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I Hate My Kitchen

April 29, 2010

I have the worlds smallest kitchen. I don’t know the dimensions but it’s so small I can’t fit a kitchen table in it. I used to have a huge kitchen with a magnificent island right in the middle of it. I had beautiful bar furniture tucked underneath the island so no one had to trip over the stools because they stuck out.

I want my old kitchen back. Not only did it have a wonderful island, which really means it had tons of counter space, it also had two sinks. My little puny kitchen has just one sink. One sink that is always getting filled with dirty dishes because someone can’t find the dishwasher.

I also have the ugliest counters. This horrible green color that makes me think of the 80’s for some reason. Luckily there is so little room that the kitchen appliances take up all the counter space so you really can’t see how butt ugly it is.

I don’t know how to solve this problem short of moving. I don’t want to move. I like the rest of the house (except for the siding) and I love my neighbors. I can live with ugly ass counters and one sink and no island. If I have to.

I’ve considered busting out a wall and making it bigger but that seems like a lot of work and more importantly a lot of money. But, if I busted out my back wall I’d have to do something with the ugly siding.

Any suggestions?

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  • Reply Why is it harder for me as a citizen to get a home loan, but the hispanics and latinos have a ton of programs? April 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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  • Reply comedyplus April 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I'm not an interior decorator, but if you can't get a kitchen table in there I'd say knock out that wall and expand your kitchen. It's expensive though. Good luck on whatever you decide.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

    • Reply viresh12 July 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      Granite countertops are very durable and do resist most stains, but every surface has its natural enemies. Avoiding abrasive cleaners, fresh meats, acidic liquids and oils should help avoid most granite stains.

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  • Reply peedee April 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I know it wont make it bigger or anything, but why dont you consider a smaller investment, like new countertops?? Getting rid of your ugly 80's green will feel better and a lighter color will give the illusion of a bigger space. Just a thought. 😉

  • Reply Sam Liu April 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I know how you feel, it's horrible when you really want to change something but aren't quite sure how to go about it…We've just finished completely renovating our house from top to bottom, living through it was a complete pain and it all began with noticing a few things we wanted to change, with the list growing from there.

    I would suggest perhaps re-painting, maybe some re-tiling and putting new handles on the cupboard doors and things like that. It's great how changing seemingly small things can make a big difference in the long run 🙂

  • Reply Amundsen House of Chaos April 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Get a sledge hammer and just start whacking the wall out! It will take alot of the hate out of you. Of course then it might make you hate the remodeling. I don't know I have no advice. Sorry.

  • Reply frustratedpricilla April 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    The publicist doesn't want to hear it.
    Her kitchen is currently about 60 sq ft.

    Her oven is 15″

    She wants her house.

  • Reply Rebecca April 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Make sure wall is not load bearing. You'd have to get a permit and all… fun…. how would I know? hmmmm

    Why not watch my agony as we renovate our kitchen this summer (New York Renovator), and then decide? 😀

  • Reply junkdrawer April 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I hate my green countertops, too. Our house was built in 1996. We weren't the ones who chose the green. What I want my husband to get me for our 20th wedding anniversary isn't a giant diamond or anything. I want freaking marble countertops.

  • Reply suzicate April 30, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I don't like mine either. Last year it was either remodel the kitchen or do the outside… kitchen still stinks, can't wait until we can do that, too!

  • Reply marykeister April 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Lowes sells counter top PAINT! it's a big project, takes a weekend to do it, and then you can't use them for a week. But for 250.00 its a deal. Ikea sells countertops and they are nice and don't cost a lot. Good luck!

  • Reply Surfie April 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    No suggestions for how to make it bigger, but you can always get new countertops! I have crappy pukey-pink laminate right now and would love to get granite countertops. There is actually a company that will put thin sheets of granite right over your old counters so you can have the granite without having to pay out the nose for it. Of course it's still expensive so I can only imagine them.

    I love looking at multi-million dollar homes online and sighing over their humongous pristine kitchens. Me likey!

  • Reply Alison April 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I want to move so I have a bigger kitchen. I dream of an island.

  • Reply Janiss May 1, 2010 at 5:05 am

    The first house I bought in 1996 had a small kitchen with one sink (it also had small everything else – it WAS a first house, after all). But I found it livable with just one change: I switched out the single sink for a double. It made life so much nicer! I even suffered through the ugly formica countertop with that double sink. Later on, when sold it and moved up to a larger house, I drove by the old place one day and saw those ugly formica countertop on the sidewalk next to the trash. I mentally congratulated the new owners, and I've always wondered what they put in its place.

  • Reply Ann T. Hathaway May 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Dear Redhead Ranting,
    I have a whole file on a new kitchen. Mine is 8 feet by 7 feet with no windows.
    a. I am going to Ikea for cabinets. Cheap and you don't get the used car salesman crap you do by going to a 'showroom'. They also have a kitchen planning tool on computer. And a catalog.
    b. A cheap cabinet is well-dressed in a stone countertop. I have seen that this works.
    c. I am buying smaller appliances, not bigger ones, in favor of counter space. Currently I have two 18: counter spaces, one holds the dish drainer, the other everything else. Yes, I am getting a dishwasher too.

    d. You are supposed to have a budget, then reserve 10-20% of that for shit undetected in advance. If it's an old house, reserve 20%. There will be something not up to code.
    e. Lighting counts.
    f. It's cheaper if you don't move the plumbing or electric too much.

    I hope this helps. I can't wait until I can afford this.

  • Reply meleahrebeccah May 3, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Remodeling! But Im not sure how expensive new countertops will be?

  • Reply sewa mobil May 3, 2010 at 7:34 am

    yeah ,i think every person has own style about kitchen

  • Reply lindamedrano May 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    My kitchen is big. It's painted avacado green, has 12 foot ceilings, and plenty of windows. Now the stove and refrigerator are stuck next to each other. There are two ugly little countertops. (Emphasis on little, oh yeah, I said ugly.) We bought an island with a wine rack under it to stick in the middle of the floor. It helps a little but not all that much. Poor thing needs a complete makeover. I asked an architect friend, how much would it cost. She told me between $40k and 100k depending on finishes. Gulp! Sorry I asked. Okay, Number One: Can't afford it. Number Two: Having this room torn up for two or three months would land me in the loony bin. (Is that covered under our new insurance? I wonder.) Don't know what to tell ya' Jen, but I do feel your pain!

  • Reply breville November 5, 2010 at 3:00 am

    My suggestion is to get a good kitchen designer to help with your remodeling. The kitchen is my favorite place in the house so I have to make sure it’s one of the best.

  • Reply Walnutcreekremodelings December 29, 2010 at 6:28 am

    remodeling is a must,like everyone is saying here, but you must also play with colours and mirrors,so that you give the place the impression of space

  • Reply Backsplash January 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Before you go knocking out walls, make sure its not supporting! Or your house may fall down!

  • Reply Anonymous April 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I have crappy pukey-pink laminate right now & would love to get granite counter-tops. There is actually a company that will put narrow sheets of granite right over your elderly counters so you can have the granite without having to pay out the nose for it.
    Kitchen cabinets

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