My kitchen reveal

You convinced me; each of you who wrote following my kitchen reno post saying, essentially, what are you thinking? a kitchen reno without a dishwasher? you need to rethink this.

But dishwashing is a writing zone for me. Hands in water, mind running to ideas that would not have otherwise found me. Find another muse, you said. There must be more inspiring ones.

Words from Lynelle sealed the deal: It will change your life.

Alrighty then. Deal. And the day after cabinet maker/kitchen remaker Tom installed the last cabinet and tile, in went my dishwasher.

Interestingly, those in the no-dishwasher camp were all male, including MrWI64 who does the dinner shift dishes. I think he’s a convert. I got up one morning this week to an empty bed and found him sitting by the running dishwasher, the manual in his lap. I wanted to try the turbo mode, he said. No lie.

So, friends, except for a couple wee tweaks, my long overdue kitchen redo is pretty much a wrap.

They say it often takes weeks or months, but the metamorphosis here happened rapid fire.

Tom arrived Thursday afternoon and by that evening the room was knocked down to bare walls.

– On Friday, electricians added outlets, pot lamps, dimmer switches and connections for new appliances.

– By Saturday evening Tom had installed the custom cabinets, the counter, the sink, the works.

– On Sunday he laid the floor.

– By Monday Tom was gone and the appliances, including an oven with a devastating blue interior – so blue, I hardly cared if it worked – were in place.

– Terry-the-tile-guy installed a white subway tile backsplash and Phil-the-painter spent the next weekend turning the yellow walls a soft grey.

Bam. Done. Almost.

In denuding my old kitchen, the shelf that held my antique blowtorch collection – I started with one blowtorch that had been my dad’s and over the years male friends took to adding to it – had to come down. The newly painted naked walls needed something.

Enter my artist friend Rick, painter of landscapes and people. Would he paint three still lifes (I checked: the plural of still life is lifes, not lives) for my kitchen? They arrived this week, all colour and whimsy and I adore them.

It’s all systems go in my kitchen. I’m baking, cooking and dishwashing. I love the room and, about the dishwasher, you were so right.

Now, where to put these:?







12 Comments Add yours

  1. Lloyd says:

    Absolutely beautiful!
    As for the dishwasher, it is a wonderful place to store dirty dishes 😉
    Oh yes, as for Graham, tell him there is a ‘ludicrous speed’ if you can find the secret button combination. It will keep him amused for days 🙂


    1. Gery Lemon says:

      Oooo, super turbo. Dishwasher also has wifi so figuring out how to turn it on from the ferry terminal should be a project. 🙂


  2. Jane Anne says:

    Love your new look….and sooo happy you added the dishwasher!°
    You will be sooo glad you did!
    Wait till you entertain for the first time and you can just throw everything in the dishwasher and your counters will look like you didn’t have the zoo of people wining and dining. You will be so happy.
    Mount the blow torches on the wall as antiques!!!
    Jane Anne


    1. Gery Lemon says:

      Thanks, Jane Anne….my dishwasher – so current it has wifi. Can’t imagine where I’ll be when I feel compelled to turn it on from a distance…but who knows.


  3. Marilyn Clark says:

    Looks great and so happy you succumbed to pressure to include a dishwasher! You will love it! Artwork is delightful! Nice choice! Not sure your remaining wall has sufficient room for all of the torches – maybe you have to purge!


    1. Gery Lemon says:

      I love the paintings. They finish the room beautifully.
      Purge😳? Ach. I’d have to give some to you guys.


  4. Pat Ardley says:

    Wow Gery! Your kitchen is Fabulous!!!


    1. Gery Lemon says:

      Thanks, Patty. I’m super happy with it.


  5. Pauline James Curtis says:

    Love it, Gery- a lovely gift to yourself. The blow torches? I’d ask a friend with a whimsical side to create a sculpture with them, akin to looking like a curious robot holding- wait for it: a blow-torch-come-watering can. Surely there’s a welder in your life somewhere!


    1. Gery Lemon says:

      Pauline, that’s a genius idea. Don’t know a welder with a sense of whimsy – yet – but I’ll hang on to this notion.


  6. Jayne Beason says:

    So happy for you! It’s lovely 🥰. I feel a slight responsibility for this, having reconnected you with Tom 😉 and perhaps mentioning to him somewhere along the line that you could use his services! The paintings are fab!


    1. Gery Lemon says:

      You ARE responsible. Hope Tom paid you commission. 😉


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