2 March 2012
We finished our kitchen today! Twenty five days ago we were grumpy about the mould, the plaster dust crumbling into the pots and pans, the rust falling from the taps and clogging the drain... And the low benches, the never-ending pile of dishes, the lack of somewhere to sit and chat! When we first wandered into our nest, on the day we ended up buying it, I took a long, deep sigh as I looked in the kitchen cupboards, toddler on hip, and said "We have a lot of work to do". And five years and an owlet later, on the smell of an oily rag, the scariest parts are behind us. Well, for now...
I guess you could say the finished product is, um, somewhat eclectic. Stainless steel benches were the absolute cheapest solution we could find for our level of expertise. Which is not much. But they are practical and I think they kind of work. The floor was the easiest solution for a tricky situation. Not our first choice, but quick, cheap and protecting us from what we suspect is a nice layer of blue asbestos glue.
We picked up an old cabinet to use for extra storage, bench seats and a lovely old and very well worn table... Lots of room for chats and food with friends and owlet lunches! We'll be collecting some curtains and cushions along the way for a cozy winter.
There's a dishwasher! Huz is finally off the hook and we have a space for all those dishes that accumulate during our days at home. Not a necessity, but something that will certainly improve our days. Oh and a new stove! No burnt-bottom cakes and suspicious turning over of biscuits! So this evening we've eaten dinner from the new kitchen, cooked with bits and pieces fresh from our new garden. The relief with which we all devoured real food again... I don't think any of us will be requesting take away for a very long time. And it's a good thing too, because we'll be on a somewhat austere budget for a while to come. Now we get on with things like growing the garden and cooking the food. The important stuff. The fun stuff.