There is much to say about the kitchen, and so much I would love to do. But it’s honestly the last thing on my list because to make it nice, we need resources, and it’s currently functional, so that’s not where our resources are going.
I did, however, get caught up in the fantasy of HGTV falling in love with our project and lending a hand.
HGTV: they have a page on their site that lists their present calls for submissions. The most common thread is that you must live in L.A., San Francisco, or a metro in New England. That’s where their studios are, and even though they have a few traveling shows, it makes perfect (financial) sense that they don’t commute. I thought we might have a slim chance though, being somewhat near S.F., (even though a 5 hour drive will take you across states in other parts of the country).
One of their calls for submissions was called, The Worst Room in Your Hometown. So a couple months ago, I wrote:
We bought this late Victorian house in October 2011, and moved in mid-November. It was dirty, neglected, and in pretty bad shape all around. We cleaned graffiti, fixed holes in the walls, remedied a flea infestation, and disposed of truck loads and a dumpster full of trash. It’s looking pretty good lately.
[Redacted: some personal information that my 5 readers already know] We have three boys – ages 12, 8, and 3, and we are expecting a baby in September. We have a puppy and four cats, and various other small pets. [More stuff redacted] Our kids play local Little League baseball, ride their bikes around town, and really enjoy this small rural town.
The worst room in our house — and on the block, and in our town? The kitchen/dining room. It was remodeled in the late 70s, and though it was probably awesome in its time, it clashes with the style and history of the house. What do I hate about it? It has cheap cabinets that are falling apart, vinyl faux-stone floors, and black “marble” laminate counters. There isn’t nearly enough cabinet space, and seemingly wasted space under a counter bar that we never use. There is a big black fridge that blocks one of the small aluminum windows, and there is no dishwasher or good pantry storage. There is a beautiful 1940s Wedgewood stove, but the side of the stove is up against a wall, and has no working hood. And finally, the lighting fixtures in the kitchen and dining room are junky. I hate it!
Kitchens are my favorite places in any house. We all love to cook (the kids too!), and I only wish our kitchen was not so garish and clunky so we could love spending time in there. I am confident that there is a better way to use the space in our kitchen, and with some tasteful and classy appliances, counters, flooring and decoration, it could be a complementary room in our house, rather than an eyesore.
You can read about some of the work we’ve done on the house in our blog at https://thisoldoldhouse.wordpress.com. I’ve attached a couple snapshots, but you can find more pictures on the blog.
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