Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Work in Progress

We've been waiting for this and thinking about it for quite some time and the time is finally here! We're getting a new kitchen!

When we told people we were putting in a new kitchen we were met with a lot of "What?!" and "Really? Why? Your kitchen is so charming." And they are right, it was charming. Completely impractical, but 100% charming. You see, the old owner is an antiques dealer and a creative person in his own right. So the old kitchen as you can see is a mix of old furniture put together to create cabinets and drawers.

The idea in itself is fabulous and a good part of me was very sad to see it go. But I have to be honest, as charming as it was, it was definitely not functional. When the owner said he would leave us the old dishwasher with the sale of the house, we didn't exactly jump for joy, but it would get us through we hoped. It was about 20 years old and the door was no longer aligned and needed to be tugged at and pulled before opening and closing each time. It wasn't going to get us through and so when it did finally give out, we purchased a new dishwasher to use before putting in the new kitchen. And that's when we discovered the real reason for his generous offer. In fact, the dishwasher had been installed and the kitchen built around it. No access to disconnect water and drains. None. But I was determined not to be outdown by a shady antiques dealer. And so with a bit of resolve, a dash of determination and something I like to call a Skilsaw, I managed to get through to the hookups and complete the installation.

The dishwasher out, we were still left with the issue of the too-tiny-to-wash-anything antique sink as well as the famous hanging-from-the-ceiling oven. Now I'll admit that I'm not tall, but I don't think my lack of physical stature has anything to do with the issues that this oven presented. No just popping things into the oven or having a quick peek to see if things are done. For every meal or cake or batch of cookies, I was obliged to get out the 2-step stepstool and manoeuver around the hot door. Fabulously practical and safe too!

And so we finally decided it was time to say goodbye and update the kitchen. I know it will be worth it in the end. But for the moment, this is what we look like:

And this is my new kitchen for the next 10 days or so:

I'll be learning to cook with a slow cooker (crockpot to you Americans reading this) and fingers crossed my family will love it.

Any recipes are welcome!


Kala said...

ooh fresh new start, will be fabulous!!!

Swiedebie said...

Gretchen, indeed your old kitchen is very charming. I am sure you will have an even more practical and up-to-date kitchen. Am excited for you!

Ahhh, I love the slow cooker. My mom makes lots of yummy dishes with it, even nice pork ribs soup. Again, am very sure your family will like the dishes you make with it. Hey, slow cookers are in fact the handiest one to make excellent stews and soups!

Paperfection said...

Very brave, such a big project! I'm sure it wil turn out wonderfully!

Kuutydruk said...

Oh, good luck! New kitchens are so much fun! :) I'm enjoying mine 101% :)
Hope everything will run smoothly for you!

Vivi said...

Hey Gretchen! here are all the recipes you'll ever need! http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/
Good luck with the renovation!

SoBella Creations said...

Good Luck with the renovation!