reclaiming our living room
Whew! Won't be doing that again for a while. There's still stuff everywhere. I'll be organizing and decluttering for days to come.
Well, the carpenters were scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m. on Friday. Mr M had been out and about since about 7 doing various errands but promised to be home in time to receive them. Shortly before 8, just as I was about to step into the shower, the doorbell rang. Story of my life, happens all the time. It's either the mailman, the in-laws, or, this time, two strange men with a big truck. Sure, they said, the carpenters were coming at 9, but they were told to unload everything at 8. Oh, thanks for letting us know beforehand. Good thing this was not a beauty pagent.
They had a teensy problem with the lazy susan corner cupboards - they didn't fit through the ridiculously narrow kitchen door (who builds these houses anyway?) and had to be hefted through the window instead. A couple of small trees bit the dust in the process, unfortunately.
Up until about noon there was only one guy working on the kitchen and we wondered if he'd get finished on time. A bit later two of his pals showed up and put the finishing touches on everything and they made amazing progress. We hung around in the living room, supervising at a distance and providing tea, cookies and cheese sandwiches and by the end of the day we were chilled to the bone because they kept the front door open so they could go outside and use the electric saw etc. Figures that it was only 4°C that day. Brrr!
So here she is! The colours are slightly off because of the lighting but you can get the general idea. As well as wanting to add a few splashes of colour here and there, we still need to decide on a window treatment because the obligatory German-issue white lacey curtains just aren't cutting it any more. I'm thinking something sheer and terra cotta-y to go with the floor. What do you think?
The countertops are higher than they were before, and we got a built-in oven and ceramic cook top. The sink is also new. We decided against getting a new dishwasher just yet because the old white one works perfectly well. But can you believe we never had an exhaust fan over the stove like normal people? We do now and I love it.
View of other side with microwave niche. The upper part of the entire wall used to be pretty much dead space in the old kitchen so we have a LOT more storage now.
The entertainment centre - TV, DVD player and radio all in one. Mr M's idea. I always had a little TV but not a fancy one like this. It's kind of scary.
The only (British) English translation I could find for this cabinet is a "pull-out larder" which isn't the most attractive description. The cabinet itself is great. The whole thing pulls out and can be accessed from both sides. The door is on an angle to give us more room when entering the kitchen.
Super-mega cutlery/utensil drawer. Whoo! I can find stuff!
This corner of the kitchen used to be home to The Bermuda Triangle of Cabinets. Things would disappear on a regular basis and you had to practically crawl in there to get anything. We decided to replace it with a lazy susan just like the much-loved one in the right corner. Great for pots and pans.
The hard part now is deciding where everything should go. There's so much more room now, but guess what? I'm too short to reach a lot of it! Hmmmphh. Germans are just too damn tall. Mr M. had to go to that Swedish place again on Saturday and buy a little step-stool for me. What I am able to reach will be put to good use, though, and I'll be so happy to have a place for all the stuff. No more cluttered countertops.
All in all I am delighted. This kitchen actually makes me feel like cleaning and polishing it, and if you know me, you'll know that's really something.