The next big project on our list is renovating the kitchen. Currently I am experiencing a blissful honeymoon phase with the idea of this project. While I can certainly feel the "you'll be washing the dishes in the bathtub for weeks!" gremlins pressing for space in my internal monologue, for the most part I'm crushing out on the idea of big drawers that slide open with ease and a new floor that isn't peeling up and cracking all over the place. Oh yes, and cupboard doors that close. And! A clear uncluttered space for eating, because all the photos in the catalogues we're looking at are uncluttered so surely if we buy these new cabinets our kitchen will magically unclutter itself. And it will always be clean.
And I will suddenly be about 2 inches taller. With blonde hair. Oh, and did I mention I'll be Swedish?
Yes, it's true: we're looking at Ikea. Normally, we're pretty die hard DIYers and believe me, we did toss around the idea of trying to rework our existing cabinets into something prettier ourselves, but really the trouble is they're not very efficient. And I'll admit I've been sucked in by the idea of modern sliding drawer mechanisms and all the handy dandy inserts and such that those Swedes practically guarantee will make your life more streamlined and satisfying. Normally, I would also assume that investing in an Ikea kitchen wasn't really a good longterm solution for a room that gets so very much wear and tear, but we have to resign ourselves to the fact that our house is not a longterm investment kind of a place. It is more than likely that by the time our new kitchen Swedish wears out we, or someone else, will be sizing up the place for total gutting or bulldozing to build something else. So while I'm really not one for disposable purchasing, the draw of (relatively) cheap big wide and deep drawers is too much for me to resist. Still the whole project is going to take some serious investment of time and cash, so we're still adding up the final total and deciding when we can get started. And I haven't even started looking at flooring yet. Likely this year's Christmas presents will come in large flat packed boxes with umlauts on them.