It took some time but I can officially say the kitchen is finally finished. Well sort of. Of course we are still in the process of getting all the tools that are needed to make a kitchen run smoothly. Like a vegetable peeler. A whisk. A baking sheet, pie pans and cake pans. We were lucky that not only had the few stove top pans I brought from America had arrived but also that Nico’s mother had purchased a complete pot set for each of her kids some time ago. She’s a smart lady – always thinking ahead.
But running water was the absolute last must-have thing we needed for the kitchen. And it is a beautiful thing. You would never think someone would be so happy to wash the dishes. I cooked a couple of times in the kitchen without running water, bringing buckets of hot water from the bathroom down the hall. It’s just awkward.
I already told you about the wiring but I have yet to discuss the installation of the kitchen. It took just under two days to be completed. When we ordered the kitchen all we had to do was say when we were ready for them to bring it by. Once we got everything cleaned up (no small feat as the space hadn’t been used in probably at least ten years), Nico gave them a call and told them to come out when they were able.
He was told that their installer was on vacation but they said that he might be able to come out anyways. So we waited for them to call. A couple of days later early in the morning the door bell rang. The kitchen had arrived!
So with no notice but still happy it was here I watched them unload cabinetry, the stove, the cook top, the fridge, everything including the kitchen sink into the living room. Well the cabinetry sat in the Sun hallway.
Two men showed up to install the kitchen. The main installer and one assistant. The assistant didn’t do much except help hold up some of the upper cabinets and drink water. They worked for much of the morning making all sorts of loud drilling noises and banging. Wasn’t so great for Isabella’s naptime.
They took a break for lunch. In Italy most work stops around 1:00-1:30pm. And I’m not just talking about things like construction. I’m talking about everything. All the stores, grocery, the pharmacy, everything shuts down between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00pm. It’s so people can get home to have lunch with their families and it is this family-minded mindset that was one of the reasons we choose to return here.
After lunch the main installer came back alone to do a bit more work. What he didn’t have though was countertop. So after he did what he could it was decided that we would come by the workshop and pick out a countertop for the kitchen. It was displayed with a matching brown countertop at the store but I didn’t really like that too much. Thankfully he had a beautiful marblely-looking piece of laminate counter that I really liked. There was just one problem.
Normally when you buy a kitchen in Italy you get a linear construction – everything goes along one wall. We certainly could have gone that route but I didn’t like the idea of it at all. So instead we fabricated a sort of ‘L’ shape. But going with that linear mindset he had one piece that was kind of a glossy finish and one piece that was kind of a matte finish. The glossy one was big enough to go where the sink and stove were. I liked them both so we got a smaller piece of the matte put on what I affectionately call my “prep” counter.
He came back the next morning and finished the installation. And I love it. We didn’t have running water (at the time) but we had a 90% functioning kitchen. Gas cook top, electric oven a perfect size fridge.
I picked a pretty blue rug for the floor and there are other things I really want to do but over all its so nice to finally have a done kitchen.
I’d like to get some hanging baskets and a little movable counter to put in the empty space I have between the two work areas. Something with baskets or drawers in it for things like potatoes. And maybe a spice rack. There’s so many things I can do to make this space work to its fullest!
What kitchen items can you not live without? Please share your kitchen tips and tools in the comments.