After a year of talking about new kitchen “what if’s,” it feels like we are getting a little closer to taking the leap. Not as in grabbing the sledgehammer, but as in together, as a couple, laying the groundwork.
Met with a contractor yesterday. Which we’d sort of done before, but one was too much money and didn’t seem to understand what we wanted and another fell short of expectations on smaller projects he did for us so…yeah, I don’t count those. Plus, Fri. marked 1 year since we closed on the house. So realistically, we hadn’t spent enough time using it to fully appreciate the ebb and flow of how we use the space.
At a glance, it doesn’t look too bad (despite some clutter)…
But if you look closer, you may notice that only one person can really fit in the work area. And that if the stove is open, that pretty much drops to zero. Open the DW, and you lose access to cabinets. Open fridge door=closed entryway…etc, etc. A coat of white paint and granite counters by the previous owners dress it up a bit, but you can’t quite take it out. So now I spend my spare time pinning pics like this and dreaming…
…of opening up to the living room and being able to BREATHE in the space we spend so much time in. Anyway, the contractor seems very knowledgeable, but feel like he may lean towards top of the line (ie, expensive) and not be open to looking for budget-friendly alternatives. Like, he all the sudden is talking about adding 6 can lights and scrapping all the existing floor— there are 2 types, we need to transition it to one, but they are both new, why start from scratch??
So today we spent some quality time at Ikea, where my husband realized he doesn’t hate their cabinets after all. Cuz, you know, my saying they had some cool stuff carried no weight. Played around with their design software and got to talk to a consultant, who asked some questions that made us realize we have some homework to do. Which is ok, because now we can start on it.
At any rate, this weekend felt like a step forward. No matter that there’s like a million more to go. Just heard at a conference, liked it: ”To move forward, you have to start where you are.” So there you go.