New Oven & Kitchen Appliances

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It may have seemed quiet around my blog this week but I have been working hard on the back end of things to get 3 big projects completed. The biggest of course is the kitchen makeover that I have been immersed in since last October. Everything has gone smoothly until the 1970’s oven glass cracked at Christmastime.

I am ready to be done the kitchen makeover!  I am so eager to move on to new projects, especially my studioffice, but want to wrap the kitchen up first, as well as the foyer, which I will share with you on Monday… and then a big surprise that I will post on February 17th.

new oven for DIY kitchen makeover

Here is the vintage GE double oven from the early seventies. I painted the top oven with high temp car engine paint. The previous owner had painted them off-white many years ago.

Under that paint is the original oven color of Avocado Green. :-)  The engine paint worked fine, the problem with the oven was the glass cracked when my daughters and I were on a cookie baking marathon over Christmas. It can’t be replaced.

New double oven installation in kitchen makeover

It was 40+ years old and the oven doors were not insulated well anymore so time to say good-bye. :-(

GE Double Oven

Hello new GE oven. A shiny stainless steel one. :-)  It was installed this morning. I love it, but installing the new ovens required ripping out the shelves above that I had already painted.

Tips for caulking before painting kitchen cabinets

10 steps forward…2 steps back.

In my own style DIY tips

Before the installer left, he added one of the shelves back in. Now I am going in search of a new microwave and Ed will add the top shelf back once we know the size of the microwave. I will have some touching up to do, but then for the second time, the area will be completed.

Moving on from the kitchen…. I have 3 other things that I wanted to share with you before I sign off for the weekend.

Vitamix A3500 blender

#1: When I attended the Alt Conference in Palm Springs, CA last week, one of the classes I went to was a session demonstrating the newest Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender. I have always wanted to learn more about Vitamix blenders and went to the class to find out not only how to use one, but even more so to find out what you can make besides smoothies.

Nicki Sizemore soup recipe

The class was fun and informative and I left very inspired. I learned so much from the instructor, Nicki Sizemore and stalked her website, From Scratch Fast when I got back to my hotel room for even more fast and healthy recipes. One of the things I learned was that you can make hot soup in the blender.  Yum-O + Healthy!

My mind was racing on how I could save to buy one, since they are pretty pricey…$650. During the class, Vitamix told us they would be giving away 4 of the new blenders in a random drawing for anyone that Instagrammed a photo of what we made during the class.

smoothie bowl made with a Vitamix A3500 in my own style

I shared the smoothie bowl I made.

I guess you know where this is going… the next day I found out I won one of the blenders!!! Not only am I excited to have won such a cool blender, but also one that will look nice on the counter of my newly updated kitchen. :-)

I am waiting for it to land on my doorstep any day now. I am sure over the next few months I will be sharing some of what I make using it with you.

Springtime ready

#2: You know I love DIY, but I also love fashion and any chance I can to get out of my paint clothes. When I was in Palm Springs, I wore this shirt (untucked of course since I have no waist) and got so many compliments about it and questions about where I got it. I bought it at New York and Company. You can find it here: Open Stitch Bell Sleeve Blouse

#3 Thank you to all of you who sent me links to affordable lighting options for over the work table in my studioffice.  I have looked at all of them.  You are the best readers a blogger could ever ask for. Thanks. I like many of the fixtures, but of course the ones I like the best need to be hardwired. I may end up having to use table-top models.

That’s all I have for you today.

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  1. I have had a vitamix for 25 years. We cant live without it. We use it every day for our breakfast smoothie.
    I dont like keeping appliances on the kitchen counter but our Vitamix has a place there forever. And it might last that long.

    1. Hi Barbara – That is what I keep hearing from Vitamix owners, that they have had their blender for years. So good to know. I am excited to keep it out on the counter and put the other appliances, juicer, blender, and NutraBullet away.

    1. Hi Dee – Thank you so much. It was a lot of work and I am ready to be done, but when I look at what it used to look like, I know it was worth all the time and effort.

  2. I loved seeing all your Ina Garten cookbooks. I have several too, but not as many as you. I love her recipes. I love all your ideas. What I want to know is where you get all your energy! Thanks for your blog.

    1. Hi Linda – I love Ina and her pretty cookbooks. I have made quite a few of the recipes and each book has at least one dogeared page. Ourfaves are the Chicken Chile, Old Fashioned Apple Crisp and the coconut cake and cupcakes. I love all the colors of the covers and how they look out on display. Ed knows I like them and has given me most of them as gifts for my b-day or Christmas.

  3. How awesome that you won a Vitamix!! Looking forward to what you make in it. Love the new ovens.

    1. Thanks Carla. I am sooo excited about the Vitamix. If I hadn’t went to the session, I would have never known that it makes and heats soup (one of my favorite meals) in a few minutes. Last night I used the oven for the first time. It had to burn off that new smell, but worked great. The old ovens worked fine, but the insulation was old and if you walked past the oven when it was on, you could feel the heat. Not with the new ones. :-) Enjoy your weekend.

  4. I love your kitchen layout and I think it’s nice that you had to get new ovens. You repurpose so many things – you deserve something new. :)
    One question – how on earth do you reach your microwave? It appears to be so high up.
    Love your blog – look for it every day. Your energy and skill level is amazing.

    1. Hi Pat – Thanks. It is nice to have something new and also to have someone else install something while I sat back and watched. :-) I have to stand on my tip toes to reach into the microwave, but can reach the buttons to turn it on. We don’t use it for a lot, mostly to make popcorn, heat packaged meals or warm up leftovers.