Interim Kitchen (aka Who Needs to Cook, Anyway?)

We’re living with what I call an “interim kitchen” – we’re not ready to renovate it yet, but the previous owner stripped a lot of the appliances, so it’s not a functional kitchen.  Here’s a little tour of what we’re doing to get by until we get around to renovating this area.

Here’s a look at the whole kitchen – when we bought it, the cooktop, microwave, and oven were gone.

It’s got really nice granite countertops and pretty cherry-colored cabinets but we’re not crazy about the layout…we’d like to tear down a couple of walls and open it up a bit, plus add an island. So we’ll probably redo the whole thing – until we do, we don’t want to get new appliances.

I’ll start the tour on the right side of the kitchen…for the first time we have a standalone icemaker – we love, love, LOVE it! It’s so great to use all the ice you want.

How do you like the sink? It’s BLUE.  The flash makes it look lighter than it actually is, but it’s still pretty BLUE. It’s right in front of a double window and you get a great view of Allen’s Creek while you’re slaving away over the dirty dishes. That’s a good thing since the dishwasher ISN’T WORKING. At least it HAS a dishwasher, and we’ve decided to go ahead and have it serviced to see if we can’t get it working for the time being.

In the left corner, we have a countertop microwave to heat food – recently the keypad “2” went on the fritz, so if you needed to cook something for 2 minutes, you’d have to go with 1 minute and 59 seconds and be happy with it…that’s hard when you’re an OCD cook like me. Fortunately the “2” kicked back in and everything’s copasetic now. There’s also a coffeemaker and a pretty efficient little 1300 watt hot plate.

On the left side of the kitchen is where the cooktop used to be.

I found a piece of cherry-finish plywood lying around in the garage and it covers the hole nicely.

It makes a perfect spot for the latest addition to the kitchen – a Hamilton Beach Countertop Convection Oven! I have been wanting one for weeks and finally ordered it – it just arrived two days ago.

I broke it in by heating my taco shells – it’s supposed to do a great job with baking evenly, so I’m looking forward to trying it out on cookies, muffins and the like.

Here’s the space where the big oven used to be. Notice anything odd in this picture? I’ll give you a hint…look at the cabinet above the opening. Yes, that is a beam running THROUGH the left cabinet door.

It just amazes me that someone would install a cabinet like this and think that it’s perfectly OK. It amazes me even more that I keep wanting to try to open the left door.

While we’re on the subject of kitchen oddities, I’ll show you our fridge…it’s yucky and nasty and it’s technically in the family room. This really bugs us a lot and is one of the big reasons we want to change the kitchen layout.

Here’s a close-up of the refrigerator grunge. I know that those drippy rust marks look as those they should wipe off but they don’t. Trust me.

And the last oddity to share is this little cabinet, which also is technically in the family room. We couldn’t really figure out what this cabinet is all about…one theory is that it was intended to cover up the side of the oven cabinet behind it. (Angel says “hello”.)

It’s very shallow, but makes a pretty good spice cabinet.

That completes the kitchen tour…thanks for stopping by 🙂


About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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3 Responses to Interim Kitchen (aka Who Needs to Cook, Anyway?)

  1. eof737 says:

    Wonderful tour… and yes with a few oddities. I don love the cabinet colors and that blue sink is gorgeous… Please keep it. 🙂
    Again, I’m catching up on blog comments after another long 4 day yoga retreat in Boston… I got back Thursday night to over a thousand emails. Will begin a marathon commenting effort shortly! TY! 🙂

  2. I have seen blue bathroom sinks, but never a blue kitchen sink!

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