The kitchen is the heart of my home. I spend the most time here – chopping, dancing, and listening to the stories of my family. My dream moving into this kitchen was to have a space that facilitated all of that. Plus, the kitchen needs to be able to hold all of my appliances, canning supplies, and then some. It’s no small task.
When we first moved into our current abode, our L shaped kitchen was screaming for a makeover. Between the sliding glass door that froze shut in the winter, the rolling portable dishwasher and the dated linoleum, we knew we could do better. A little seed of a dream got planted and took root.
Our before kitchen was functional. It had cupboards, appliances, and room for a table to eat at. I can’t count the number of times people told us “oh your cabinets are fine”. Sure, they were okay, but the lack of space to truly cook in, coupled with me burning the countertop (oops), the constant purge of kitchen utensils and appliances, and rolling of the portable dishwasher was getting a little old.
While every other room around the kitchen got renovated first, we planned, measured and considered all the options for creating the kitchen of our dreams. Once we had the drywall board up in the living room, we set it up as a temporary kitchen to give us time to transform the space.
Don’t forget the paper plates, utensils! Having key small appliances and a BBQ in here was the key, as the stove was out of commission. You eat a lot of BBQ, and take out and carry on. Who could forget the fun of washing dishes in your bathtub?
Being that the kitchen has also been the draftiest & coldest room in the house for the last little while, we opened up all of the walls to check the insulation. We weren’t surprised to find a lack thereof in the addition. We insulated the walls and ceiling, gave our old cabinets to a friend, and sold our white appliances on the local buy, sell and trade.
We switched out the side window in the kitchen to make way for a door. We installed new windows, French doors with interior blinds, and started ripping out the many layers of retro linoleum. Around this time, I headed to Edmonton with my mom, and Mr J to awaiting baby #2 who was due any day. Every day, I would receive update pictures on what DH and my father in law were working on and the project continued….
I could tell you more about what we did, but the list is long. Just know, we did everything. Insulation, check. New tile flooring, check. Appliances, check. Solid wood cabinets with soft close and 7′ pantry, check.
There were a few little details left to go – and one large one. I lived with plywood counter tops for over two years as we scrimped and saved for a new one. Then the process started again. Counter tops, check. Back splash, check. Under cabinet lighting, check. New kitchen faucet… Uh oh.
Delta Touch 2O Faucet to the Rescue!
I can’t even count the number of times, the kids and I are up to our elbows in baking projects and I get the sink handle gooey. I also am constantly turning the tap on and off for them as they can’t reach. Delta Faucets has the solution with their new Touch 2O Technology line of kitchen faucets. Touch anywhere on the spout or handle and it will turn on/off. Perfect for sticky little hands.
My Delta Faucet is so intuitive it will even turn off after 4 minutes if the water is left running. The pull down wand that I’ve grown to love for rinsing garden vegetables is included, and the battery life is between 2-5 years depending on what size of battery you choose to pick (AA or C). The TempSense indicator even changes colour (red for hot, purple for warm, and blue for cold).
What would you change about your current kitchen?
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Delta Faucet, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Delta Faucet.