a tour of my kitchen
We’re finally getting settled into our new house and one of the spaces we’ve settled into the most is our new kitchen. I thought you guys might enjoy a little jaunt around the space. After cooking in an apartment kitchen for the past decade, I’m so excited to have so much room to spread out!
The island is definitely the most important part of the kitchen. It gives me so much workspace! I actually think there is more workspace just on this island than I had in my last two kitchens combined. In the island is my amazing, wonderful five burner gas stovetop. I’m a cook-with-gas kinda girl all the way.
Also on the island is our shiny stainless steel oven. This sucker gets HOT and heats up fast!
Also in the island is quite possibly my favorite feature of the kitchen—the baking sheet cabinet. After years of dealing with stacks and stacks of annoying baking dishes, I’m so happy that they are all nicely and neatly organized in this vertical cabinet.
In case you are wondering what lives on the island: a crock of utensils, our compost pail, usually a pile of items that need to be taken outside to recycling, plus oils, salt and pepper.
On the wall-side of the kitchen, we start off with a giant pantry. As you can tell, I’m still struggling with how to keep this guy organized. It’s mega deep, which is amazing for storage, but a little frustrating for finding things or keeping them organized. At some point, I’ll buckle down and do some serious organization in here. Also, all my pots and pans are stored on the bottom shelf, which I’m not loving. I want a pot rack!
Above the pantry is a glass-doored cabinet where I’m currently storing all my mason jars with my bulk items. It works, but it’s also not my favorite. Doesn’t seem like the best use of this tall space.
Moving into the kitchen proper, all of our upper cabinets have glass fronts. Which ends up being really fun because our everyday dishes are mixed Fiestaware. So colorful!
Below those cabinets is our dishwasher, which is a-freaking-mazing. I’m not sure what speciality store apartment complexes go to, but everything is smaller. Smaller stove. Smaller oven. Smaller fridge. And a MUCH smaller dishwasher. We were doing 2-3 loads a day in our tiny apartment dishwasher. Now, we do one a day. Maybe. Yay, giant dishwasher!
Directly to the left of the dishwasher is our sink. Babyface particularly loves it because it’s nice and deep. Deep enough to hide our dirty dishes. That is, until I post a picture of them on the interwebs. Let’s talk about how our wooden cutting boards are pretty much never clean because they can’t go in the dishwasher…
I know a lot of folks like the clean countertop look, but I like the “I use this stuff all the time so I’m gonna make it easy to get to” look, so our countertops are decidedly full. The Kiureg, our blender, the toaster, the microwave, the mixer, and my grain canisters are always out. Oh, and my food scale. Although, the salmon on top of the microwave is not an everyday kinda thing.
To the left of our microwave is our giant, glorious fridge. Again, with the small apartment appliances, this beast feels huge! I love it!
And then the view from the door out onto the deck. Magnets! We get a new one every time we go out of town. Also, there are two words spelled in the letters. Go.
And on the other side of the doors, we have storage galore! Two more giant pantries. The one on the left stores all of our Pyrex, mixing bowls and extra serving pieces, plus Puppyface food and paper goods (baggies, paper plates, paper towels, etc.) The right is a hodge podge. Vacuum, some photo backgrounds, plus all of our shopping bags. It’s so nice to have a home for all of this stuff.
So there’s our kitchen! I know a lot of people have a lot bigger kitchens, but to us, this sucker is huge! And totally functional. I’m so happy to have the room to cook and create.