My kitchen is demolished! Goodbye, soffits! Goodbye, can lights that never worked and dead outlets and bad fire-hazard electrical circuits! Goodbye, busted hinges and wonky drawers and peeling laminate cabinets! Goodbye, moldy plywood and crumbling tile countertops! Goodbye, load of rubble I drove to the dump in my rusty old pickup truck! Goodbye, goofy tile backsplash and chunks of various glues! This week, we'll say goodbye to corroded pipes and have some new plumbing stubbed in before we install new cabinetry.
Soon, we'll get to start adding new stuff to this empty box! Tomorrow, I'll get a quick YouTube education in how to plaster a ceiling.
I have never done a demolition or construction project before, so this is all stressful and scary, yet exciting. It's nicely metaphorical to gut and re-imagine a living space as the whole human world feels its way out of the worst (we hope) of a historic pandemic and thinks carefully about rebuilding differently than how things were done before--physically, behaviorally, culturally, socially. We can do better, and now is our chance!
It's good to work hard with my body and to challenge my mind with a creative project that is grossly physical--so different from writing novels. It's cool to learn something major and completely new to me in my late 30s. And although it has been--did I mention--stressful, it has also been an interesting bonding experience with my husband and my parents, who are helping out a lot.
This kitchen is not going to be a status symbol or a replica of a showroom display. It will be a cute, tiny, rustic, witchy, handcrafted jewel box custom-designed for my own little family. We won't put much thought into trends or resale value because we aren't selling anytime soon. This is our one chance to design our own dream tiny kitchen from the studs up, crafted just for us, not for hypothetical future strangers. This is our moment to fully claim our home as our own, where we can settle in and relax and be ourselves on a deeper level than ever before.
Stop by the Magic Nutshell next Monday to see what we can accomplish in a week! I hope there will be something to show for our efforts!