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Kitchen Impossible

It’s Mother’s Day, but you don’t want to read one more thing about Mother’s Day, do you?  Either you’re not celebrating Mother’s Day and you don’t want to hear about someone else’s Mother’s Day, or you’re estranged from your mother and hate the holiday, or your mother has died and this holiday makes you ache for her, or you’re celebrating Mother’s Day and not reading this until after the fact, or, or, or… well… there are a dozen of other scenarios, but the point is that the commercial world made us sick of talking about Mother’s Day by March.

So… what more to say on the holiday?  If you’re not celebrating it, I hope you’re doing something kind for yourself today.  And if you are celebrating it, good on you.

And if you want a distraction, here it is.  The kitchen is done-ish.  It’s done in the construction sense (with the exception of one light fixture).  I like it very much.  I like the clean, white cabinets.  I like the brown countertops.  I love the drawer pulls — you guys were so spot-on that if I had gone with another design, I would have always thought about the twig ones and regretted that I didn’t splurge and go for it.  I like having a sink again.  I especially like having a sink that isn’t falling apart.

I dislike the drawer that I told the man I would dislike, and he promised me that I would love, love, love.  (Turns out, I was right.)  And I dislike how I feel as if I need to move gingerly through the kitchen lest I scuff it up in the first week.

Now comes the fun part: decorating it.  This will take me a bit because I’m behind with work.  So more pictures will be forthcoming when I have my little golden snitch hanging from the ceiling.

But the best part of the kitchen?  The little bookshelf.


It only has room for about 20 or 30 books.  Which means that books may need to be rotated.  But right now, I have a bunch of books in place that are all tied to the literary decorations (like the 7 keys that will be hidden around the kitchen for Fillory, or the Deathly Hallows above the kitchen table for Harry Potter).


The books make me smile.  I had two minutes while I was waiting for something to cook, and I grabbed down the Magician’s Nephew and reread the first few pages.  I love that.

Side note: Tomorrow is #MicroblogMonday.  Get working on your post.


1 SuzannaCatherine { 05.10.15 at 7:59 am }

The kitchen looks amazing. Love the bookshelf, too. So glad you are nearing the finishing line.

2 loribeth { 05.10.15 at 8:34 am }

I think it looks fabulous. 🙂 Love the built-in bookshelf, and LOVE the handles. 🙂 Not sure what you dislike about the drawer, but could you still change it?

3 Valery Valentina { 05.10.15 at 9:09 am }

ha ha, love the title of your post too!

4 Andy { 05.10.15 at 9:10 am }

Love it!!

5 Northern Star { 05.10.15 at 10:54 am }

Looks great Mel! Those are really cute handles!

6 Laurel Regan { 05.10.15 at 10:59 am }

Looks fantastic! Love the literary touches you’re adding – really gives a warm feeling to the space. Can’t wait to see more pics!

7 Cristy { 05.10.15 at 12:06 pm }

this looks great Mel! I wanted to ask the same question Loribeth did: can you change the drawer? Contractor should be able to help you.

8 JustHeather { 05.10.15 at 1:50 pm }

Looks amazing from this picture, can’t wait to see more when it is fully done! I love the twigs and the shelf with books!!

9 Justine { 05.10.15 at 1:52 pm }

Hooray! I am SUCH a sucker for built-in bookshelves … 🙂

10 jjiraffe { 05.10.15 at 2:12 pm }

Looks great! Love the pulls and color scheme.

That seemed fast (although I’m sure it didn’t feel like it). Must admit I’ll a little envious as we approach month 5 with no kitchen. :/

11 Lori Lavender Luz { 05.10.15 at 5:05 pm }

Oh, my. Do I love your kitchen. I’m so glad you’re going to be happy in it!

12 Mali { 05.11.15 at 12:33 am }

Love the clean look of the cupboards, and the unique drawer handles. And the little bookshelf of course! (Though I’d have it filled with recipe books.)

13 Jamie { 05.11.15 at 1:20 am }

Looks great and glad that overall you are happy with the result. Great pulls! They have an HP feel reminding me of a broomstick. 🙂

14 Jessica { 05.11.15 at 4:44 am }

Great use of a corner for installing the kitchen cabinets and set of drawers.

15 Geochick { 05.11.15 at 9:23 am }

It’s funny, at this point I’m emotionally, but not physically estranged from my mother. She bothered me a lot yesterday via texts and it marred my day. 🙁

Anyway, I stayed away from the online world…

Love the kitchen!

16 Chickenpig { 05.11.15 at 11:51 am }

I LOVE the handles and that bookshelf. I want a book shelf in my kitchen! I think mine would have cook books in it, though, although I always read while waiting for things to cook…so maybe not 🙂

Where is the drawer you hate? I also have a drawer I hate because it is in a dumb place and it just accumulates crap. My kitchen was designed by a couple of dudes, and they all seem to LOVE a drawer where they can toss crap. What on Earth am I EVER going to use these rubber bands that came off a bunch of lettuce for? And why are there ketchup packets in here?

I won’t even get into the glass shower the same dudes designed, that has no way for me to shave my legs.

17 Tiara { 05.11.15 at 1:12 pm }

Looks great! I know what you mean about not wanting to scuff it up. I had my kitchen redone this winter & am still cautious about being in it.

I envisioned a larger bookshelf…I pictured a bookcase. I love how it’s turned out!!

18 SRB { 05.11.15 at 3:51 pm }

That looks positively lovely. I could never get my spouse to agree on such delicious drawer pulls. I shall covet them henceforth.

19 Jess { 05.11.15 at 8:56 pm }

It’s BEAUTIFUL! I love the drawer pulls/handles, almost like a fairy tale element. Love it love it love it. And the little bookshelf space! Perfect. You must be so, so very relieved that it is done!

20 nonsequiturchica { 05.14.15 at 12:11 pm }

Looks great! I love the twig pulls.

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