Archive for September, 2012
The kitchen renovations have begun! If you recall from last week, my Mad Men kitchen is undergoing a serious makeover. First step: lighting.
Lighting can be a relatively easy tweak to your kitchen that makes a big difference–if you know how to swap out lighting. Changing light fixtures is simple and you can learn how it’s done through online guides and videos. The most important advice: make sure to switch the electricity to the room off before you get started.
Here’s what we did:
•Moved the black-iron light fixture over our kitchen table into the dining room and took out the gold chandelier (I’m just not a chandelier person).
•Put in a simple, brushed nickel overhead light with clean lines from Home Depot ($29.88).
•We discovered that the lighting wasn’t in the middle of the kitchen so we couldn’t center our lighting either. Solution: the movable track lighting looks intentional placed farther away from the sink. On my list: putty the extra hole with sheetrock compound and repaint the ceiling.
•Originally, we forked over a little extra money to buy vintage light bulbs. Even though we loved the look, the light bulb just didn’t give enough light–even the 60-watt bulb. Solution: We returned the light bulb and we’re sticking with regular bulbs (hey, they’re less pricey anyway).
Your turn: Have you ever changed the lighting in your kitchen? What inexpensive fixes have made a big difference in your kitchen?
But sausage patties are perfect for the grill. We buy ours from a local farmer’s market that makes fresh pork and turkey varieties. Top your grilled patty with the works like bacon, cheese, and a fried egg. Or keep it simple–I like just a turkey sausage patty topped with thick-sliced tomato.
Prep time: 30 minutes
4 sausage patties (1 pound)
4 whole wheat kaiser buns
4 slices bacon, if desired
- Form the sausage into 4 thin patties.
- Heat the grill to high, then place the sausage patties on the grill.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Take the patties off the grill. While they cool prepare a fried egg for each.
- Place the patty on the bun followed by the bacon, cheese, and fried egg. (Alternatively, top the sausage patty with a slice of tomato.)
Well, the plaid wallpaper’s gotta go. Along with the dinosaur of a double oven, the evergreen laminate countertops, and the overhead microwave that makes the cooktop feel like a cave.
Just one problem. See the other day when I was eating my breakfast, the ceiling dripped into my bran flakes. And with those drips went a few of our kitchen renovation plans. They’re now in the fix-the-leak-in-the-bathroom-that-isn’t-covered-by-the-home-warranty plan. So if you’ve wondered why I haven’t posted in awhile, I’ve traded my paintbrush for a spatula. (But I’ve got to eat sometime, so our grill and smoker have replaced my oven.)
Our plans now are to re-purpose as much of our current kitchen as we can.
Here’s what’s on the list:
- Paint the kitchen cabinets white (bring on the oil-based primer)
- Paint the cabinet hinges in brushed nickel
- Paint the laminate countertops gray (Rustoleum is on my shopping list)
- Take down the wallpaper
- Remove the trash compactor (done;)
- Replace the double oven and stovetop with a range (opens up the space and it’s less expensive)
- Decide on a backsplash
- Nix the over-the-stove microwave–where can you hide a microwave?
- Swap out the lighting
- Refinish the wood floors
I’m looking forward to making the kitchen my own. And here’s the best part–when I need a break from remodeling, here’s where I head. The backyard.