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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kichen Fantasizing

Okay, so Monday we snooped through my best friend Michael's kitchen makeover.
I've been sopping up his long distance tears with my shoulder for weeks while this went on.
 By the time it was all over, we'd texted and emailed many dozen times.
How many dozen?
Enough to make me seethe with granite envy. 
I covet his backsplash.
I could have an affair with it and never feel guilty.
It was clearly time to see what else was out there.
I'd been eying IKEA's choices over the past couple of years. In fact, it was on the drawing board
when the house caught on fire two and a half years ago.
(Can a kitchen project go on the back burner?)
At any rate, I figure taking it easy can encompass shopping and planning.
And plotting.
Even if IKEA isn't your cup of tea, the sheer number of rooms set up and arranged are great inspiration for creating the perfect space.
Decide what you use your kitchen for.
Office space?
This is a room with multiple functions, and the last thing you want is to have your laptop set up on the island while you write a piece on a new recipe, leaving the power cord draped
like a banner, causing your autistic OCD techie son to have a hissie fit.
Not that this has ever happened.
My plot will definitely involve these cabinets.
I can picture my antique crystal shining out from behind the panes.
I'm leaning toward open shelving for frequently used items, like everyday dishes
and pottery mixing bowls. The plastic stuff I'll hide.
The rail system on the backsplash is a brilliant method of keeping tools handy but off of the counter.
Easy clean up is good clean up.
Anyone can stay organized with this kind of cabinet space.
The apron sink of my dreams...I may or may not have been asked to vacate the department due to my affectionate reaction.
I loooooove the combination of classic farmhouse styling paired with an ultra modern faucet too.
Hello, Lover. Now we're talkin'.
As I feverishly jotted down details, I visualized this in the back of the Soul.
We joke that our kitchen is the biggest small kitchen in existence.
There's never enough room for dinner prep, baking, and garden work at once.
I think this island would solve that in one fell swoop.
Cabinets for shameless displays...
...and cabinets to hide...ANYTHING.
Is it wrong that I'm mentally putting things away with glee?
Canned goods and Ball jars, stowed alphabetically...
man, have my fantasies changed over the years.
I do like the counters in here, but this would add a slice of heft to the budget...
...whereas the butcher block is equally as attractive to me and would trim expenses.
I've had a very good experience with the top on my existing island.
I have to get home to my husband before he starts to suspect us, but I'll be back.
I did detour through the bath area on the way out.
Do you have any idea the amount of damage a fire hose can wreak on
a home store vanity?
Two vanities, actually.
I like the lip that contains the vanity supplies, but with my crew, I'm envisioning
water running down the wall.
Where do you put the soap dispenser???
Uh oh.
Two of the bases went in the cart minutes later.
Those yellow tags mean "LAST CHANCE."
In other words, "HUGE DISCOUNT."
Like $9.95 each.
I have some salvaged marble and thrift store bowls already squirreled away,
so yes, I veered off topic.
Or maybe I was just trying to avoid my promise.
What promise?
MY kitchen, warts and all.

Prepare yourselves-
hey, would anyone prefer to discuss the bamboo mats I scored for 99 cents at
Bed, Bath and Beyond outlet?
Are you sure?
Fine. Come on in.
But don't say I didn't warn you.
It's about 25 years old, and the cheapest possible materials.
All of the doors have fallen off.
Charming, huh?
Now you understand all of my tight camera shots.
The blue cabinets were a roadside find that I sanded, painted, and installed, and they might stay.
New hardware would help.
Some hidden storage would be dreamy.
A repainted Martha Stewart island has done the job for years, but we could part ways.
I'm ready to sledge and destroy the whole thing...
...except for him.
He has faithfully held my sponges, and I love him.
He's staying.
I'll be downloading the kitchen planner yet again and we'll report back with the
particulars, details, and the budget break down.
I'll also be making a plan that will NOT include doing everything at once.
In true Rehab fashion, we'll also need a trip to the Habitat for Humanity Restore
to see if anything can be saved from the landfill.
Like my budget, for instance.


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I can also be found fantasizing about kitchens in IKEA. Can't wait to see what you do ...and in the bath now too!

Michael said...

Thanks for the write-up, Sunny.... I can't wait to dive into your kitchen makeover.... wait.... yes, I can, actually.... I need a day off!!! lol

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Kitchens are really complicated to redo...there are so many details, but it looks like you have a great space and some goood ideas, and your floor is hardwood a big plus. It is going to be fun to follow you on this journey.

Unknown said...

Ikea!!! eeeeeee!!! kitchen redo :D so exciting. Loving your inspiration and know it will be fabulous.

Dharma said...

If I bring down my Soul, we could do it! LOL Good luck planning, I'm in a small kitchen reno myself (much smaller scale mind you) my shoulders are here for your eventual tears.

That sponge alien. I. must. own.

Sherri B. said...

Now I know I have to stop at the IKEA that I drive by in Portland all of the time...Is it illegal to have 'never' been to an IKEA? xo