For centuries, I have wanted Paul to build the kitchen cabinets that live in my head… and he just, WOULD NOT.
The customer is an overly-particular lunatic.
In pursuit of my overly-particular dream of perfection-and-lunacy, I got two estimates for custom kitchen cabinets; both were $13,000.
We are not people who spend $13,000 on anything… but if we were going to take temporary leave of our senses, it certainly wouldn’t be for BOXES.
It would be this.
I found this fixture because I had an IDEA for the addition— OMGSOGOOD… I got about 11.5% down the path of ENTHUSIASMSOEXCITING before crashing directly into my own idiocy.
I would tell you about it but it’s a pointless story that ends with me now living with A HUGE THING THAT I HATE.
It’s so ugly.
And exactly what I asked for.
And now forever, I am forced to pretend enjoyment because if I tell Paul that all of the measuring and drilling and recalibrating was unnecessary, it will give him a ragestroke, and I will have to hear about it —> add canyon-echo sound effect—> FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
Mid-range cabinets would’ve cost us under $7,000— that’s what Paul wanted.
I just was… no.
Bring me cardboard and duct tape and I will make the cabinets myself and then I can buy AT LEAST FORTYSEVEN GFT’S.*
*giant fancy things
The thing with me is that I can have ideal perfection.
Or a can of garbage.
I have zero interest in anything in-between.
Forever, I have TRIED TO EXPLAIN to Paul, the NO SENSE of spending SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS on something I DON’T WANT— arguing that since mid-range cabinets are ridiculously-expensive-boxes-of-non-ideal, we can skip striving for the conceptual utopia that lives in my head, and just go with five-dollars worth of wood that Paul hammers into something resembling a cube.
But Paul’s resistance has been SO STRONG— his concern: what he makes, will not be FACTORY PERFECT, and this will be problematic, RE: customer expectations.
I finally figured out the right amalgamation of words to convince him:
I want you to build the cabinets.
Exactly as you design them.
I will have no opinion.
All I will say is that they are fantastic.
I will choose the drawer fronts.
And I will find some other human to torture with my stain demands.
Other than that, I’M JUST HERE TO APPLAUD.
Was he skeptical?
Has this been CHALLENGING for me?
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New topic— crowdsourcing info on ALKALINE WATER.
We currently have reverse osmosis water filtration… we are going to upgrade to a remineralizing system.
I am looking at two brands… both have good reviews but I cannot tell why the significant price difference… does anyone have input?
I’d also appreciate recommendations for alkaline pitchers… I had a Britta for traveling but it got smashed last time it went in a suitcase.
Ok! That’s it… we got our sample drawer stained!! So excited to show you!