About an hour after my home was featured in Design Sponge last week something happened; I walked around my house, gave a moment of grateful thanks to live in this wonderful place, then took a deep breath and decided I wanted to change everything.
Why is that? I can’t imagine I’m alone in that, am I? I have a friend who spends huge amounts of time and money decorating her house, then, as soon as it’s done, she wants to move. Crazytown. Look, I’m not that bad. I certainly don’t want to move, but I do want change. In particular, I want to change the room that gets used the most: the kitchen.
So, let’s go in the kitchen. My cluttered, happy, well-loved kitchen. Keep in mind, this photo was taken this morning. No special styling or editing. Dishes in the sink, cat food on the floor. We are getting real y’all.
So, if yo have been following a while, I have shared what feels like seventy thousand photos of my kitchen over the years, but I have never shown the floors. Now you know why. It would one thing if they were just beige and boring linoleum, or, plain white tile. But no. I have beige and boring linoleum AND white tile. Why? No clue. I suspect this is because when I first moved in the dishwasher leaked a little. That might have caused the floor to peel up, and instead of fixing the leak they patched the floor. Because that totally makes sense, right? (Read: sarcasm). I want a single surface. One or the other. Or something new altogether. The almighty authority called The Interwebs tells me I can lay down vinyl tiles on top of everything in an afternoon. Has anyone actually done this? Do you have experience or advice to share? I’m all ears. I have zero interest in investing time/effort/money into hardwood or anything quality. I just want a functional floor that is easy to clean and that creates a single flat surface across the room. The existing tile/ridge situation divides the room in a way that makes me want to keep things as open as possible, which has thus far prevented me from getting what I always, always, always wanted: a kitchen table.
As much as I love having that yellow rocking chair in the room (and was just talking about the virtues of a comfortable chair in the kitchen!) I desperately want another flat surface in the house. Like a table. I need a table. Any given day of the week, I have 3-4 projects going on, and my dining table isn’t cutting it. I love the idea of having an old wooden farmhouse type of table in the center of the kitchen where I can eat lunch, or sit and paint in the morning, or take photos in the afternoon. It’s going to be a challenge to find one large enough to be worth the trouble, but narrow enough to not swallow the space. But I’ll find one. I have decided it. Lia Griffith is always taking the most fantastic tutorial photos on these textural wooden backgrounds and every time I see one, I always think WHY DON’T I HAVE A WOODEN TABLE? And then I’m like, I DON’T KNOW. YOU ARE A BIG GIRL. HURRY UP AND BUY A TABLE ALREADY.
So now I’m just talking to myself.
Let’s look at this other corner of doom that you never see on the blog.
Okay, usually that black and white curtain is pulled closed. But why bother toady? Let’s get in and dig up the dirt Dr. Phil style. And by “dirt”, I mean plastic laundry baskets with small appliances and cookbooks. Because I’m classy like that. And, obviously, this little under hutch situation is a huge waste of space. I think it’s intended as a breakfast bar where you put stools and stuff underneath. Good idea, but the thing is, the counter is actually cut on a diagonal and is less than 11″ wide towards the left end. Enjoying breakfast on 11″ of flat surface against a flat wall isn’t exactly the way I want to eat my eggs. I contemplated putting up doors or tearing off the counter, but neither one of those is a viable option (long story). Three years later, the curtain remains and the pile of stuff continues to grow. Not good.
Good news: Dale suggested I leave the counter situation as-is and install some diagonal cut shelves underneath. I’m having a hard time visualizing, but he also offered to do the installation, so I’m enthusiastically all in. And as long as this corner is getting overhauled, I think I’m going to take out that single wall shelf I put in and replace it with three smaller stacked shelves. I can do those on my own, but the under shelves are the big deal as I cannot cut wood to save my life. I hate saws. I’d like to think I’m pretty handy with power tools, but there is something about electric saws that I cannot handle. It’s usually easy enough to get around by getting the folks at Home Depot to do it for me, but they only do straight cuts. No diagonals. All the more reason to be thankful for Dale’s intervention. Thanks Dale!
Anyway. None of this is going on for a while, but this winter has me itching for change. Part of me wants to just overhaul the whole thing nice and white and clean, but the reality of the way I live and the things I love…yeah. No. Nice and white will never be me. I just want something comfortable and interesting and with room for growth!
Welp. First up is the flooring front. I’ll keep you posted, but if anyone has any idea on first-time vinyl floor installation, holler.