An unplanned renovation.
what the kitchen looked like the last time i photographed it in 2011
Remember my shore kitchen? I hated it so much! Then I painted the cabinets, painted the countertops, added a fabulous fixture and made some drapes. All of those little things made it a lot more more tolerable but no amount of sprucing was going to change its poor set up and hodgepodge materials. Eventually we were going to renovate but kept putting it off.
Well here we are. As I mentioned last week, we some damage during Hurricane Sandy that is making it uninhabitable right now. Overall, we were very fortunate to have escaped the worst of it but we still had to do some repairs. This prompted the thought that perhaps we should renovate the kitchen since we are already going to need to find a contractor and all the fun that goes with managing work to any home. (Which has already been a major pain and we haven't even started yet!)
Do I want to take on a kitchen renovation right now? Not really. Aside from the cost (boo for unexpected expeditures!), we have a bit less time now than we did pre-baby. Ultimately its the smart thing to do since we can get it done in one shot without ruining another summer but I'm not as gung ho about the process as I would usually be. (I love to help friends with their renovations!)
Naturally I know exactly what I want it to look like when its all done but I'm struggling with just how much I want to invest here. We don't plan on selling so resale isn't usually in my mind but I don't want to throw money into the trash either. At the same time, cheap materials tend to look just that - cheap. So this renovation will definitely be a balancing act!
Wish me luck nailing down a decent contractor. Right now that is our biggest struggle but layout, material selection and finishing will soon follow. Lots more to come in this space!
And while I'm at the drawing board, I'd love to hear your suggestions on what I should consider in terms of materials and design. Yes, I have a pretty solid picture of what I'd like here (which of course I'll be sharing just as soon as I can nail down a contractor!) but there is always room for improvement. Anything new in the kitchen design world I should be considering? Did you renovate a galley kitchen you want to brag about?