I hate my kitchen. Have hated it for the entire 6 years we have lived in this house. It was a sneaker upper - a kitchen that I initially thought I could live with but quickly figured out that it was a true disappointment and would never be the "heart" of my home. I hate the shallow sink, the faucet, the cabinets, the amount of cabinets, the inefficiency of the cabinets, the too small fridge, the electric stove, the too low microwave, the lack of storage, the floor, etc. etc. etc. Immediately after we moved in I did some painting and took an emergency trip to Ikea to create some places to put stuff.
Other than that, I mostly just pouted about the whole kitchen thing until last July when, in the midst of a bunch of power outages, my refrigerator went out. The kind of OUT that means not fixing, but replacing. But it was ok since my old fridge was too small so I was a little bit excited to be able to replace it.
There was a small problem though - a matter of the three inches too big that the new fridge would be. I refused to replace a too small fridge with a too small fridge - so we bought the big replacement. That meant we had to rip out all of the cabinets on that side of the kitchen, and shrink them by 3 inches. This wasn't all bad because the space that held the microwave was too low and we had needed to fix that since we moved in. So we did the whole thing at once - (not too many pics since this was BB (before blogging).
We ripped out the cabinets
We eliminated the cabinet above the fridge
We narrowed the wall cabinets (upper and lower) by 3 inches
We shrunk the doors for the cabinets to fit the new size
We raised the space for the microwave by 9 inches
I did this all with the help of my woodworking friend - and I assure you it may have never gotten done without his help.
I took advantage of this rip out to paint the cabinets inside and out.
I used different colors of lavender paint samples to paint the insides of the top and bottom cabinets. They are lovely. Of course they are so stuffed with cooking things I don't get to see much lavender.
We put the cabinets back up - no small trick since the tiled floor had been tiled AROUND the cabinet bases, and we had to hammer out the tile and grout to get the cabinets out.
Since I really want to change the floor we just bought some tiles to slip in and hold the bottom cabinets up.
The fridge side of the kitchen was greatly improved once we got the cabinets back in. We did replace the unattractive fake tile paneling that was on the walls with beadboard paneling. I talked a little bit about that here. We still have to put up the molding and crown to finish off this side.
We changed out the hinges and hardware - a big improvement. The microwave just happened to go out during this time so we had to replace that as well. I made the backsplash out of a salvaged ceiling tile - I didn't want to have to worry about the paneling above the cooktop.
Then we added the shelving over the fridge. I have shelving for over the doorway past the stove but can't put it in until the crown molding is attached. Details...
I lived with half of the cabinets painted and half unpainted for 5 months. Silly me.
Then we invited company for Thanksgiving and that motivated me to get the rest of the painting done!
Having painted cabinets doesn't create any extra space, it just makes me much happier to be here! I still need to switch out the tile paneling for the beadboard on this side. It won't be fun, so I'm putting it off.
My favorite part of the kitchen is this window. And I love my little coffee and toast station.
This vintage cabinet belonged to Mr Quirky's aunt. I painted it with Rustoleum Enamel. It's the closest thing I'm going to get to an island in this tiny kitchen. It has to be moved every time we open the dishwasher but it is worth it. I try to use as many actual (really) vintage things as possible - some things just can't be vintage though. Thus vintage toaster, not vintage coffee maker.
Surely this isn't for ironing????
This is where I make my cakes. Ummm,nummmm,yummmm.....
This is where I make my cakes. Ummm,nummmm,yummmm.....
I thought I was brilliant when I used magnetic paint on these cabinet doors and put chalkboard paint over it. Not brilliant at all. The magnet just doesn't work very well. The magnets tend to fall off when I shut the doors. Oh well, I'll just have to make do with the chalkboards - but I can't find my chalk.
A garage sale dish drainer.
I bought this lamp from a friend who was selling all of his earthly possessions to ride his bike to Guatemala. Love it.
Those backsplashes were easy to make - you can find out how to do it here.
My mother-in law gave me this little bee. It is a honey dish. It is supposed to have a stinger that sticks out the back - the stinger is actually a honey dropper. If you find one please buy it for me!
Don't you just love storypeople? This is my favorite. It says "There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other's cooking & say it was good."
My aprons aren't vintage. I like to buy aprons as souvenirs when I go on a trip.
You may be wondering what this post is all about.
Well it is my attempt to motivate myself to get the things done that I CAN get done. Over the next two months I am going to try to complete the following things:
- replace the floor - this will take creativity because it needs to be very cheap!
- put up the crown molding
- paint the end walls (the ones that are green) - this requires some big decision making
- paint the ceiling
- put in shelves above basement exit doorway
- decide what new ceiling lighting to make and make it
- paint the inside of the shelves on sink side
- find and make a solution for my spice storage problem
- cut and install the beadboard on the sink side wall
My goal date is July 15. Do you think I will make it? I also have to get my back porch ready for summer, which is not going to be fast because I have to paint my chairs and make some new cushions. I also have a few other "dangling" projects that aren't really small ones.
I choose to be optimistic.
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Then make something wonderful!
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