For the most part, kitchen remodeling jobs are nothing special. At some point homeowners look around at the spaces they cook in and decide:
1. This is livable. As long as I can cook, I am fine.
2. This is retro and fun, even if outdated. As long as I can cook, I am fine.
3. This is butt ugly. But I can cook, and I am fine, even if slightly nauseated.
4. This kitchen has to go. I hate cooking in it and I am not fine. Bring in take-out!
In truth, number one comes closest to how we felt about our kitchen. It was livable. We could cook. We were even fine. But it was a tired space, and it showed the wear and tear of 18 years of family use and still-experimenting teenage cooks. Time for a change.
And so began our kitchen adventure. Honestly, we might have coninued to just leave it as-is, even if we were not happy about doing so. After all, it was not Butt ugly. But once in a while we did think about doing something to freshen it up. New counters? New cabinet? We just did not know what, when, or if.
And then something happened that made the decision for us: Artist Rich Dunbrack posted pictures from a kitchen job he had done for the owners of the Cheesemaking Supply Company. Here is the link to their site.
How could I not be enticed by these pictures?
We already owned several pieces of Rich's work. His art makes us very happy. Sort of like Amy Flynn's Fobots.
And so, we decided to take the plunge for a unique kitchen remodel by Richard Dunbrack. Not even sure yet what it will look like, since Rich designs as he goes. But I haven't yet seen anything that he has made that I haven't loved, so we are not too worried.
And since this is an adventure and a first rate art installation, why not dedicate a blog to the process? Hope you will come along for the ride. Feel free to fire questions as we go.
BTW, the piece at the top of the post is the piece that just went in where an upper hanging cabnet hung between the kitchen and dining room. Isn't it wild? But more on that when we get to it.
The process has already begun, so I need to back up and start from the beginning...