|The mudroom into the kitchen|
We're moved in and are living out of boxes. Unpacking the kitchen has been a challenge. I've decided to cover the shelves with contact paper, but first I have to remove the old stuff.
Each cupboard and drawer has told me a different story as I excavated the layers of past strata. One cupboard held three layers of contact paper; 90's tan filigree, 80's heart wreaths, 70's checkered green and then underneath, pistachio green paint. On some shelves linoleum has been affixed from different decades. Inside the structure there's an even older hint of yellow paint.
I wonder about those before me. Why not cover everything in one pattern? Why do some places and not others? And why oh why, did none of you just update the whole kitchen?
In its defense, all the cupboards are very well built. Nice thick sturdy wood, every door still fits tightly still. The original hinges and handles are still shiny and in good working order. It's like going back in time while trying to live modernly.
Here's the before of one of the cupboards: