Originally Posted by Olma
I love the look of the cabinets in your kitchen!! It's a bit hard to make out the layout of your kitchen and to estimate measurement but I have a couple suggestions if you don't mind -- I have a renovation itch in me and I love projects like these. Is your Dh handy? Is there any way for you to switch places for the fridge with the cabinets with the cereal on the counter? That would make better use of that space, you could have the counter space to use next to the stove, the stove and the fridge won't clash that much. Besides, the fridge next to the oven is not good for the fridge, it takes more energy to operate the fridge near a heat source.
Depending on $$$ and again, how handy your hubby is, you could replace the sink -- they are really not that expensive and maybe the coutertop? When we redid our kitchen a while ago, we got some cheap butcher block cut to fit the sink and then varnished it with boat varnish to make it water proof. Came way off cheaper than any other counter top. Dh installed it with no problems.
Thank you! I have to be reminded that they are really great cabinets. I forget that when I'm feeling frustrated by the other issues in there.
I don't think there's any way to move those cabinets, or if there is we're not *that* handy. lol I love the sound of your countertop! Natural wood sounds so nice. So, you were able to have the sink cut out for you, so you didn't have to do any cutting yourself? We actually have the right tools to do it, but I feel like that would be the hard part. And what kind of a store did you go to for the butcher block?
Originally Posted by diana_of_the_dunes
I'm having serious lust over your kitchen. I vintage kitchens, and yours is so cute! It looks like you have the original countertops and faucet... And is that a cutting board? *swoon*
I know what you mean about having the stove and fridge just plopped in the middle of the room. My apartment was built in 1902 and had the same problem. I wouldn't wall over the ironing board cabinet. I think it would look less random if there was something on the wall next to it ot the right. Maybe install some shallow open shelving or maybe a "message center" with a pinboard? But if the space were less empty visually, it would look fine.
Here's a link to someone who turned their ironing board cabinet into a spice cabinet: http://veganknitting.typepad.com/vegan_knittingand_then_so/2009/08/inspiring-summer-around-the-house.html
The same goes for your stove; it needs to look more built-in. What if you moved the stand that holds the toaster oven to between the stove and fridge? You'd have to find a new home for the toaster oven, but it would give you a little landing zone next to the stove.
I'm just totally thinking out loud here... Feel free to ignore me!
Thank you! That cutting board was 10 bucks at IKEA! I love that spice cabinet.
I'm gonna measure that micro cart that the toaster oven is on when I get up. I'm worried it'll be set back too far, though, like it's not as deep as the stove or fridge, kwim? If it were exactly half as deep, though, I could see picking up another one of those carts. I just saw them at IKEA a couple of months ago (we've had ours since 1999!). We paid 35 for the floor model and I thought I was getting an awesome deal! Little did I know I'd be dragging in through four states and using it for 12 plus years. :) Gosh, or maybe I'd need two more, lol, one for the toaster oven, too. Hmmm... Or maybe I could just put the toaster oven there between the stove and fridge.
Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99
Jayne - what did you find to clean the mold under the caulk line? I have a bit of mold in our master shower and have tried TTO, Simple Green, baking soda, straight vinegar, GSE, but NOTHING is working. I was thinking of just making a Borax paste and seeing if that worked. I'd love to hear what you're going to do and find out if it works! Our shower mold isn't that noticeable since we have dark granite in the space, but *I* see it every shower and it annoys the crap out of me.
I was just going to use the directions here (middle of page for mildew directions), but I don't know if it works. I need to pick up some powdered laundry detergent before I can try it. If I do, I'll lyk.