I entered my kitchen in the Sears/KitchenAid Rescue My Appliances contest! Our kitchen needs some serious help! Help that we just cannot fit into our budget at the moment!
Winning this contest would be such a huge help in getting our kitchen into shape! Take a look at the pictures below and then hop over to VOTE FOR MY KITCHEN (please!!!!) and help me win some new appliances! You can vote once a day and each time you vote, you are entered in a sweepstakes to win a KitchenAid Mixer! Cool, right?
Here's a little description of my kitchen:
In all the time that Joe and I were looking for a house, I dreamed of a house with a big, beautiful kitchen. Unfortunately, those homes weren't in our budget! Not if I planned on staying home once we had kids!
So, I settled for a nice, sturdy house that needed a lot of upgrades! Especially, where the kitchen was concerned. Three years later, the kitchen is still pretty much the same as it was when we moved in. And that was pretty much the same as it was when it was built 40+ years ago!
When I describe my kitchen to someone that's never been to our home, I usually say: "It's vintage...but not in the good way!" LOL! I love vintage items. But my vintage cook top and wall oven just aren't the type of vintage I am looking for!
Our kitchen is at the front of our home. So, when you walk in the front door, this is what you see:
Pretty bad, huh?
Check out the knobs on the cook top! Those coils are impossible to keep clean, not to mention the fact that they keep disconnecting. The front burners are a bit crooked so I don't even bother to use those! I've cooked on electric stoves in the past and this one is the worst ever! Everything sticks, even when the burner is turned on low.
What about that wall-oven? Since we moved in three years ago, we replaced the heating element. The door sqeaks so loudly when opening or closing that I sometimes think it's about to fall off! Or it just gets stuck in the open position! Anything cooked in this oven gets a bit over done. And the glass window on the door? I'm afraid to clean that. I'm afraid it will just fall apart! The dirt is probably the only thing keeping that glass in place! :) So, I usually hang cute little dish towels from the handle to hide the dirty window! :blush:
Now, the refridgerator isn't nearly as old as the cook top or the oven, but it's just as bad! It takes up a lot of room in the kitchen, but it doesn't seem to hold much. The freezer is tiny, no ice maker either. As I sit here typing this, it's making a ton of noise. It hums, rattles and knocks. I worry every morning that today will be it's last day! As it is, we have to adjust the thermostat every other day or so, otherwise our milk freezes.
Those turquoise counters wouldn't be so bad for a vintage-themed kitchen, except for the fact that they are so worn. The shine has come right off of them, causing them to stain very easily.
The floor is linoleum in a very ugly pattern with a seam right in the middle of the room that's been peeling up for some time now.
The cabinets are old and there aren't nearly enough of them. There isn't any room to store dry goods in the kitchen, forcing me to keep a "pantry" in the basement. Every time I cook, I have to run downstairs to get what I need for the meal.
Our porcelain sink is very old. It's dull and chipped and stains very easily. It's a double sink and it's very difficult to clean larger pots or pans.
I could go on and on about this kitchen! It's bad, really bad! I try to make it look homey and clean. But the old appliances don't really allow for a pleasant cooking experience! I enjoy cooking, but this kitchen pretty much takes a lot of the fun out of it!
Please rescue my appliances! Please vote for my kitchen!
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