Sunday, February 04, 2007

let the reno begin!

Before:

Oh all right, after hanging out with you for over 18 years I suppose I'll miss you just a little bit. No, it's not you, it's me. I'm ready for a change. We don't have anything in common any more. Don't take it personally but you're just too...too...beige.

Mr. M's plan for today is to pull down the upper cabinets and paint the ceiling and walls. He's taking Tuesday to Friday off work so the remaining cabinets will have to come out Tuesday so we can put in the new flooring. Friday at 9 a.m. three strapping young men will be stopping by to do the rest.

Hopefully I'll be cooking again by Saturday! Whoo!

22 Comments:

At February 04, 2007 1:02 p.m., Blogger EllasDevil said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the 'after' picture. Good luck with the work ahead!

I'm in the process of fixing up my batchelor pad so I can move in.

It's a sign of the times where I can say that it's your fridge that stood out. It looks super cool.

I just bought a Miele stainless steel fridge/freezer yesterday. It's definately strange for me to get excited about household goods.

 
At February 04, 2007 1:22 p.m., Blogger Sandra said...

Well, when I first clicked on this, there was a horrible moment or two when I thought this was your NEW kitchen. Actually, it looks excellent for an 18 year old kitchen but we all know you deserve better. Do you get to eat pizza all week until the new one is in?

 
At February 04, 2007 1:39 p.m., Anonymous Maribeth said...

I'll be interested to see the final space. I must say your kitchen is so much bigger than most that I have seen in Europe. I love the nice big window!

 
At February 04, 2007 6:59 p.m., Anonymous kiwi-kath said...

Yeah, I'm jealous of your big window -- but like you, I don't have a window over my sink, which would be heavenly. Are you by any chance moving the sink?

Where did you put all the STUFF??

 
At February 04, 2007 8:08 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

You have about 3x the working space I have. Hope you have fun. Believe me, it will be a joy once the new kitchen is in and will be worth every effort. :)

 
At February 04, 2007 8:29 p.m., Blogger christina said...

hellas devil - Well, you'll have to post pictures of your bachelor pad once it's finished. We love the fridge, but it takes up most of the kitchen. :-)

Sandra - LOL, wouldn't that have been fun if it were the new kitchen. I guess it has held up pretty well but up close it looks like it's been gnawed on by mice and nothing ever really fit since we ripped it out of our old apartment and installed it in the house. I'm looking forward to haveing all the space used efficiently.

maribeth - It's big enough, really, but the layout is a bit annoying and can't be changed.

kiwi - We thought about moving the sink, but for some reason "the experts" say it would be a huge job because the water and electricity (there's a water heater under the sink as well) hookups are all on one side. That's why the stove, sink and fridge are all in a row. It's not a very good or efficient solution, but I've gotten used to it.

The STUFF is in the basement and the living room and the hall and outside on the deck and basically just everywhere. I'm going to send half of it to you, OK? :-D

CSwiss - I am really happy with the work space and that's going to stay for the most part. I'm totally hyped to get it all finished and have one more room finished the way we want it.

 
At February 04, 2007 9:22 p.m., Blogger susan d said...

I was glad to hear you got away from the chores to scout around with Ginnie.
Plumbers get the biggest bucks, so I understand about not moving the sink. You can alway knead bread in front of the window.
Maybe I'll post a picture of my ugly kitchen (over one hundred years old- no not mine for 100 years).

 
At February 05, 2007 12:09 a.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Congrats on your impending new kitchen. I'm sure you will cook even more delicious delights with it! :)

 
At February 05, 2007 8:49 a.m., Blogger christina said...

susan d - Oh yes, I always find time to hang around with Ginnie. :-) I do actually use the counter in front of the window for all my food prep so it would be kind of weird to have a sink there. I'm sure we'd all love to see your 100 yr old kitchen!

haddock - Looks like everyone's getting new things these days. :-)

 
At February 05, 2007 9:42 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Yaaaaay. The BEFORE pic. I can hardly wait to see the AFTER. Soon.

I definitely have to agree with those who say this is a BIG kitchen by at least German standards. So what happened in the States? We migrated over from Europe and said "enough of that??" It's very clear that here in Germany you wouldn't be spending family time in the kitchen. But in the States, the enlarged kitchens have become one of the favorite family rooms in the house! Most interesting.

 
At February 05, 2007 10:10 a.m., Blogger Pardon My French said...

It's funny, but my husband and I have become really 'into' kitchens after moving to France. Ours seems tiny, but really could be worse as we did manage to fit in a washing machine. I actually like your layout and especially the window. Can't wait to see the new pictures!

 
At February 05, 2007 10:52 a.m., Blogger Pam said...

Your kitchen is a great space with a fabulous window! Eager to see the After photos! Did you do the new design yourself? How about choosing everything? When I've done that, I got really overwhelmed by all the options and choices! Hope the week goes well for you.

 
At February 05, 2007 12:22 p.m., Blogger Alison said...

Good luck with the reno and I can't wait to see the new kitchen!

 
At February 05, 2007 3:11 p.m., Blogger C N Heidelberg said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!
I am quite jealous of your kitchen project! I'd like to rip mine out and toss it!! Good luck with everything!

 
At February 05, 2007 4:24 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Ginnie Well, lucky you, you've seen the before kitchen in person. :-) I guess it is fairly big. Apartment kitchens tend to be a lot smaller. There IS a trend in Germany toward a "Wohnküche" - a kitchen that's used for cooking/dining/just hanging around, but many people simply don't have the room for it since things are so cramped here. We would have to rip out a wall to achieve it. Hmm, maybe that'll be our next project!

Pardon my French - Germans are crazy for kitchens too. We get tons of flyers and ads every week for this or that kitchen studio and everyone is constantly renovating to try to make the most of small spaces.


Pam - Yes, the big window is definitely a plus since I can see everyone coming and going in our street and it's nice and sunny as well. We originally went to one of those big kitchen chains and got a computer printout of what we had in mind - we chose the cabinets and countertops separately and added a few custom things to fit our personal setup. After that we ended up going to a local family business and getting the same thing there for a better price with more personal service.

Alison - Thanks! I'll sure be glad when all the dust has subsided. I'm a sneezing fool today.

CN Heidelberg- Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I've been waiting a looooong time for this and never thought it would actually happen so I'm pretty darn happy right now.

 
At February 05, 2007 5:13 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Christina, that is so funny... there is a commercial for some bank playing on our local TV channles that shows people looking at various sub-par areas of their homes, saying, "It's not you, it's me" and variations on that team. I think it's for home loans, and the tagline is, "Fall in love with your home again." Just be glad your appliances aren't avocado-green. ;) Good luck with the reno!

And I know nobody here cares, but go Indianapolis Colts! (My team won the Super Bowl!)

 
At February 05, 2007 5:14 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Variations on that "theme," not "team"... apparently someone's a little hungover this morning from too much football partying. ;)

 
At February 05, 2007 6:16 p.m., Blogger Betsy said...

How exciting! I'll bet you can't WAIT to get into that new kitchen and start cooking!

Good luck this week. Will you be eating out or have you got a camp stove going in the living room? (been there, done that! ACK!)

 
At February 05, 2007 10:06 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Angie - I think your avocado green appliances are totally hip. Especially since they're not in my kitchen. :-) Don't worry, you're still young - your day will come. And hurray for your team!

Betsy - This was the last night I'll be able to cook in the kitchen so, yeah, we've got the microwave in the living room and the camp stove and barbeque outside. The fun never stops!

 
At February 06, 2007 8:04 a.m., Blogger swissmiss said...

Congratulations, good luck with the reno and will you blog your first meal from the New Kitchen?

 
At February 07, 2007 9:37 p.m., Blogger woman wandering said...

Cooking again ... and you make it sound like a good thing.

Perhaps we could come to some arrangement where you cook and I photograph you cooking?

If only Gert would get me an electric over ... I don't seem to work well with his gas setup ... this is my excuse, I think it's real and I'm sticking with it ;)

 
At February 13, 2007 12:33 p.m., Anonymous megan said...

Oh my, I know those old cabinets! They're in my apartment right now, paired with some lovely brown tiles with a leaf print.

The landlady just decided yesterday that the kitchen can last a few more years and will not be tearing it out. Woa to the next renter, we're outta there!

Saw the after pics, bravo, looks great!

 

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