The Kitchen

I thought about cleaning up before taking this picture, but there are always sippy cups in the sink and bowls on the counter. It's realistic.

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.  I make meals, get snacks, get drinks, and clean dishes pretty much all day long.  With three growing girls, I guess that’s to be expected.  Here’s the thing though.  I don’t like my kitchen.  It’s smallish, and not well laid out. It’s hard to chop vegetables and I have very limited counter space.

Also, it’s kind of ugly.  On the surface, it looks kind of cute. When we were looking at houses, I loved the blue color and the clean white cupboards and counters, but when you use it, that changes.  There are dings out of the drawers and cupboards, the floor pops up in places, the refrigerator is too small and is in a little cubby so we can’t get a bigger one. The fume hood doesn’t work, and it’s hard to see the back burners without banging my head on it.

My cooking cave

 

I have wanted a bigger, more functional kitchen for almost the entire six years we’ve lived here.  But there’s a problem with that. It would require a major remodel. That is both expensive and unrealistic at this point.  So, I had resigned myself to my small kitchen and too small refrigerator.  We had decided to get new floors, and I planned to repaint, but that was where it ended.

Then, about three weeks ago, we were in Home Depot getting stuff for our still unfinished backyard, and I had to take Ella to the potty, all the way across the entire store. (I believe it’s about a mile walk.) On the way back, we were stopped by a salesperson asking if we had ever thought about redoing our kitchen.  Why yes, all the time.  So I followed her.

She told me about their design service special where a designer comes out and discusses resurfacing.  Basically, you get new counters, a new sink, new drawers and cupboard doors, and they put a laminate over the existing cupboard frames to give the kitchen a face lift.  The design was free.  You choose your counter and cupboards and they gave you a firm estimate before they leave which is good for five years.  I thought it sounded pretty good.  Nothing to lose, so I made an appointment.  Also, she told me Ella was gorgeous and I was stunning, which helped her cause.

So the guy came out to do the design and not only could they do the resurfacing, but they could do some minor improvements, like adding shelves to a pantry and reconfiguring my cooking area so I have more counter space and more room for a larger refrigerator.  So we decided to just do it. (And by that I mean I batted my lashes at my husband and smiled cute, so he agreed.)

Of course, this remodel portion requires a new, smaller cooktop (it will still be 4 burners, just 30 inches instead of 36), a new oven to go under the cooktop and we’ll get rid of the double oven.  Honestly, I’ve used the second over maybe a dozen times in six years.  I think I’ll survive.

And, the best part, a new, larger refrigerator!  Wahoo!  We’re getting one with the freezer on the bottom, so I’m hoping it will keep Penny and Ella out of the fridge because they aren’t tall enough to reach it.

They came out to measure last week and it should be about 3-4 weeks before they do the installation, which should only take 5 days.  We may be without a counter for up to 10 more, because they can’t make the templates until the remodel part is over.  Then I will have these cabinets and counter:

aren't they pretty?

The cabinets are laminate, so they should wear well.  The counter will be a solid piece, not tiles. It’s made of recycled porcelain and mirrors, so it’s eco-friendly.

I’ve always wanted a yellow kitchen, so I’ve already decided on the colors and will do that as soon as they’re finished.  We will also need to install a decorative backsplash behind the stove.  Sean and I are going to try to do it ourselves on that one.  I watched a You Tube video on it, I think we can do it.  Then the floors are next.

We’re also getting French doors into the backyard instead of the gigantic, heavy sliding glass doors we have now.  I think that will happen around the same time the kitchen gets done.  It will be like a whole new house!  I can’t wait! There will be more pictures as it goes along.


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  1. Kristin
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    says:

    Oooh! I fully support a new fridge with a freezer on the bottom, that design is all kinds of genius. However be prepared for non-stop popsicle demands and a range of odd freezer crafts, like flowers frozen in plastic bowls of water.
    And totally lose the 2 ovens, that’s just silly excess. Unless you plan to become a professional baker or something.

    Can’t wait to see it finished!
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    • Jessica Anne says:

      The two ovens is really just excess. I thought, ooh, two ovens! When we moved in, but mostly, not so much. I can’t wait to see it too!

  2. Aliu says:

    How exciting! That’s going to look really nice and be more functional for you. We have similar issues with our too small kitchen with no easy way to expand. We’ll have to look into the evaluation with Home Depot.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      I was really surprised when the designer said they could do that. When I signed up, they were very clear it wasn’t a remodel, only refacing, but I guess it was minor enough to do. Definitely worth looking into. I’ve been really pleased with their service so far.