Our house was built in 1998 and was one of many in a subdivision. From what I gathered from talking to neighbors these homes where quickly built and then rented out for a time by the builder. The materials were builder grade, but at the time we purchased those types of things were not on my mind. I was looking for a layout that would work for our family and this house was in the neighborhood that we had lived in the first time we moved to Oregon in 2006. So, the home checked both things off the list and we jumped on it. Little did I know that as the house aged, and our family continually went about their days the materials would start to show much wear and tear by the time it hit it’s 20th birthday. The cabinets were the worst of it in the kitchen. The thermafoil was cracking and peeling and just looked icky. The insurance money was allotted to replace the not so great stuff that was already there. But somehow I am getting such a nicer kitchen than what I had before. I believe it is a gift from God. "Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of heavenly lights" James 1:17 And to me this new kitchen IS good and perfect!
The construction company assigned me a project manager and he and four other guys came to my house sometime in the first half of April to get the rebuild craziness ball rolling. It was a crazy time of questions being thrown at me with a bunch of strangers and all guys to boot! Thank goodness I’m used to being with just dudes and was able to hold onto my confidence and not be too overwhelmed by their “this is just business” attitude.
Three of the men were from the construction company, one was the cabinet guy, and the other was from the floor/countertop/tile store. We talked everything from where to put the electrical socket that was in the kitchen peninsula to were I should go to pick out flooring. By the time they left I was ready to drive an hour North to go to the floor/tile/countertop store to “just pick out things I like”. That is what they told me to do "just go pick out whatever you like." I had asked directly what my budget was and was told that I was just supposed to pick out materials and then they would get a bid and plug the numbers into a spreadsheet and then they would tell me if I went over or under. The more I thought about that, I felt that it was just absurd. That was the door to so much stress, tension, and overthinking everything!
I won’t go into the many details of how difficult it is to just pick out flooring/countertop/backsplash when you don’t even know the color of your cabinets. I won’t go on and on about how upset I was that these men had no clue how important color and design was to me (and probably to most women who are redoing something in their home). But I will tell you something that I learned about myself that I didn’t know. I learned that I have very expensive taste! I thought I was just a simple girl who didn’t care a whole lot about fashion and had the “I can do without and get by” attitude. Maybe I have been marketed to by HGTV for just way too many years, or as some have told me I have good taste. All I know is that after hours upon hours of searching for a tile backsplash (which I didn’t even have before in this kitchen) I found a tile that screamed me and my style only to find out that it was $154 a square foot!!! I needed about 40 square feet for my backsplash. Hmmm……. just the tile alone would have cost approx. $6,160! Thank goodness I have a lifetime of exercising my “I can’t afford that” muscle. I then had to (jokingly) deduce that if I had a past life I must have been a Queen who was used to very fine things. ~wink, wink~
Seriously, I drove myself and everyone else nuts over trying to make the right decisions, all without knowing exactly what I could spend or what install was going to cost. I spent time very upset that the process was so vague and so much was expected from me without full knowledge of what it was going to cost me.
It was such a relief when I had to sign off on my choices and they were done. Then I had to wait for demo and install. Two weeks ago, they did demo for the remainder of the things left in my kitchen and rebuilt the floor that was missing and fixed the wall that wasn’t there. Last week I got my cabinets installed. This week I get floors, tile, countertops and by the end of the week I should have a sink/garbage disposal/dishwasher and appliances back in working order! I am so ready to have a proper kitchen again!
During this time, I have found some great craigslist deals and have done some refinishing of two tables for cooking/baking space and have been shopping for some décor and functional and storage items. I’m so ready to put this all together.
Here are some pictures of what has been going on.