Some friends stayed over Saturday night. They're in the process of moving back to Kamloops and will be house hunting for the next week. While they are looking forward to retiring here, they are not looking forward to the time and energy it takes to make a new home your own. It does take time but after the initial rush it is - thankfully - a evolutionary process. We've lived here two and a half years now and have done a fair amount of work to make it ours. I'm glad it's the kitchen's turn.
When we first bought this place, the kitchen had fixed and open shelving in the corner above the sink. I couldn't even reach to get something off the second shelf never mind to dust it so we...
... replaced it with two new cabinets with glass doors. We have our dishes in those cabinets with nothing on the top shelf and it works quite well especially as the dishwasher is just to the left.
There wasn't a lot of counter space in the original layout. I wanted a bigger working area and more drawers. After pricing out different options from an island, I purchased this one from Ikea. It works great.
Right from the start there were two things I hated about the kitchen - two not me things - the brown tile and the white sink... which I thought was porcelain... and was really cast iron... as in three men and we could have used a fourth were needed to get it out of the kitchen and into the car cast iron heavy. My new sink is a thing of beauty. The hole from the previous sink was big and irregular. It didn't fit the first option we bought so I went back to the store to find the biggest one. Luckily, it was also the one I really liked and - unfortunately - a lot more expensive which is why we hadn't bought it first. The tubs are 9" deep and there's a spot for the soap dispenser which I've never had before. I think it will be great.
Here the kitchen is with the first coat of primer. YES YES - the brown is gone. I'll put another coat of primer on this morning and then start with the paint colors. It's going to be a process - weeks - because the paint needs to cure at each stage. LOL - I can be patient. I think the primer is a 100% better already especially as....
... we also got rid of the other thing that drove me crazy - the microwave shelf. I prefer an over the stove microwave rather than a sitting on a shelf and jutting out in your face one. Yesterday afternoon, after this picture was taken, Howard cut the shelf off flush with the cabinetry. Once it's painted, I'll add another shelf inside and decide what to store there. Not cook books. Probably glass jars of some kind.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - no brown
Remember color is not just color, but mood, temperature, and structure.
- van day truex