Sunday, April 6, 2008
Check out my D'itchen!
What is a D'itchen, you ask? A d'itchen is a noun meaning kitchen in a dining room! It is a noun that this family has been living with for two weeks. We're holding our own, with a few kinks (sorry honey!!!). I'm finally feeling like I'm getting into a rhythm with it. I think for me, the hardest adjustment is not having a sink. You don't realize how often you need a sink until you have NO sink!
I'm using some disposable things which are certainly playing on my "Story of Stuff" guilt, for sure. We are using more disposable items than we have used in a while. I am looking forward to having my kitchen for more than just being able to cook. I feel very wasteful right now! I'm trying hard to wash things like morning cereal bowls, and reusing the plasticware as much as I can before it gets tossed...but, let's face it, eventually it does end up getting tossed. I'm trying not to let the guilt overwhelm me.
This weekend's major project was for hubby and BIL to move the gas line. The cook top will now be located in an island and not part of an all-in-one range. I had troubles with the gas smell giving me a headache. Even though I was reassured often that the gas was off, they were working on a long pipe which had residual gas in it. I ended up taking my youngest and oldest and going shopping. When I came home, my house did not smell as bad, and my house didn't blow up (not that I was REALLY worried...but, you know... :D). I have to confess to being astoundingly impressed with my hubby and BIL that they know how to do this and can do it correctly without causing mortal harm to our family! WAY TO GO GUYS!!!!
We had quite an exciting week as far as the electric was concerned. My dad spent most of his time trying to figure out the "what in the hecks" and the "why did they do THATs?". He was able to separate out things that had no business being attached to a kitchen, and was able to create a map to go forward. He will be returning this week and hopefully will be able to complete the electrical, if not at least make a great big ole dent in it!
We also made a lot of major decisions this week. Okay, ones that probably SHOULD have been made before we tore everything out. Some you just have to make on the fly! Those who are flexible will not break!" We changed our approach to the countertops, and will be returning the ones we previously bought from IKEA. Thanks to DIY Network, we saw a couple redoing their kitchen and using granite tile instead of a solid surface granite. Hubby found a beautiful one for our countertops; and after pricing it all out, it's really not much more expensive than the IKEA and will look so much more sophisticated. We also decided on the glass tile for the backsplash (even ordered it!) and we are really happy with the way the colors look with all the other style elements in the room. We're set for the wall color, and now just shopping for an accent color that will fit with our palette .
Probably the most exciting news, is after days pouring over the internet and catalogs and hitting the bricks, we found a very cool solution for the pass thru lighting! We were growing concerned we would have to either forego the lighting or have something that we were less than thrilled with due to the electrical restrictions (transformers, junction boxes, etc etc, over my head!). Well, a trip alone to Home Depot and he found one that is absolutely perfect and has these really neat amber glass shades...SO EXCITED.
Here's a sneak peek at our colors, etc...the wood is obviously the cabinets, the black is the granite for the countertops, the green/grey tile is the flooring, and the multicolor tile is the glass tile for the backsplash. Going with warm tones, coppery, ambery, a light touch of a green...
Stay tuned! MORE TO COME!!! :D
Later this week, I'll be posting a few of my favorite gluten-free convenience foods that I've grown addicted to in the last few weeks! :D