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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
After 3 years of planning, designing, re-designing and procrastinating, we’ve finally started our kitchen remodel. I’ve been both looking forward to and dreading the start date – three weeks without a kitchen is traumatic. Well, I should say estimated three weeks. Which probably means closer to 3 months in home remodel timeline.
I spent all weekend cleaning out the cabinets and boxing/trashing the contents. Those sneaky cabinets and pantry can certainly hold a lot of secrets. Like 6 year old jar of plum sauce. A can of Spam that has no expiration date (7 years ago, I had a hankering for Spam Fried Rice) and all the tops to plastic containers that I thought I had lost.
In the juggle of emptying out my spice and sauce cabinet, and sorting through keep/not keep (I have 5 bottles of soy sauce!), I accidentally knocked over the worst possible thing to knock over in the kitchen.
What’s the rule of fish sauce???
DO NOT DROP GLASS BOTTLE.
Because if the bottle breaks, your house will reek of rotted sardines for weeks.
Luckily, the fish sauce’s fall was caught by the dog bowl. Wow. Good save.
Side note – We were at Food Blog Forum Asheville last week (I’ll recap with photos soon, but in meantime, come read Diane/Todd’s recap) and asked Diane what her favorite fish sauce was. Red Boat was her answer.
My stores only carry Squid brand (too salty) and Three Crabs (love it), so I ordered from Amazon (yay Amazon!) Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, though if that dog bowl wasn’t there, I could have told you exactly what it smelled like.
Scott spent all day yesterday removing the appliances, counters and cabinets. The appliances went to a friend who desperately needed a new set.
The cabinets were really nice, made of solid wood and still was very good condition. I posted on Craigslist a photo of the cabinets and offered it for free if anyone wanted to come pick them up.
Within SECONDS of hitting “submit” on Craiglist, I was inundated with offers to take the cabinets. Apparently, people in my town are all in need of a kitchen remodel.
In the end, I gave the cabinets away to a woman whose husband passed away before he could finish the kitchen remodel. They were halfway done, cabinets were removed when he died. She’s been living with a half-kitchen and no cabinets since then.
I forgot to warn her that those cabinets like to hide stuff like lids and Spam.
Oh, and I found out exactly where the dogs like to hide dog food that they don’t like. There’s a brand of kibbles that Lainey, Coco and Rocco don’t particularly care for. I bought it because it was on sale. It rhymes with “urina.” (With three big dogs, designer dog food gets expensive, so sometimes we just get what’s on sale)
Anyways, when we slid out the dishwasher and the range, we found hundreds of kibbles. Well, no wonder why we thought we heard mice in the kitchen a few weeks ago.
Last night was our first night without a kitchen. I created a makeshift food prep station in our dining room, lit the outdoor BBQ grill and pulled out a bottle of fancy wine to celebrate Day 1.
Problem was….somewhere in this mess:
was my wine opener and wine glasses.
Ah, what was I thinking, packing the essentials to life????
All these methods to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew? Too dangerous or too fussy. I mean, really. a bicycle pump? Or smacking a wine bottle against the wall with a book in between?
My Herradura tequila requires no corkscrew.
So here’s the kitchen as of last night. Today, Scott is working on tearing down the soffets that are hanging off the wall and down from ceiling. Then the tile gets taken up.
The lovely Susan Serra is designing the kitchen for us, complete with KitchenAid appliances, KraftMaid cabinets, Dekton counters and a ‘family entertaining’ style that makes the kitchen more like an extension of our family room.
We haven’t picked out flooring or wall color yet. I’m toying with Susan’s idea of faint photo mural on one wall of bamboo. I think it would look neat. I could see how awesome that would look in the kitchen. Susan used Customized Walls to turn a photo she took at Martha’s Vineyard into a photographic wall mural – click through to the last couple of photos of this kitchen she designed.
What do you think? I’m not sure I even have a photograph of bamboo forest – but I was thinking something green, lush and peaceful, like this.