Archive for March, 2013

Kitchen Details

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

By the shear number of posts, you might be guessing that I love my kitchen. I also loved my old kitchen in Ojai, but the size of this one allows me to have all of my things close at hand rather than in the guest house or laundry room.

We updated the kitchen that had only been remodeled once in the eighties, keeping the same layout, replacing all of the doors and making a few changes to make it more functional for the way we live.

The old kitchen had a book shelf for my cookbooks. This one was built into space formerly used as a breakfast bar. I decided to eliminate it since we have a dining table that seats ten in the same room, once used as both eating area and family room.

The maximum overhang without using supports was added to the adjoining side of the L-shaped island if we should ever decide to use bar stools. So far we haven’t felt the need for any. Silestone counter tops replaced navy tile with black grout.

One single wall oven in black was replaced by double ovens in stainless.

The four burner cooktop with downdraft was replaced with an eight burner and industrial hood. Huge drawers now house all of my pots in one location rather than stashed under furniture and in other rooms.

A trash compactor was squeezed into the island.

Two standard refrigerators on two walls were replaced by one big enough for everything.

A second window seat was replaced by a desk. No, it never looks this clean. Yes, I want to take a hammer and scissors to the boxes which make cable, phone, cell reception and wifi possible at The Shack.

The adjoining small eating/ family room area was converted all to dining space. This could be my favorite change as we finally have the space for the entire family to gather at a moments notice. Notice the television, soon to be hung, which I have tuned to HGTV or The Food network most of the time. Of course sports are on when the males descend upon my space.

Wood floors in hickory replaced linoleum and shag carpet. Jute rug and eight foot runner from World Market help to keep the wood floors cleaner.

Home Goods bulletin boards were hung next to the fridge for school photos and sports schedules.

A single light door replaced an old aluminum slider and made way for the fridge.

The ceiling went from grey to a bright white. The wood panel was lightened. Finally, more beachy accessories, some old and some new have been added as a finishing touch.

I had intended to include a full kitchen after shot, but there never seems to be a clean, clutter-free shot. Since I was away and then back to work for the past five weeks my posts have been non-existent. So I had better post this and add an after shot later. Besides, very soon I will be hosting an amazing photographer at the Shack. Hint. Hint.

Knobs and Pulls

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

We now can easily open up the kitchen cabinets! Let’s see where we began, after everything was painted.

The suspended, upper cabinets with white paint and clear glass to show the tea pots and green Depression glass collection.


More upper cabinets, all in white.

Green lower cabinets on the island.

Lots of pot drawers under the stove and

and storage under the sink.
And now….


All of the upper cabinets got glass knobs with a bronze base.



The lower cabinets have large bronze knobs and three sizes of pulls on the drawers. All very simple and I love them!

Now I need to select a backsplash, just can’t seem to make a final decision….

Kitchen Inching Along

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I tell Kirk each morning that I will be spending the day chipping away at the kitchen clutter. Tiny chips though they may be, we are getting closer.

Tomorrow the knobs and pulls go on!

Twenty five of these bronze knobs for the lower, green doors.

Thirty three pulls in three lengths for the drawers.

Twenty two of these glass beauties for the upper, white cabinets – my favorite. Add that all up and we should have enough doors and drawers to store plenty, right? One would think.

The hallway pile is down to this. A few destined for Marlin’s first college apartment, one for donation and two to go in the hall library storage.

And these, destined for the shop, mostly contain Pyrex Fruit pieces without a home. Not quite ready to part with the collection that was gathered over years. ..yet anyway.

The truck is completely loaded with those things I am willing to part with. Progress!

Very soon these drawers and doors will be much easier to open!

Where was all of this?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Apparently screens cost more to replace than buying another computer. Not sure what the fate of my laptop is after closing the screen on a pen. I guess another post from my iPhone is in order. Here goes…

The kitchen painting finally wrapped up last Monday. I have been steadily chipping away at the piles of boxes. Some have been stored for two years, since we listed our Ojai house. Others were boxed when we sold our house a year ago summer and sent to Podville. Others made the cut for the rental, only to be boxed up and moved to Santa Barbara three months later. No matter when they originally were taped and labeled, they have been stacked all around the house waiting for the kitchen to be complete. One year and three months later that day arrived. Not that I am counting.

Boxes were piled in the hall, in the game room and still more in the shop. Some for so long I couldn’t even recall what the contents could possibly be. Slowly, I am making my way through them. Alas, the cupboards in my much larger kitchen have filled up far too quickly.

I unpacked, filled the island with the spoils, rearranged the cabinets to wedge in more and attempted to purge.

This pile is destined for someone else’s home. I am toying with the idea of having a very belated housewarming where guests take my things home rather than bring something. Obviously, nothing needs to be added to this house. Friends from Ojai visited yesterday and they commented that the new kitchen is less Tuscany, more beachy. That was my intent, but it leaves a lot of homeless chickens.

My grandmother’s china is finally out and on display in the hutch that has been empty for far too long. You may notice the addition of some ivy pieces, but that’s another post.

The Depression Glass and teapot collection are now in the cabinets suspended above the island. This cabinet has caused much discussion over the past year, about 50/50, for and against, keeping it. There are no corners in our kitchen so grandma’s corner cabinet is in the game room – not the best place for glassware.

Not empty though. So I am still wondering where all of this came from. With a few boxes still to be opened, thinking a dumpster is in order and too much on the island that remains without a storage spot. My niece said, ” At least it is nice stuff.” Even I am beginning to wonder.