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22 March 2009 @ 06:56 pm
tales of a sad little kitchen, continued  
My house is full of dust. It's not as bad as it might have been, but I continue to cough. I really ought to have worn a mask yesterday. Enough about that. Who wants to see my pathetic wee kitchen?

You may recall that we began tearing this bad boy apart a couple of weeks ago. At that point, it was just the wainscot on the ceiling and a couple of cabinets that were relatively easy to rip out. To be honest, it didn't make a difference in my daily life. Save for the empty space on one wall, this is my kitchen as it's been since we moved in.

Before we begin the tour, I'd like to say two things:

1. My kitchen is horrid. I know. But it's funny what you can live with if you've no other options at hand. It's cluttered but clean, I promise you. Doesn't make it any less horrid.

2. My photos are all over the place. Apologies in advance for the mad dark shots.

Now then. Allons-y!

A full view, poorly lit:


Storage has always been an issue. To that end, we used two rolling carts. And a pot rack. Extra points to whoever spots the Tenth Doctor.


Best. Fridge. Magnet. EVER.

krypto magnet!

Here's the other cart. There's a caddy of cleaning supplies and a recycling bin on the bottom. Still haven't figured out what I'm going to do about the recycling when we're all done. Allow me to assure you that my kitchen is not this tilty. I had to hitch myself halfway up onto the stove to get this shot. My kitchen is very narrow, but not uneven. Well, it's a little uneven, but it's no apartment in Dowisetrepla.


Here's a closer view of the shelves. I'm going to miss them. Kind of.


Corner. Crockpot. Chopping boards. Canisters. Corned Beef (in the crockpot).

corner with crockpot

Ridiculously dark shot of the kitchen sink that I only included because I had no fallback. Clearly I wasn't fussed enough to put the dishes away before taking the picture. Note, overall, that I didn't tidy up in the slightest. Sorry, flist. I suppose I'm hoping you'll accept me as the flawed creature that I am.

kitchen sink

Other corner. Toaster oven. Method all purpose spray, version Pink Grapefruit. Hmm. Not quite as cool as the other corner.

corner with toaster oven

Another dark one. Yeesh.


My main workspace. The banana is there to continue the Doctor Who theme. Bananas are good.


And that's the sad little kitchen that was. Next... destruction! Also, kitties on boxes!
Amandaanyagee on March 22nd, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
I have that Doctor fridge magnet! He's currently holding up a valentine a friend gave me on my white board.
pheylanpheylan on March 23rd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Man, and I thought out old kitchen had a lack of counter space. With as much as you like to cook, it must be really rough. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
Kel: don't let them see you're afraidladyjoust on March 23rd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Cooking in this space has been very, VERY challenging. Nothing will change it being a very narrow, tiny space, but having more countertop is going to be a blessing.

And I'm with you: I can't wait to see what we do with it! We've got the cabinets but we've yet to choose the materials for the counter, a good deal of the lighting, the backsplash. It's a bit of an adventure. :)

Janet: glass of wine for bunnygoodnite_gracee on March 23rd, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
I think you apologize more than you need to! Clutter is not the same as unclean - and you only have so much to work with. Looking forward to the transformation... and I am jealous! My kitchen has space, but it is not MY space (or even the husband's!). I would love the opportunity to rip it out and do it right!
Kel: serious Oracleladyjoust on March 23rd, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! Mayhap my abject apologies stem from the notion that I can't possibly be taken seriously as a halfway decent cook if my kitchen isn't in excellent order... and just extend that conceit to the rest of my house/life. *le sigh*

And yes, my kitchen is ever so wee, but when we're done it will be mine. One of these days I'll have a great, sprawling open space to work with. For now, I've got quirky cottage. It is what it is, and I'm darned lucky I'm getting the chance to do this. Here's hoping you get the chance to do the same!
Kel: touching stardustladyjoust on March 23rd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
on a side note, I have no idea why that particular icon popped up. I intended another one entirely.

Uh oh. I think my LJ's gone sentient.
Janet: good eatsgoodnite_gracee on March 23rd, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Maybe if we win the lottery... and I think anyone who can turn out tasty food in a challenging space is to be taken more seriously than a professional working under the best of circumstances... anyone can turn out a meal if they have everything at their fingertips...
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on March 23rd, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see the transformation! Keep us posted.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on March 23rd, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
I must say that I like your old cabinet doors better then our old ones. Our kitchen is really bad. I'll show you a photo some time.
Kel: Maria's dad is hotladyjoust on March 23rd, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Just be glad I don't have a tactile function on my LJ. The thick, greasy coating over thick, ill applied paint is... *shudder*. This, despite my scrubbing and scouring.

And let me remind you that you may have icky cabinets, but you also have WEE KITTIES! Fluffy adorableness trumps all. You win. :)
Chad Dylan Cooper just stole my yogurt!faded_lilac on March 23rd, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
That's almost exactly how our kitchen was laid out before my mom redid it a few years back! The lack of counter space must have been killer.