This past week and weekend were quite busy for us here at the renovation ranch.
Even though it snowed once again slowing us down abit...We still accomplished a lot!
So much happened in fact...I don't no where to start!
So here goes nothing!
The Kitchen is coming along quite nicely.
The wall oven / pantry unit was finally finished and the installation completed.
It went from being a giant hole in the wall where our front door once was...
To a rough sketch I made a few years ago for the cabinet maker...
As you can see, I made some changes to the design during the construction phase.
I went from two shelves over the microwave to one, and to 3 drawers under the wall oven instead of just two.
Well, actually, It's really just two, the bottom drawer is quite deep and looked out of proportion so, I had a false front made giving the illusion of three.
The top drawer under the wall oven is for sheet pans and baking stones...
Just under this the deeper drawer for baking dishes and other assorted items.
On the pantry side,
We have a shallow depth drawer for oven mitts and hot pads...
Just below that, another shallow drawer for foil and bags.
And finally, the very deep drawer for boxed pantry items and chips.
There will be one more drawer in this area, it hasn't been installed yet due to an issue with it's glide.
But it looks very much like this.
All of our drawers in the new kitchen are Full extension and have blumotion glides which allow them to close on their own at a certain point. I have really loved this!
Like a kid ...I find myself opening them just to watch them close again!
Juvenile but fun!
I still need to select all of the hardware for this piece.
I had to make a selection for the bottom drawer pantry side. It's a smaller version of the appliance pull that is on the integrated dishwasher and will be on the refrigerator armoire when it's complete.
I'm thinking about doing something different on this wall oven/ pantry unit.
Maybe something more like furniture.
What do you think?
Should I keep them the same as the rest of the kitchen...
Or let this piece stand alone?
I haven't decided yet so I would love your input!
Next on the list of accomplishments and installations: the drawer inserts.
Even the silverware drawer was specifically designed to house our dearest Nanny's silver which we are going to use as our everyday flatware.
She gave this to Hubby many years ago and it was still in the original case.
It had been a gift to her by her brother when he returned from WWII.
It was never used. There's not a scratch on it.
The receipt was dated 1943. This made me feel sad.
I don't want to own something I will never use. I want to enjoy it!
Not just on special occasions which are often times few and far between, but everyday.
So, every time we open this drawer....we think of Nanny!
And I have to tell you...I love the slightly tarnished color they took on when I washed them. They even feel good in your hand!
Even Macaroni and Cheese is a little more special when you eat it off of a pretty plate and use a pretty fork!
The wood countertop was given several coats of a matte varnish. To seal and protect it.
I am not sure if I like this yet!
Even though it's a matte finish...it seems shiny to me. What do you think?
They are telling me it can be dulled?
I was quite happy without a finish at all but was talked into this. You know me, plain as paper. I am not a big "shine girl"
After that...The sink and faucet were both installed...and...
We have water!!!
I love my new faucet and farmhouse sink! I have learned to not take this very simple thing for granted...it took way too long to get it up and running!
The garbage disposer and dishwasher are working too, but for now...
I am enjoying the task of hand washing!
Just this morning...I filled my sink full of hot bubbly water and started washing my dishes to be placed in their new homes.( In the drawers just below the silverware)
There is something very therapeutic about hand washing dishes.
At least until the newness wears off!
While the plumbers were crawling around on the floor last week, I was out in the cottage studio making the linen café curtains and roman shade that now hang above my new sink.
I will share them with you tomorrow!
Until then, please give me your thoughts on my hardware dilemma and the shine on my counters.
I would just love to hear them!
Thanks so much!