Many of you know I love to cook and host dinner parties and get-togethers. Some of you have asked to see my kitchen. We’re still in the planning stages for our kitchen reno and quite frankly, I have no idea where to begin!
Since the kitchen is the hub of the household and where memories are made (long dinners spent with loved ones, gathering around while the meals are being made, and having lots of great conversation), I want the kitchen to be conducive to entertaining and having people gather in the heart of the home. The problem is, we have lots of windows and entryways, which leaves us with only one wall to work with. I never thought I’d complain about having too many windows or a door leading to the greenhouse, but I just do not know what to do to make the best use of our working space. I don’t even have a kitchen “triangle” (easy access to fridge, stove, sink/counter) because of the odd lay out of the kitchen.
In the interim, I’m making due and am not complaining
I have a love-hate relationship with my rustic kitchen
First off, we’ve got this crazy wall unit that I have been using for all my cooking items. I have spices and dishes, small appliances, and cookbooks on here. This is my attempt at having a Chef Michael Smith-inspired spice pantry.
I find all kinds of interesting items that Little One stashes everywhere. I don’t know if it’s like this with boys, but having a little girl, I constantly find things within things, within things! Now I have a reindeer in my kitchen!
My kitchen is a bit “eclectic”, to say the least.
This is the Norwegian Teak table my aunt gave us when we got married. This table has seen many dinner parties and celebrations. It’s also been named by friends as our “Big Love” table because it seats a dozen people. They thought it was funny.
A home for all my dishes. This used to be what my mother-in-law stored some of her preserves, jams and jellies in. It’s got character. I love it.
We have a lovely original Findlay Oval wood cook stove that has taken up permanent residency in our kitchen. It was with house when Hubby bought the farm ages ago and used to heat the house and was used to cook the meals. I have never used it and it is taking up a lot of prime real estate in our kitchen. The thing is, though it is ornamental right now, I am hoping to eventually use it again. It is so beautiful and there’s something so nostalgic about having a wood cook stove like this. Who knows. Maybe one day I’ll start a new blog and call it “365 days of Cook Stove Cooking”. Just kidding. I’m pretty sure the idea has already been taken!
I have a lot of cooking items, but I actually use them all. We also have a very small dishwasher that I am hoping to eventually replace with something bigger and built-in.
I would love a proper kitchen island/breakfast nook. The counter and all the cabinets under the sink need to be completely gutted and redone because they are so old. The flooring needs to be redone as well. In essence, I need a new kitchen as ours is so old. Having the “rustic” look and actually being rustic are two entirely different things! I’m having difficulty envisioning how to redo the kitchen. I’m not great at envisioning the end product.
I love my rustic kitchen because it’s the only room on the ground level. Yes, my kitchen has its own floor/level! I love the light and the energy the kitchen has. It’s really cozy and homey. It’s also out-dated, needs repairs, needs renovations done and needs more storage and a better/bigger working area for me.
I’ve been “pinning” my Dream Kitchen and all the things I’d love for my kitchen on Pinterest. Hubby doesn’t think my dream kitchen would fit with the feel of the house because we do live in an old farm house.
Help! Any suggestions on how to make this rustic kitchen functional and look beautiful?