My kitchen, as is yours, is the heart of my home where we have lived for almost 34 years. We bought our house when it was already 5 years old and we were thrilled to have our own home to start out married life in. We have been doing many renovations over the years and this year it will be the kitchen. I'm not looking forward to all the mess involved and being 'displaced' for 2 or 3 weeks but I hear it will be worth it in the end! It will be won't it??
I know some people don't like clutter but I collect old cookie cutters,
kitchen gadgets, etc. so they are displayed on the counter. Once
the new kitchen is built I may change that decor.
The glass jars are vintage as are the cutting boards. I like a
little lamp on when it is a dreary day and in the evenings.
I am going to look for a new one.
The new cabinets will be 'coconut' white Shaker style with
brushed nickel bin pulls and knobs. The counter top will be
granite-look laminate in a creamy tone. I'm keeping it light and bright!
King Cole tea bags are home to this jar on the left and the one on the
right contains odd kitchen gadgets like old milk bottle caps
and a homemade donut cutter (I've never made a donut!) :-)
My cookie cutter collection and Easter eggs in a Cadbury jar.
A little Easter chick sits in front of another jar with an artificial
bird's nest with 3 turquoise wooden eggs in it.
Aren't these little vintage chicken egg cups cute?
I think Shelia would love these for her kitchen :-)
Gotta love that melamine! ;-(
Back to the makeover to come. The bulkhead all around the kitchen
will be gone as will the valance over the window. There will
be 2 glass doors in the corner and all the cupboards will go up to the ceiling.
Due to the small size
of the kitchen we will have to install an apartment sized dishwasher to
the right of the sink. (yes, I've gone almost 34 years without a dishwasher!)
The sink will be replaced with a sink and a half for space too. I'm not
sure if I'll like it as I'm so used to the double size and love to wash dishes
by hand. You get used to it after all that time!
This is looking from the dining room into the kitchen. The cupboard
on the left is coming out and will be replaced with a 2' wide built-in
china cupboard with glass doors on the top. It's a peninsula and it will
have drawers and doors on the dining room side for storage that I can
actually access. And that ugly bulkhead will be gone!
The other side of the kitchen. The fridge and pantry will be switched - I think.
That's a big decision. I could just reverse the doors on the fridge and leave it there.
The new microwave will go over the stove and I'll have a full pantry.
I have food and baking goods in every other cupboard so
it will be great to have it all in one place!
This is the back door (and ugly garbage can and the dog bowls!)
and the closet that will be reconfigured. Good bye bi-fold doors.
A whole new double door (center opening) with more convenient
shelving and a place for my ironing board and broom, etc. will be there!
I can't wait for it all to begin, hopefully by May. We will be doing
a lot of barbecuing and microwaving and perhaps eating out during the process.
I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and will do a post of the renovation when it's complete.
I hope you didn't mind a tour of my 'old kitchen'! It has been the
heart of my home for 34 years but it's time for a 'change of heart',
so to speak.
Please drop by to visit Shelia at Notesongs and join the
Heart of the Home Party.
I hope you have a delightful day!