Shown above: Jane's old kitchen. The big reveal of the new kitchen hits the blog next week!
When we were looking to buy a house, we fell in love with one that had a less-than-desirable kitchen.
A kitchen in a house is a visceral experience. When you walk in, it's one of the first rooms you want to see. It can be love at first sight or your heart can sink at its limitations. Luckily for us, we were able to make the kitchen work by breaking down a wall, refacing the cabinets (which is effectively installing new doors on your existing cabinets) and adding a new coat of paint. However, I always dreamed of a new kitchen in my own house and longingly looked at them in magazines and model homes. I was like the little girl dreaming of what her wedding day would be like.
The kitchen is the heart of your home, whether you're single or married, with children or not. It's not just a place to cook meals - whether a quick dinner or holiday meal for friends and family. For me, it's the only place where my family is ever in one place during the day within the home. The kitchen table is where family issues or current events generally are discussed, table manners are taught, homework is done, and major announcements are made, to name a few.
It's also a place to entertain. No matter how hard we try, when friends and family are over, our guests always end up in the kitchen. Whether it's the drinks or food, everything seems to taste better in the place where it was made.
I love my kitchen as much when I'm by myself and cooking a meal or sitting down to enjoy some quiet time. I have windows that face the street so I can see all the activity in my neighborhood or I can look in another direction and enjoy nature's scenery. My kitchen also houses some of my favorite things:
- A collection of ceramic molds
- Family pictures hang on the wall, reminding me of when my kids were little
- A digital frame displaying beautiful vacations we've taken
- Old cookbooks with tried and true recipes
Yes, I longed for a new kitchen and we finally decided that in 2012 we'd go for it. But starting and executing the project was a daunting task and I didn't know where to begin. I had my dream. Now it was time to put make it a reality.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where I'll take you through the planning and execution process, and of course, the big reveal!
Have you undertaken a major home renovation? Tell us all about it.
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Jane is a Campaign Strategy Director at House Party. She's so lucky to have a 10 minute drive to work on one of the prettiest roads in Westchester, NY. She has 2 children and the youngest just finished college. In her free time, Jane loves to be outdoors gardening and likes to cook. Her newest passion is author Kristin Barclay, and she's already read 4 of her books. Jane is a true gym rat and does classes, weights, spinning and swimming (but not all at once!). Jane's party tip: Prepare as much in advance for your party so you can relax with your company. [/author_info] [/author]