Ugly? Yes. Worth Scrapping? Absolutely.

My kitchen is, for lack of a better word … gross.

Our house is nearly 100 years old and when we bought it almost six years ago, it was definitely a “fixer-upper.” Since that time, we’ve done a ton of work … stripped paint off the trim in the room that is now my office, scraped about 5 layers of ancient wallpaper off the dining room walls, repaired numerous holes in the plaster in the bathroom and then covered it all in a nice white wainscoting-type paneling, sanded and refinished the hardwood floors both upstairs and down, and numerous other home improvement projects big and small.

But the kitchen … haven’t touched it yet.

It’s not that it hasn’t been a priority. And it’s definitely not because we don’t see just how hideous it really is. It’s just that it’s a big job that’s going to take a chunk of change to really make much improvement. We were all set to tackle it about two summers ago … we even had the money ready and waiting. But about that time I traded in my full-time job as executive director of a non-profit for the new role of stay-at-home mama to my then one-year-old daughter and two older sons.

There went the kitchen fund.

I don’t like to spend time in this room. I don’t like to cook in this room. And I really don’t like to clean this room because frankly, no matter how much I clean, it never feels… clean. So as you can imagine, this is not the type of room that typically inspires me to scrapbook, either.

But I did it anyway this weekend…

"Ugliest Kitchen" by Kristin Rutten

This actually came about because of a discussion during our weekly Monday challenge chat in which I made claims about having the ugliest kitchen ever. One thing led to another and pretty soon I was challenged to prove it through a scrapbook page.

So here it is.

Believe me, these pictures don’t do it justice. And I still don’t like looking at this room. But I am glad for the prompt to get this documented (thanks Jen!) because while I always make a point of taking “before” and “after” pictures of our home improvement projects, I am far behind on getting those stories scrapped.

Now I just need to tackle this project so I have an “after” to scrap.

Someday…

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Comments

  1. Debbie Hodge says:

    oh, Kristin, I think my kitchen could give yours a run for the money —- I TOTALLY get how you feel about it. glad you scrapped it. hmmmm . . . maybe I’ll go there . . .

  2. Debbie Hodge says:

    oh, Kristin, I think my kitchen could give yours a run for the money —- I TOTALLY get how you feel about it. glad you scrapped it. hmmmm . . . maybe I’ll go there . . .

  3. sarahbhb says:

    I totally love that you scrapped this…I kind of worry that if I don’t scrap things like this that future generations and even my own daughter might think that life was always fun and fantastic. This might just prompt me to scrap about the house we’re in now (never meant to be here past the one year lease but here we still are).

  4. sarahbhb says:

    I totally love that you scrapped this…I kind of worry that if I don’t scrap things like this that future generations and even my own daughter might think that life was always fun and fantastic. This might just prompt me to scrap about the house we’re in now (never meant to be here past the one year lease but here we still are).

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