There was really no reason to buy that Wolf cooktop I showed you. It didn’t fit into the existing kitchen and we weren’t planning to actually do a real remodel. In none of our other houses have we done a full-kitchen-gut-job/remodel, and for good reason. Generally, it’s not the most economical way to go. It’s almost always cheaper and less work to work with what already exists in the kitchen, imagining what it was supposed to be when it was built, and making it the best version of itself.
But, when a brand-new, high-end appliance comes calling your name at 1/3 of the regular price, you listen. And even without a plan, you buy it and deal with the repercussions later (at least, I do). I had never had a high-end appliance before and normally didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I thought it was just for looks. But, I was sold. Even if it was just for looks. I knew there would be some way we could work it into the kitchen, given that it was worth more than anything that was already there.
It sat. In the garage. For nearly six weeks before we considered how stupid it was to buy an appliance that requires a major remodel of your kitchen. Unless you were already planning to buy new cabinets, new countertops, new flooring, new etc. Each of those items is exceedingly expensive and tough to get around the price. We sat in beanbag chairs on the floor in the kitchen and studied the floor plan and dimensions for hours, trying to figure out how to make the Wolf stovetop work without a full remodel. But there was no way to get around the resulting need of new lower cabinets at least, and a new countertop.
Dave asked if we could please just sell the stovetop and pretend it never happened. But I wouldn’t admit defeat. I was going to make it work. That’s one thing we’ve learned in the past almost-nine years of house renovations: if it doesn’t work, you make it work anyway.
The solution: plan to let the Wolf live in the garage for awhile (pun intended). Wait for a nicer-than-honey-oak kitchen that fits perfectly into our space to come to ReStore. Buy it before the other people. Win the cheap-renovation game.
Dave’s response: “How are you EVER going to find matching give-away cabinets that fit our exact space? And if you do, how do know they wouldn’t be ugly and outdated?”
Good question. But I was still unable to get over this. I wanted to do it anyway, even if it was next to impossible. We had many discussions about how not possible it would be, and I agreed, but in my heart I wouldn’t give up. We didn’t seem to be getting anywhere with what to do. Finally, he asked me, “What do you really want?”
This was my chance. What do I want. How about a $40,000 kitchen? No one would argue that our 25-year-old kitchen with tiny cabinets and a fireball stove could stand some updating for function and aesthetic reasons. And, kitchens are expensive. But I didn’t want the debt. Even if we could afford to pay for it in cash, I would rather do something else with the money, like pay down the house. So I told him what I wanted. I wanted him to believe we could do it with used cabinets from ReStore and to help me look for them weekly until we found them.
He got on board. And thus began the hunt. I was prepared to wait up to two years of looking before we went a different route. But God had a different plan.