Anatomy of a Kitchen








This is my kitchen. Nope, yon eyes doth not deceive ye, it is, in fact, battleship gray. Believe it or not, it was actually worse when we moved in. It had window treatments that were black with fuschia polka dots. We took those down before we moved in even a stick of furniture. That’s when we discovered that the previous owner had painted over black and white polka dot wallpaper. No, I’m not making this up. I’m not that creative. The house was on the market for a year, and I guess she was trying to neutralize it. The kitchen apparently hasn’t been touched in any significant way since it was built in 1969. We’re going to have to replace all the appliances. Could someone explain to me why the double oven won’t hold one of my cookie sheets? The kitchen is 25-feet long, it’s not like they lacked space. The refrigerator is so bad that the first time I opened it, I almost went out immediately to buy a new one. It will be our first new appliance. The dishwasher is ancient as well. We also want to take down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and possibly the wall between the kitchen and the den. But seeing as how we don’t have an idle $30k just lying about, right now we’re just going to freshen it up a bit so I don’t have to work on a Navy ship every morning. 

So I’ve picked out a pretty cornsilk yellow paint color for the walls, the vinyl swatch is going on the floor. (The current vinyl is at least 20 years old and doesn’t look clean no matter what I do. Since I hate mopping anyway, I’d prefer to have a floor that at least looks clean.) We’re going to paint the upper cabinets white, and the lower cabinets the same blue as that cabinet you see in the picture. I suppose it’ll look vaguely Provençal, but I swear, we won’t overdo. My kitchen will NOT look like a Vera Bradley bag, but then again,  pretty much anything is better than what we have right now. I’ve got two books due before April, so I probably won’t get to it before then, but it’s all I can do to restrain myself from going into a painting frenzy. Battleship gray? Damn.  


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