Time flies when you are having fun, well in my case busy as all get out. I’ve been buzzing around the house trying to temporarily solve my massive kitchen storage issues, which in the short term anyway are going to get worse before they get better. You see, I’ve started on a DIY kitchen makeover. I’d been planning to do some of this anyway, but winning a Kitchenaid major appliance suite from the Cascade MyPlatinum Instagram contest, turned the burner on under my backside, so to speak.
This is the winning pic. I snapped it with my Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 810. I have since switched to a Samsung Galaxy 3, due to app & service provider issues, but have to tell you, I like the operating system & the cameras on Nokia phones are outstanding.
To say I’m excited to be getting new Kitchenaid appliances would be a massive understatement, and the road to winning them was hairy. You see, I won and passed up their top of the line dishwasher to get here. Accepting the dishwasher would have taken me out of the running for the grand prize. Despite my dishwasher being about ready to fall to dust, from age and over use, I decided to say damn the torpedoes, an go all in. Lucky for me, the risk paid off.
I’ll be using the opportunity to go from white to stainless, and to make some logistical changes to my current Victorian era kitchen configuration. The current set-up is a 12×15 room with no built in cabinets, except in the adjacent scullery/pantry, though it does have a small poorly designed storage pantry, which I suspect is a converted coat closet. I plan to build and island in the center of the kitchen and will either get a cook top/oven combo or slide in range to go in it. This will be more practical, since my current range is located between my basement & pantry doors with no spot to put anything down. The island will provide storage as well. I also plan rip out the shelving in the small food pantry, remove the trim and widen the opening, so I can partially sink the refrigerator into the space. Although leaving the sink and dishwasher in the old school scullery/pantry, does make the work triangle larger, I’ve become accustomed to it & it is a great way to keep the messes I make out of site. The overall configuration will be far more photo and video friendly, which is important for me.
First on my plan of attack is refinishing the red oak floors. Then cabinets, appliance hook ups and counter for island. The refrigerator cut out can be done once stove is moved. Replacing the lower scullery pantry cabinets and sink will probably have to wait awhile, as will closing in the unused mudroom adjacent to it, to be used as a storage pantry.
It may sound odd, but I appreciate the prize even more coming from a brand I am very loyal to. I’ve used Cascade almost exclusively in my dishwasher these past 12 years. The few times I’ve tried something else, I’ve always gone back, after not getting the results I’d become accustomed to. As far as Kitchenaid, I have a few of their small appliances, kitchen gadgets and utensils and have been exceedingly pleased with them. They are one of those foodie dream brands, so I’m very excited to be getting a suite of their major appliances. I’ll have to upgrade my mixer to a Kitchenaid once I get things in order. It is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. I’ve always regretted going with a less expensive mixer years ago. It has served me well, but doesn’t take attachments, and well just doesn’t have the cache of a Kitchenaid.
I’ll keep you posted on the progress & if I go MIA for a few days on the blog, I’ll probably be in the midst of a project & will be updating on my social channels.