Monday, January 7, 2013
A Bigger Sneak Peak
Slowly but surely I am getting there with my kitchen makeover. This is pretty much how it looked like before I left for Florida. Half the cabinets on the other side were missing doors and their carcasses primed white but only this side of the kitchen is finished. We cleaned it up and staged it a bit for a photo shoot. Unfortunately the kitchen is small enough that I can't quite get it all in the photo in a head on shot.
When we bought this place, the refrigerator in the house was a decrepit leaky mess that had seen its better days so when we made our offer, we declined to include it. So we had to buy another refrigerator and we got the one you see above. Our previous refrigerator, which we sold to the buyer of our old house on their request, had French style upper doors and a lower drawer freezer and we really liked that layout so wanted a similar one. Though I was opposed to an ice and water dispenser in the door due to the more moving parts to go wrong, my wife out voted me on it and we got one with those. I must say I like them and use them often but then again, they both still work for now. Also, it does free up freezer space by not having a fifth of it taken up by an ice maker. My only complaint on the refrigerator is that the finish is hard to keep clean and in order to do an effective job, you need special cleaners instead of just soap and water.
This house had double wall ovens and a cook surface instead of a conventional stove. I must say I absolutely love the wall mounted ovens for ease of use and by not having the oven below the cook surface, we can put our pans right below where we use them for easy access. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be hard pressed to go back to that way in the future.
The little alcove if full of of gifts to my wife over the years. The stand mixer was one of the first ones and she had put that thing to good use. It is on its third set of gears that I have rebuilt with over the years. The brass salt and pepper grinders were a fairly recent anniversary gift and the Le Crueset pans are ones that I have bought or picked up at auctions over the years. We love cooking with enamel coated cast iron. In fact, my wife just got her fourth one this Christmas because Santa felt she had been a really good girl this year putting up with all the challenges we've had.
Now that I'm back from Florida, it is full speed ahead on the kitchen before my wife goes back to work and then it will be as fast as I can go during naps by Baby Abbey. That or perhaps I will just learn to paint with her in some sort of sling around me. Either way, it won't be quite as fast as I would like.