Last month I agreed to host my September book club, which was just the kick in the pants we needed to get our kitchen fully functioning once again. It’s not done (not even close!), but it’s functional. Yippee!
We had a long list of things to do to make the kitchen both more functional and less dangerous to the unwary guest, most of which we accomplished. A couple of big steps were getting the rest of our appliances installed. When M was out of town, I surprised him by hiring out installation of our 48” vent hood. A few hundred bucks was well worth avoiding standing on a two story ladder or hoisting a super heavy vent over my head all the while trying to keep two kiddos out from under our legs. No one wants to hear the swearing that likely would have accompanied that task. But the pros I hired had it done in a day and it’s perfect.
In return, M came back to town and installed our dishwasher and hooked up our sink, which is a dream I tell you. No more dishes in the bathtub, no more paper plates, no more asking myself whether quenching my thirst is really worth having to hand wash yet another glass.
I also finished constructing all of our drawers and moved into them. Seriously, they will never look this organized again.
Moving into our drawers and cabinets meant we could finally get rid of our temporary kitchen, which was spread all out in the living room, dining room, and breakfast nook. Here’s a look at how things were during the kitchen reno and how we got all the old cabinets emptied and cleared out of the house. Goodbye particle board – I hope never to make your acquaintance again.
Once we got through those basic tasks, I had the girls over for our book club dinner last week. It was pretty awesome to see how our new, open layout really made for a much better entertaining area. All the months of dust, dirt, sweat, decisions, and general agitation at living in a construction zone were all totally worth it. It is so great to have more counter space to prep meals, an island for apps, and dessert. Let’s just say, the night did not suck.
We’ve still got a bunch to do to finish the kitchen (lights, backsplash, floating shelf, custom cabinets, deciding on hardware, trim work, etc.), not to mention the rest of the house, but it feels freaking good to have our kitchen up and running again. I just can’t stop cooking in there…