This is my kitchen.
It’s old – it’s been old for the whole of the 27 years Mr WI64 and I have owned it – and it’s way past time for a facelift.
There are aspects of this old kitchen I love. Like the round table in the corner where we eat most meals and is a natural gathering place when people drop in.
It’s the kind of kitchen people make themselves at home in and no one worries whether they’re wearing shoes on the ancient linoleum.
Check that top picture again and you’ll see what the kitchen lacks.
A couple generations of people – from kids to siblings to friends – have bemoaned my lack of a dishwasher.
Not so long ago my niece picked up the theme with Daughter #2. Your mom really needs a dishwasher, she said as if intervention were required.
Does she ever, agreed #2, a long time promoter of the dishwasher theme. It’s time.
My lack of a dishwasher has been an annoyance for the whole of the time we’ve lived here. We have the odd dinner party and, while I’m not a bad cook, I’m messy and with no dishwasher, there’s no hiding that.
Then . . . this week . . . enter Tom, a high school pal and cabinet maker who offered to update the WI64 kitchen. Tom’s a guy I trust with my old kitchen.
Yup. These have to go, he said when he spotted the cupboards, .
You’ll want space for a new fridge and stove. Do you want an island?
That would be nice.
No room for one, he said, tape-measurer snapping. Especially if you want a dishwasher.
Do you think you need a dishwasher?
Of course, I need a dishwasher. Everyone has a dishwasher. Who wouldn’t want a dishwasher?
I’m overdue for one, I told him. And I think if we’re ever to sell this house, we have to have one.
I doubt it, said Tom. Nobody’s going to not buy your house because it lacks a dishwasher.
He continued, like a kitchen psychologist. How does dishwashing work here?
I explained that MrWI64 does the evening dishes shift and I do the rest.
Ideas happen at my kitchen sink, I told him. Hands in water, I daydream out the window and get writing inspiration.
Right, said Tom. No dishwasher.
So that’s that. Within the next couple months my happy, yellow, dated kitchen will get a new look with new appliances. The round corner table will stay, edging out room for an island.
No island. And no dishwasher.
Watch this space.