My kitchen remodel is complete! The finished product – new floor plan, range and materials – is usable and I feel complete. Although it feels a bit overly dramatic I must say this has been one long journey where the final destination has often felt like a mirage; visible but a tad out of reach.
The stops and starts to this project were due to things which are probably not that uncommon: an issue involving the house structure we couldn’t see until layers – in this case the tile – was pulled back. That led to fixing the damage, ordering new cabinets which weren’t planned for and then revising the electrical (also not originally planned.)
For someone so used to having a game plan and sticking to it this turned me on my head. There were days when I questioned why I’d started this project in the first place. Oh yeah…I bought a stove on eBay four years ago and it was time to get it out of my garage.
The stove came from a seller in Florida who shipped it to my garage in California. I didn’t unpack or check it until right before the remodel (I know, that is nuts.) There was a moment where I panicked and thought “what if I said ‘Thermador’ and the guy heard ‘make sure it has a door’ and my stove was super cheap version brand x. Fortunately what I ordered was what I got: a 36 inch dual fuel Thermador with griddle in the middle –at a killer price.
The minute I fired up that grill I just knew things were going to be okay. Better than okay. It’s two months later and I still can’t help but marvel at the novelty of making blueberry pancakes on a Saturday while standing at the island in the center of the kitchen.
Although my Kitchen Chronicles have seemingly come to an end, my culinary journey – and the many meals to follow – has just begun.
|Thermador 36 inch dual fuel range with griddle. Professional quality made for the home. LOVE.|