The kitchen is, without a doubt, the place where I spend the most time during the day. To be accurate, our entire family tends to congregate there, despite it being the smallest room on the first floor. There is an eat-in counter, but only one stool (we are saving for ones we love rather than buying more cheap ones that fall apart). There is a giant window that looks out into our back yard so I can see the boys playing while I chop veggies and prepare meals. There are things I love about our kitchen, but mostly it is outdated and strange.
For the past 3 years, Andrew and I have discussed renovating it. And then we realized the renovations we would want to make would be astronomical in expense, and we may as well move if we are going to go down that road.
So, no renovations.
But, as I perused my “Kitchen” board on Pinterest, I started noticing a theme. Simple. White. Wood elements (I would kill for hardwood floors). Subway tiles (maybe). Open shelving. And I decided that there are a few things we can do that don’t cost a lot of money that I feel will make a drastic difference in the space.
The first, most obvious thing, is paint. We have plenty of windows and natural light in our kitchen, but the medium-finish on the cabinets makes it almost cave-like at certain times of the day… especially in the winter. And let’s face it, the Swedes are onto something with their white walls: I’m figuring that because they must live with so many hours of darkness for part of the year, the white helps tremendously.
And so, with a huge bucket of primer, I have been painting. Every day during Emil’s 2-hour-long nap, I set Milo and Oliver up with an activity (one I will share with you this Thursday) and get to work. As soon as they are in bed for the night, I am back at it, listening to podcasts of This American Life and various music (thanks, Mary) as loud as I dare. It feels really, really good to finally do something to this space that I inhabit so often.
The downside? Everything, I mean everything, is in disarray right now. There are drawers on the dining room table drying, cabinet doors on our back deck and scattered throughout the kitchen, propped up haphazardly against walls, the contents of our cabinets are in the basement or spread out over every available counter space. It’s a wreck. But once it is complete, I think it’s going to look amazing.
P.s.- I will keep you updated on the progress of the kitchen as it comes along. The above paint is just primer. We decided on Martha Stewart’s “Pure White” after trying several different shades and brightness, and I will show you a picture of that once it’s in.
P.p.s.- Do you know how crazy-making it is to try to choose a white? Too bright, too dull, too bluish, too creamy, too stark… aaaaaaaahhhhh!