Phase I — think about it. This is where we are right now. Thinking, rethinking, and changing our minds, a LOT.
A little kitchen history: This house was built in the mid-70s by Aunt Francis and her ex-communicated priest/husband, Uncle Joe, aka The Priest. Not sure what the story is on that, but I bet it was good. Aunt Francis was a cook extraordinaire and apparently quite the Julia Child fan. Do you know Julia’s flame orange LeCreuset French Oven? I found one in the attic. Despite its age and obvious years of heavy use, I adore it. Sadly, I cannot say the same for the rest of the kitchen.
Not much has changed here in the past 30 years.
• The cooktop is the original 45″ stainless steel Thermador with a grill/griddle in the center. The griddle was warped and flaking off some metallic chunks, so I chucked it. The big burner is spent and we haven’t bothered to replace it (something about the ridiculous $200 price tag).
• The behemoth of a ventihood is an old Broan. It has one speed – loud and mostly effective. This thing is an eyesore and I would love to get rid of this overhead ventilation system all together.
• To the left you see my Masterpiece Self-Cleaning double wall oven by Thermador. I am sure they were tip-top of the line in their day, but don’t get too excited. These babies are all of 24″ wide on the outside and the top oven just blew it’s 2nd coil. I’m not replacing it again. I have no idea how long the clock hasn’t work and the replacement part is no longer made…so no timer and no self-cleaning either.
My aged cooking appliances need replaced and the ventihood has got to go. It sucks up what little light this kitchen has to offer and blocks my only kitchen window. You may have noticed that the pictures are a wee bit overexposed….otherwise you wouldn’t see much of the dark kitchen.
So, Phase I is replacing the cooking top, ovens, and ventihood. The island counter will have to be redone….there is a whopping 45″ hole in that thing!
High-end appliances do not appeal to me. I am not a Julia Child kind of cook and I have other things to spend our money on besides a fancy heat source that doesn’t whip up a meal by itself. I am going with GE. Why GE?
- Highly rated by Consumer Reports and various online customer reviews.
- We had GE Profile appliances in our Florida home that we bought while stationed at Eglin AFB. That is still my favorite home and I was quite happy with my GE stuff.
I wonder if the golfcart people know they’ve been google mapped?
Cooktop will be replaced with a GE Profile 36″ Induction Cooktop – black, frameless and very cool looking.
The behemoth will be replaced with a telescopic downdraft or a 36″ GE Profile Island hood. This hood is about half the size of the behemoth, so I can probably live with it. Still thinking this through.
The wall oven will be moved to this corner and replaced with this lovely GE Profile 30″ Single/Double Convection oven.
The island counter top will be a brownish quartzy type and I will probably paint the island cabinets a warm, creamy white that will blend with my lovely, buttercream, breakfast room and dining room walls.
The old wall oven space will be converted to a pantry with pull-out drawers or some such fun, organizational type, do-hickey. I’ll figure out the doors later.
Sooner or later, the remaining cabinets will need to be spiffed up some how. Right now I am thinking, resurfacing. They are a beautiful cherry wood, in excellent shape, and better than what we can afford to replace them with, so the cabinets stay. The first step is to apply a little TSP to them and see how much that improves their appearance.
Cons to this plan:
Rewiring a 220 for the new wall oven. Mr. Electrician can fix that plug that doesn’t work on that wall, too!
Ductwork if going with the telescopic downdraft and getting rid of old ductwork that is vented through the roof.
Probably some repair work on the ceiling around the current hood. Did I mention we have popcorn on our ceiling. Horrible, hideous, useless stuff. Can’t convince the husband that the popcorn needs to go. Anybody know of a good way to cover that stuff up? Would tin ceiling panels work?
So, that is Phase I, fwiw.
What’s Phase II? Well, more or less, it consists of:
Knocking down a wall….woohoo….and moving refrigerator so that I can see into my lovely breakfast room and out my lovely windows! Let the sunshine in!! (ssshh, don’t tell my husband – yet!)
New counter for the rest of the kitchen.
Strip the wallpaper and paint.
If it weren’t for the fact that my cooking appliances are on their death bed, I’d rather do Phase II first. But then again, I haven’t convinced DH that the wall blocking my sunshine needs to come down. So, on with Phase I it is.