The Midwestern Gentleman and I just bought our first house, so the next month or so will be a bit hectic as we pack up, move, and get settled into our new digs — a well-maintained, 1920s bungalow with loads of historic charm. Even though the kitchen is a bit dated, the space gave me such a warm feeling when I walked in that I knew I would be happy cooking there.
My first order of business, before moving in and unpacking, will be to paint the kitchen cabinets. So much oak feels oppressive in a small space, so I am going to paint the cabinets a creamy white to brighten up the space and make it feel bigger.
We’ll also be ripping out the kitschy tile at some point, but my main concern before move-in is the cabinets. I’ll give you fair warning now that I’ll be slipping the occasional DIY post in among the culinary ones as we set about making the house our home.
We’ll be saving up for new appliances, but until then, I will also be posting about my adventures with our Amana “Radarange Plus,” a combination microwave and range in a single unit (the controls for the range are actually on the microwave panel). We’re pretty sure that our model dates back to the late 1970s/early 1980s. I get a kick out of the faux wood paneling on the oven handle — it reminds me of the wood-panelled station wagons that were so popular in the 1970s.
Our first meal in our new house was a lunch of Subway take-out, which we ate picnic-style on the hardwood floor of the living room. Humble, to be sure, but we anticipate many wonderful, home-cooked meals to come — once I get those cabinets painted.