>> Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The grand tour of the new and improved Gratz Industries HQ begins today with . . . my fabulous new kitchen. This is my dream kitchen and it makes me absurdly happy to work in here. Even doing the dishes in here makes me happy!I'm going to put a curtain under the sink side of this counter - but other than that everything will remain open. No doors anywhere! We're going to put an open shelf on each side of the window here too. We have the shelves (yay Ikea!) but haven't had a chance to hang them yet. The end of the faucet pulls out to be a sprayer. It's the little things like that that make me so happy.Here's the "cabinet" on one side of the stove. We looked at TONS of kitchen cabinets and everything was either way too expensive, or just not what we wanted. When we found this heav-duty garage workbench I knew it was perfect - a stainless steel countertop, pegboard on the back, a nice wide shelf above the pegboard, good solid drawers with smooth slides, and more open shelves beneath. Perfect!I love having all my stuff where I can get to it. I thought about going all Julia Child and drawing around each item on the pegboard so I would know exactly what goes where, but decided against it. :-)The first workbench was my cooking station - this one is for baking. It's got all my mixing bowls and baking pans below. . .. . . and all the really fun tools above - like my food processor with a permanent home right there on the counter where I can get to it. La la la la la - that's me singing with happiness while I work. I ran out of pegs so I don't have all my utensils up yet - but I got all my favorites - my beautiful purple colander and Jo's utensils with the funny butts.And here's the island/pantry. It only looks like all we eat are M&Ms and chips - honest! We still need to order a counter top to go over these workbenches - it will be orange to match the one over by the window with the sink in it. And we still need to hang some art and make some finishing touches - but I wanted to show you some of the progress so far and this is the most finished room.
I was hoping for a snow day today so we could finish the dining room, but no such luck. Oh well. . .
Stay tuned for more house pics - and our 500th post coming up very soon. We're planning a great giveaway!