I noticed that too, but was only thinking of it in terms of getting super hot and greasy from the stove--I didn't even think about how annoying it would be to stand with them right in your face! We learned our lesson the hard way about how much it costs to redo even cosmetic things, although if you really, really loved the place and it was perfect in absolutely every other way, you could actually fix that at least in a for-now kind of way without TOO much cost or trouble. They sell prefab used cabinets cheap at Habitat for Humanity or even new ones at IKEA, and they're just bolted to the wall. I moved a bottom drawer/cabinet unit, installed our dishwasher, and reinstalled the cabinet on the other side of the kitchen all by myself when I was five months pregnant. It's not as intimidating as it seems once you get going.
Yeah, the kitchen is a big deal. I believe when we were selling our house the realtor told us that kitchens and bathrooms sell a house. The other stuff you can change relatively easy (paint, flooring, etc) but the kitchens and bathrooms are big money to redo if you don't like them. You'll spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I wouldn't buy a house if I hated the kitchen.
The only thing saving our tiny kitchen from totally sucking is that it has a bar (room for two stools) with an arch and light over it looking into the dining room, which really helps while entertaining or even just sitting there to chop, etc. The cabinets and stuff are all totally cheap and crappy, though--the silverware drawer broke last week and still needs to be replaced, and the end of the counter is missing from when I installed the dishwasher two years ago (sigh). Before we could even rent we definitely need a new sink and countertop at the very least. But we priced some really nice stuff at IKEA and if we do the work ourselves (totally doable) I think we can make a small but pretty nice kitchen happen for under $500. Need to finish that stupid office first, though! Grrr...
Our kitchen is practical just a bit outdated so we want to redo it, but we also want to move the bench along the open side of the kitchen out further so we can baby gate the kitchen in the future and also put stools there as a breakfast bar and give us some more bench space, and with that space maybe put the stove top there.
I don't think I'm ever going to find a kitchen with enough counter and storage for me until we build our own house one day (DH's dream is to build our own house once he's out and we actually know where we want to live). I don't mind this kitchen we have now though. I just can't buy anything else for the kitchen because everything is organized and if anything gets out of whack things immediately stop fitting.
So earlier I went to the master bedroom and closed the windows in there. While I was in there I heard Kole fussing in the living room. I went to see what he was upset about and he had army crawled about 7 feet and dumped a potty full of pee all over himself. Now, I realize these are supposed to be emptied each time, but it just doesn't happen here and then I tend to forget if I can't do it right at the moment. Luckily, I hadn't put away the clean laundry yet and that handily provided a towel to sop up the pee with while I held my soaked infant. So anyway, we had an impromptu bath night
I swear Lyla is worse about putting stuff in her mouth than my 6 month old! Good grief when is this kid going to stop putting every nasty, disgusting thing she can find in her mouth!!