfectly; I went with a material similar to Corian called Hi-Macs, although I would have liked to have gotten granite or quartz the cost was just so high I couldn’t really justify it. The floor is tiled in foot-square ceramic tile that looks like slate, in variegated shades of tan and terra-cotta; you can see it in a couple of the photos. I think the cabinets came out really nice after they sanded, stained, polyurethaned them, and fitted them with new hardware. They put the same hardware on the windows and the laundry chute. With the new ell I have about twice as much counter space as I had before, so even though my kitchen is relatively small it feels so big compared to the way it was! It’s the same with the new stove; even though it’s not a professional range and is only 30 inches wide, compared to the oven I was working with, which was only about 13 inches wide inside, the new one seems huge. It’s really pretty, too, in a color they call biscuit with taupe burners. And the sink! It’s what they call “undermount”, and forms a continuous surface with the counter top; no seam or dividing ridge between the sink and the surrounding counter.
So although I had some issues with some of the contractor’s work habits, and the job might have gotten finished more quickly if I had gone with a crew from Lowe’s or Home Depot, no one else would have been willing to re-finish my existing cabinets the way I wanted to, and re-use the cabinet under the old cook-top to make the new ell, which I think was brilliant. I guess everything is a trade-off.