The kitchen is ready! The kitchen is ready! Let's go on a tour, shall we? Are you ready for too many pictures?
Let's start at the corner, a very good place to start.
In the corner, next to the dishwasher is the plate cabinet.
Saucy planned a large spacious counter-depth cabinet to fit the display platters and the daily dishes. The daily dishes look like they came from Anthropologie, but they didn't. They're from London Drugs.
The first shallow drawer holds the daily cutlery, the oven mitts and the remote control for the little TV on the wall beside the cabinet.
The deep drawers below hold the cookware. Stainless steel pots and pans in the middle drawer, copper cookware in the bottom drawer.
Above the dishwasher is a very handy spot for drinking glasses! Please, when you are putting them away, put them away just so.
The sink might be the highlight of the tour. The deep farmhouse sink sits in a cabinet made of red oak stained mushroom grey - it gives a light grey/mauve effect. This cabinet piece is distressed and has different doors than the rest of the kitchen. Saucy adores the crystal door handles.
Lynda Reeves famously said that "faucets are the jewel of the kitchen" and Saucy agrees! This bridge faucet with side spray accommodates large stock pots with its high arch design.
The Fan found that little metal kitchen sign in Europe a couple of years ago.
The glass window is not original to the house, Saucy had it made and fitted during the first phase of renovations in 2007. The light fixture is from one of Saucy's favourite shops in town.
Beside the sink, a drawer full of measuring cups. Saucy wonders why she has several sets of measuring cups but only one full cup measure? This is a mystery.
Below this drawer, a pull-out garbage. No photo! Gross.
In the other corner, another blue cabinet. This one sits on the marble counter and nests deep into the unusable corner space.
Oh, and Saucy purposely chose to use the mismatched cabinetry in her kitchen. She kinda digs the look and figures that since the house is nearly 100 years old, it might look like the kitchen was added and changed over time, not entirely new. She didn't want that entirely new look. Both corner pieces are blue paint because she thought it might look like someone got busy and painted them blue by themselves. They got tired and didn't paint the rest of the cabinets.
Behind the tall blue door its deep shelving that holds baking supplies, baskets filled with granola bars and snacks, and the bread stuff.
The drawer with the spoon handle holds measuring spoons! You are certainly wondering why someone has so many damned measuring spoons.
The drawer with the knife handle holds... knives!
And, the drawer with the little fork handle holds serving pieces.
Saucy just adores how her drawers pull all the way out, so she can easily find what she's looking for. No bending, squinting, or swearing.
The base cabinet below holds plastic containers filled with cereals. Saucy lurrves her some plastic container organization. It prevents little mice from having access. One hundred year old houses near the river attract little mice and Saucy likes to starve them if at all possible.
Also in this corner base - the flat pans, cutting boards and pot lids. They all have a spot.
The old fashioned Pottery Barn phone is on this wall...
... so the drawer below has a handy phone book along with much-used smaller tools!
The little pot lights add so much light, Saucy can barely contain herself. It's like she's seeing her utensils for the first time.
Gadzooks, Saucy adores this corner of the world.
From afar... the cubby holes don't stash wine, that's flavoured vodka. The wine is elsewhere.
Behind these upper doors, more plastic stacking containers hold pasta, rice, and other dry goods. It's extremely tidy but you'll just have to take Saucy's word for it. Below, there are pull-outs for mixes and envelopes too. A place for everything!
The range and cooking area is directly across from the sink.
If the faucet is the jewel of the kitchen, then the pot filler is the engagement ring! It's the swoon-worthy, the smile-inducing older sister of the sink tap.
Near the stove, a drawer full of large utensils. Another shallow drawer holds the metal and stainless steel utensils. Saucy and her OCD like to sort these separately.
Next to the range, a bank of cabinets filled with kitchen linens and the parchment, foil and wraps (bottom drawer). There you will also find a handy place to sit for Loopy or any other Cheerio who wants to perch with an after school snack and do homework while Saucy putters.
Guess what? The toaster oven died! It made Saucy and Loopy sad, they used it almost every day. They plum wore it out. It was going to go right there, next to the coffee maker, below the microwave.
The chalkboard remains... for messages and doodles, close to the phone.
Dear Pot Filler, Saucy loves you.
Here's where the layout gets tricky. There was no room in the original floor plan for a very large family-friendly refrigerator. Saucy moved it into the old breakfast nook, and surrounding it with cabinetry she now calls the area the pantry.
Like a butler's pantry, but with no butler.
Beside the fridge, concealed behind cabinet doors, the imaginary butler can find the water cooler, aprons, seldom used pans, and the fire extinguisher. It needs to get attached to the wall up there.
Do you wonder why everything suddenly looks so... pink?
Oh yeah! That's what Saucy's talkin' about. A custom neon sign. Saucy wasn't always known as Saucy... back in the day, the family called her Sasha Baby and she doodled up a design in a drafting class. Eventually she took that doodle to a neon artist and had it made for real.
And now, it's here. In the no-butler-butler's pantry, casting a delicious pinky glow on everything.
Plus, it faces the doors that open to the deck and the outdoor kitchen. It will look pink and funky next summer during evening pool parties!
Here is The Wall of Sprinkles. Saucy warned you it would be EPIC. Eight shelves of 21 jars... that's... a helluva lot of sprinkles. Saucy was never good at math.
The wine cooler chills all of the wine that Saucy does not drink. It will, however, be a nice temperature to offer her guests.
But perhaps they would like an espresso or some sort of steamed flavoured hot beverage?
Above, teas and coffees are stashed. The little apothecary drawers hold the doo dads for the espresso maker, the strainers and tea pincers.
The bank of drawers hold less frequently used items that the non-existant butler may find handy in this area of his!
Just scissors, pastry cutters and scoopers. Lots of scoopers... let's put those Cheerios to work, shall we?
Graters and thermometers.
Cupcake papers (the plain kind most often used - the fancy ones are stored above the fridge), sticks and bags. This is bottom-drawer stuff.
Under the neon sign, this area is wide open for work space. Imagine all of the cupcakes cooling and being decorated here.
The junk drawer resides in the butler's pantry because even non-existant butlers need junk!
This is where Saucy houses confectioner's sugar, baking sugar and flour. Each of those bins holds 10 kg.
And now the fun part... adding the cute stuff, the decorations that will make this kitchen thoroughly complete.
And then Saucy must roll up her sleeves and get to work. The Cheerios will be here on Thursday and Friday, making frosting and then baking for Saturday morning. She is enjoying the pristine clean look of the kitchen right now.
It may never look like this again.
Seriously. Not even kidding.