Oooo!! Love it! That’s awesome. Did you do it yourself or hire someone? (I kind of wonder, even as I’m typing, whether an academic would ever have time to do their own remodeling…. but you never know.)
I lied about the clutter: there is a bit more than the coffee pot. Whatever: It is still approximately 3x the counter space than was available pre-dishwasher and pre-over-the-stove-microwave.
Fie – I didn’t exactly “hire” somebody. You know the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”? With the crazy Polish workers? My “renovation” was about that crazy (though there was no ass-facial.) I’d originally intended to hire professionals, but then G. was all, “Your cousin Nino has guys! It will save you a ton of money!” So I had no control over when it happened, or what exactly would be involved, and while I paid for a bunch of stuff (countertops, cabinets, stove, dishwasher, fridge), it’s also the case that my microwave kinda materialized, as did my faucet, and it’s also the case that the guys who did the work were paid in cash and the backsplash was chosen by G., even though we’d thought they wouldn’t be doing a backsplash, mainly because G called Nino given Sandy, Nino said, “keep them working! There’s no power here!” In other words: it was all kinda loosey goosey. I don’t recommend this version of remodeling for a person who has any sort of prerequisites. But in my world? Total? This business cost me around 5K. And it’s probably going to add at least that to the value of my house, if not a bit more on top of that.
Also? I can’t wait to show you the picture once I paint! It’s going to be so awesome! Huzzah!
Your dream kitchen is BEAUTIFUL, Notorious. It’s not what I personally would choose (I’m actually not a fan of all that natural wood in a kitchen…. I feel like it makes it dark instead of bright and light and such… also, even though there’s a lot of wood in my house generally (oak floors, dark walnut woodwork nearly throughout), I feel like that much wood in a kitchen makes it feel “country,” which I don’t love. (Though my exception with that is that I actually do like “French Country,” but only in a house in France, which I will never have the money to have…)
Here’s the thing: Clearly I bought the right house for me, in that it’s a Craftsman bungalow, and the whole Craftsman/Arts and Crafts thing is about being modern-ish (as opposed to actually modernist) while at the same time being homey and cozy but without the ornamentation and ostentation of, say, a Victorian. Once the painting is done on the walls in the kitchen – I’ve chosen a lovely rich apricot color – the kitchen will look “modern-ish” and yet will also go with the rest of the house. (I am SO STOKED for the painting to be done! You know, maybe the reason I resist natural wood finishes is because I love rich paint colors on walls… whereas in your lovely dream kitchen the cabinets are the point and the walls are neutral…..)