Monday, April 13, 2015

K is for Kitchen

This post is part of the annual A to Z Blogging Challenge, and whoopee, we're on our eleventh day! It's K-day. Do me a favor, please. If you haven't checked out the A to Z Challenge website, and the other participants, go to You'll learn more about the challenge and its founder.

Now, to continue with my posts on home renovation: I didn't want
new kitchen cabinets. I just wanted mine painted. I had huge drawers that I could cram a lot of things inside; they were very convenient. Didn't take them long to demolish my kitchen! Here you see the beginning, the middle and the end, just like in a (horror) novel.

Yes, Mr. Contractor shamed us. "It will be terrible to do all this updating and keep your old kitchen cabinets." He had a point so we agreed, but for some reason I thought my new cabinets would look exactly like my old cabinets--only better. After all, he didn't ask my opinion or inquire about my needs. There again, my naivete. I should have TOLD him exactly what I wanted.

What you don't see is my wonderful kitchen drawers. See inside the cabinet? Not even a shelf to place my pots and pans on.  I just toss them inside and stand on my head to dig them out.

Also, look at the handles on my cabinet drawers. See two missing? I tried to make them uniform because that corner drawer can't open because of the handle on the opposite drawer. Ridiculous, right? You'd think contractors, cabinet builders would know "their numbers" and how to measure. Believe me, they don't! 

See how pretty my lights look beneath my cabinets. Of course, I asked my little contractor how I "change the bulbs" when they burn out. Know what he said? "Uhhhh, you can't change the bulbs... in fact, you shouldn't use them that much, just when you have company."  Here's what those lights really look like ... they're pretend!

Life has been interesting during this renovation. I don't advise anyone to go through it, but if you do, at least be prepared. Walk through each room and know EXACTLY what you want. Don't assume you're going to get it just because you say you want it, and don't assume your contractor knows basic arithmetic.  Be smart--take nothing for granted.

See you tomorrow?


Charles Gramlich said...

Wow. just pretend lights. Amazing

emilia.m said...

makes me wonder - do I really want that kitchen reno...?

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Yep, Charles, pretend lights.

emilia.m - just know what you want and make sure you keep and eye on everything they do. If they do it wrong, make them change it! :) I wish I had.