18 May 2008

Kitchen kaboodle

When we first started renovating our Bibb City crack house, in 2003, Jenn and I went sans kitchen for months. We'd decided to lay down a brick tile floor, in homage to the Bibb Mill, up the street. And that proved time-consuming. Then we had to have custom cabinets built. Still wanted to fit in an old, antique sink, too, so that was an uber-special job.

So we ate a lot of microwave dinners reheated on top of the makeshift kitchen counter (a.k.a., appliance boxes). And when we finally got something that resembled a kitchen, we were satisfied for a long time while we worked on other, more pressing projects. Still, we were frustrated that the room just wasn't more comfortable...

Last week, my wife spent one of her precious few weeks out of school repainting all the cabinets, crown molding and trim in the room. And she crafted out a plan to make a living space in the 15-foot-square room. We finished the last detail work yesterday.

She planned to surprise me with the love seat, but she broke down and told me the plan before she bought it. (A crafty way of securing my help in moving it into the room, I thought.) Anyway, the place looks phenomenal now, and I can take no credit, except for painting the cabinet on which we store the microwave. Thanks, Jenn.

We had breakfast and listened to the new Old 97's record there this morning. (It's good. A little laid back, but lemme give 'er a few more spins before grading it.)

5 comments:

Maggie&Bandit said...

We like! But does Seamus bump his head on the table when he runs to his food bowl? We're concerned.

amanda said...

did you buy the love seat secondhand?

Brad said...

Good call on the possible Pact violation. We decided early on that The Pact didn't apply to home improvements, of which the house is still in need of plenty. But you're right: calling a loveseat "home improvement" is a gray area, to be sure.

We bought it new, from a clearance outlet store, which is also a gray area. The idea behind The Pact was not to encourage production of *things*. And buying a closeout item doesn't really do that, although I'm sure the purchase ends up in someone's market study.

Not trying to rationalize. The better thing to do would've been to find one secondhand. But it wouldn't have been terribly practical in this case. Gaping hole in the kitchen for months...

MPK said...

Yippeeeee! I can't wait to see it in person...now I just *must* go to Columbus sooner rather than later.

Want to come to Philly and redecorate our kitchen?!

Brad Barnes said...

No.