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msm-s's picture

So, I bought a house :-)
Great old hardwood floors, original UNPAINTED wood trim throughout, 10' cielings, and enough space for my son to grow and me to have a real painting studio again AND a separate sewing and craft room.
Built 1922, but the last kitchen reno must have been in the early 1960's at the very latest.
But that's great-- it helped keep the price down, and now i finally get to design whatever I want!

No pictures to post, but here's some current stats:
-narrow layout: 15' x 9' (can you believe this is a huge improvement over my old smaller kitchen? lol)
-hideous medium dark wood panelling obviously applied over the old walls, with touches of typical wallpaper of the era- green/brown/yeller kettles and coffee pots.
-kitchen cieling has been lowered to maybe 8 or less
-top and bottom ovens built into wall (actually, wall bumps out to accomodate them) with separate cooktop jutting out in the "L" counter that bisects kitchen leaving narrow passage into second half.

I've tried searching the posts here at CT as i know some of you have reno'ed your kitchens in recent years, but i'm not seeing many pictures. As a very visual person, I need pictures to get me started. Please post pix of your favorite kitchen features, or links to helpful websites. A friend is bringing me an Ikea catalog when she comes back from Boston, and in the meantime I've been drooling over their stuff online.

I also welcome ALL advice!
Who knows, once I have a decent kitchen, i may actually start reading more of the cooking threads and forget the political ones! :-)

plantlust's picture

(post #50914, reply #98 of 179)

Well I have to admit that the white trim does look good when viewed thru the kitchen (tho I still have this urge to take out my heat gun). I love that granite too.

Maybe I'm just stuck on wood trim because mine is old pine & when I finally put the varnish on, it turned the most magnificent reddish gold colour. Still have several rooms to finish...

Drying out. 3 fat dead mouzies in traps, proof that winter is coming early.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

AnnL's picture

(post #50914, reply #100 of 179)

If I had nice, old wood trim, I certainly would have kept it stained.  But, since the kitchen is open to the living room, I would have had to replace the trim in the living room, then that's open to the hallways, which go to the office, then up the stairs.  I spent too much on the kitchen reno already, I didn't need to add expensive trim.  :-)


Thanks, that granite was my splurge.  It was one of the most expensive granites (figures I would fall in love with an expensive one)but I ended up finding a granite shop that offered it much cheaper than other places.  So, since I could get this granite at the cheaper place for about the same price the other granites, I rationalized that it was a deal!  :-) 


Ann
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Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

plantlust's picture

(post #50914, reply #101 of 179)

sigh I understand completely about the Champagne Taste, Beer Budget phenomenon. I blame Mother<G>.

Drying out. 3 fat dead mouzies in traps, proof that winter is coming early.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #50914, reply #65 of 179)

I almost went with Ikea cabinets, but didn't because the nearest store is 6 hours away.  I still love many of the cabinets, and they are well-constructed.  I've visited them in the stores, and may yet put them in the laundry, but was daunted by the distance.


Unless they've built one in Memphis (if they haven't, they should!!!), I think the nearest one to you is Atlanta.


Leigh


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TracyK's picture

(post #50914, reply #66 of 179)

Oh, they absolutely look lovely. And it's entirely possible that I'm seeing the ones where the owners just decided to "pretty up" the kitchens before selling, as cheaply as possible, so they chose the absolute lowest of the low.


Just make sure you get a thorough, up-close look at what you're getting. Open alll the drawers, etc. It's the sham fronts and lightweight plastic interiors that do me in. I'm very frugal and after 12 years of crappy apartment kitchens the littlest things feel like luxuries to me... but I'd rather pay a wee bit more the first time and not have to replace it in five years.


Budget-conscious as I am, god knows I've had enough experience with other Ikea products (furniture, couches, etc) over the years... the stuff does not generally last and as such I'm highly suspicious of it.


Totally hear you on the 1920s homes though. I'm fixated on them at the moment. I need to stop perusing "Cottage Living" magazine. :-)


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chiquiNO's picture

(post #50914, reply #145 of 179)

My niece just remodeled a kitchen with all Ikea cabinets and I totally agree with you!!  Very cheapy, flimsy cabinets.  I was so disappointed!!  She wanted that modern look and it really looks awful with all her fancy restaurant quality appliances, including TWO professional ranges that are side by side!!  Commercial refrigerators/freexers and a set of dishwasher drawers as well as a regular dishwasher!!  Cabinets are HORRIBLE  baaut I would never tell her that...but I think she already knows.  Her mother comments about it often...LOL  My sister never could hold her tongue!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Jean's picture

(post #50914, reply #147 of 179)

LOL, my custom (Amish crafted) cupboards are gorgeous, it's my stove and oven that are crap.



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chiquiNO's picture

(post #50914, reply #148 of 179)

Remember long ago I sent you pictures of my kitchen and you posted them for me???  Can you find them so I can post them here???  I wanted to show my good ole kitchen before I had to give it up!! LOL


 


Jean, I'm posting pictures of my friend's house in Macon, Georgia where we evacuated for Gustav.  If they come out too big, could you shrink them for me, please??  TIA



Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans


Edited 9/24/2008 2:16 pm by chiquiNO

 

Jean's picture

(post #50914, reply #149 of 179)

Are these the pictures you mean?


http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=1537.1


I'm not seeing any of your friend's.




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chiquiNO's picture

(post #50914, reply #150 of 179)

LOL  COuld be because I forgot to post them!!LOL

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Jean's picture

(post #50914, reply #152 of 179)

The first and the last were alike so i changed three. My program won't do much to improve the focus so I didn't even try. Lovely kitchen. I'd love to have that counter space.



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chiquiNO's picture

(post #50914, reply #153 of 179)

Thanks!!  DOn't worry about the blurs....it's probably the photographer!!LOL

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Jean's picture

(post #50914, reply #154 of 179)

You're welcome.  Any time sugah.



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chiquiNO's picture

(post #50914, reply #155 of 179)

Thanks, my friend...you're so sweet!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

msm-s's picture

(post #50914, reply #156 of 179)

well.
I had the kitchen torn out immediately upon closing on the house back in October, but have been busy moving, sick with allergic bronchitis, and ultimately still undecided on what I want IN the kitchen, so it's still an empty room. I did meet with a kitchen designer, and she came up with one idea I love-- putting the cooktop (do9uble wall oven unit is separate) in a corner at an angle.

The work is going to have to wait until after the holidays, but my contractor is coming by this week to go over some rough plans so we can get an estimate on cabinets.
I will try to post the sketch of the floorplan this evening and would love to get feedback from you guys!

Marie Louise's picture

(post #50914, reply #157 of 179)

I just saw this thread. Here is a link to the pictures of my finished kitchen: http://s93.photobucket.com/albums/l77/marie-louise2006/Oakland%20kitchen%20remodel/?start=all

There are 2 threads about it. One details the remodel process as it was going on (I've deleted those pictures):

http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=33458.1

And other, details about the finished kitchen:

http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=34553.1

The Kitchen Forum on Garden Web was a wonderful resource for me. I highly recommend it.

FL.Cook's picture

(post #50914, reply #158 of 179)

I love it!  I want it!  Santa, pretty please!!!

Carole
BossHog's picture

(post #50914, reply #159 of 179)

If you've ever wanted to see the kitchen of a single redneck bachelor then here ya go.

Probably not exactly what the OP had in mind, but I couldn't resist.

(-:

BTW - You'll notice it's pretty clean. Ya gotta give me a LITTLE credit for that...

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TracyK's picture

(post #50914, reply #160 of 179)

O, to have that much SPACE!!! *envious*


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Jean's picture

(post #50914, reply #161 of 179)

But he does need a ladder and a miner's light to get into those top cabinets. :)


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BossHog's picture

(post #50914, reply #163 of 179)

The top cabinets are actually great for long term storage. It's worth getting a ladder out a couple of times a year to have the Christmas decorations and other little used stuff up out of the way.

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msm-s's picture

(post #50914, reply #164 of 179)

Bingo!
My contractor just left and we were talking about the options for keeping the cost down on to-the-cieling cabinets (which are more expensive anyway), plus now that i've had the lowered cieling removed, they are back to 10 ft tall. He was concerned about accessability and I told him it's still a great place for seasonal stuff you only need once a year, or for display peices you don't often use. Even if stuff doesn't belong in a kitchen, if it's covered, it's a good use of space.
Also, climbing a ladder now and then and stretching up is good for tummy muscles, ladies ;-)

BTW, sweet kitchen! And sooo clean for a bachelor!

nexus's picture

(post #50914, reply #165 of 179)

I envy those top cabinets. I HATE that stupid dusty, dead space above my cabinets.


Cheryl

TracyK's picture

(post #50914, reply #167 of 179)

I fill that space with seldom-used items that have no place else to live. It does have the effect of making my kitchen look like a Goodwill shop, but...


"The reason I don't worry about society is, nineteen people knocked down two buildings and killed thousands. Hundreds of people ran into those buildings to save them. I'll take those odds every day."
                                                        --Jon Stewart

Risottogirl's picture

(post #50914, reply #171 of 179)

At our old place, I lined up hundreds of cookbooks along the top of the cabinets. It looked okay visually and I could see them, but I needed a stool to actually take one down.


Here there is dead space above the supposedly new cupboards, but we have found that much of the DIY stuff that the former owners did was not so great. I'm not totally certain they are attached to the wall properly so I am not taking any additional risk. I think they were watching many episodes of "Curb Appeal" or whatever that show is that tells you to do this and such for $100 to make your house more marketable.


I am actually glad they didn't do so much/spend a lot on the kitchen because we definitely plan to make some changes and I would not have wanted someone elses hideous taste reflected in the price because they just put purple and teal granite in or whatever.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

TracyK's picture

(post #50914, reply #173 of 179)

When I look at houses I'm always thrilled if they've renovated the house but not the kitchen. :-) 1980's-esque oak cabinets, BRING IT ON.


Of course, I have an uncle in kitchen design/appliace distribution. :-)



"The reason I don't worry about society is, nineteen people knocked down two buildings and killed thousands. Hundreds of people ran into those buildings to save them. I'll take those odds every day."
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nexus's picture

(post #50914, reply #176 of 179)

So do I. Teapots, gallon jars of flour and beans, you name it. House looking like Goodwill? Story of my life.


Cheryl

Risottogirl's picture

(post #50914, reply #177 of 179)

My stairwell to the basement looks like that. And unfortunately the door stays open so its the first thing you see when you come in the back door.


Oh well, at least those shelves have cool stuff on them, like jars of truffles, foie gras, snails and LOTS of interesting salts, mustards and honey. My guests don't have to peek at boxes of Kraft Mac and Cheese or Cambells Cream of Mushroom soup, or Chef BoyArDee while they wait for me to get to the door ;)


That stuff is hidden in the basement.


Kidding!!



Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay


Edited 12/18/2008 5:36 pm ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

nexus's picture

(post #50914, reply #178 of 179)

;).


Cheryl

Jean's picture

(post #50914, reply #166 of 179)

My cabinets go up to the ceiling too, but they aren't as deep as yours. I'm short and can't even reach my 3rd shelf. I do have one of those pincher thingies on a stick though.


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