kitchen catch-up

No. Not ketchup. Or catsup (although I’ve never understood that spelling – cat + sup (= supper) = cat dinner. What?). But, I digress. Sorry.

Back on track, I spilled the beans yesterday on the exciting kitchen updates, so now it’s time to catch you up on all the steps it took to get us to that point! So, here goes….

You’ll remember the kitchen looked like this when we bought it.


The cooktop and the over threw us for a bit of a loop when we bought the house, since the oven is about 22″ and doesn’t even fit all of my cookie sheets. So, we decided to buy this stove and rip out the bank of cabinets that housed the cooktop.

As with everything in our quirky home, easier said than done.

After -we- Rob and David ripped out the cabinets, we could survey the next dilemma.


Can’t see it yet? Look again.


There it is: the gas line that ran directly through the old cabinet…and exactly where we needed to install the new cabinet.

So, after we installed one cabinet, it was time to call our good buddy, Jeff.


He did a great job. He moved the gas line back into the wall and drilled a hole to let it run over to the wall oven. And apparently I didn’t take a picture of it.

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Once that was taken care of, we were able to install the next cabinet and move on to the next stage of the project: finding a way to add 1 3/4 inches to the front of each cabinet to fill in the gap between the cabinet and the stove. See, the old cabinets we removed (and the ones above) were 17 inches, and the prefab ones at Home Depot came in either 15 or 18 inches. Since we wanted to stay as far away from the word “custom” and the scary price tag attached to it, we bought the 15 inch cabinets and knew we were going to have to be creative.

So, with a little creativity, many minutes spent sitting on the kitchen floor and staring at the gap, the nifty circular saw, some liquid nails and some clamps, we ended up with this! We’re pretty proud.

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And, oooh, did you get a look at that gorgeous stove? Look again. What a beauty. (And seriously, SO much fun to cook on!!)

After a little paint, and the countertops, here’s where we are now! (Except the paper towel is gone now. Don’t know why it was there anyway.)

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I can’t even tell you how exciting it is to have countertops next to the stove! And I’m gonna start unpacking the dishes now too – later.

Want to come visit? I’ll make cookies….


8 thoughts on “kitchen catch-up

  1. hahaha, jk.

    i wanna come visit. and i wanna cook on your stove/oven. nice job. i like your creativity on the cabinet size problem. well done.

    On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM,

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