Tuesday, January 29, 2019

New Year, New Kitchen

Photo by Gayle Martin
Sometimes you have to hit the restart button, as was the case with my kitchen. My house was built in 1965, and I purchased it in 2008. For the most part it was a lovely home, and I certainly got a good deal, but it had one ugly kitchen. Somewhere along the way someone had laminated melamine onto the cabinetry, ruining the original wood surface underneath, which had been beautiful. Why someone would do that is beyond me, but melamine was all the rage in the 1980s and 90s, and perhaps they thought they were modernizing it. Melamine however doesn't age well, and it had turned dull and dingy. It also had tile countertops. Tile countertops look great when they're now, but they don't age well either, nor are they the safest surface for food preparation. No matter how hard I scrubbed, I could never get the grout clean.  

Photo by Gayle Martin
Over the past ten years I've done a fair amount of updating, including replacing all the major kitchen appliances, but I still had ugly cabinetry and countertops. That is until this past January. I saved up my money and had it ripped out to the bare walls. The tile flooring also had to be replaced as it actually wasn't actually a floor tile, and it was extremely slippery when wet. Let's just say that whoever remodeled this kitchen before did it cheap, and they got exactly what the paid for.

So, after three intense weeks of having my dishes, cookware and appliances all piled up in my dining room, and dealing with dust, table saws and power tools, it's gone from being the ugliest room in the house to the prettiest. I'm still waiting on a new window blind, and then it will be officially finished.

GM

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