Here’s the kitchen! plus DIY Chalkboard

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Last post was from sometime near the end of June. We were gently demolishing our kitchen. We did a lot of the work ourselves and finished by fall. From the old we made a new. We used our existing wooden cabinets, took them out, sanded and painted them. We reinstalled them in a new layout. We dressed them in new hardware, of course. We built a new peninsula wall for the sink which is 13 ” back form the original, to make room for the island. One cabinet was custom built for us by Simon Burke Lipiczki who also helped out with cabinet reinstall, design, and a few other things. We also worked with MKC kichens on design as well as bought our Corian countertops, sink and faucet through them.

A fun and exciting feature is the built in compost bin, by Rev a Shelf, which is where the custom cabinet by Simon comes in. Taking care of our own food scraps has been a part of my/our lives for 20 years. It was a top priority on our design to have something easy, clean and accessible, yet out of the way. Everyday we fill it with kitchen waste and throw it to the chickens. Along with chicken feed, its a direct barter for 6 eggs a day.

island with compost bin

island with compost bin

We absolutely love our highly functional and family room- like kitchen. Its suitable for all sorts of cooking, hanging out, canning, and other large scale food projects. In the same space that we had before, we tripled our functional surfaces by rearranging cabinets, adding outlets, and adding in as much counter overhang wherever possible.

bar behind double sink Jason made of rough cut yellow pine. Excellent for rising dough, brewing beer and fermenting veggies wine and kefir.

bar behind double sink Jason made of rough cut yellow pine. Excellent for rising dough, brewing beer and fermenting veggies wine and kefir.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother great feature is the DIY chalkboard wall. Actually there are 2. An adult height one for food planning and a kid height one for doodles and occasional spontaneous math lessons.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo make your own chalkboard paint just do this: 1 cup (any color) FLAT latex paint

mixed with 2 Tablespoons nonsanded grout.

Apply to a wall. I think I did 2 coats. Made a frame with another color (non chalk paint).  done.

Wipe chalk off  with wool fibers or damp rag.

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