Painted kitchen

Bungalow blogging catch-up. Not using complete sentences to try to bang out a post. Painted my kitchen last weekend. Big deal because I’ve only finished painting a room once in five years ago. (I painted the living room before I moved in back in December 2006; the bathroom has been half-painted for a few years.)

So I got the new range (for which I need a wiring fix for it to be fully functional). I cleared out a bunch of the shelving/portable furniture I had added to make up for the tiny galley kitchen’s lack of counters and cabinets. The paint and clearing of space has refreshed what had been a depressing symbol of the futility of my efforts with this house (which in itself is a symbol of all sorts of other futility.)

A brief history of my kitchen below. I had to go digging to find a picture of the kitchen pre-move-in. I remember now how pics from that time were on a flashcard or SD card that had been corrupted, and the recovery process had been tedious and only half-effective. But I digress…

Bungalow pre-move-in December 2006
December 2006 – uncorrupted

Kitchen 2011.02.18 1
February 2011 – clutter, and more clutter

Kitchen after painting
October 2011 – painted and (mostly) decluttered though you can’t really tell from all the dishes that need to be put away

Kitchen after painted 02

Kitchen after painted + new range

Kitchen after painted 3

Geez, it takes a good half-hour to create a blog post when the photos aren’t all up on Flickr already and the photos are on two different cameras.

Range: Ehhh… Typical Toastie Problem

Range came.
Range had no power.
Installers blamed my electrical circuits.
Flipped breakers several times, no change.
Later, out of curiosity, I tried the burners.
Burners work.
The clock and control don’t work. The oven doesn’t work.
What gives?
Home Depot passed me to GE.
GE understand the problem and was going to send someone out.
But instead of being put on hold, I was returned to the queue.
The new queue rep had no knowledge of my issue. Different computer system starting all over.
A new unit will be sent out Tuesday, even though there’s a decent chance my appliance outlet isn’t fully juiced to 240V.
I need a multimeter. Hoping to procure one from M & E.
Installers supposed to check this themselves first, but the didn’t, and they asked for the 5 out of 5 rating when I get the survey tomorrow.

Bummed by the half-working range, which looks quite nice.

Used the power of my prednisone to start painting tonight. No primer. No blue tape. Just a huge itch to start the project I had planned start 4+ years ago. Orange kitchen. It does not look as cool as I recall. But, so what? I’m so sick of having a white kichen. I am not spending forever on this project. I will repaint if the results are truly horrific. I don’t think they wiil be.

All the non-lockd down fixtures in the kichen–pantry rack, small nook table, el cheapo bookcase, smaller wire shelvin (ideal for microwave)…out in the hallway, awaiting their fate in Kichen 2.0

The long-term view involves a dishwasher and completely new shelves that migt make the most of my challenging galley kitchen. THe current view just needs to be shaked up. Pics to come.