The Kitchen So Far

As I mentioned awhile ago, we are planning to do some work on our kitchen.  I have wanted a cottage kitchen for as long as I can remember.  I had thought I would have one in Ireland…but that didn’t work out.  So I am determined to create one here  at Brookwood Shire.  I have lots of ideas and some sense of what it will look like when it is done, but it remains a work in progress.  


Given that Fiona is still supposed to be resting while she waits for her growth plates to close so she can have her knee surgery, it is not a good time to totally disrupt the house.  So most of the work will have to wait.  But I am doing some small things.

IMG_7457I have reorganized the cabinets….eventually these will be shelves  and I am trying to decide what will go where.  I also got this bread box.  I love it and it holds a LOT of bread!

IMG_7459I put the blue willow dishes in this cabinet.  I am thinking I may like to put them in some sort of plate rack eventually, though I am happy with how they look here (imagine no verticals).  As I said, a work in progress.

IMG_7460The china cabinet will become a pantry.  I have started it.  It needs more shelves but I think it will be fine.

IMG_7465I created a little coffee area where the flour used to be.  I was able to use some of the things from the Irish kitchen so that is nice.

IMG_7468I have been looking for a new kettle for awhile.  Our old cast iron one died before we went to Ireland and we were using an old camping kettle in the mean time.  But now we are home and we need a proper kettle.  I spotted this one online.  A chicken design seems  perfect for my cottage kitchen.

IMG_7471We have had this refrigerator for almost 20 years and I have hated it the entire time.  It is too big for our kitchen and looms large over everything.  And we don’t need that much refrigerator space.  In Ireland we had a small under the counter fridge and it was fine.  I wanted to find something smaller..and frankly..something cuter.  And I did.  I was able to find a fridge just like the one that was in the thatched cottage in Ireland that we wanted to buy…. How wonderful is that?!


IMG_7498In preparation for its arrival, we took the doors off the cabinet above the fridge.  With a smaller fridge I would actually be able to use that space for something.

IMG_7501I painted it white and put a few things inside.  The new refrigerator is much shorter so the things on top of it will be below the shelf.

IMG_7507We moved the big fridge outside.  Mass Save will come and collect it next week.    I think it looks better already…

IMG_7509Our new refrigerator was delivered today.

IMG_7510Here it is as we were unboxing it.  It took awhile to set it up.  All the shelves are adjustable and had to be arranged.  And it had to be leveled…and plugged in.  Isn’t it beautiful?

IMG_7514Here it is installed.  Lots of room on either side.  I can easily reach things on top and the cabinet behind it, which has been basically useless for years, is now visible.

IMG_7515Plenty of room inside.

IMG_7516More storage on the door.  It will be fine.  The freezer is small but we have a freezer in the cellar as well so that is not a problem.

IMG_7519I just love it!

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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7 Responses to The Kitchen So Far

  1. says:

    Everything looks so lovely! What a lot of hard work you’ve been doing – and I think my favorite part I saw that the fridge comes with it’s own name.
    Welcome’ SMEG!

  2. Joanne says:

    It is a perfect fridge, cute too!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home!!!

  4. erinob333 says:

    It all looks so lovely…I love new fridge reminds me of one my grandmother had that I always loved and your willow dishes are so beautiful.

  5. Michele spencer says:

    Everything looks just lovely patti! What a busy bee you are always. You accomplish so much. Some day I hope to accomplish even just a little! I’m happy for you that everything is coming together as you want it to. Can’t wait to come see it in person.

  6. What a wonderful kitchen. I’m well jealous and I have an Irish kitchen!! Love the kettle too.

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