Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 2014 -- An updated kitchen -- pictures

Yes, it was worth the wait!

Last goodbye to the old drawers and sink. I loved those little lights Alessandro put up. Luckily, I was able to salvage them.

I didn't want to witness this destruction phase. The old ice box was left in place. 

Picking out the Carrara marble. Yes, I know it scratches. I love it, anyhow. 

Installation of the 20 inch farmer's sink (imported from Turkey).  The alder wood cabinets are from Pennsylvania but purchased in Orange County. I'd like to believe they were made by Amish carpenters. 

Watching the cut marble arrive! While waiting, I saw Peregrine Falcons nesting on a ledge on the building across the street.

It was carefully tied in.

Tom, the contractor works with the marble artisan and his helper. 

The plastic sheeting held back most of the marble dust. 

First peek and I'm in love!

Lining up the faucet and sink. 

No regrets! 
The floor tile is complete. 

Dust everywhere. 
Tile behind the fridge is done. 

Sunflowers to welcome the new kitchen

Painting will have to follow in a few weeks. First priority is to clean up the entire apartment, wax the hardwood floors and wipe off every book. 

In the meantime, I can cook again. I already have a recipe and ingredients waiting!

I love love love my new kitchen. I know Alessandro would have been crazy about it too.  
Thank you to MT Sterling, Inc. (Long Beach, California) and crew for all your hard work and attention to details. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 2014 -- An updated kitchen

I've loved my tiny kitchen with its view of the Tuscan countryside. But, it's been overdue for an update for several years. I took the plunge and now it's done.  Well, at least the destruction and construction is complete.  

I retained some of the 1934 charm, but it was necessary to pull out some of the original drawers.  Now I need to deal with the immense cloud of dust which has settled over everything in my small studio apartment. 

Hurray! Now I can cook again. It's been so so difficult being separated from my kitchen.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Not even Montalbano can comfort me!

I've been locked out of my little kitchen for almost 10 days. It's not been easy. I dislike eating fast food and restaurant food. 

Yesterday I finally got running water in my new farmhouse style sink, which I adore!

Meantime, the 2013 Montalbano series has arrived from Italy, but access to my DVD player is blocked by a heavy oak ice box, which is temporarily in my living space. 

The good news, is the Carrara white marble kitchen counter will be installed on Sunday!