The new look of the kitchen

I feel like I have been working on this kitchen for months.  The arrival of the new fridge necessitated a lot of moving.  So I decided that while all that was going on I might as well  try to improve the existing cabinets. 

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This is the old stone sink that came with the place.  The washing machine drains below it and wash water backs up into it.  It can’t be completely covered and it is not really the sink that I want to use since the faucet looks like if you move it it will break off.  To keep it from being totally wasted space I found a piece of wood that would partially cover the opening thus giving me more counter space.  I wanted to paint the doors below to match. 


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This cabinet which moved from upstairs was also in need of some paint. 


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I had previously painted the top but never got around to putting some polyurethane on it, instead, covering it in plastic so that I could wipe it clean.  When I lifted the plastic, it also lifted some of the paint.  So this top needed to be repainted. 


The owners of the property like to keep things looking exactly as they were so if I wanted something cleaner looking my only option would be to slip cover the cabinets. 


Here is how the old sink looks


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I screwed on panels and painted them.  So when we leave the fresh new looking panels can be removed and the brown ones will only have a few screw holes in them. 


I went out on a limb and painted the top of this cabinet again.  This time putting on some polyurethane so it is an easily wipe-able surface. 


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The new look for the door is a detachable panel also.  Now this side of the kitchen looks more like


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a distant cousin of this side.  With the



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relative that they share in between. 



While I am happy with the fridge, where it ended up screwed up all the painting that I had done.


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And it blocks the door that I wanted to be able to use.  But no one could find a key to the door.  I was bright enough to stick some foam insulation panels on the door before putting the fridge in place.  I am hoping that will help this winter.


All in all it is not the romantic Italian kitchen that everyone would like to have but it is very workable.   And far too cluttered for many folks’ liking but not mine.  I like having pots and utensils out where I can see them and reach them and not have to move 3 other things to get 1.  



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So to paraphrase the long ago newscaster ‘That’s my kitchen and I’m sticking to it.’


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