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Plans for 2018

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!  I hope all of you had a wonderful, relaxing holiday!  In early December, we hosted our annual holiday soiree, which is always a blast.  This year was our biggest blow out yet, around 70 people, many of whom were kids.  I’m a little Type A and controlling specific about the food and drink so we make almost everything ourselves.  Though I strategically ask a few close friends to bring certain dishes to help out.  They know I’m nuts and love me anyway.  

Here’s a peek at the dining room while we were setting up.

Pioneer Woman’s drip beef
Martha’s mac and cheese x1.5
Blue cheese and black pepper gougeres
Cocktails meatballs
Sauteed hericot verts with shallots, garlic and lemon zest
Fall salad with roast butternut squash, walnuts, apples, blue cheese and maple/mustard dressing
Crudites with green goddess dip
Cold cut platter

Serious Eats’ Pilgrim Punch x2
Lots more…

My attempt at baking.  Not sure I’d use this gingerbread cake recipe again (no eggs in the batter made it super dense) but it sure was pretty.

Needless to say, the party is a ton of work…but totally worth it.  It’s our gift to our friends who give us so much all year and I love hearing that people look forward to it and have a ton of fun.  Music to my ears.  I’ll shred 12 cups of cheese and spend way too much on booze for you fools any day.

After the mayhem of the party, we coasted through the rest of 2017 and had a very chill and lovely Christmas and New Year.  Anyways, now seemed a good time to jump back on the old blog, in part because Blue Host just charged my CC for another year of hosting.  And….I missed you weirdos.  AND we have a ton on the docket for 2018 including a full remodel of our kitchen!!!!  Finally!

Here it is, in all it’s original cabinets with 7 coats of paint glory.

Don’t be fooled – these cabinets are absolute shite.  The upper cabinets are unusually shallow, like around 11 inches, and have a lip in the back that makes them even more shallow.  They’re also a ridiculous 13″ off the counter so it’s impossible to work under them.  But then the bottom cabinets are weirdly deep.  It’s like Narnia, where pots and pans and colanders get lost but somehow I haven’t come across James McAvoy.  (What the smoke show???)

Oh and the cabinets are chipping paint like it’s their job.  You’re all thinking, Jesus you cooked all that food for the party in here?  Gross.  Thanks for the possible lead poisoning.

The stove wall.  That skinny cabinet next to the stove is an IRONING BOARD.  I mean, we all want our freshly laundered clothes to marinate in cooking smells, amirite?  1950 did not play when it came to multi-tasking.

The view the other way.  Hi mudroom – you’re so pretty.

And the final wall….the fridge side.  I hope you like melons and radishes and yellow Disco wallpaper peeking out underneath.  And beneath that are pink painted walls and then yellow painted walls.

Prepare yourselves for an epic level of scary archaeology when we demo this room.  Really the only thing that’ll soothe my nerves is ironing my husband’s dress shirts while frying something on the stove.  That’s my church.

So the plan is….everything, basically.  Soup to nuts.  Ripping up the old floor, laying new hardwood, finishing the hardwood on site.  Getting rid of the old cabinets.  Installing actual lighting, backsplash, open shelves.  And we’re doing all the work ourselves, which is terrifying.  So please send prayers.  And Xanax.  And wine.  And a marriage counselor.

Since I’ve already embarrassed myself with those poorly lit photos, I’ll go a step further and give you a peek at my Powerpoint moodboard for the kitchen.

The main takeaways are:
open shelves on either side of the sink window
an airy stove wall with sconces flanking the hood
vintage pendant over the sink
white, marble, pops of color
green table-like kitchen island

Another spot in the house that I NEED to finish this year (I mean this month) is the upstairs landing.

Lots to be painted.  Aren’t you glad the previous owners painted those 48 balusters a muddy green color?  (insert middle finger emoji)

What else, what else….anyways, lots of little projects and tweaks in 2018, as you would expect.  Though the kitchen will gobble up most (*cough* all) of our house project loot.

Two other big things….our brave and amazing 9 year old daughter applied for a scholarship to go to sleepaway camp for two weeks in the Adirondacks.  Fingers crossed she gets it!

We’re also going to Ogunquit, Maine for a week-long family reunion and I cannot wait.  OGT!

Lots to come in 2018!  Obviously I’ll be documenting the whole kitchen saga on the blog, so we can cry and pull our hair out together.

Stay tuned!

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Comments

  1. First and foremost, HORRAY YOU ARE BACK! Have missed reading you and your adult (i.e. REAL) observations! Loved, loved, loved the silk purse you made out of your pigs ear mudroom so can’t wait to see your gut reno of your charmingly vintage kitchen.

    • whalingcitycottage@gmail.com says:

      Awww, thanks Denise! Well you’re in luck because, thanks to the mudroom, we’re pretty sure what’s under the laminate “wood” floors in the kitchen. (Gollum whisper….asbestos tiiiiile…..)

  2. You’re so brave! I can’t WAIT to see what you do with the kitchen. If you need demo help, let me know!

  3. 2018 is going to be so much fun! (For us to watch this kitchen come together.) Also, that ironing board gave me flashbacks of our Providence kitchen. No storage, a dishwasher that you had to “hook up” to the sink faucet, and of course an ironing board that obstructed entry into the kitchen when it was down. Mom’s way of saying “outta my kitchen.” Have fun!

    • whalingcitycottage@gmail.com says:

      Oh. This is definitely a kitchen made for one person. Based on how difficult it is for Nick and I to work together in there. It was mom’s domain back in the day. I can’t wait to demolish this stupid kitchen!!!

  4. LOVE your kitchen design! It’s gonna be life changing!

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