You’ve done it yourself. I know you have. You’ve taken a look at your home and decided you needed to update it or change it in some way. You started by dreaming big. Really big. You think about getting a contractor and tearing down a wall or two, putting in heated tile floors in the bathroom and a jacuzzi, the Viking stove in the kitchen, even though you don’t have gas (how much could it cost to have gas lines installed. Is that even possible?). And then you start estimating the cost. You look in your piggy bank, and your dreams shrink. It’s like you want the Mercedes CLS 550, but you buy the Hyundai Sonata.
For us, it is our kitchen. We had a huge kitchen when we lived in San Antonio, and I had one of those gourmet, stainless steel, 46-inch dual fuel stoves with side-by-side double ovens. Now I have a little galley kitchen and we don’t have gas. We started dreaming how we could turn this into as close to a dream kitchen as we could, working with its limited size. Our plans included knocking out one portion of a wall, reconfiguring one of the counters, which would have necessitated also knocking out the fireplace in the family room and replacing it with a wall so we could move the couch to another wall, tearing out the cabinets and replacing them with new ones, one of those beautiful farmhouse sinks, granite countertops, new dishwasher and new stove. For starters.
Last weekend we began by pulling off the dated wallpaper and scrubbing the walls down to remove the wallpaper paste. During the week, my husband taped and floated and put layers upon layers of spackle on the walls. This past weekend we sanded, put primer on the walls, and finally painted the walls with a soft yellow. It has been exhausting, but already the kitchen looks so much better.
I think we’re done.