Introducing a little series that highlights the things that send me straight into space around the house/condo when I take more than a second to look at them. Here's THE KITCHEN:
There's obviously one insane thing happening here, and that's THE CABINET FRONT THAT FELL OFF ON THANKSGIVING. I love my husband so much, and he's so wonderful - since then he's fixed both the washer AND dryer on separate occasions, and helped me move my studio on New Year's Eve, and he cleans the house and is just all around wonderful, and I mean it. Unfortunately, this is one project that I'm hesitant to tackle on my own because replacing the little things that hold that faux drawer front on are surprisingly precise, and he was a cabinet maker and is much better at the really careful things, but he's had his hands full and THIS IS MAKING ME INSANE
But the real issue is that these cabinets need to be replaced entirely. Unfortunately, I can't get anything similar from Ikea, because their standard measurements are all wrong, and anything custom is $$$$. And everything needs to be aligned with the sink and ... uuuugh.
And then there's the backsplash, which is really just the wall painted black. Guys, just throw a filter on your house, and it will look AMAZING. In real life, you can see the grooves in the wall where the upper cabinets used to hang and soap splashes on the wall. It's so luxury. The paint was always intended to be temporary, and that was fine for awhile, because I wasn't sure what I wanted. But I figured it out, and what I want is .... this herringbone tile in black:
With a black grout, I think this would be modern and graphic while staying true to the history of the building, which was built in the late 'twenties. My only hesitation is this particular tile is 1 x 3" and I would really like something a bit bigger. But, for the price - $11.95/sq ft - this seems like a totally viable option. And I'm ready for it to just be on my wall already.
I'm ready for the entire kitchen to just be done, so I can move onto other obsessions, like the porch and our bathrooms.