Here's what my kitchen looked like before I moved in and messed it all up.
Everything else works. Sort of. The sink has two P traps that are just resting next to each other, and it blocks up pretty regularly, and too much water at one time pushes the traps apart and ... everything gets wet.
But other than that, everything works. Even though I cleaned the cabinets, the mousies still get in and poop, so I don't use the cabinets for anything that I use. Even if I did want to use the cabinets, the door holes are small, so stuff doesn't really fit. I took the doors off so the cats could get at the mousies, and now there's muslin held up with velcro over the cabinet door holes over mostly empty cabinets that I think are just gross.
But other than that, everything's fine. Actually there's nothing left after you take out the fridge, stove, and cabinets. Oh, the countertop. That's fine. Yeah, it inclines down toward the back, so liquid runs toward the wall. But it's really fine.
(By the way - I'm not complaining. You don' t get a house and 25 acres for what I paid without some serious problems somewhere. I knew it was going to be fairly bad, and was prepared to have to do work. I wrote a blog post a while back talking about how I found this house online while I was bottom feeding the real estate listings. And by now you know that I love a project!)
What I'd really like is to have just big open spaces under there that I can cover up with curtains. Since the kitchen is more or less usable, I've been putting it off. Replacing the cabinets and countertops are a want, not a need.
Until I saw this:
So I've been going back and forth. Should I do this project this spring, this fall, or put it off until next year? Yesterday I was forth. This morning I was back, and now I'm forth again. I've replaced a kitchen before. Actually twice. I mean ... two kitchens. In different houses. The only part I haven't done is build the cabinet things. And this project should be easier than those other ones - I'm going to leave the floor intact. The white tile is pretty solid and doesn't look bad at all.
Now that I'm back to being forth, I'm deciding what I want the countertop to be. One thought is butcher block, like the picture above. The other thought is this:
with chrome edges, like this!
4 hours ago