It Ain't Pretty But It's Getting There

Have you been wondering how I've been coping without a kitchen sink? Probably not, but I'm going to tell you anyway. I've also been coping without kitchen counters, a real kitchen floor, and---for the last four days---an oven, which is currently sitting three inches away from me in the living room while we lay the tile. On the upside, the refrigerator is there too, and it's been super handy being able to reach it from the couch. Want a cold beer, darling? Let me just lean over to the left a little and open the fridge.

Our kitchen transformation is coming along very nicely, particularly as it's being performed by two people who have no DIY experience beyond painting walls and making wedding invitations; ripping up floors and stirring cement is quite a different ball game, as you can imagine, though I think we're holding our own fairly well. The floor is almost finished and we will spend a scintillating Monday evening adding grout, and then the counters are being fitted on Wednesday, which means---hallelujah!---the sink can be dropped in too. Are you asleep yet? Sorry about that. SHIRTLESS MATTHEW MCCONNAUGHEY! There, did that wake you up?

I shall bore you all with before and after pictures obviously, though not until we're a lot closer to the after than we are to the before. For now I thought you might like to see how I spent the last few days.

We ripped up the world's most disgusting linoleum to reveal the original 1943 floor, the speckled green monstrosity you see here. Actually, I take that back; monstrosity is too strong a word. If this were a dress, I would totally wear it, but only with red lipstick and pincurls.

It kind of goes against my entire code of ethics to show you this---it's so messy! And gross!---but I want you to really, really see what I'm working with here. No floor, no counters, no backsplash, and no sink. But look, we have a mighty fine orange extension cord.

Of course, this would be the weekend I had to bake something for the charity bake sale at work on Monday---Sheetrock Surprise, anyone? Cupcakes topped with just a sprinkling of tile dust?---and so, in the absence of an oven (or any real surfaces on which to roll or mix or stir), I opted for the no-bake, four-ingredient Chocolate Biscuit Cake that won me first prize in the aforementioned bake sale three years ago. An oldie, sure, but a goodie. You should make that recipe immediately. You don't even need a kitchen to do it.

1
Kate (and Ben)
Oct 04, 2010

Oh, Kitchen demo...how I don't miss thee at all...
On the upside--super congrats for tackling it on by yourself with what seems to be very little experience. Go Team Newbies!!
-K

2
Sara
Oct 04, 2010

I kind of love the original 1943 flooring - I'm sure its worse live and up close.

3
Locusts and Wild Honey
Oct 04, 2010

I'M EATING THE BISCUIT CAKE RIGHT NOW!!

Also, you two amaze me.

4
Erin
Oct 04, 2010

I am excited to see how this turns out! Living vicariously through you, as my own dated kitchen needs to be demo'd & redone.

5
Hemlis
Oct 04, 2010

Aw, this brings back sweet memories of this summer. We lived without a kitchen (microwave and fridge in the livingroom!) for almost a month! But we managed to redo our whole kitchen, walls, floor and fittings and now it's so great to cook in a kitchen we've built. Also, I'm Norwegian and here we love gray tile :) Let me know if you need translations beyond what Google can do!

6
Franca Bollo
Oct 04, 2010

Hey, I like the 1943 floor!

And, talk to me when you've been seven months without a kitchen (the cabinets were custom and worth the wait). Four days? Psshh.

7
Maddy
Oct 04, 2010

SHIRTLESS MATTHEW MCCONNAUGHEY--where?!

Looks like it's coming along well!

8
Rhi
Oct 04, 2010

Home ownership is so glamourous, isn't it? Until very recently, I had a large blue porta potty in my front yard. And, PEOPLE USED IT.

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April
Oct 04, 2010

I love the 1943 floor! Was it too damaged to keep?

Are you keeping the cabinets? It looks like a good layout. I'm glad you got rid of that awful tile countertop!

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kage
Oct 04, 2010

I'm so excited to watch your progress and see what you do with the kitchen!! Good observation on the dress potential ;)

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Kathleen
Oct 06, 2010

yeah, i kind of liked the original speckled floor, too. what was it made of?

12
Shut-the-folk-up
Oct 07, 2010

I bet peeling potatoes in the bathroom is getting a little old by now.

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Daisy
Oct 21, 2010

I know the no bake crisis has passed, but I have another recipe that is perfect for situations like these. All you need is a microwave, stove, hot plate, or something capable of heating and a refrigerator. My sister and I call them peanut butter barzzzzz (you have to be sure to really emphasize the Zs):

1. Melt 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of butter and mix together. Let cool slightly while doing step #2.

2. In a separate bowl, sift together 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 cups of crushed graham crackers. Do not make the mistake of skipping the graham crackers unless you want totally soft bars that you can't pick up.

3. Add the sugar mixture to the peanut butter mixture, then spread into a lined 9x13 pan (you can also use a 9x9 brownie pan which will just make the bars slightly thicker). Refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Melt 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips and spread on top of cold peanut butter mixture. Put the pan back in the refrigerator for 1 hour to let the chocolate set.

5. Remove pan from refrigerator and let peanut butter barzzz sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before cutting into bars (otherwise the chocolate cracks). Store the bars in the refrigerator.

*optional step: you can make a bottom crust with melted butter, graham crackers, sugar, and cocoa powder

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