Wednesday, March 27, 2013

From The Mouth's Of Babes

It all started innocent enough.

One night last May, Frick and her friends were sitting around my kitchen island chatting. Frack's old buddy from her Girl Authority days had come to see her in the school play that night and we were reminiscing about old times together. We were laughing and chatting and she uttered the words that have continued to haunt me since that night. She said,

"I love coming here. It still has the same warm feeling. Nothing has changed since we were kids. Even the bowl with the fake fruit is the same."

I realize, that in actuality, this was a huge compliment because she was saying that coming to my house gave her a good, comfortable feeling and her message was not lost on me. Still, I couldn't help but look around and think that she was right. In the 12 years that I have lived in my house, my kitchen remains unchanged. A year later, those words innocently offered up as a compliment continue to nip away at me.

My kitchen is not too far off from the one pictured above. As a matter of fact, it's pretty damn close, beside the obvious layout differences. Nonetheless, same cabinets, hardware, countertops and hardwood floor. When I step back and look at it, I realize that it is still very modern, still very unique but I'm not listing my home for sale. I'm living in it for everyday life. She was right, nothing has changed in a decade.

So what am I to do?

My first go to change would be to paint the walls. Obvious choice, but will it give me the change I so desire? I'm not so sure. Next would be to buy new furniture. A new kitchen table and new island stools would be sure to give it a jolt back to life, but I somehow feel like it would be an imposter, just masking the modern, sleek way it used to be. I'm thinking if I'm going to make change, it's got to be complete and that means new stone counters or new cabinets. Is that crazy?

What is the expiration date on kitchen couture?

Either way, it's going to be a challenge and an expense. The easy thing to do would be to start with the walls and then go from there.

But something tells me this isn't going to be a $$imple $$olution.


Heff said...

I've intentionally "downgraded" my entire home to 1970's bachelor pad styling so I don't HAVE to keep up with the ever changing in-fashion decor, etc.

Once OUT of style, ALWAYS out of style - no worries.

MarkD60 said...

Young people may think change is good. I'm beginning to think all change is bad. Upgrade the computer program, it doesn't work any more, tear down something old and good and put up something new and crappy.
I can't think of any good changes in a long time.

Kara Keenan said...

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Seriously. I don't think that kitchen pictured looks aged, more like timeless. If you want a quick change, what about changing out the overhead can lights for more modern pendant lights? Or even just the hardware on the cabinets?

Scope said...

Don't go "modern". Nothing looks worse than old "modern". Meaning, I'm not a fan of the white kitchen that is coming back in style.