|2014-03-02 - 8:42 p.m.
Well, I've now been through the trifecta of Boring-to-everyone-else-but-every-detail-enthralling-to-you-white-middle-class-hetero-events - I got married (almost 10 years ago, yipes), I had a kid 6 years ago (aw) and now I am doing a kitchen remodel. I guess all that is left is golfing vacations to Arizona. Everyone claimed owning a house meant you would spend a lot of time/money on your house and surprise - they were right! But it's kind of like having a kid - you like them, you are invested in them and you didn't really have anywhere to go anymore anyway. In the past 18 months since we bought this place we have done so many things to it and it still looks Height of the Cheap 90's. But this kitchen will be the biggest to date, mostly because of the lack of grout. There will be no grout. Although I do want a very neutral backsplashy thing, so maybe a little grout there. But the day they took out the old cabinets and tiled floors and tiled countertops, I almost wept. Our new kitchen is weird and mish-mashy and scraped together almost completely from salvage stores, which explains where the last 3-6 months of my weekends have gone. You have not lived until you have searched all 3 Re-stores in one day for the elusive 30x20x12 above stove cabinet in white. Along the way I have found the most beautiful stained glass door, the best lamp fixtures, pink Herman Miller Eames style outside chairs and about a million more things that I could not live without. Our cabinets are patched together, our floor will be remenants of marmoleum patched together -and now that it's almost over I kinda don't know what to look for on Craigslist anymore. There is still plenty (to pay other people) to do, but the end is in sight. We were buying our last cabinet today (see above: elusive 30x20) and conceded defeat on finding it used - so we went to Ikea on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Have you been to Ikea on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Oh the humanity! It felt like the entire population of the state was streaming past me, their carts laden with Sultan Lade bed frames and Lack tables. There was not a single meatball to be had or a seat to enjoy it in. Luckily I knew exactly what we wanted, we found it - it wasn't in stock. I found it in As-Is - assembled and half-price! Victory! Until we got home and realized the depth was wrong. And the whole visit to Ikea had been for naught. Never has a Sunday afternoon been so futile. Except we left laughing, unlike the couple in front of us, she 9 months pregnant, wrangling a 2 year old and yelling at her husband pushing a big old cart. That would be a long night of assembling furniture...
In approximately one week we may have running water in our kitchen again. And lo, the middle class rejoiced.
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