Ha! Dan makes it all sound so smooth and simple, right? Look, we bought a house with this kitchen, and then voila! presto-chango, we had this fabulous kitchen! Not so fast, mister. How about the months – that’s right folks, months – that we cooked and washed dishes in the 5×8 hall bath (which was not so pretty at the time)? And the hours I spent obsessing over paint colors? Yes – the walls are this, the cabinets are that – but do you know how many colors are pinned on my Pinterest board prior to decision day? Here’s a sampling:
from “A Life’s Design”
From Lake Jane.com
And the island – I went through quite a few options before Bob the builder (truly, that was the name of our cabinet maker) stepped in and saved me:
Found on lh6.ggpht.com
I found a similar one on Etsy, but it was going to cost two years’ vacation budgets (sad face)
Vintage table option – a bit low to be really useful as an island. (Found on House Beautiful)
I really love this one- it was the inspiration for the one Bob built for us and I will probably use it again in some future house….
Found on marthastewart.com
Off the shelf option – far too small. (From wayfair.com)
And some of the things in that much loved kitchen were not actually what we chose. The cabinets, for example. We were on vacation (in Belgium- highly recommend!) and the contractor called to say he was going to have to send our cabinets back – wait, what?? We’d been anxiously awaiting the arrival of those cabinets – bathroom cooking, remember.
Evidently, my order had been transposed and the doors that I wanted for the coffee bar (raised panel) had been made for the main kitchen, while the kitchen doors (shaker-ish) had been made for the coffee bar. They would not install (who can blame them?) until I actually saw them in person and approved. I love Bob the builder and really did not want him to have to eat the cost of remaking the cabinets, so it was a happy day all around when it turned out that I liked the accident better than what I originally intended!