Cooking Up Something Good


Oh, hi. I thought that instead of another cabin post, I would mix it up! I haven’t talked about house stuff in a long time. Generally things are trucking along in the ol’ Royce-Henderson household. One thing I’ve been restless about lately is the kitchen. It’s the one place in the house that isn’t totally how it should be. Whoever the previous owners were who dropped in that countertop and backsplash (and the fake stone linoleum tiles, not pictured), they did a really bad job. The cabinets are clearly original to the house, but they’re old and falling apart. I have brought up to Alan time and time again “When can we remodel the kitchen?” and the answer is usually “never.” But look how dark it is! Of course, the counter space is not something I would give up, but I can think of so many things I’d like to do to this room. KITCHEN-31KITCHEN-1I didn’t realize this until like, last night, but the half-assed solution with the tea towel covering the backsplash sure is cheap and tacky. Alan agreed that it was very dorm room. But replacing a backsplash is surely a ton of work, and expensive, and would put the kitchen out of commission for a while. I can’t have that. I love to cook. The kitchen is my domain (because I’m a woman HA HA HA). But conveniently Anna over at Door Sixteen had this post about Smart Tiles, which are temporary, easy to install, and fairly inexpensive. And they have them at Home Depot, so I’m pretty tempted to run out and get a panel and try it out. The thing is, we don’t know how long we’ll be in this house. If our plan for kids pans out, we’ll need to upgrade in the future. Within the next ten years is likely. So, do we put a lot of work and money into a kitchen we won’t be able to enjoy for many years to come? I suppose not. But, maybe there are subtle improvements (or, budget ones!) that can be done to make our time in this home more enjoyable (because, as I said, I love to cook, and I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen). KITCHEN-2Very sad. So dated. Wow. 76871dff33a98a9d82f76581eb57bfefHere is a very beautiful kitchen that I would like to take inspiration from. See also this clean and bright beauty, and another one (with exposed shelves!) Then of course there’s also Anna’s and Alison’s (who both did big, complete overhauls of their exisiting kitchens). And anything is possible with IKEA:20153_cosk27a_01_PH124154I gone and made a mood board to get all these thoughts out of my head. Fake kitchen planning is seriously stressful. ESPECIALLY when it’s fake, because so many of these good ideas will go to waste. KITCHENThe theme here is pretty evident: Scandinavian whites; warm, natural wood tones; stainless steel; cutesie details. I mean, not only is white a good clean color, but it allows for more light to bounce around. Let’s go through them (clockwise from top left)!

Wall Cabinets – I’m really into this new IKEA line, and Mårsta White seems very cool and modern, while also a little retro. I could see it in a Swedish kitchen in the late 60s-early 70s, and in any modern kitchen today (especially mine). I would redo all the cabinets in the kitchen in this style. And a high cabinet would come in handy as a little pantry and storage area for pots and pans.

Subway Tile – Because obviously!

Wooden Countertops – I quite like the look of these, thought I think they’re much more vulnerable than say, marble or granite (duh). I think little blemishes over time would give great character – you know, a kitchen that has been used well. The main worry would be meat product seeping into the counter, but I don’t put raw meat directly on the counter currently, so perhaps that doesn’t matter.

A Cute Sponge – Because it can’t all be so serious.

A Bear Tea Towel – Because BEARS

Utensil Carousel from JosephJoseph – Look, I’ll be straight with you. I already have too many utensils. I have a bunch I don’t use, sitting in a very lovely ceramic crock by the stove, plus a few bamboo utensils (that I actually do use), AND a little contraption – also by JosephJoseph – where the utensils stack up. It’s very clever, but oftentimes, annoying. It was a gift from my Mother-in-law, so I would feel guilty about replacing it, but this little carousel by JJ was in the MOMA store, sooooooo……..

Minimalist Wall Clock – For style.

Salt & Pepper Grinders – So very cool. I can check this one off, because I went and bought them last night. To be fair, our old pepper grinder broke and it would fall down all the time. These are just ever so lovely.

Ceramic Cooktop – Jury is still out on what kind of cookware I can use on this (I have a few Dansk enamel pots), but we have coils right now on our electric stove, and they’re fucking terrible. Just, so awful. I love the look of this super minimal and futuristic cooktop from IKEA. Like if Apple made stoves.

Kettle – Love that cork. We have a little green kettle right now that is fine, but I want something super sleek now. This is the problem with thinking you know how you want your house to look when you’re still in a phase where colorful = good.

And, the big one, a fridge – The fridge we have now is OK, but I would really really dig one with the freezer on the bottom, they just seem to have more storage and it’s easier too. Plus, Alan and I are both quite tall, and having everything in the fridge at eye level makes sense.

If you made it this far, congratulations! While there are still plenty of other things in our house that can be done (I haven’t even shown you guys the basement!), I will hold on to this kitchen dream, ever so gently. Also, if I price it out and it’s decent, there’s a chance I can convince Alan this is a worthwhile project. Woohoo!

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