Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Befores & Afters: The Kitchen

Here are the promised kitchen before and after photos!





My current kitchen has very limited storage space, but I do appreciate the slide-out racks. However, my cast-iron was making them so heavy that it was stripping the metal and wood...leaving metal and sawdust everywhere.



  



Not a great pic, but you can see the bits of metal shavings.








I switched the pots to a free standing cabinet, vacuumed up the shavings, scrubbed down the shelves, added some pretty liners and replaced the contents with lightweight things like Tupperware and plastic wrap.
Now when folks come to see the house and pull out the drawer, they won't have to put all their body weight behind it. (I, however, will really miss my cast-iron-drawer-pull-workout! One and Two and Pull that drawer! You can do it! Keep sweating!)

Next I went medieval on my stove. There are still some black marks that won't come off. Believe, I even tried SANDPAPER. Nothing doing! It's 55 years old. What can I say? I forgot to take a "before", but the"after" reminds me of a funny story from when we first moved into our home. The oven was absolutely filthy, and there was a self-cleaning spot on the dial. I spent over an hour turning the dial this way and that and could not, for the life of me, figure out how to turn it on. And of course, the manual was long-gone. So I scrubbed it by hand, using strong chemicals and giving myself a migraine. Two hours into Operation De-Gunk, it jumped out to me like a beacon. The self-cleaning instructions were written on the inside of the oven door.
Moral: Never let your oven become so dirty that you can't read the cleaning instructions inside. :)








 There. Now doesn't she look purdy?















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