When I moved in to the Charmer, I was recently divorced, and on a very tight budget!
In the 8o’s it was pretty uncommon for a single women to buy a home, and I had to go through hoops to buy one.
I didn’t have a lot of moolah! Within the first 6 months the water-heater died, and the roof started leaking. Since it already had 2 layers of shingles on it a complete tear off was in order. The rood ended up having a lot of wood rot on top that needed to be replaced, to a tune of $6,000. That was a pretty steep cost back then.There went my stash for inside remodeling.
The room I loved the most, and the room I hated the most was my kitchen.
Are your ready, because this won’t be pretty…
The main cooking area. For whatever reason the door looks very narrow, but isn’t. I hated the stove being by the door, actually I hated everything about this kitchen. There were very few cabinets as you can see .
Also very little counter space. Yes, the counter top is purple!
I so wish blogging was back then, I could of used some imagination. Too busy running a business to pay for this baby!
There was no dishwasher, and no place to put one. I kept a kitchen drip rack to the left of the sink. This left me approx. 3-4 feet of counter space.
As a professional chef this was a nightmare!
I would store pot and pans in the oven, and when I cooked I would put the pots and pans on the floor.
The rolling cart (first picture) would be rolled out to use for all my food prep work, and roll back against the wall.
The towels are folded on the table, my basement laundry room is what I called the drungeon! So didn’t want to spend too much time down there.
A funny story, before I would go downstairs, I would send my then Cocker Spaniel down to the basement. If she didn’t bark, I knew it was safe to go down there. One time we found a “racoon” family living down there! EEEEKKK!
I don’t know why the plants are sitting on the floor, and I have no idea why I was trying to save them!
You can see how crowded it could get, NO PLACE to PUT ANYTHING!
On the left side I added a Hoosier cabinet (wish I had a better picture) I found on a sidewalk sale for 50 bucks. This provided me invaluable space.
Well are you still breathing after these pictures?
Could you have ever worked in here?
Let me tell you it was a challenge!