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Kitchen Remodel, Phase One! 
Jun. 29, 2011 9:19 pm 
Updated: Jun. 30, 2011 1:20 pm

We moved into this house a little over year ago.  I loved how the kitchen has tons of counter and cabinet space, but hated the old wall-unit oven and counter-top stove.

Then, a few months ago, luckily, the oven sh!t the bed. The thing is probably 30 years old and the lettering on the knobs had wiped off, plus it was off a good 35 degrees.  The landlord (my father-in-law, nice name-drop, eh?) was going to replace the oven, but we discussed it and decided we are buying the house.  So, with that DH and I also decided to cut into the counter and put in a freestanding oven.  I was ecstatic when my husband told me to pick out an oven I liked.  We had been using a counter top toaster oven to do all our baking.  Lemme tell ya, it takes a while to make a batch of cookies when they cook just 6 at a time.

So last weekend, phase one began.  The counter stove was removed, as were the cabinet doors below it, to make room for the new oven. DH and his dad had the job done in no time. The old oven was pulled out of the wall and sent to the junkyard.

The new oven slid right in!  The space left from the old oven is going to turned into a pantry cupboard.  The inside of the door will have a racks on it to store my herb and spice collection, which is currently stuffed into a drawer; there's hardly room for another jar.  I can't wait.  Should I organize them by alpha or group by region?  Right now it's just however they fit!

We are also having cupboards and a range hood installed over the new oven.  Bye-bye blank wall and hello to even more cabinet space! 

We also took down the old florescent lights hanging above the counter and put up a ceiling fan.  What a difference!  I want one in every room now!  There's still a smaller florescent light above the sink that is going to be replaced, I just have to find something I like.

It's amazing how these few changes really visually upgraded and updated the kitchen.  Removing the old hanging florescents really opened it up.  In a future phase, we want to re-tile the counters.  Those little tiles are so hard to keep clean!  I almost wish I has Formica right now, lol.  We want smooth, larger tiles with smooth, grout that is not white; I can bleach and scrub the current grout and nothing restores its white in some spots.  One thing at a time, that's later down the road.

Right now, I am enjoying the changes in this phase.  I was so excited when I got the new oven, the first thing I made in it was blueberry lemon poppy seed loaves, and they were delicious!  I think a batch of Mall Pretzels sound good too.<

The old counter top stove
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Had to fill-in the old oven dials!
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Before: Old Wall Oven. Cutting space for new floor oven.
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YAY! New oven range! Like my chef's mat?
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New fan!
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Re-tiling is on the list somewhere too!
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Poor crammed spices need a new home.
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Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves
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Jun. 29, 2011 9:50 pm
Nice Lissa! First I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the house I grew up in had that exact same stove. We moved into that house in 1970 and it had been there for about 3-4 years before we moved in, so based on that, I would say that stove is probably about 45 years old. Scary huh? So yeah, you were due. It will be fun to follow your kitchen remodel one project at a time. And those loaves look wonderful.
Jun. 29, 2011 10:00 pm
Lissa - Kitchen remodeling seems like it's a never ending process...always just one more thing. I wish you the best as you tackle it. We will look forward to seeing your progress.
Jun. 29, 2011 10:17 pm
Thanks Avon, you're right-this house was built in the early 70's. I knew that old oven was a Kenmore so I wanted the new one to be Kenmore as well. If it lasted that long, I trust the brand!
Jun. 29, 2011 10:19 pm
Thanks for stopping by Cookin Up A Storm! I know it's going to be a multi-phase process, but it's fun to customize!
Jun. 30, 2011 4:12 am
Lissa - Hurray for you! Nothing better than a facelift, huh? We moved into our house 25 yrs. ago and in the past 3-4 years we've re-done the diningroom, kitchen, spare bedroom, son's room, and just recently the livingroom. Bathroom is next on the list. When we did the kitchen I got a new dishwasher and fridge. My oven is a 25 yr. old Kenmore and it's still working just fine so I couldn't bear to replace it. Enjoy your new kitchen!
Jun. 30, 2011 5:12 am
Very nice, Lissa. It's so much fun to walk into a "new" room every morning and be able to love it. That's why I love doing only one thing at a time---it gives you time to really appreciate the change!
Jun. 30, 2011 8:40 am
Thanks, Mother Ann!
Jun. 30, 2011 8:42 am
so right, Marianne! I wake up and smile at the oven, and then get to close my eyes and imagine the rest in all its glory! Sometimes I just stand there, looking around the kitchen and DH asks what am I doing...I tell him fantasizing! About the rest of the kitchen!
Jun. 30, 2011 10:57 am
Very nice Lissa. I am one of those people who take forever to decide what I want. I figure I will have to live with it for a long, long time so I better pick the right thing. There are soooo many different counter surfaces - man it is hard to choose.
Jun. 30, 2011 1:20 pm
Thanks a bunch for dropping by Baking Nana! The counter is probably a year or two out (we need to replace the windows on this ol' house before winter-last winter was BRR!), so I will have plenty of time to do my homework researching what I want. Perhaps I shall start sooner rather than later!
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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Skillet dinners, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, cookies, brownies, quick breads, Italian, Asian, mac & cheese, mushroom or broccoli Alfredo, pie-especially apple, pear and chicken pot pie, pork in the crock pot for carnitas or BBQ pulled pork.
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My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
My cooking triumphs
It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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