So the kitchen has been close to done for a while now. We have two more things to do: paint the windowsill over the sink and replace the stove. The painting just keeps getting put off.
As for the stove, we were going to keep the one we have. But, we’ve been having trouble with it. It takes forever to boil water and gets really hot. It throws a lot of heat when the burners are on and the oven door gets ridiculously hot on the outside. Unfortunately, Munchkin managed to get her hands on the door before I snatched her up one day and she got burned. She for some reason made a mad dash to try to touch it and I picked her up just as her hand grazed the outside of the closed oven door. It wasn’t bad, but would have been worse if she actually set her hand instead of just grazing. Then the broiler stopped lighting recently. Anyways, now we’re looking at gas or dual fuel ranges to replace it. Something more efficient and safer for kids (no more erecting chair barriers when the stove is on). Any suggestions would be appreciated!
I’ve been meaning to post some photos, but kept waiting for that time when everything was super organized and clean and put together. Well, months have passed and I’ve come to realize that it will never look perfect. We’re busy parents of an even busier, and messier, toddler. So, without further delay, here’s what our kitchen looks like now. Don’t mind the toddler crumbs everywhere!
Here’s a few things we love so far:
The big farmhouse sink and the touchless faucet. The faucet took some getting used to. I kept scaring myself turning the water on by accident. But now that I’m used to it, I love it. It did freak Glenn out one day when he was home and the faucet kept turning on and off. Turned out a fly kept landing on the top sensor.
The marble tile backsplash. I’m so glad we waited for more of this type of marble to be cut. The variation in greys is beautiful.
The outlet with USB ports. That end of the counter is the dedicated charging zone.
Being able to hide the microwave away.
Undercabinet lighting. And the glass pendants with Edison bulbs too.
Wavy glass breaks up the cabinets and shows off my antique Fiesta and Redwing dishes. (Thanks family!) The other side of the sink has glasses and stemware.
Soapstone counters. They still need a few more coats of wax. We’d like them a little darker.
And Munchkin’s favorite: the magnet/chalk board. Her other favorite is her Learning Tower, which you can see part of in the lower right. It’s usually at the island so she can climb up and have snacks there or just watch us cook. She’s taken to eating there instead of her high chair actually. I had moved it to vacuum under and wash it down as it gets pretty dirty.
Glenn had the idea to paint a piece of sheet metal with chalk board paint. It’s hung by super strong magnets on the back of the panel. If we ever want to take it off, we just have to pop the magnets off and the original white panel is underneath.
Well, that’s it for now. Will post more when we finally complete the last two tasks.