Now You’re Cooking with Gas

8 Dec

My dad used to throw that saying around whenever my sister and I got things right or showed a little enthusiasm about whatever we did. This morning I woke up and thought We are cooking with gas. Literally. Figuratively. All of it. We are so close to starting on the details on which I have been waiting to work. This project is about to move at the speed of Brad. Brad is quick.

Here’s a layout of the kitchen. I decided against an island. I don’t think I’ll use it. I know you think I’ve lost my mind. I haven’t. I’m just kidding about the island—you didn’t think I would skip the island, did you? The island is in the back of my car. Sort of. My uncle found some old industrial cast iron legs from a machine table in his workshop. He gave them to me at Thanksgiving. I have to clean them up–a bit of sanding is necessary. They are the perfect combination of rusty and worn. They will do what they are supposed to do against those clean white cabinets—they will shine, old worn out, cast iron legs might steal the show. They just might.

All along I’ve been leaning toward a custom hood, something cool with reclaimed wood. Brad handed me this picture about two seconds after we met and said: This is so you. And he is right, this terribly scanned, crinkled up magazine photo is so me. We have since learned that there are actually several versions of me. Back to the photo: what about that handy little niche for the blender? It screams smarty-pants.

Of course, we are not sold. Not yet.

From Elle Decor // Sarah Jessica Parker’s Kitchen


Tile/Brick Hood

This slays me. It makes me think of knights and jousting which makes me think of First Knight, which makes me think of Heath Ledger, which makes me sad. This won’t do. And, I feel compelled to yell, “unguard.” But I am not sure knights say that—I am making this part up.

From Canadian House and Home (I like this a lot. You might have guessed as much.)

I like each of these. I, however, do not have cabinets on each side of the hood.


And, there is something I really like about this—off the cuff, I think it’s probably the black finish cozied up to all that white. My second thought is Amy, silly girl, you love this because it’s made from metal that was on the roof of a barn.

Personally, I am leaning toward the tile/brick version, or something metal, and I really like the black barn metal.




3 Responses to “Now You’re Cooking with Gas”

  1. Tommy December 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    These are great ideas. I’m digging the wooden hood and the green Canadian light fixtures. When can I see the place? This weekend?

  2. Nanette December 9, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I just love reading your blog and I am so impressed with how you are going for the gusto with renovating this house. It’s going to be so awesome!

    I don’t always comment, but I had to pipe in and say that a wooden hood over the stove makes me nervous. Maybe it’s just my fear of fire, but that’s my two-cents. 🙂

  3. libby @ ninesandquines December 9, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    the ones that look like upper cabinets are brillant!!! love that look 🙂 i am living vicariously through you on the kitchen stuff…i SO want to redo my kitchen, but the house isn’t that old so hubby won’t think of it – can’t blame him given the cost!!! love everything and can’t wait to see pictures of the inside as things progress 🙂

    (and i think you meant a knight’s tale, not first knight…first knight had richard gere, sean connery and julia ormond…i only know because BOTH movies are on my favorites list ;-))

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