I am not a spontaneous person. I love my usual daily schedule and planning is totally my thing. So, needless to say, a kitchen remodel causes much stress in my life. And that's before you throw in the fact that Maddie and I have celiac disease and cannot eat any gluten (wheat, rye, barley, etc...), thus severely limiting our carry out options.
As I said, I am a planner, so the temporary kitchen -- which I hoped would give us some semblance of normalcy -- was a top priority. As I packed up the kitchen, certain key items were squirreled away in the den in anticipation of the impending havoc. The espresso machine was a no brainer -- I must have my morning latte. I'm happy to report that for the past two days, I've had a latte prepared in the den and it has worked out beautifully.
An old dresser makes a nice microwave stand and prep space. Pete joked that this "kitchen" has more counter space than some of his previous apartments. I'm not a huge fan of microwaves, but without a range, I'm sure it will prove quite useful.
Over on the opposite side of the room, you can see several of the purchases I made. First is the mini fridge -- on sale for $100. It was a total splurge, but I'm so happy I bought it. It holds milk, OJ, butter and a few other things that I don't want to be running downstairs into the construction zone to obtain. I also purchased some washtubs and a dish rack since we'll have to be doing the cleaning up here or in the bathroom. And finally there is a rice cooker. We eat lots of brown rice, so I figured this would be a good investment and chose it over a crock pot.
So there you have it -- a cozy little upstairs kitchen. It's been a great help to us already and I'm glad I got it up and running before the demo began -- it seriously makes life easier and less stressful.