Better Renovations: The Kitchen, Before

I love this kitchen: nice and big, amazing tin ceilings, lots of counter space, and an alcove eating area. Tons of potential. Eventually we'll want to fully update the appliances and bring the whole space into the 21st Century; til then, we'll start with the basics:
  • Rip down the old wallpaper and throw up a fresh coat of paint
  • Figure out the situation with the old wood-burning stove vent (in photo above right). Right now it's very drafty. Should we properly seal it? Or attempt to revive the rusty old dinosaur that still sits in the barn and drag it in? Would that be less drafty? Is it a viable heat source?
  • Dining alcove: Light fixture? Insulating windows? Expanding bookshelves to ceiling? Definitely doing away with the old carpet below the table. Looking into seating? Different table? Wallpaper on left wall definitely has to go. The dryer in above-right photo is only in the shot because it was on its way out - not a permanent addition to the room!
  • Main lighting fixture over center of room - replace? Or at least find covers for exposed bulbs? Will replace all the bulbs with energy efficient ones next month.
  • Here are some remaining shots to give a feel of the overall room, countertops, appliances, etc. There are a few broken/loose handles on the cabinetry that will also need to be addressed:
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.