I have an older home, built in 1826, with a kind of country style kitchen. This is not an eat-in kitchen and the table placed in the center is for prep work. The cabinets are all
handmade wood painted white (and in need of a recoat). The stove is new, black, and is gas. It can't be moved too far since the hook-up extends out of the wall at least 8 inches. As you can see from the photos, the stove sits on a wall by itself. The wall it's on his not really painted brick, but painted paneling. The floor is new and is an interpretation of slate made by Allure. We don't have a lot of money for a full makeover and would like to work with what is here for the most part. Cabinets run the entire right side of the stove, and partially on the left side of the stove. My question is, how to tie in the stove with the rest of the kitchen in an easy way. Ultimately I would love to do it in a way that would make more counter space (my cook books and bread maker take up the whole countertop on the left and 2 spice racks, plus flour, sugar, etc. jars take up the right side). I was thinking of a way to place shelves on the top and open cabinets on the bottom? But I think that I would have to sacrifice the top and bottom cabinets on the adjacent walls? Also, I think that I would have to have a range hood over the stove? Any suggestions are welcome.
Commented on Sep 03, 2012
Is that a flue cover on the paneled wall? I wonder what is under the paneling? Is it brick? If
it is, that may match the color swatches you have up on the wall. Maybe then some shelving up high and a hinged, fold down work shelf to the right of the stove. I'm not sure about the range hood but something keeping with the era? Old homes have so much character!
In need of help! What do I do with this bizarre staircase enclosure? When we moved in three years go, this was what was used as an alternative to spindles and a bannister evidently. It is not weight-bearing, but we need to do something as we had twin boys this past April, and they are already on the move! As I'm sure you can guess, our budget is tiny, really non-existent actually, so anyway we can do this inexpensively would be great. I would rather not board it up as there is a great
deal of light that comes from the window at the top of the stairs. Right now there is a treadmill on this wall, and no other place for it in the house either, so it can't move. Any idea is welcomed.
Commented on Aug 30, 2012
I agree with Linda A. We had the same issue while renovating a home and did it the "pay as you
go" way. We installed lattice until we could afford a permanent fix. You could stain or paint it and then hang photos on it. Safety comes first for those precious babies.
I recently added a little "hammock room" in my yard and it is very near the fence that separates my yard from my neighbor's. I would like to find a way to add some privacy without being obnoxious toward my neighbors. They are great but it is a bit disconcerting to look up from a book and see six little eyes peering over at me. The area gets very little sun - about two hours in the afternoon in summer. Any ideas?
Commented on Aug 15, 2012
Goatsbeard? I had never heard of it. I looked it up and that is a perfect tall plant for
mostly shade. It looks like a giant version of my Bridal Veil astilbe. It just happens that my favorite mail order nursery has the plants for sale - or I could start them from seed in late winter, for much less money. But that takes patience...
Great ideas! I googled the canvas curtain idea and found a surprising number of ways I could
make it work. I had never thought of that. I could even use bamboo for the "rod" since the little table and chairs are made of bamboo. I also love the idea of having a vine growing on a trellis. I think a climbing hydrangea would do fairly well there with the limited amount of sun - it wouldn't bloom as much but the foliage would be wonderful.