Kitchen Update – aka Lipstick on the Pig

Have you ever come across a deal that was just too good to be true?  I mean, you look at the price and you believe there’s a catch or someone screwed up on pricing it?  Well, that’s the reason I have a garage full of kitchen appliances right now and the push for whipping out some lipstick for the pig.  We got an amazing deal on a fridge, range and dishwasher.  Super amazing.

Some history, our house was built in 1912 by an up and coming businessman that worked for the town Electric Company.  Since it was built it’s been added on to 3 times.  A dormer upstairs, which is my office that is also under renovation at the moment, a family room and a master suite.  The kitchen, however has never been added on to.  It’s been in the same place for almost 100 years.  There have been some additions to it such as a dishwasher, movement of the range and new cabinet doors, but for the most part it still looks pretty close to what it did back when Mr. Lean built the house.

When we first bought the place, our original vision was to gut it, expand it and redo everything in a vintage inspired Craftsman style.  If you’ve ever owned an old house, one word ALWAYS rings true.  “Quirks”.  They all have them, it’s just the nature of the beast.  Well, our old houses “quirks” are stairs.  Yes, stairs.  Stairs everywhere.  There are 4 rooms that you can access without going up or down stairs.  The foyer, living room, dining room and kitchen.  If you want to go anywhere else in the house, you’ll have to go up or down.  I’m not talking big flights here, just 2 or 3.  It’s a little strange but the positive spin is that I will always have great calves.

Ok, back to the kitchen.  If you add quirks to a kitchen remodel, sometimes you end up with a big stop sign.  We could probably make a huge kitchen but the expense of moving walls and stairs would eat us alive.  So…it will remain a little kitchen and I think the cabinets will remain as well.  The hubs will eventually make new cabinet and drawer fronts that look a little more Craftsman style, we’ll put new flooring and such.  BUT, until then lipstick, lipstick, lipstick.  Today I painted the walls and tomorrow I will start painting the cabinets.  Once they are done, then the dishwasher can be installed and eventually the new gas range.  It’s going to look like a different kitchen and I’m so excited about it.  Even if it’s not my “dream kitchen”, it’s going to be amazing.  Ok, so here’s what it looked like when we bought the house.  You’ll have to wait to see what it looks like after I get it painted.  🙂

White with more white and add a splash of grey!  The floor looks tan in this photo but really it’s white and grey marbled porcelain tile.  The soffitt above the sink has black and white striped wallpaper.  Well, it did – not anymore.  The paper towel holder is gone as well as is the awesome fridge.  Lucky me it stopped working the day after we cleaned it.  Go figure.

Ok, moving on….

Grey – not my color.  I love warm, inviting colors that don’t make you want to ask for your mandatory phone call.  Just sayin.  Still the floor looks tan.  What gives?
This is the view from the other end of the kitchen.  I love the built-in china cabinet and have a cool trick up my sleeve for that.  The black plate rail is gonzo and that ceiling fan is on it’s last legs around here.  I have another little idea for repurposing a light from the living room.  🙂  It will be gorgeous!

I can’t wait to share AFTERS with you!!  

3 Comments

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    Jenni
    January 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Oh, it’s gonna be great! Keep your eyes on the prize, and don’t forget that espresso-orange coffee cake awaits! 🙂

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    Rene' (Dust-N-Ruffles)
    January 16, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I can’t wait to see it in person.. of course, I expect you’ll have to cook for me too just so I can see how good the appliances are 🙂

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    Heather Scholten
    January 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    By the way – when I say the fridge died, it’s the fridge that came with the house, not the fridge I just cleaned the other day to make way for the new one. 🙂 That one is working great in the cellar.

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