Personally, I wasn't too broken up. After working at the chocolate shop for four years and spending the majority of my time in front of a stove, I now hate to cook. As far as I was concerned, the stove was giving me a free pass to avoid cooking. Granted, I did miss the occasional frozen pizza, but I quickly learned how to cut it up & cook it in the toaster oven. Desperate times call for desperate measures, or in this case desperately measuring half of a pizza to lop off to cook.
My mom and grandmother will be coming up to stay with the Gruesome Twosome while I venture out with J to Denver. My grandmother is a cooking fiend and we knew that she is way too classy to cook anything with a mere microwave and a toaster oven. J was far more excited about the prospect of a new stove than I was, so he put himself to the task of researching and reading reviews. Unless the stove came with a personal cook, my only request was that it be white to match the new kitchen. I can get excited about lipstick and read reviews until the cows come home, but I just can't muster up that level of enthusiasm for an appliance (unless we're talking about a coffee maker and in that case, there isn't enough bandwidth for me to read all the reviews).
Like everything else we encounter, the new stove gave us a hard time. Our previous stove was a built in cabinet model, in wonderful 1985 almond tones (note the sarcasm on the "wonderful" part). I didn't get a true "before" pic of the old stove, but here is one that appeared in an AOL pictoral a few years back about regular folks & their kitchens.
|Looking stupid forever in the annals of AOL.|
|Yeah, that box thing.|
It didn't go smoothly. The counter was so hard that one of the blades created so much friction that it scorched the wood. The whole house smelled like s'mores, so that was a bonus. I may or may not have heard an invective or two tossed around in there, but I was goofing off on the internet, so I wasn't paying too close of attention. Even after all their hard work, the stove still wouldn't fit all the way back into the opening--so much for our cabinets being square. We have a carpenter coming out after the flooring is laid to do new counter tops and backsplash, so he'll get it flush with the wall. Until then, there is a 4" gap between the wall and the stove. Which totally agrees with me--it gives me a good excuse to not cook! Can't run the risk of having stuff fall back there--right? Right??
I'll be more excited when this project is done:
|41 boxes of flooring|