Over at one of my favorite food sites, the Kitchn, folks are sharing their ten favorite things about their kitchens. And while I’m loving the posts, I have to admit they’re making me a teensy bit jealous.
I adore the 200-plus-year-old house my husband and I moved into this winter, but my relationship with my kitchen is best described as love-hate. The house is full of charms, but most of them do not reside in the kitchen, which was probably last updated circa 1970. So I thought I’d play my own version of the game, and list a few things I just can’t stand about my kitchen. Click on the photos for details.
I could go on about the bad lighting, the lousy laminate countertop, the low ceiling…but I don’t mean to be totally hate on the poor kitchen. It’s got a lot of space, and one day, when we get to the end of our renovation projects, it’s going to be amazing. But enough about my kitchen. Got something that bugs you about your kitchen? Tell us about it!
1. The electric stove. God, I miss gas. Although at least it's the flat-top kind, not the coil-burner style. I hate that if I need to lower my sauce from a boil to a simmer, I have to pull it off the burner and wait five minutes for the burner to cool down.
2. The mysteriously shallow drawers. The counters are the standard 24 inches deep. Yet the drawers aren't even 18 inches deep. These nifty Ikea drawer organizers I had in my last kitchen have been rendered totally useless.
4. The cavernous space under the peninsula. See how it looks like there's a cabinet under there? Wrong. It's just a big, unfinished space--no drawers, no shelves, nothing. I'm using it to store my rarely-used appliances. The "cabinet" under the sink is similarly unfinished.
5. The color. What is that, salmon? We're planning to repaint, but the fact that the last owner slapped this paint on over wallpaper means that removing it is going to be a fairly big project.
3. The "peninsula." Not quite an island, but a length of counter jutting out from the wall. I've just learned about the "work triangle"--the idea that in good kitchen design, you can bounce easily between stove, sink and refrigerator. This peninsula destroys the work triangle. And it's bad feng shui.
6. This weird wall-mounted china cabinet. Okay, I don't actually completely hate this. It's fairly ugly, and for some reason, there are no glass panes, so you can just reach right through the doors. When we moved in, we thought we'd rip it out, but because of the lack of storage space, we started using it, and having such a shallow cabinet is actually pretty handy. It just needs a major makeover. Along with the rest of the kitchen.