When we moved into our house more than a decade ago, we loved everything about it except the kitchen, which was odd because going into the home-buying process, we’d told the real estate agent that the kitchen was the one thing we cared about. At the time, we thought that the main problems with the kitchen would be easily solved by putting in a new stove and countertops (which we could not then afford to do, but we figured we would be able to do after a year of steady income). Turns out it was not that easy.
Here’s the things we really dislike about our kitchen:
- The triangle is all messed up
- The countertops are the second worst quality and are difficult to clean
- Water pools on the ledge between the faucets and the backsplash on our sink
- I can’t use the top oven because it’s too high so I’m likely to burn myself unless I’m extremely careful
- The stovetop is electric not gas
- Our sink is chipped (this doesn’t bother me that much though)
- I kind of wish it were a galley kitchen (though I dunno, maybe with a better triangle, I’d be ok with the current setup)
Because this is all so hard and expensive, we haven’t changed anything. First because until recently we couldn’t afford it. Then because it was too difficult. Like, we’d have to find a designer who could help us fix the triangle, but we haven’t been able to get recommendations for anyone that people like. And if we move the island, then we may have to redo the flooring. So many changes, so many choices. And what if we spend $30K and it ends up just as bad or even worse?
We also had kind of hideous gingham wallpaper, but that has since been painted over. So we did change one thing about the kitchen! If I were in charge of the world, we would have natural oak cabinets and natural oak kitchen cabinets would be “in” instead of getting snide comments about how outre they are on home decorating sites. (We need light colored cabinets for our interior kitchen, and I like natural wood better than paint.) Instead we have white cabinets, which I can live with.
I do love our pantry though. Our pantry is awesome.
Any kitchen renovation stories? Any suggestions about what we should do? What do you love and hate about your kitchen?