In case you were wondering, here are a few pictures of the new kitchen.
Everything else in the house looks pretty much the same as it did before the storm. Except for the kitchen which took a direct hit. It had to be gutted and then put back together again.
But the upside is, upgrades!
We, or rather our contractor, put in quartz counters, a marble backsplash, stainless steel appliances and a new butterfly sink.*
Everybody asks, “Was it worth it?”
To get a brand new kitchen like this.
And my answer is, Fuck no, it wasn’t worth it!
It was terrifying. I think this experience shaved 5 years off my life. I thought I was going to go crazy or get divorced at certain points. Nothing is worth that amount of stress.
I would much rather have been able to live in my house and update the kitchen piece by piece, over a long period of time, from my own wallet, which was my original plan.
Instead, a storm swept in, flooded the kitchen and I got a brand new one after four months of being displaced. Which, now that it’s over, doesn’t sound so bad at all. But at the time, it felt interminable.
That said, the revamped kitchen is a total dream.
We lost everything: even the coffee maker, the toaster oven and the microwave. Everything in the kitchen is new and it sort of blows my mind.
I feel like I’m living in a catalogue.
My favorite part is how the kitchen flows into the rest of the house now. Before the kitchen was sort of an island to itself with its ratty refrigerator and dishwasher that my friends told me was literally the world’s most disgusting dishwasher. And I didn’t blame them, because it was true.
Now everything is sparkling and new. Which is pretty awesome.
I know it’s just stuff. It will get old, literally and figuratively. It’s not as important as kids or friends or family or health or doing work that you really love.
But for right now, I’m just going to enjoy it. Because that’s the point of material pleasures. Enjoy them while you can.
*Sources: In case you’re wondering, the quartz counters are Cambria in Ella; Carrara marble backsplash in herringbone; the refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave are smudge-proof Frigidaire; the cooktop is Jenn-Air downdraft; custom cabinets by Wells Cabinet Shop; general contractor Laddie Konvicka from Mikkon Construction.