Grandma’s Kitchen is the Real Underdog

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Grandma’s Kitchen is the Real Underdog by Nilea Rohrer-Parvin



On the modest budget of a retired elementary school teacher, Nilea is renovating her 90-year-old mother's 65-year-old home to make it accessible for her handicapped needs.  The kitchen was the fun center of the home where she taught her grandson to cook, pulled taffy with her Girl Scout troop and tutored neighborhood kids. Her only homemaker's chore these days is washing the dishes - still the old fashioned way - standing at the sink looking out the window claiming it is good exercise for her arthritis and eyesight. The truly lumpy sink must be replaced; ditto for the leaking faucet which our plumber refuses to fix yet again. Nilea would love to bring the fun back into the kitchen for her mom, family and visitors.

It would delight Nilea's mother to have a deep sink where she could 'exercise' up to her elbows with the pots and pans. An elegant, efficient faucet (ADA approved) would be a great wink to modernity for her. She's never had a sprayer and oh, would that be fun! A couple of safety grab bars and an innovative MotionSense faucet - how could life be richer?

Nilea has already scrubbed and prepared the cabinetry for seafoam green paint and refinished the hardwood floors with tips from the Doityourself.com website. Her mom's collection of antiquated cleaning supplies have now been replaced with homemade green cleaners from Inhabitat's how-tos. It's a long shot, but Nilea would love and appreciate an opportunity to complete her mother's kitchen with Moen products. They really need them to finish the job!
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7 Responses to “Grandma’s Kitchen is the Real Underdog”

  1. Jaehn Clare says:

    GO, Nilea! I wish I could be there to see it, and enjoy a “cuppa cawffee” with you and yer mom when she comes home! As a wheelchair user myself, I am well aware of the massive difference it makes when our home is designed and built to provide us with ease of functionality and independence – instead the simplest of daily living tasks being an overwhelming struggle, physically and emotionally. Your mom is very lucky to have you in her life … and in her home, working so hard to make it a place where she can be herself and enjoy the simple of act of washing dishes for herself. Rock ON, girl! HUGS! Jaehn

  2. RuthP says:

    Your work is amazing. I am so glad you were able to get some doors from Habitat for Humanity. I know you are bartering your landscaping skills for work like the plumbing–it has become such a large project–all necessitated by one horrible renter who trashed the place. Mom will be so happy to be able to spend time there again.

  3. Rebecca Dennis says:

    Gosh, what a great idea. We all spent half our childhoods in your kitchen :). Good times. I hope you win

  4. John Peterson says:

    Super, Nilea. A great project, and I know you’ll do a great job. Excited for your mom and the kitchen. John

  5. Msmac121 says:

    You are a special daughter to love your mom and want her to have an easier way in the kitchen as she undergoes the easiest of tasks. We should all be as fortunate. You have made tremendous strides with all you have tackled in her home. What a change already. Way to go girl…

  6. Gail anderson says:

    Good luck! I wish you well.

  7. handsfull says:

    My vote is for Nilea’s kitchen. You go girl good job! Marty