I read on a blog recently that the kitchen is the heart of the home...that statement is so true! Here in my home it is the main room that we all gather in. Living in a 300 year old house definitely has many challenges. I only have a few electrical outlets to use, the space is very inefficient, barely any counter space and cabinet space is minimum to say the least!! Add to the fact that I love to decorate and display my collections with not having much space equals..Clutter!!!! When my fridge went on the blink and it finally was time to buy a new one, that lead to a total rearrangement of my kitchen. Excitement was a understatement as I started to picture my '''new work space'' , purging was a must, not something that I like to do, but I knew had to be done. You can see in my before pictures that I really needed to remove some things.
Here is the view coming into my kitchen from the back door
Below is the new view and I really like it so much better! The old fridge had to set in front of the front door because it was to big to be placed where it was suppose to be. (DH did not measure when we purchased the old side by side) I had to down size the new fridge to be able to get the right size for under my cabinets, so it is a adjustment for space, but I am not complaining..I love my new fridge! My other new piece is the step cupboard that I married together. The base was where I had my microwave setting and the top was my aquarium stand which was taking up space in the office and I couldn't figure out where it was going until the thought of setting it on top of my base cabinet was born and Walla!! a new piece and more storage!! I can't believe how the match :)
Another view, before I brought in my cabinet..
After view with my new cabinet..
Before..Kitchen stairway to the upstairs (the slant desk was my Dad's when he was a child in school and my Grandmother gave it to me when I was in elementary school..I cherish that desk)
After..Kitchen stairway.. (This is also Cash's corner)
Walk in fireplace, built in pantry and built in step cupboard, all original to the house.
My kitchen table is a Hutch table I bought 37 years ago and the barrel chairs I bought at a yard sale last year. They came out of a old cafe in WV.
My stove is a 1976 model that I bought off of Craig's List, came out of a old farm house up north, like brand new, only one burner had been used and the ovens were never used..good buy, I thought!
And this is the only counter/work space that I have, so you see my kitchen is not very efficient but I love it! Someday we plan to expand the kitchen with a addition, but in the meantime I work with what I have. In the spring I will be painting my kitchen walls and upper cabinets.
This sure was a picture loaded post. I have been working on my kitchen for a month now and I still have some tweaking to do, but for the most it is done. Now on to the next room, I'll have some TS finds to show you on my next post.
Until the next time