The title is in celebration of having an oven and stovetop in the kitchen again, and this STL native likes to work in Nelly lyrics where she can.
Finally, the Instant Pot has found a more permanent home, tucked inside a cabinet, and you can walk on our floors without your socks snagging on splintered wood.
I’ve been excited to share the completed kitchen as it has been absorbing every day off I’ve had the last couple months. There are a few details to be addressed but nothing that keeps us from using the kitchen and going about our day to day business.
Please read Burning Down the House (Kitchen Before) to remind yourself of the abhorrent linoleum floor and baby blue walls and formica counter tops. Quentin and I did everything ourselves, making this an affordable endeavor (Note: Quentin did all things that causes one to break any sweat). The total cost rose from what was initially hoped for but that was expected.
Total kitchen remodel: $3000.
One of the few outstanding projects is the threshold pieces that need to be worked out by the refrigerator and back door. Ultimately, it will result in another days work but we’re really mulling around ideas of the most efficient way of going about it.
My cherished collections have found their way back into the space. The state glasses are presented on the same shelves that previously hung but really pop against the fresh white paint. Mt pyrex collection resides in the open cabinets that we were able to give a facelift to including beadboard, new trim and of course, fresh paint.
The refrigerator was painted with chalkboard paint to polish the look and prolong its life until we have the budget for new appliances. A gallery of postcards, photos and friends artwork adorn the front giving it the real maximalism vibe.
I’m so happy with this wallpaper. It instantly adds interest and pulls the the plaid from the other side of the kitchen. I eventually want to buy a black and white plaid rug for the kitchen but have not yet pulled the trigger; i love this one from Dash and Albert.
The clock that Quentin gave me for my birthday is a detail that brings the “Schools House Chic” look together.
The coffee cart has a couple Dolly Parton ‘Pour yourself a cup of ambition’ memorabilia that were gifted to me and seemed well suited to the spot. And, our little secret, one of the aluminum cake lids hides the doorbell system. WIN.
This sink was the one single thing I was most excited about and it did not let me down. It’s proven to be a showstopper.
The floors turned out rustic but charming and I love that you can see all 128 years of this house within the patina of the original boards.
The tiles aren’t original to our home but they are salvaed, old and real damn cool.
Lastly, that $10 light fixture I thrifted adds a warm light in the evening and is the greatest monetary deal from our venture.
Hope you enjoyed,
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