You’ve had a few sneak peaks at my kitchen before, in the post about my kitchen backsplash dilemma. Mostly about my own kitchen nightmares:
But it’s not all bad. Overall, when I first walked into the kitchen on our initial tour of the house, I thought it was very nice. I had to touch the linoleum to realize that it wasn’t tile. Here’s a shot of the kitchen on our second walk-through the house before buying it.
And here it is now:
Before we moved in, we had it painted a creamy yellow. There were a few minor repairs to the drywall on the ceiling, and the entire ceiling also needed a coat of paint. We had to add shelves to the pantry, and a few more handles (hardware). If you look closely at the before picture, you can see one set that was missing. HINT: it’s on the pantry.
It really does feel like a large kitchen, even though the layout may not be the most useful. It does appear nice as long as you don’t look to closely.
From this angle you can see where we also added two magnetic knife racks over the oven. We do have lots of cabinet storage.
I also hung a bunch of the black iron trivets that were my grandmother’s. She had loads of them hanging up around her kitchen. It looked really wonderful in their 1940 built house, with white painted cabinets and that large wrought iron-looking hardware (hinges and pulls). When they moved out of that house (that my grandparents had lived in for over 50 years) she packed these up. The family split them up to whoever wanted them, and I took whatever anyone else didn’t want. I think they’re beautiful. My favorite is this one in the middle:
It says “Ach, Don’t Talk So Dumb.” Hee-hee.
My fridge is covered in magnets and photos. I think because I grew up with refrigerators that were covered in things, I have always done the same. Years ago I made my own magnets that you can sort of see here- stars, a heart, and a crab. The clock I picked up at Bed Bath and Beyond shortly after we moved in. It was on clearance for $2. It has three little compartments and three pegs- very useful!
And finally, a closer shot of the back wall. I think this is my favorite part of the kitchen. The glass doors in the middle help lighten the look, and allow me to display some pretty things. I think the most useful thing in my kitchen are those three large drawers in the middle. They hold TONS of stuff. And it feels accessible than having to go in and dig in the cabinets. If I could re-do this kitchen, I would put in a lot more big drawers I think. In the right corner you can see where I have my newly organized meds.
Overall, I think my kitchen is nice, even though it has its problems. I would love to change all sorts of things, but realistically that isn’t going to happen for a very long time (if ever). I need to be content with what we’ve got, and I am very glad that everything works.
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