Last night we sat down and came up with a plan for the kitchen. Now, you might be thinking, "Hmmm, wouldn't it have been better to make a plan BEFORE starting the work?"
Maybe you would be right, but that's not the way I do things. I get impatient and charge forward, only to get bogged down midway. Usually this haphazard non-plan leads to us undoing and/or redoing some of the work. But at least this way, the work has begun.
Darwin is the opposite from me (in this and many other ways). He will think about the project and plan out every detail and hesitate to buy or do anything until all the details are worked out. Which means he never starts the project because - to some degree - you can't find out how things will work until you jump in.
So I get frustrated and step in with my bull-in-a-china-shop mentality. Darwin joins me because he is afraid I won't do it perfectly.
In this way, we balance each other out, and together we make one almost-normal person.
We have reached the point in the kitchen renovation that we can no longer flail around in my preferred fashion. Last night, the issue of the countertops and backsplash were looming large.
I have all along been advocating wood countertops. Darwin has all along been strongly against them. He said a man he works with has wood countertops and told him they look horrible now, scratched and gouged and scuffed.
I said that kind of damage is what gives the wood character and would make the countertops look like they belong in our old house. Our wood floors
have withstood 103 years of being walked on and still look great and full of character. And it's not like we do a lot of cooking anyway.
Then - nothing short of a miracle - Darwin changed his mind. Suddenly, he was all for wood countertops.
So that's decided. Now we just need to find someone to make them for us. We also need to find out if wood countertops come with a built-in backsplash or not.
We decided to use beadboard panels as the backsplash. Darwin suggested we paint it green, which I think is a good idea.
I made up a list of the work and the order we should do it in. We're all set.
Darwin is borrowing his dad's good table saw tonight to trim down the cabinet doors, and his dad is letting him keep a second table saw that needs a little work. Did I mention Darwin was a member of the national champion small engines team in middle school?
If things go well, I think we can have the cabinets painted, molding installed, and doors rehung by Feb. 6.