Fast or Pretty?
We’re starting the process of re-doing the kitchen. We’re going to resurface the cabinets, drop in a new counter and sink, get a new stove and hood, and paint the walls. We’re keeping it simple; I’m not really a fancy backsplash kind of girl.
Whenever I tell people our plan — to resurface rather than gut the kitchen and get all new cabinets — half the people nod, either saying they would take the same approach or they wish they had taken that approach when they gutted their kitchen and had to cook dinner out of a microwave for weeks. The other half cannot understand investing money into something that isn’t the kitchen of your dreams with unlimited choices in terms of style and material, and everything brand new.
But here’s the thing: the kitchen of my dreams is a simple, useable kitchen. Nothing exciting. We’re not looking for more or better storage because we like our layout and what we have now. Our cabinets just look worn, and the sink is falling apart.
The only thing on my wishlist is a bookcase to run across one of the walls where I can put copies of well-known books that people could grab and read during a meal. I love to read while I eat, and I want anyone who comes to our house to have books at their disposal in the kitchen in case they feel like reading, too.
I work from home, and the fact is that I need this done quickly because it is going to interrupt my work space. I want it done well, but I’m willing to trade unlimited choice and new for fast and neat. Again, the kitchen of my dreams is a fully functional kitchen with minimal disruption to my life. Hence why we’re going this route.
Obvious no one longs to be without a kitchen for weeks on end, but do you fall into the quickly-done-with-few-options camp or the long-time-but-ultimately-fills-your-heart’s-desire camp?
And would you want to eat in my kitchen if you knew you could grab down a good book?