With the shelves and counters cleared (mostly cleared anyway), and the faux tin ceiling up, the kitchen is starting to take shape.
New appliances are coming. Soon, I’ll have to start ripping up the floor to make way for the backerboard and tile I’ll put down. On Saturday, Lawrence will put up a new ceiling medallion, a new light fixture, and the egg and dart molding.
We aren’t changing the countertops. This is a sore spot with me, but they’re still in very good shape, they’re neutral and they’ll do. And the cabinets … oh, the cabinets! How the mother and I have waffled over those for months. I want them light. She wants them dark. We’ve bought stain to make them dark.
Once again, the mother and I are changing course.
It’s partly my own fault. Me and my big mouth. And the rest of the blame gets squarely placed onto DIY Network and its Kitchen Renovations show. Thanks to them – and my big mouth –I’ve managed to possibly talk my way into another project. (There just aren’t enough of them going on at the moment!)
But there I was as the people on TV were putting up the very same ceiling I was only theirs was white. And when they got to the cabinets in the kitchen, I nearly died. Whitish finish with beadboard inserts. The mother saw it, too, and I think she finally had to concede that I’d been right: not white, not off white, but the tea-stained look of the canvas color that’s in the kitchen wallpaper!
Ohhhhh, it looked so nice. The look we exchanged spelled trouble.
Now we’re trying to figure out if we can remove the inserts in our cabinets and replace them with beadboard. It’s not like I’m lacking any; I’ve got plenty. And it would mean buying more paint. But, while it would no doubt mean a hell of a lot of work, it would make me happy. It’s what I saw in my head all along. (Write this down because I never “see” anything unless it’s parked directly in front of me. I must've had a temporary burst of the mother's "vision.")
I’m not adventurous enough to try to take apart one of the doors. I’ll wait ‘til Saturday and ask Lawrence. Meanwhile, I'm also exploring various options of what it might cost to just replace the doors altogether.