Our kitchen has some major issues -- 1940's metal cabinets, badly tiled over 1970's counter tops, weird appliance issues, etc. When we redo it for keeps, we are going to have to tear it down to the studs and rip out the floor -- can you say pricey? So we have been redoing the rest of the house and saving this room for last (you know, after we win the lottery or whatever.)
The first two photos are of the northern wall. Perhaps you can see the gas range and the electric cooktop side by side here. Yeah. I do have 8 burners, but that wasn't the plan. (I'll get to the reason for that later.) There is pretty much no usable counter space on this wall, but I'm not sure I can do much about that.
Moving clockwise around the room, we are now facing east. There is a nice big window, but the desk cuts into the available counterspace (and mostly collects junk and piles of bills.) I'd like to tidy this space and make it more organized. Especially the "beverage center":
This is the espresso machine and tea area. Right now it's neatened up a bit, but things tend to expand out of control. More storage to contain the mess would be a good idea.
Facing south we see the biggest expanse of countertop, which is where I end up doing most of my food prep, baking, etc. The sink and dishwasher jut out into the room at an odd angle because there is a radiator back behind them. In this photo you can also see the odd cave-like structure in the room...
This is the reason I have a cooktop and a range. When we moved in, there was an *ancient* wall oven in this space, we went to the appliance shop and purchased the smallest possible oven, but when they came to install it, it didn't fit. I purchased a piece of MDF and cut it to fit (the bottom was originally open to the drawer below) but that's as far as I got. Something must be done with this junk collecting space.
Facing west, you see a bank of cabinets -- probably installed in the 70's. They are metal and wood and have seen better days. I want to remove the trim and paint these.
One small project will be to replace the old leaky faucet with the broken hot water handle. We already purchased a new faucet and I just have to phone the plumber to have it installed.
And the old laundry chute door needs two tiles replaced and a new hinge. Pete is on the job and thinks he can get this done this weekend.
So, what can I do with this space? Well, I don't want to do too much because our plan is to rip it out and replace *everything* in the next five years. A little paint, some organization and perhaps a new microwave are on the agenda. Any suggestions on what I can do with the oven cave?