And a picture from the other side of the room looking towards the door (that you can't see because of the big monstrous black refrigerator!)
I snapped these pictures very quickly with my phone this morning so you can see the reality of my life with cluttered counter tops and the cat following my every footstep (lower image) because he wants to be fed NOW!
I like my kitchen, but sometimes I really hate having a gallery kitchen. I love the high windows that let in beautiful morning sunlight, but I hate the lack of overhead lighting for the night time. I hate the black refrigerator but love how much I can put into it. Don't we all have some sort of love/hate relationship with our kitchen!
What you can't see in these photos is the popped sheet rock tape and the peeling paint in the corners at the ceiling around the room. We discovered back in the fall that we have some wind and storm damage to our shingles which allowed water to get behind the paint and sheet rock in this room. And of course some of the tape popping is from the house settling after 30 years or so.
I am so excited that our insurance company has agreed to pay for the repairs to these walls!! Which is a double relief with money and the labor involved with repairing such high walls - 17' to be exact.
This will be the first time that my husband and I have had a contractor in this house to do the work. I have been on dozens of job sites and disrupted the lives of others in a home, but never had to actually live through someone else's mess in my home. It is going to be a learning experience for all of us for about a week.
We have scheduled the work finally for the second week in February. We had originally planned the work for November but then we had our vacation already scheduled so we told them the first of the year, which then my husband's grandmother passed away during Christmas so it waited again. Hopefully this time we don't have to reschedule and I can finally get this room repainted.
Which as you can imagine repainting leads to finally refinishing the cabinets, to then finally putting in the back splash, then to finally new lighting. I'm so excited to get started on something I have wanted done for seven years!!