Cooking, Done with Care

 Cooking, done with care, is an act of love.

I love to cook. No, really, I do. I love to cook but my kitchen mostly just made me grumpy. The California sunshine ceiling was a bug grave yard that left the kitchen dim but cutting all the light. The counters were the finest 1970s formica, badly worn and stained. The floor was worn from the casters on the kitchen chairs, and the whole thing just made me want to cook blindfolded.

When I finished up the bathroom in the fall of 2011, that left the kitchen, and it was a problem because the bathroom, looking so great, made the kitchen look so terrible.

It was hard to cook in it. Never mind cook carefully as an act of love.

The new ceiling. Raised about 10 inches, with new light fixtures. It’s a tin ceiling, except not really, because it’s plastic. Which meant you could cut it with kitchen shears and it didn’t cost the earth.

 In a bid to acquire more space, we got rid of the table and installed the shelf. It works  really well. Sewing the valence was the last part of task today. The cats seem to be accepting the loss of the old kitchen chairs by sleeping on the new ones.

Why yes, I have a lot of spices. I’m looking forward to not having to burrow through a cupboard in the Butler’s pantry to find them.  Also, sock monkey calendar this year.

View into the Butler’s pantry. I suppose I could still find a better way to manage my recycling. I’ll add that to phase 2.

New storage method for the cookie cutters I collect. Since I never really use them to make cookies (gasp!) the fact that they aren’t very accessible isn’t an issue.

Cabinets. The cabinets are original, but we added trim and new pulls, and repainted them. We also added the rack over the stove to hold the cooking utensils and the paper towel holder. I now have a whole two things that have to live on the counter, and this makes me very happy.

I can’t paint the back door until it warms up outside.

That’s my tiled backsplash. All mine. Well, except for those of you who helped me pick the colours. Also, new sink and new faucet.  And coffee cups hanging up, so  they aren’t littering the counter either.

Another view into the Butler’s pantry. Also nicely shows the new floor.

So, in all, we:

– Replaced the counters

– Replaced the floors

– Raised and replaced the ceilings with a tin ceiling

-Replaced the sink and faucet

-Replaced the door pulls and painted all of the cabinets

-Painted every surface that stood still

-Replaced the kitchen table with a breakfast bar

In 2 weeks exactly.

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9 Responses to Cooking, Done with Care

  1. Mr. Spit says:

    And I, for one, am still tired and sore from the whole endeavour. Had to go to work to relax from my “Christmas Vacation.”

    HOWEVER! It was effort well worth the expense. I provide much of the strong back for our renos, but you shoulder much of the credit for the choices in colours and bring the parts into a coherent whole. And once again, to quote that Indiana Jones movie, you chose wisely.

  2. Jenna says:

    That looks lovely! You should share your process of painting as we’re probably doing that very soon!

  3. Carmen says:

    It looks beautiful! I too collect cookie cutters, but rarely bake with them.

  4. debby says:

    Very nice. We have been wrangling over remodeling our kitchen, which I love. Except for a couple things. Well. A half dozen, maybe. But I do love my kitchen. But I’m thinking I love yours better, maybe.

  5. GeekChic says:

    It looks very nice – and admirably functional. I’m very impressed with the amount that you and Mr. Spit got accomplished in 2 weeks.

  6. HereWeGoAJen says:

    It’s beautiful. Now I want to do mine. Except I don’t really, so much work.

  7. a says:

    Beautiful! Excellent job!

  8. loribeth says:

    *bowing in deference to your skill and taste, not to mention SPEED!! lol * Fabulous job!! Want to come tackle my kitchen next?? I am torn between a full scale reno & a refresh. We still have the original (30-ish year old) cupboards & counter, etc. (we put in ceramic floor tiles, but even they are 15 years old). I don’t mind the cupboard doors — they are horribly scratched & scuffed, but they are solid wood, & a coat of stain or paint & new handles would probably work wonders — but the shelves themselves are chipboard and sagging. :p

  9. Neeroc says:

    Gorgeous (and speedy) job. Well done you guys. I have kitchen reno envy.

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