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Crafting? No. Kitchen yes.

Posted by jackie blue on May 13th, 2007

I’ve been swamped with work this past week, really swamped. Knitting and quilting and clothes making seem in the distant past. But I did manage to get my kitchen 99% done.

Let me start by explaining that I live in a small studio apartment. A rental, and one that I’ve been in for over 13 years. Which when I moved in, was probably not updated since the 70s. A fresh coat of paint was about it. Old appliances, original (probably) kitchen and bath. It’s rent stabilized which in NYC means I have “a deal”, but what I don’t have is the brand new marble counters and stainless appliances etc. that most people who live here now do have. I also don’t pay nearly as much rent, so they aren’t giving me any of it. To have them renovate would mean a major rent increase. When my refrigerator needed replacing recently, they gave me another, rescued from an apartment undergoing renovation. A cast off, probably 10 years old.

It’s also one of the smallest kitchens I’ve ever seen. But it is separate, with doors, unlike a lot of studios, and I have managed to cook and bake in it just fine.

I can’t complain too much, as I said, my rent is a deal and I live in one of the best neighborhoods where buying means spending close to or over a million for a pretty small place. But I guess I’ve been reading too much Apartment Therapy, as I really started to hate my kitchen and resent that I couldn’t gut it and start over. This is a rental after all, and even though I’ve been here forever and have no plans to leave, I was not in the position to plunk down big bucks for a renovation.

I decided to put my craftiness to use. A paint job is easy, and surely there was some other things I could do. And so I did. After some paint, vinyl tiles, and a lot of new organizational pieces, I have a kitchen I almost love. Sure, I would love new appliances, and I would give my eye teeth for more space, and cabinets that weren’t deteriorating under the sink, but for now and for just about $600 instead of $6000, it’s looking pretty good, I think.

Here’s a sneak preview. Mind you, I can’t get a full shot of my kitchen at the angle it’s positioned, as doors are in the way.

AFTER - back splash organization

More before, during and after at my Flickr set.

I’ve been distracted

Posted by jackie blue on April 25th, 2007

And have been being creative, but in other ways than the usual.

Yarn colors have given way to this:


Quilt fabric has been put aside for this:


Piecing blocks have become this instead:


And I’ve been spending a ton of time on the internet researching (and spending!) on things like these:


Hopefully after this weekend, I’ll have a much nicer kitchen. In the meanwhile, you’ll probably find me at the paint store.