|Sink wall, before|
I thought I was going to get better about posting when we got back, but I haven't gotten back into the habit yet.
Since vacation and the fence, we built the kitchen. We bought some inexpensive MDF-front cabinets and I primed and painted them. I ordered and installed some Staffordshire ceramic knobs for the doors and drawers. Stephen cut some plywood for the counters and I covered them with brown paper and polyurethane. I read about the technique on the web, but I guess the process is a little different on plywood rather than old laminate because the surface is so uneven - it took some doing to get the paper to stick on certain parts, especially the 3/4" ends. The laminate-covering method is probably easier because laminate ends are usually much thicker than 3/4". Then Stephen put in backspashes made out of 1 X 3's and I filled, caulked, primed and painted.
|Stove wall, before. Yep, that's an ironing board used as a counter underneath that blue cloth.|
I painted my washtub-on-stand and the industrial cart we found in an old outbuilding at our last house with metal paint from Sherwin Williams. I made tops for both and a shelf for the cart out of some ipe wood we had in the garage - ipe isn't affected by moisture, so it should be a good kitchen surface. I also primed and painted my old pine stool and made a gingham cushion for it.
|Sink wall, after|
|Stove wall, after|
When we lived in the travel trailer last year, we washed dishes in the washtub in the yard, took showers under a tree, ate meals from a microwave, and went to the bathroom in a bucket. Then we got a utility sink in the garage and put in the bathroom. This fall, when we moved into the house, I started washing the dishes in the bathtub, and I can use the crock pot, the toaster, and the hotplate. By the end of this week, I'll be not only washing dishes in my new sink but also cooking on my stove. So rad.