Kitchen dreamsPosted: April 18, 2011
Oh to have a new kitchen…
When we moved into our house a year and half ago, I had big plans for making some updates to the kitchen. “We’ll redo the floors, add new fixtures, install a dishwasher change out the countertops….” the list went on and on until I came to the realization that we are renters and not owners. Blast those technicalities. I love, love, love our house, but when I think of all the things I can’t do to it to make it that much better, it gets me down in the dumps.
All things considered, we have done quite a bit of upgrading considering we are merely renting space in someone else’s home; we installed new floors in the kitchen and updated the cabinets by adding matching fixtures. The kitchen had been added on to before we got there so half of the floor and coutnertops didn’t match the older kitchen. Those improvements have helped immensely, but I still dream of something more—primarily, butcher block counter tops.
Our current countertop (pictured here with old parque tiles before the flooring install) is the worst. It’s this awful faux dark green (and I love green) marble that doesn’t fit anything else in the house. It’s also become a sanitary issue because the laminate is so dark we often forget which parts we’ve cleaned after cooking and which parts still need a rub down. It’s so dated and desperately needs an affordable update, like the aforementioned butcher block design.
It’s a look that can be both contemporary and warm. Since our dining space is in the kitchen, it’s important to me that it doesn’t get too industrial in there. Plus, it’s affordable and matches the style of our 1947 house. Ikea sells a healthy variety for a reasonable price, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to sink more into a rent house that will never be mine. The sensible thing to do is wait until the day we can call ourselves homeowners, but with job situations up in the air, there is just no telling when that day will be. So until then I suppose I have to weigh my options: live another few years with the hideous, or bite the bullet and make a change for the better?