For whatever reason, though, let’s say I don’t get an offer that I’m willing to accept. That’s OK – it simply means I’ll have to do my next house project here instead of in a new (old) place. It is, however, a big one: the kitchen.
I’ve done some work on the kitchen as you see it in the picture above. When I bought this place, those cabinets were painted a nasty brown color…or perhaps that was just the dirt. Or a combination of both. Plus, they featured spectacularly ugly (and spectacularly grimy) hinges and pulls. The walls were dishwater beige (as was almost every wall in the house, as well as the fireplace), and there was a large hole in the plaster ceiling.
I sanded the cabinets, drawers and doors and painted them white (obviously), and bought and installed new brushed nickel hardware. (I recall being shocked by how expensive stock hinges and pulls were; this is before I started woodworking and developed a yearning for hand-forged hardware. Stock hardware now seems perfectly reasonable.) And, I painted the walls orange. About two weeks later, I painted them yellow. And I fixed and painted the ceiling.
It looks good and works well. I like the contrast of the bright walls and crisp cabinets, and I pretty much have the “triangle” I always hear about on kitchen makeover shows. But it seems to me there’s some underutilized space – if one’s budget stretches to custom-made cabinetry that takes advantage of 10′ ceilings (and an accompanying library ladder to reach it).
Well, my budget (really, my common sense) doesn’t stretch far enough to have someone build a bespoke kitchen in this neighborhood. But my skills do, so if that someone is me, it becomes (slightly) more viable – but only if I’m willing to live with a kitchen in disarray for a long time (and disarray is a somewhat common state for my house, so…). Here are my plans of what I (might) build if I stay here (you can click on them to make them larger, if you like).
The cabinets would be paint-grade plywood with hardwood face frames and drawer and door fronts. The floor would (probably) be reclaimed pine to match the first floor in the living room and dining room. The countertops would be oiled soapstone, and I’d have an apron-front sink (which I’ve not drawn in here). I’d keep the same appliances; no need for extravagance.
And conveniently, if I do end up executing this plan, the shop will be right next door in the room formerly known as the dining room.