Costumes: What’s below the surface?

During our renovation we peeled back the layers of our kitchen and made some discoveries.

We uncovered the original wallpaper from the 1960s that had lurked behind our cupboards all along.

When we knocked out a pantry, we found tile of the same vintage.

Removing some drywall showed us it that had never been properly attached to 2 x 4s as crooked as Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick.

We also found inadequate insulation and . . . creative . . . electrical wiring. Our kitchen had worn a costume that covered up unseen details and flaws. 

A beautiful costume is important, but it’s only as good as what’s below the surface. At Hallowe’en we are fixing all the problems and preparing a new costume for a brighter, more open, more functional and safer kitchen.

When it’s finished, we’ll love the new costume—and what’s below the surface too.


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on October 31, 2017, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Inspiration, Just for Fun and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Sometimes uncovering what is hidden can be frightening. At least you’ll have the security of knowing your electricity is not going to betray you at any moment.

  2. What a great analogy! I love the very Canadian comparison to being as straight as Gretzky’s hockey stick!

  3. Wow, awesome article. Super inspiring. I really like DIY, woodworking (and|&) renovation stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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