The kitchen is one piece away from being finished. Today I went to Home Depot to send back the piece they’d sent, which was wrong, and had them order the correct piece, which will take who knows how long to come in. But the kitchen is FUNCTIONAL!
The key thing making the kitchen finally functional is the sink. I picked out a stainless steel double-bowl sink with a lower-than usual center divider. When I washed the dishes tonight I was thrilled that our largest skillet fits entirely inside the sink! The handle of the skillet would have stuck out if the center divider went all the way up.
Anyway, the end bit of the faucet, where the water comes out, pulls out to be used as a flexible sprayer, and can be used for spraying or streaming water, and you can pause the water with the upper black button.
But I am getting ahead of myself. If you come to visit us, your first view of the kitchen will be as you enter the dining room from the living room, and as you turn you will see the wide opening into the kitchen like this:
Open and inviting, I think! We will probably get some sort of curtain thing to go on the window in the back door, but we need to think about what we want.
Ok, so in the sink photo, you can just see the edge of my tea kettle. Here is the full view of the “sink wall” with the tea kettle, since I made my tea IN THE KITCHEN this morning instead of in the dining room!
I imagine that Greg’s coffee maker will go on the right like it was before. I think I will get some shelves to go on the left, under the cabinet, for my tea tins and infusers and stuff. Hmm, IKEA? Also, we will probably put a curtain on this window to match the one on the door window. And Greg suggested some sort of stencil or mural across the soffit, which could continue onto the stove wall. Well, we will see.
So as you look around to the right, you will see the “stove wall”:
We plan to put pots and pans in the drawers to the right of the stove. To the left of the stove, as you may recall, is where the garbage and recycling go. Somewhere along here we will put the spices, and the utensil bin on the counter, and you may notice that the under-counter lighting has been turned on. When I cooked dinner tonight, I used the vent and light on the microwave oven! It was so nice! But again, I am getting ahead.
Continuing around to the right…
I took this photo kind of high so I could show the mini-fan again (see previous post) and our LED lights. We’ll eventually put magnets back on our fridge, but for now we have only a timer and a beer-opener.
OK, so the final view is this:
Here you can see the back of the peninsula, and the phone, which we plan to replace. The dining room table has been temporarily squished into a corner but will be moved back to the center of the room soon. Where you see blank wall in the dining room, we’ll put the chest of drawers that contains the table linens and the wine opener, and we’ll hang the large Chinese painting. We definitely have to do some thinking about where things will go, and maybe also about what things we don’t actually need.
I have already decided that our flatware goes in the top drawer nearest the dining room. Greg hasn’t disagreed (yet) so maybe it will stay there! I got one of those “expands-to-fit-the-space” organizer things from Bed Bath & Beyond. But I didn’t stop there, I made dinner! I made tofu and vegetable stir-fry, with the first of Greg’s beans from the garden! Which reminds me I have to do a blog post on this year’s garden. Greg has done a lot of planning and a lot of work on it.
Oh yeah, the other thing that happened today was I got a haircut. The stylist blow-dried it straight, but once I wash it again it will be wavy again. I like it, and I hope I like the salon enough I can keep going back there. It made a good first impression, and was very inexpensive, so that’s a good sign!
As I was saying, however, here I am cooking, with a handful of beans that Greg just brought in from the garden. And wearing an apron my mom made, and drinking red wine, of course. I am really happy now!