Friends, it’s time to say goodbye to a companion I’ve been close to for over 13 years. My kitchen.
The kitchen at Glover Gardens is about to be dismantled and remade into something that fits our lives far better than its galley-shaped, 1990s-pink-countered, pickled wood-cabineted, white ceramic-tiled current self.
A blended family circa 2008, we redid just about everything else in what had been the Grill-Meister’s house with his son, now my ‘bonus son’, AKA the Best Eater here in the blog. My son, the Musical Millennial, and I were welcomed with open arms, and the house became a home for all of us as together we picked paint colors, collaborated on designs for the new game room, outdoor kitchen and pool, and updated carpets and floors. But we ran out of mojo, or money, or both, and never got around to doing much in the kitchen other than a few minor cosmetics right when my son and I moved in after the wedding: the mocha wall paint, new light fixtures and custom curtains designed by my aunt. The kitchen didn’t have ‘good bones’ and I didn’t just want to do any more of a facelift by spending money on new flooring, cabinets and tile without changing its footprint – and usability.
This Glover Gardens kitchen remodel has been so long in coming that some other rooms here at Glover Gardens have been redone twice since we combined our families into one. Both boys’ rooms were done back in the days of ‘early our marriage’, and we waited at least a day or two after their college graduations to retake that real estate and remake those rooms into an office and a studio. I haven’t shared those pics with y’all yet, and should. They are fun rooms.
But this remodel is the BIG one. BIG BIG BIG. We’re going from tight, somewhat closed-in spaces to something a little more open, although we have to work around a stairway that divides the kitchen from the breakfast room.
Friends and family have been urging us to do this for years. Years. “Kim, this isn’t a kitchen for a foodie” said one. She was right! I was willing to wait, though, until the time was right, and the new kitchen will be all the sweeter for that waiting. My food pictures won’t have rose-colored or white tile with dirt-colored grout any more! There will be many more spots for staging food shots and recipe-based blog posts. Entertaining will be much easier in terms of flow and places to put different courses.
I am JAZZED! And ready to share this journey with you, starting with the “before” pictures, taken just last weekend during our last time to host family before “the siege” (the demolition stage).
So there you have it, friends of Glover Gardens. We are about to have a huge disruption, followed by a big improvement. Will you accompany us through the process?
In closing, I have to admit that I feel a little sentimental about this old pink kitchen. She has been good to us, in her way. We’ve had many, many marvelous parties and family gatherings, and much bonding over nutmeg, turkey skin and sweet potato biscuits. I’ll share some pics from some of those good times during “the siege,” as we’re calling the demolition and remodeling, when we won’t be able to cook and will have a huge dust storm and a couple of freaked-out cats. Please humor me in the nostalgia as we move forward to the future of better kitchen days.
Have you done a kitchen remodel? We’d love to hear your stories. We’re all about the stories here at Glover Gardens.
This post is part of the Glover Gardens Kitchen Remodel Series. To see the rest of the chapters, click here.
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