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Still, even though the cabinets have been screaming "1972" for years, it seemed that the longer we had them, the more accustomed we grew to them. And then there was a part of me that found it hard to reconcile replacing something that, though inarguably old-looking, was still perfectly functional. Another part of me didn't want to go through the hassle and inevitable aggravation of a major remodel. And another part of me didn't want to spend on a kitchen update the money that we might - theoretically - spend on another trip to Spain (see https://www.andlightenyourpack.com/),
In truth, however, the real driver of our decision to redo the whole kitchen was a rogue patch on our fourteen-year-old linoleum where the seam had for years been shrinking, separating, cracking, and discoloring, until we were left with this:
We took the first steps of the remodeling process last spring. In March it was finding a contractor. In April, May and June, it was meetings and conversations with the sales rep, the project manager, the design manager, and the the electrical contractor.
As for the decor of my new kitchen, I had only one vision: It had to go with my sea green, 1950's-era Formica-topped kitchen table.
Here's me feeding somebody at the table back in 1982.
During this time our household activities have, obviously been rearranged.
We eat lunch - which I've been buying every noon from Subway - on the porch,