I have started and stopped writing this post more times than I can count. Granted, I’m not one for math and in fact once cried trying to estimate the tax on a grocery bill, but still. I can count kindda high. High enough. You get the point.
This is one of those posts you’ve all been waiting for, and because I like you, I wanted to start it off right. Turns out, I don’t like you as much as I thought. Because three minutes into staring at my blank computer screen I gave up on being clever, funny, witty or engaging for this first kitchen reveal post.
I just wanna get to the pictures. And I’m sure that’s what you want too. See? I may not like you as much as we thought but I definitely know you.
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be showing you the 4 corners of my kitchen.
Why the 4 corners of my kitchen? Because my kitchen renovation is going to be featured in Canadian Living magazine and part of the deal I struck with them is that the big kitchen reveal be saved for them. Understandable.
But don’t worry. You’ll be getting all the essentials, just not the whole big wide shot.
When I started this renovation the only thing I knew absolutely for certain was the fridge I was going to get. Close to 2 years ago my fridge started to croak so I started researching refrigerators, and in particular the type of fridge I’ve always, always wanted.
I can finally reveal to you, the fridge I chose. And love. And would sleep with if I could.
It’s a True refrigerator. An irony that isn’t lost on me after the events of last week.
True is known more for the huge commercial refrigeration units you’d see in restaurants or grocery stores, but they also have a high end residential line called True Professional.
This fridge ate up about half of my kitchen budget. And I don’t care. At all. If it was going to take the entire budget I would have said okey doke, sat down on the kitchen floor and cooked my dinner over a bunsen burner. I’ve never been one to dream about boys. I dream about high end appliances.
I know a lot of people would be aghast at the idea of having a refrigerator that you can see right into, but what I really love about this fridge is the entire thing is fridge from top to bottom. The top glass portion, plus two drawers underneath. So anything that’s hideously ugly can be put into one of the two lower drawers.
And I really don’t worry all that much about having the glass portion look picture perfect. Not even for a picture.
I saw the fridge for the first time when I was running to Chris’ Store Fixtures in Hamilton for a maple syrup evaporation pan. That was a couple of years ago. And it’s been love ever since then. I even took a picture of it and walked around with it on my iPhone. Sometimes I’d go and visit it.
Two years later I walked into that store and bought myself that fridge.
The fridge is completely stainless steel, inside and out. It has digital controls for temperature, the door alarm and my favourite part, the interior light which is LED and can stay on even while the refrigerator door is closed. That means in the dark of a 3 a.m. cookie raid, there’s light leading the way to the milk.
That light can be golden …
To be honest with you I bought this fridge based entirely on looks. So after using it for a month or so I’m stunned that a good fridge actually keeps food fresher longer. Who knew.
The top of the fridge is for quick grab items like milk, pop and leftovers.
The first bottom drawer is for dairy and produce.
I ate one of those oranges today. It was great. Sometimes an orange surprises you.
The lowest drawer is for all the ugly bottles of condiments and sauces a gal accumulates.
(update: I forgot to mention that I have an upright freezer in the mudroom right next to my kitchen, so that’s why I didn’t feel the need to have a freezer in this unit)
This makes finding all of these things really easy. Oyster Sauce? YUP! Got it right here. Olives? Ditto. Slightly furry jar of chili sauce I almost put on my potato pancakes last night? Got that too.
Now let’s go back to that first picture of the refrigerator corner of the kitchen to talk about the other things you can see in it.
What you’re looking at is the back wall of my kitchen that looks out onto the backyard. I’ve gone with open shelving underneath the countertops to make grabbing pots, pans and cookbooks easy.
This is a cook’s kitchen. Easy access to tools, a well thought out work space and appliances that will last me a lifetime.
The countertops are solid maple butcher block. So if you had that in the pool, you won. I went with butcher block to allow me to use them as a cutting board as well. I know a lot of people get butcher block and then spend the rest of their days trying to keep it perfect looking but I’m the opposite. For me the butcher block countertop is another tool is my kitchen and it will be used as such.
There is no kitchen table in this new kitchen because cooking in the kitchen was more important to me than sitting in it. But all that cooking can cause a bit of exhaustion so there had to be some sort of seating. Enter the metal stools.
My first inclination a year ago when I was planning this out was to get the square metal stools you see everywhere now. In fact I wanted them so badly I ordered them, but when they were delivered to my house they felt too “now”. Too, look at me, I have the latest stool that everyone else has. I still loved them, but they just didn’t feel right for my kitchen. So I sent them back to the manufacturer and got these “Declan” stools from Sunpan. They’re a plain white metal stool, more like a classic farmhouse stool.
I pull them up to the counter and that’s where I eat or sit and talk when someone comes over.
We mainly talk about my kitchen.
Next up? The pantry corner. Including all the tips and tricks I used to turn regular Martha Stewart kitchen cabinets into a custom floor to ceiling pantry.
Uch. See? I couldn’t even END this post on a clever, funny, witty or engaging note. Not even a tiny sarcastic jab. A new kitchen is great, but it’s sucked the snipe right out of me.
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