New Oven & Kitchen Appliances

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. Cindy Keller says:

    I like the new ovens you got Diane but I never realized the glass could crack so easily with overuse but then again those vintage ovens were made differently then with glass that did not withstand too much heating. And before I forget…congratulations on winning that good looking Vitamix blender. It is quite a prize to have on the countertop! I didn’t realize blenders could get that pricey. I am so glad I found your website. You are so honest with your writing and I could learn from your fresh ideas for my kitchen! Talk to you soon Diane…

  2. Kay Shive says:

    Diane, your home is beautiful! And with you and Ed working so hard on it, it’s getting even “beautifuler”. Glad for you that you won the snazy blender. (I used to use my blender all the time, maybe I should get it out on the countertop . . . ) I want to apologize to you for not often replying to your blogs but I do want you to know that you’re one of my very favorite bloggers and I NEVER miss reading everyone of your blogs. Now I can’t wait to see the foyer makeover.

  3. Gail Vernali says:

    Diane Congratulations on your win you deserved it. I love your new double oven it looks super great you have done so much with your new home it really looks beautiful, all your hard work shows.

  4. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    Oh how wonderful that won a fabulous Vitamix!!!!!! I have the best recipe for you!!! Freeze a couple or few bananas cut into one inch chunks and then toss them into your Vitamix with a splash of milk. Size of splash depends on bow many bananas! NO preservatives, so easy! Instant and perfect ice cream!!!! Oooops, I guess not all have gorgeous weather,……. so save this for next month?

    I am thinking also about your new ovens and the sticker shock! Gosh, that is a ton of unplanned outflow of money!!!

    1. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

      Actually, it is better to cut the banana slices thinner!

  5. Soapstone Countertops says:

    This looks wonderful! Your hard work will pay off.

  6. Barbara Dudas says:

    Hi Diane, A few years ago I saved some money from a bonus I had gotten and invested in a Vitamix. My family made so much fun of me for paying that much for a “blender” but I stood firm that it was so much more than a blender. Flash forward about 3 years and that “blender” is the most used item in my kitchen. It was a very good investment as it is used a minimum of twice a day and I don’t think any of us could live without it. I’m so glad you won one! Looking forward to seeing what you create with it. I’m sure there are many things I could be doing with it that I am not.

  7. Carol @ Heartfelt Whimsies says:

    So excited you won the blender!!! Good for you!

  8. So happy you won the Vitamix! Can’t wait for the recipes. I just ordered a microwave last night because our new $500 kitchenaid one only lasted 6 months. It had horrible reviews but I wanted it to match the new double ovens. I ordered the Whirlpool one for just over $200 that fits the same trim kit! Good luck!

  9. TerriC/HoustonLady says:

    Hi Diane,

    Love your new oven! Enjoy your new Vitamix..big congrats : )

    Have a great weekend

  10. I don’t have to take a trip down memory lane to see that EXACT 70’s oven, ’cause it’s still in my 70’s kitchen!

    Two new wall ovens had to be a chunk of change, so it was especially awesome that you won the blender.

  11. Carol Griffin says:

    Congratulations on your “Big” win! And, the kitchen looks absolutely AMAZING!!! Love the new ovens. Cannot wait to see the foyer reveal and what all you have done. As for the lamps that you mentioned for your office, I did mention in the comments to you that Lowe’s Home Improvement did have some but was not sure if they were hard wired or not. I do have the ones in stock on either side of my headboard (master bedroom) and those did not have to be hard wired but they do have the nickel tube thingy covering the wires which are approx. 4′ or so long…no wires showing and looks really good. Also, I did just see in another blog post some of the lamps that you are looking for on Etsy…….dealer is Illuminate Village. Not sure if these are hardwired or not but I do know that he can customize them and they were very reasonable. Have a Great Weekend!

  12. You deserve to win that Vitamix, Diane. Well okay….if not “deserve it”, then it was TIME for YOU to win something! You are always so thoughtful, and bring everyone such good information as well as give away’s so I’d say it is your turn. And boy what a coup that was! I have an older Vitamix and I don’t use it as often as I should, but I used to try to wear it out! LOL, and it goes with us in our 5th wheel camper too.

    My granddaughter and her husband just bought one and I think they’ve tried pretty much all of the recipes they got! They are both RNs and get home late, so the soups are great for them. But they make a lot of things and freeze them. Especially ice cream. You are gonna love this handy dandy machine! Look forward to seeing the big reveal on both the kitchen and foyer, and can’t imagine what your big surprise is!

  13. Linda Weeks says:

    Wow, Diane – good things happen to good people – I hope you will enjoy all your new kitchen appliances for a long time! Our coffee maker just died this morning, so I am off to find another one. He was only a year and a half old …boo hoo.. I will be thinking of your beautiful kitchen while I’m out there searching!

  14. Hi, Diane!

    It’s great that you won a Vitamix!

    Many years ago, I was proofchief at a printing company in Ohio. I remember proofing what might have been the first Vitamix instruction and recipe book, so I know that you can not only make hot soup, but also ice cream in it.

    Have fun!

  15. When I first saw this oven I wondered how you had a white one. Mine was harvest gold (1972) and when we sold that house back in 2006 it was still going strong. My neighbor still had her avocado one as well. They don’t make ’em like they used to! P.S. Your new one is beautiful!

  16. So happy you won that fantastic blender. Far out of my price range but I have a couple of friends that own them and swear by them. They are kind of like the Kirby vacuums (I have a Kirby!). Real workhorses that last forever.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Susan – They are pricy blenders!. Before I won it, one of the other attendee told me that they bought a refurbished model a few years ago for less than half the price. It was actually brand new, but had been returned for some reason and the company then has to re-sell it as refurnished. I was figuring I would have to go that route if I didn’t win one :-) I have heard of Kirby vacuums, but have never owned one. Maybe it is time since every vacuum I have bought over the last 10 years only lasts a few years before something goes wrong with it.

  17. Christina in FL says:

    Diane, wow, what great new ovens!! I had a flashback moment seeing the old ones. :) We had harvest gold appliances. Oh we were SOOO all that and a bag of chips. lol Add in some shag carpet and “wood” paneling… mm mm good. lol
    Love your kitchen! Can’t wait to see the foyer.
    Congratulations on winning the Vitamix, WOO HOO! When I lived in Ohio, I got to visit their office in Solon. They are some of the sweetest people! I credit my Vitamix with letting me make the best hummus ever. :)
    Create on! :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Christina – So funny…I remember as a child when we got new orange shag carpeting in our living room!!! It was all the rage. :-) At the conference, just like you mentioned, all the Vitamix employees were so nice. Hummus was one of the recipes in a small recipe pack we were given.. I think I will make some red pepper hummus once I get the blender.

    2. Elaine Williams says:

      I too had a flash back when I got a good look at the 70’s wall oven. We had that in our kitchen as well. Let’s hope and pray that Harvest Gold never comes back into style. Love the new stainless steel ovens with the touch pad controls. Congratulations on winning a Vitamix. No one is more deserving than you!

  18. Congratulations on your Blender!!!! Very exciting! And your new
    Oven looks great! I’m sure you had a fabulous time in California.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    PS I saw your picture in “Shipmate “. Good times!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – Thanks. I can’t wait to get the blender and have the kitchen complete!!! I didn’t see the photo in Shipmate, but Ed told me about it. I took it with my phone on a timer. :-)

  19. 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. Diane Henkler says:

      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.

  20. Your work is amazing!!!

    You out did yourself with your kitchen

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      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.

  21. Linda Miller says:

    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. Diane Henkler says:

      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.

  22. Carla from Kansas says:

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

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      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.

  23. 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. Diane Henkler says:

      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.