Asked on Sep 3, 2012
The lone stove: A much needed mini-kitchen makeover on a serious budget
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.