No, I’m way too ADHD and Type 1, and sticking with ONE THING until it’s done is so incredibly boring when you can just flit on over to Sherwin-Williams all tra-la-la and pick out a NEW paint color for some other room…
My best friend (and college roommate) knows this about me on account of how I was this exact same way in college, and at each house I’ve worked on, she comes to visit and reprimands me: OH MY GOSH YOU NEED TO FINISH ONE ROOM BEFORE YOU START ANOTHER. JUST GET ONE ROOM FINISHED. THEN MOVE TO THE NEXT ONE! After 20+ years of our friendship in which I’ve learned that she’s almost always right, I SEE IT. I’m frustrated and overwhelmed with a house where NOT. ONE. ROOM. is done, and I can’t live like this anymore. It makes me give up all hope, curl up under the dining room table and suck my thumb because I don’t even know what to do next but ALL I KNOW IS THERE’S SOMETHING HIDEOUS ABOUT EVERY ROOM IN THIS HOUSE and Feng Shui is real, y’all.
And not only that, but we’re ready to move on. We’ve languished around in this house that was supposed to be a ‘slow flip’ sort of situation, for too long, and we’re ready to move on to the next adventure.
So with new-found conviction, I decided to start on one end of the house, which happens to be the kitchen, and work my way around from room to room in a congruent, well-organized fashion that would make my roomie proud.
Here’s what we have so far…
These cabinets from Ikea. I have to admit I shunned these at first, because I’m a total snob about mass-produced cabinets. I had custom cabinets built for my last house here, and I was pretty sure that was THE ONLY way to go. But I was wrong. I love these cabinets! The drawers slide so easily, they’re durable, adjustable, and so easy to clean. They were a great choice, and I’d recommend Ikea cabinets in a heartbeat.
And of course wisdom told me that we should design our kitchen to fit the house and the neighborhood. My last house NEEDED custom cabinets, granite counters, a farmhouse sink and a pot filler over the stove to fit in with bigger, fancier neighbors. With this house being among the biggest in this neighborhood, we definitely don’t want to overspend because we’d have trouble getting our investment back when we sell.
This backsplash. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t love this. I like the idea of it, but the reality is… it’s dark. Our kitchen is small with one window, and we don’t need dark. So first on my to-do list is to paint this. I’m thinking white, slightly distressed. What do you think?
These countertops. They definitely fall in the category of “things I don’t love but I can live with.” But they’re fine. See my earlier comment about “fitting in with the neighborhood.”
These built-in shelves flanking the windows. I don’t love these at all; the screws showing, the angled edge… they don’t have a ‘vintage farmhouse’ vibe, which is what I’m after. But they’re staying. Whatever, man. This isn’t my forever house.
This crown molding. We found this in the garage and used it because, FREE. It needs to be caulked and painted, so that’s on the to-do list. And I forgot to show the window, of which a tiny sliver shows here, but WINDOW TREATMENTS are on the list. I’m thinking these bamboo shades from KMart. Or maybe some cafe curtains made from a vintage tablecloth (these are cute). You just never know.
This floor. It’s the bane of my existence. I like brick floors, but this one can never look clean. Brick is porous, and these have absorbed 40 years of dirt, and no matter what I do, they ALWAYS LOOK DIRTY. And I clean them often with my Bissell carpet shampooer, and every time, straight up mud pours out. So doing something about this floor is on my priority list. The options are: 1) cover them with wood (probably not, because expense), 2) paint/maybe whitewash them? (See my Pinterest inspiration here), or 3) rent one of those industrial floor cleaner thingies they use in hospitals and try to get them really clean, then SEAL them, for the love, so no more dirt can soak in. What would YOU do?
White appliances. And just whatever about it. I’ve had stainless appliances before here, but these were in the house when we bought it, and 1) these were free and 2) dark kitchen 3) they work. Meh. They’re staying. This is not my forever house.
….even though they don’t match my stainless refrigerator. She came with me from my last house, so we’re working with what we have.
But back to the kitchen project. Finishing the crown molding, on the list. And also cleaning the fingerprints off the refrigerator, apparently.
For some reason, my pictures of THE ABSOLUTE WORST part of this whole kitchen, the light fixtures, will not load. And I’m so very sorry about that, because they’re quite breathtaking.
Which, according to Seinfeld, is the word you use in lieu of what you really want to say.
Above the sink, there’s a retro 1960s copper number that would fit right in in Megan Draper’s kitchen, and I can barely even talk about what’s in the ceiling in the center of the kitchen because THE HORROR, but let’s just say that a person who lived here went to Home Depot and came back with something practical. Yes. He did. I know.
In his defense, he thought it was better than the original recessed square fixture that was cut into the ceiling similar to what you’d see in a surgical suite, but I’m sure you can understand that this was the day I questioned whether I could continue remodeling houses with this person or whether I even KNEW this person. They say marriages hit rocky patches over the little things.
The good news is, with perseverance and lots of prayer you CAN stick it out and weather the hard times.
I also learned that I will be the one to pick the light fixtures from here on out. And it will be something like this one from Rejuvenation.
And I’m also fond of this look from Schoolhouse Electric for over the sink.
So there you have it… it’s out there, so now I have to be accountable to finish this list before I do ANYTHING ELSE to my house:
- paint backsplash.
- finish crown molding/caulk/paint.
- replace two light fixtures.
- deal with the brick floor.
- some sort of window treatment.
So somebody check in with me in a couple of weeks and make sure I’ve done it. If not? Go ahead and kick me off Pinterest forever…