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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Kitchen Progress?

Kitchen Progress?

I promised I’d come back and show you pictures of my newly remodeled kitchen.

Yeah, well, we’re not there yet. You might call this the halfway mark.

The hideous pink and blue tile floor is gone, and so is the seven-sided island with its incredibly ugly pink tile top.  (Look here to see what we tore out.)

I love the beautiful new earth-tone floor and the deep drawers in our new island (which still needs to be painted to match the cabinets).  But one thing we didn’t realize was that when the granite people came in to make a template of our new counter tops, they had to remove the old ones …

This used to be my sink.

… And the sink. The dishwasher is disconnected, too.

In the meantime, my husband secured folding tables and wooden cutting boards over some of the cabinets.  Isn’t he clever?

The daughters are highly amused that they can now reach items in some of the drawers without actually opening the drawers.  But then of course, they’re not the ones carrying dishes downstairs to wash in the basement utility sink.

We’ll be living like this for almost 2 weeks total, before the new granite counter tops, sink, and faucet are installed.  My husband says it’s the perfect environment for me to be editing and revising my historical fiction manuscript.  “It’s just like the 19th century,” he says brightly, as I load up pots and pans into a bucket to haul them to the nearest source of water.  Yeah … right.

Oh, and did I mention the dryer broke this week?  No laundry happening here until the new one is delivered, so we’ll be smelling like the 19th century, too.

18 Responses to Kitchen Progress?

  1. I remodeled about 5 years ago and chose earth-tone floors as well. It really changed things. Awesome look to your kitchen!

  2. Linda G. says:

    Hang in there! It’s going to be so beautiful when it’s done. Keep your eye on the endgame. 🙂

  3. mshatch says:

    looking good. Just think how happy you’ll be when it’s finished 🙂

  4. Sarah says:

    Oh, my. First, your cabinets are lovely, and so is your floor. But I am feeling SO much sympathy as I think of you hauling your dishes to the basement. I’m glad your husband put a positive spin on it … is he doing his share of dishes, too? 🙂

  5. Chris Fries says:

    Good thoughts and wishes on a smooth remodel! It looks great and will be even better once everything is done.

    Funny thing about remodeling — it never really ends. You just work your way through the house room-by-room, and then when you get to the last one, it’s time to restart again on the first one: “You know, the new living room kinda makes the kitchen look old, dont’cha think?”

  6. DL Hammons says:

    I will DEFINITELY keep my wife away from your blog! Don’t want to give her any idea’s!!! 🙂

  7. It looks so amazing!! Two weeks is nothing for a great kitchen!

  8. Lydia Kang says:

    Your kitchen is almost there! I’ll be you can’t wait. I remember redoing our kitchen and I was like, “I am so sick of eating microwaved chicken nuggets!”

  9. oh my god, that would be hell for me. The laundry, I mean. When I first moved to france nobody I knew had a dryer. I had to wash clothes and hang them and iron them for about six years before my husband finally took mercy on me and got me a dryer. Ugh, I’ve been watching Downton Abbey episodes one after the other. That’s one show that will make you nostalgic for the early 1900’s:=)

  10. At least it’s progress (and no, you don’t seem to have WV turned on).

  11. ugh, flashbacks to the days we were remodeling my great-grandparents’ farmhouse. My sympathies…I recommend take out and paper plates!

  12. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne! wow its looking good from when you started it. im gonna help cause im putting a clothes line and some clothes pins in the mail for you. they make a good dryer specially when its not raining or snowing. ha ha. i hope you get it all done real soon so you could stop working like in that 19th century.
    …hugs from lenny

  13. Keep your eye on the prize! (But watch your step when you’re carrying all those dishes down to the basement.) Sounds to me like you need to take advantage of some kid power.

  14. Angela Brown says:

    Oh, Dianne. The progress looks great.

    But I have to give your husband an “E” for effort. You’ll definitely have some deeper-seated understanding about little aspects of life from the that timeframe. Readers will be in awe at how genuine you pen certain scenes…as if you’d been there to experience yourself.

  15. Susan Fields says:

    I’m sorry to hear that – no sink, dishwasher or dryer? I certainly do love my modern conveniences – that would drive me nuts! But I know that new kitchen is going to be totally worth it!

  16. I can definitely feel your pain – there was no kitchen when I moved into this house. It took weeks to finish. It’ll all be worth it in the end though, honest 🙂

  17. Sorry to hear you are hauling dishes to the basement to wash. Time to get paper plates, and eat sandwiches. Lots less dishes to wash. The kitchen will look great when it is all done. : )