Cooking With Wine

Wine is bottled poetry.

Robert Louis Stevenson

When we bought our house, the previous owners has a Tuscan/Wine theme running from the kitchen through the dining room. We attacked the dining room before we even moved in because… well yellow. We recently made a few small additions to the dining room but the biggest project that’s been lingering was the kitchen.

BEFORE

Although still a bit wine-y, the kitchen was anything but poetry. Here are the photos from the real estate company’s listing: Here’s what it looked like after we first moved in:

 

THE PROCESS Continue reading

Considering a Facelift

It all started when Brad complained about our oven… then the home improvement bug hit.

One of the things I love about homeownership is that we can do whatever we want with our house (so long as it doesn’t break city ordinances or tick off our insurance company… which is why we have handrails on our front steps).

Last fall, Brad mentioned how annoying it was that our oven didn’t have a preheat feature, you just put it on the temperature you want and wait awhile (it’s gas so it heats very quickly). That’s how we ended up with a kitchen appliance Christmas present. All of our kitchen appliances came with the house, although none of them are terribly old, none of them are really all that new and are pretty basic. We went back and forth on replacing the stove or replacing the dishwasher. But then, the kitchen made its own decision when our refrigerator started peeing on the floor. Since our fridge doesn’t have an ice or water dispenser, this was a problem. [After pulling out the fridge and checking the tag on the back we discovered that Brad and I are barely older than it. Barely.] Prompting us to fridge shop over the weekend.

Say hello to the newest member of the K-Kitchen:

Image and fridge via Lowes

Our fridge ended up being an awesome deal (more than half off)! It gets delivered tonight… I can’t say I’ve been this excited for a kitchen appliance since we unwrapped my KitchenAid mixer the day after our wedding. Continue reading