Monday, August 1, 2011

A Remodel Remuddle

This past Friday, TheManTheMyth and I headed over to a certain appliance center that was having a Big Sale and looked at, well, appliances.  We've been discussing (remember that word) a much-needed kitchen remodel and in the last 3 weeks that he's been between jobs, he even designed the new kitchen and laundry.

Everyone knows our kitchen is in desperate need of SOMETHING.  It went from this:
to this:
 to this:
Loverly, isn't it?  The fridge was moved from the main kitchen into the laundry room/pantry, which was originally just a service porch that held a massive cast-iron sink which is where my Grandma did laundry on an old-fashioned washboard and hung it on the clothesline to dry.  Hand to God.  Despite being relatively comfortably well-off, my Grandparents were not in a big rush to buy new-fangled appliances such as washing machines. It was THE EARLY SEVENTIES before they bought a washing machine.  Although when they did remodel the kitchen in the mid-70's, they actually got a trash compactor.  And never used it.  Instead, they put a wastebasket in FRONT of the trash compactor and if someone had the audacity to actually PUT something into the trash compactor, they would leap out of their chair and take it out and place it in the wastebasket.

Go figure.


Clearly, it's time to bring our kitchen into the 21st Century.  

I figured we would do this on a budget, which meant painting the cabinets and adding hardware (our cabinets don't have pulls and it drives me nuts), a new floor, counter tops, sink and stove.  Basic stuff.

TheManTheMyth, however, had a completely different idea.  An idea that included demolition of the laundry room/pantry and removing the wall between the laundry room and the dining/living room making one big open Great Room.  Which I fought against because really, who wants to look at the piles of laundry that are always strewn on the floor.

But TMTM showed me his design and then I understood what he was talking about and agreed it would look good and since we would be using our existing cabinets (they'll be freshened up) and keeping the general footprint of the kitchen although we'd be adding an island for the new stove.

So off we went to take advantage of the Big Sale at the Appliance Center.  And purchased a new washer and dryer, stove and stove hood.

Even if we did the basic Facelift I originally envisioned, we'd have nice new appliances and a much prettier kitchen.

So the next morning, I got up and took my shower.  By the time I got out of the shower, SOMEONE had already started one of his most favorite things in the world:  DEMOLITION.

I guess the purchase of the new appliances was his cue to start dismantling the laundry room and pantry.

You know, why waste time? 

Of course.

So this is my laundry room Before:
Yeah, it's a mess.  The cabinets on the left is my pantry.  3 6' tall cabinets with more storage up top.
The utility closets were on the other side of that piece of wall that sticks out.  In a matter of oh, an hour, this is what happened:

From this:
to this:
to this:
Where, you ask, is my washer, dryer and refrigerator?

But wait!  It gets better!  After being off work for the better part of a month which would have given him plenty of time to work on our house, TMTM starts a new job tomorrow.

Pray for me.


  1. You poor woman!! I think I would find a hotel with a spa! ;-)

  2. Just remember the "he needed killing" defense. All you would need is one woman on the jury. : )

  3. “'s time to bring our kitchen into the 21st Century.” – I could fee statement how badly you want to transform your kitchen into a trendier look in this statement. :D Well, I'm glad that after so many years, you've finally remodeled it into a modern-day design. We're planning to renovate our kitchen as well. We want a lowered countertop and cabinets. It's basically for our mom, so she can easily reach everything she needs in there. She's having a problem getting some kitchen utensils these days as she's getting older.