Do you ever ask a question and you know the answer you want but you want someone else to validate your thoughts? Well… True confession… I totally wanted you all to say “Move those cabinets!” (And I totally wanted you to say it in your best game show voice). Thankfully, most of you agreed. Convincing my husband was more challenging. It was not quite nagging him but it was enough talking about it that the message was clear that this is what I wanted to do and like a good husband, he finally agreed. I’m not sure he really thought I’d do it but he agreed nonetheless.
So Monday morning, I started my day with a lot of coffee and began the task of emptying the cabinets. It was horrifying. My table was covered. My counters were covered. I hadn’t realized how MUCH was stored in those cabinets.
I began to waiver. I began to lose my nerve. I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew. What got me through, you ask? Good old stubbornness. I did NOT want to tell Andy I was wrong. Admitting you’re wrong is so hard!
I rolled up my sleeves and started removing the wall cabinets. I got one cabinet all unscrewed and I was so excited for it to come down. It didn’t. Turns out 45 years together and a coat of paint made those cabinets bonded like Romeo & Juliet. I needed muscle. As luck would have it, my awesome cousin, Jon happened to stop by. Other than the horrifying state of my kitchen, it was perfect timing. Was it perfect for him? Well, he didn’t complain. Like I said, he’s awesome. We worked to remove a few more screws and before you know it, those wall cabinets were down and with no room in the kitchen, we put them in the middle of my living room. What? You don’t have cabinets as coffee tables?
At any rate, it was time to swap a base cabinet and the fridge. Easy peasy. I finally got those wall cabinets apart and stacked one on top of a base cabinet so it felt similar to the utility cabinet I want to put there. At that point, I knew I was going in the right direction. Andy came home from work and approved which was so satisfying! We moved both base cabinets and the counter to see how it could really feel.
I think we are on to something here!
This one little space makes me happy. It’s indicative of where I want to go with this kitchen renewal.
Stay tuned! We still have a lot of work to do: moving wall cabinets, getting a utility cabinet, painting walls and repainting cabinets and who knows what else. The appliances come tomorrow!! So exciting!! Thank you so much for being here!
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