Welcome to the 1960s mixed in with a little 1990s or what I like to call, my kitchen. Who knew that my new home would have a Betty Draper- style plaid kitchen courtesy of Mad Men?

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:

Anyone need a trash compactor?

  • 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

    Plans posted in the kitchen for inspiration

  • 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.

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