Still Raining & Done Painting (For Now)


This is the pure, unadulterated and unstaged kitchen photo I took about a month ago. Doesn't that ugly dishwasher (which as I've said many times, I do not use) stand out like a sore thumb? Indeed it does.


So it's getting changed. Somehow. Don't ask me how yet because I'm not sure. I decorate as I go.


I have never had a kitchen that I just could not get a "vision" of, so to speak. 



Then came the behemoth washing/drying machine, which does not at all help things aesthetically. But folks, I gotta wash my clothes. And it has to be here to be close to the sink where it is hooked up to the faucet when in use.



Moving right along. This is the kitchen this morning. Yes, it is gray and rainy and there isn't much natural light. Don't know if you can tell, but the walls and cabinets have been painted white. (Doesn't really look white, does it?) But I assure you it is.



And now we have the white walls with the very ugly dishwasher that I could certainly do without. And this beige stove. There's nothing wrong with this stove except the color. It drives me crazy. 

I'm thinking of having them take it out. I've only used it twice. Oh yeah, and I blew up eggs on the front burner one day. So guess that's three times. 

I don't cook much. At all. I have a panini maker I've had for ages. And I'm wondering if a crock pot or toaster oven could take the place of this. I'm not even sure I would use those. 

It's not that I eat out much. I just eat things like hummus and crackers and fruit and veggies. If I need to heat something, I use the microwave (which heavens yes has to be moved somewhere else.)

Now a lot of people would think I'm nuts. But then a lot of people already think I'm nuts. Could you do without a stove, do you think? Most of you will say no. 

You either have families to cook for, or a spouse or someone. I have none of those things. I did, and I've been there, and I now I am here.

And one reason I won't cook meat is because the pupsters have very delicate tummies and have to eat prescription food. I would feel awful cooking up some good-smelling meat that they cannot have even a morsel of. 

So what to do? What to do? 



(Oh, and I may or may not have painted the ugly refrigerator with rust stains with wall paint.) 

If it wasn't sitting here where it does not belong or remotely look like it belongs, it could possibly go where the stove goes. 

You know I will not be able to handle the disparity in colors. Not that I want everything to match. But in a kitchen, when something is beige, or as for the dishwasher, more than beige, it just makes it look dirty. 

I cannot handle dirty. 

The saga continues...

I will be back later this afternoon for Tweak It. And no telling what I will have done by then. 





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  1. You might look online at front panels for the dishwasher. I know when my mom bought hers years ago, there were different color panels you could insert. I know it bothers you a lot, but just someone looking at it, it is not bad at all.

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    1. I know. But every time I walk in that kitchen, 1) I think what space that dishwasher takes up that could be utilized, and 2) I never use the stove and the fridge would fit perfectly there.

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    2. Would they have to remove the vent hood for you to fit the refrig where the stove is?

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  2. and here I rarely use the microwave and use the stove/oven all the time. I do not have pets but always thought dogs got dog food - humans got people food, but to each their own right. Appliances in the kitchen of varied kinds do not bother me, I can not buy all new appliances at one but I am shifting to stainless steel as I need new ones - one day they will all match. I like your open cupboards in the kitchen but I get so much dust in my house that if mine where open it would be more things to clean - at least closed they don't need cleaning as often. I am looking forward to seeing what you do in the end for your kitchen - I'm sure it will be pretty - it does take time.

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    1. Where these cabinets are, they shouldn't get much dust. In my old house, I never cleaned the open cupboards. Maybe they were dusty, but I never knew!

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  3. I agree, just get a panel for the front of the dishwasher...there are a lot to choose from. Good luck!

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  4. A lot of dishwashers come/came with additional front panels that are already inside the door;, it's just a matter of taking the trim off (if there are screws in it) and pulling another panel out. The beige one might even have a white side you could flip it to!

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  5. I would see if the landlord would remove the DW and stove and not make you replace them if you move out. You could put shelves for storage where the DW is. Would the frig fit where the stove is? What wall is it on now? I use a grill and the stove top a lot. I have many friends with dogs who never have eaten people food so there fore, never beg for it.

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  6. I vote for cabinets like your ones in country sampler, you are so creative!

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  7. I'm enjoying your decorating adventures. Love what you have done so far! I'm sure whatever you come up with next will look amazing, as always. Can' t wait to see what you decide to do!

    I very rarely use my oven. Still clean inside after 17 years! Rely mostly on microwave.

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  8. I don't know why you couldn't paint the fronts of your dishwasher and stove to match your refrigerator.. Again, I think you would be doing a service to the landlord/lady to have everything match.. You can get special paint for appliances and that would be more economical than the magnetic covers. The landlady only said not to do something that other renters may not like.. If you're going to live in your new place for a good long time, why shouldn't you be able to enjoy the color of the appliances. Other renters, if there ever are any, would like for the appliances to match.. Just sit on your little rolling cart and paint away..
    Even in your smaller kitchen you still have more counter space than I have AND a window over your sink. I see your stained glass piece. That will be pretty in the window.. I like your cabinets with the doors off.. I think you're making headway and will be loving your kitchen in no time..
    I'd keep the oven ! -----maybe get rid of the dishwasher although it would be nice to have if you didn't feel like washing dishes sometime, down the road.. Just saying. ;o)
    Have fun today even thought it's raining..
    Charlotte

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  9. I had no stove for a year, and it was difficult. We used the outdoor barbecue, a fry pan, a crock pot, a microwave, and a toaster oven. When we finally completed the kitchen, I didn't want a microwave in it, and I put in a cabinet by the laundry, and it only gets used sometimes. What I really like is the Breville toaster oven. I really like the cabinets with the doors removed. I'm still voting for a pretty curtain to cover the dishwasher; it will break up the hard surfaces. The stove's color is much better than the dishwasher's. If it is the burners that distract, you could try covering them with some of your pretty plates. You are making progress! xoxo

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  10. I would agree on taking out the stove if you don't use it. A nice toaster oven would be a good replacement. I have even seen one that has two burners on top of it. Once you get the knobs on the cabinets and some cute curtains up, it will start taking shape. It would be nice if they could take out the dishwasher as well.

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  11. I have a friend who stores her cereal and other foods in the dishwasher because her pantry isn't large enough. As for the color, several people have suggested checking the panel to see if there is a white one inside. I know many of them do have that because I changed one from coppertone to white. There were three panels with a different color on each side. At that time there was yellow, green, coppertone, white, beige and I don't remember the other color. If you haven't already tried that, it's worth the effort. As well as I remember it was easy to do. I'm loving your cabinets already. Can't wait until you get them "decorated" with your pretties.

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  12. Can you paint that ugly dishwasher? Or, better yet, could you decorate it with your gorgeous pictures/papers BUT use double-sided tape to attach it all with so it can be easily removed when/if needed? Girlfriend, I *know* you can turn that thing into something gorgeous! And if you're not going to use it, could you get a board (white) to top it so that you can decorate the top of it with some of your gorgeous things? Did I use the word "gorgeous" enough? Well, I know you'll do it - go for it!!!

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  13. I know you will figure this out, I have to get settled in and live it for a while before I make changes at my house. Taking out the dishwasher and stove is such a permanent thing. I know people who store their dishes in their dishwasher, and cookware in their oven. I will be following along to see how you make this home your own.

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    1. Well, settled in for me is less than a month. And I've lived here since April 14. Normally I have figured things out much quicker. Just how I'm wired. I have to have everything in its place.

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  14. I could live without my microwave, but not my stove. I love to cook and enjoy it so, I also cook just for myself when I was alone (before Mr C). White the cabinets and walls white it's a great background for the gorgeous color i know you'll be using. Could you put a shelf above the washer/dryer and below the cupboard? See you later!

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    1. I plan to probably put a shelf above the washer/dryer. I, on the other hand, hate to cook. I did all that when I was a foster kid and cooked for families. Then for my own. I do not wish to cook much if at all now. Done.

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  15. I've been thinking about what I would do with the dishwasher. I think a curtain from some of that red checked fabric would really cheer things up. You can always use the ugly thing as extra storage and the curtain would hide it, very well. As for the stove, if the dishwasher was hidden by the curtain, the stove wouldn't be so bad but you could always put a bread board on top of the burners and use it for extra counter space. Maybe put the microwave on top of the board. Hope this helps just a tiny bit. I'm sure whatever you do, will be lovely!

    Grace & Peace.

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    1. Somehow this posted at the bottom, my reply. Don't know why...

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  16. Adding in tan to the color to your color scheme of black, white and red would be a good solution. I have a tan standing freezer in my kitchen, along with my white appliances. I'm not getting rid of the tan freezer, so I added tan into my black, white, green color scheme. It is working well for us and does not look dirty with the tan in accessories. You could add some tan/red fabric for dishtowels, curtains, even a panel for the dishwasher. I don't think you should try painting the stove since it belongs to the apartment complex. Others have good suggestions to easily change the dishwasher front. That seems an easy fix.

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    1. No, would have to paint the stove with appliance paint. (Which I did not do with the fridge, so keep this a bit quiet...)

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    2. I know about appliance paint and I still wouldn't try painting the stove. I think you would find they would make you pay for a stove later, should you paint this one.

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  17. Oh, Brenda, you busy bee. It is coming along. I would put a board over the top of the stove and put the micro there, if you need to boil eggs, it could be moved. I lived without a stove for a couple of years, used electrical appliances instead. The biggest problem was not being able to boil potatoes or eggs, or whatever. So I would keep the stove, just cover it, maybe even some of those burner covers you see in catalogs. As far as the washer/drier, look at European kitchens, lots have a front loader washer in the kitchen. Can't wait to see the kitchen progress.

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    1. If I want to boil an egg, which is pretty much the extent of my cooking, I can use something else. I will tell you that if I put a board over those stove burners, I would be in constant worry that the darned thing would someone come on and burn it up. I have a weird fear about those things, seeing as how I've blown up a whole stove before, many many years ago.

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  18. I could easily live without an oven or stove top ~ as long as I have a microwave & barbeque grill ~
    I can't wait to see how you solve your dilemmas!

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    1. I have researched (don't I always research?) all kinds of ways to cook without an oven. There are the modern toaster/convection ovens that will do most anything. I can get a crockpot. But I doubt very much right now that I'd use either. One of these days maybe. Certainly not in the summer. I like cold foods in the summer.

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  19. I like seeing your ideas in action!
    They may come and remove the stove for you --since you don't use it. I think the fridge looks like it may fit there height wise...not sure about width though...might be too wide. The dishwasher could be covered with a cute curtain, could it not?
    I think it's going to be nice once you get it all done up the way you like.
    Pat

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    1. I just called and put in a work order to have the stove taken out. The fridge will fit there perfectly, giving me some space to maybe put a counter height work area where the fridge is now jutting out stupidly and taking up space. I know you guys think I am nuts. But really, if you don't use, lose it. And gain the space.

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  20. it looks good~! now just wash off the dishwasher front with traigt vinegar- rince and paint it:) tada the whole kitchen matches then.

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    1. Once again, my reply went to the bottom. What's up, Blogger?

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  21. I should have said in the post that I've looked at taking off the dishwasher panel, but it looks like a heck of a job and I'm not sure it's supposed to come off at all.

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  22. I like the curtain idea for over your dishwasher and then using the dishwasher for storage. Another thing that might work, is to buy faux tin ceiling tiles and put them over the door, using double stick tape. And I think the bread board idea over your stove is a perfect solution; and then you have more storage inside your oven. I can't wait to see what you come up with; your ideas are always so great.

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    1. A curtain will not work with this particular dishwasher. All kinds of things jut out that make that not a possibility, unfortunately, or I'd already have done it.

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  23. I wonder if you can paint the dishwasher white? I would leave the stove your never know when you may roast a chicken or bake cookies. When you fill the open shelves with pretties and get new knobs, rug, dish towels it will all look beautiful.

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    1. I am not the sort of person who roasts a chicken or bakes cookies. That was another life. I thought of painting the dishwasher, would have to get appliance paint because it heats up. (Don't know what will happen with the fridge I painted with wall paint spontaneously and without really thinking it through!)

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    2. I painted a fridge once with semi-gloss white. No one even knew.

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  24. I also agree with the curtain idea. Maybe just move the stove forward a tad and use a tension rod between the side of the stove and the cupboard and put a curtain on it. You could still access the dishwasher if you want to use it for storage.

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    1. Already tried. With this particular set up and the way the dishwasher is made, a curtain can't go over it. And it you put one over it, there would be certain areas that would jut out.

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  25. We spray painted our entire double door frig/freezer from avocado green (you can guess my age now!) to white years ago. It works beautifully! Just buy a special spray paint for appliances, tape off the trim and there you go! It looked so professional and had a nice finish. Easy! Here is a link at Home Depot for the paint. It's $22 but one can should do just for the dishwasher front.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Specialty-12-oz-Gloss-White-Appliance-Epoxy-6-Pack-7881830/202057110

    Also, as suggested, look behind the existing panel for another color or other panels. If not, try the spray paint. You'll be happy with it.

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    1. Thanks, I will look into the paint. However, I should have thought of that before I (got a wild hair) and painted the fridge with latex paint! I just could not stand the rust stains another day...

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    2. Thank you, Sharon, for that link. I can't spray paint it because I can't take it outside. But I found it in a can there for $14.99. Probably will be doing that then, unless some better idea comes along. Thanks!

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  26. I remember year ago when appliances lasted forever....we would paint them! Especially refrigerators. Your cabinets look so sparkly clean and pretty now. And I need to stove top but rarely use my oven. We use a toaster oven every day...almost every meal! Enjoy your day sweet friend!

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    1. Already called them and they will be taking the stove. I had talked to them about this previously and they just said, once they take it out, they will not bring it back. Well, if I wanted one that bad, (and I won't) I'd just get one off Craig's List or something. What kind of paint did you use, Diane? Surely you did not use latex paint as I did!

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    2. In our city, a dwelling has to have a stove to be legally occupied. If you never want to use it, you could unplug it, then safely put a stove board on top.

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  27. I should have said in the post that the ugly dishwasher is built so that Judy and I have figured out that a little curtain would not work. The top thingie sticks out too much.

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  28. I can understand your dislike for the stove since you had that accident years ago. I had a broiler catch fire on me once, then the fire went right up the wall and I froze. Lucky for me a friend pulled in the driveway and got it out. I guess I could live w/out a stove if I were alone. It would take some doing, but I could do it. You can do a lot with a slow cooker. They probably thought that was a strange request!

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    1. Well, I am strange, come to think of it. I have had the gas stove blow up when I was a pregnant teen. Then in about 2000 we moved into a house and were there for four days when a light over the sink that the previous owners had "jimmy-rigged" caught fire. The movers were so slow we told them just to put all the boxes in the garage. Naturally we could not locate the fuse box, and this was an electrical fire. So it burned up much of the roof, and the fire department told us we must turn off the heat. Well, of course it was a Saturday night, late, and it was snowing. So that was my second little kitchen fire incident. And then the stinky blown up eggs. That's three. Things tend to happen in threes. Think I'm done? I wouldn't trust it anyway.

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  29. I certainly do hope that the little pupsters don't stand still too long or I'm afraid they'll get painted white latex! LOL

    Judy

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    1. What's up with the comments going to the bottom of the page???

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  30. Hi Judy....You are a whiz at painting. It looks so nice and clean. Here is a website that I was checking out for you. Maybe it's something you might find interesting. Balisha

    http://www.digsdigs.com/vinyl-and-magnet-dishwasher-cover-panels-by-applicianist-art/

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    1. This is the second time in a week someone called me Judy. My name is Brenda. All of my life I've been called Debbie. My name is Brenda.

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  31. Brenda, Look that dishwasher over. Some times those front panels can come off and the other side is white. It may be something as simple as a few screws. Or get the numbers off it and look on line. I wish you luck on that. As for the fridge and stove, sorry I don't think they are so easily fixed. They can be painted, there's a heat type of paint for stoves. I know you are becoming an expert painter by now. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Unfortunately I will never be an expert painter. I am too impatient and I move too fast and then I end up with a mess to clean up every time I paint. Which is why I don't paint often. I had to get down and scratch the many white specks off the floor with my by then broken fingernails. In essence, I am a klutz.

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  32. Everything you have done looks so clean and fresh..Love Judy's comment about painting the pupsters..lol..I would have liked to have seen a curtain over the DW also..but as you say not possible..It is so frustrating when you want to change something and can't quite figure out what to do..

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    1. I'll probably get appliance paint and just paint the darned thing. It isn't just that it's the wrong color. It's the wrong size and has just been crammed in there and there is several inches of nothing at the top. Now that just plain irritates me. I'd rather they not put one in at all than put the wrong size.

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  33. Firstly, you always crack me up, '...Now a lot of people would think I'm nuts. But then a lot of people already think I'm nuts.' I like nuts, and if they're as hilarious as you, then by all means, let the cracking begin!

    Secondly, LOVE the red microwave, mason jars and even the plastic bowl with the newly painted, white cabinets - (yes of course they're white. In fact, why not call the colour 'Definitely white'?!). They look amazing!

    Lastly, I totally agree: get rid of the stove if you really don't think you will use it. Your diet regimen, aside from being quite healthy, dictates what you do in your kitchen, so toss it, if you won't touch it!

    Thanks for the giggles!:))

    Poppy

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    1. Well, let's see if my comment is under yours instead of at the bottom of the page where it makes no sense. I am nuts. I am strange. And I am eccentric. And I'm proud of all three.

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  34. Well Judy, you of all people know how I am when I'm on a roll. I just keep on rolling with whatever I have in my hand!

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  35. Brenda, I know you will figure out the best for your living area. After you have the stove and hood removed and move the frig into place, the other ideas will flow. Where you frig sit, buy an etagere and you will have a lot of shevles to store things on. Give yourself time, its going to turn out to be perfect for you.
    Hugs,
    Connie/IN

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    1. Yes, once I get the stove out, I'll be rollin'!
      Brenda

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  36. Brenda, I have followed your blog for a long time. But have never made a comment. I was looking at your dishwasher and I thought, could you put a temporary panel like bead board, or something similar in front of it and paint in to match your cabinets? You would loose the space and storage but it would be covered up. Good luck, I know your kitchen will soon reflect you and you style. Sherry

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    1. I think I'll use the inside for storage. Like for my pots and pans I won't need once they take my stove! And just paint the outside or use contact paper over it.

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  37. Hi Brenda! I was thinking about you just the other day when I was making a potato and frozen vegetables for dinner. I'm not that fond of cooking either so I understand where you're coming from. Have you thought about a steamer? I bought a steamer a few years ago for about $20-$30 and I use it so much! I make potatoes and sweet potatoes in it (peel them, cut them up, steam for 30-40 minutes) and they come out so moist and delicious. I also use it for frozen vegetables, making hard "boiled" eggs (you can also do soft boiled) and you make rice in them if they come with a rice basket. You might consider one - they're great for "set it and forget it" cooking. Good luck with your kitchen!

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    1. We know what happens with me and stoves and cooking boiled eggs, and it ain't pretty. Anything has to beat cooking them on the stove and forgetting about it.

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  38. Put a little skirt over the dishwasher well like a little drape. You may have to use Velcro to attach it. Or get them to move it out and put a shelf of some sort inside and then the drape. Love the white. You did a great job!!!!!!!

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  39. Brenda, I just got rid of my stove and bought a large toaster/convection oven and a single hot plate. Love it and I don't even have a microwave. Kathy

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  40. A skirt won't work on this particular dishwasher because in various places it juts out. I'm just gonna cover the parts that aren't black and use it for storage.

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  41. I have an old, ugly dishwasher in my kitchen but I ignore the look because I'm just thankful to have the dishwasher. Ours broke last November and a friend was kind enough to give us this one for free. Saved us at least $600! Oh heck no, I could never get rid of my stove. I cook and bake all the time. And it's not only because I have a husband (and son who comes home from college once in awhile) to cook for; I would cook for myself if I were alone. My mom is almost 74 and lives alone and always cooks for herself, too. You know I strongly believe in healthy cooking and eating, so a stove is a must. Don't worry about the smell of meat and your dogs not being allowed to have any...my cats want my food too! Everyone with dogs and cats has that "problem". You simply don't give it to them. It's no big deal. Anyway, I can't wait to see what you do with this kitchen!

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  42. with going to no stove besides the microwave for cooking you might want to try a small rice cooker and a small electric skillet

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  43. What about taking the door off the dishwasher - is that possible? It might be easier than you think. If you can then I think you could put a curtain across the front of it and still use the interior for storage. And cover that gap at the top.

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  44. So why not have them remove the dishwasher as well as the stove? And since you don't need the stove, get rid of the pots and pans!' Now look at all the room you have! And with the dishwasher gone you can now put the curtain up (no more jutting out) and perhaps put a small wheel cart behind it for storage. I would just make sure that they don't expect you to buy new replacements if you ever move again. (in writing).

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  45. I think they sell appliance paint, it might be spray paint. Maybe you can pull out the stove, scratch up the dishwasher panel and paint them. I don't think it's very pricey. It's worth a try. Good luck, I love what you've done so far. ;-> Toni Anne

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  46. OK with the stove gone, you will have lots more room. When I didn't have a stove, I finally bought a cheap deep fat fryer, and used that to boil stuff in. It worked great, but a steamer would work. I think I have seen a small appliance that boils eggs. And a toaster oven will cook just about anything. I knew a coffee shop lady who used her toaster oven to bake pies. Her pies were to die for. You're on a roll Brenda.

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  47. Brenda, I like the idea of painting the dishwasher or buying a magnet. I think a red shelf or a fun fabric behind the microwave and washer starched would be fun. Don't remember the technique but it was popular about 15 + years ago when people took fabric and wet it with something and it hung like wallpaper without ruining the paint behind. Maybe some little red shelves to put your trinkets on and some vinyl cherry magnets. maybe spray paint the knobs red on the cabinet doors you have on for some pops of color? I'm excited to see what you do.

    Hugs,

    Valerie
    Cottage Making Mommy
    www.lovingmyheartandhome.blogspot.com

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  48. Remove the panel, decoupage with pictures or cloth. Lowes has those ceiling panel thingys that look like tin. Maybe you could get them to cut it to the size of your dishwasher. You could distress that with paint.

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  49. Hi Brenda,
    I think your place looks wonderful and now the kitchen is getting fixed up. I have lived in my little cottage for almost 9 years and do not have a stove or oven. I hate cooking. I use the microwave, toaster oven, crockpot, toaster, electric frying pan and a George Forman grill for my meals. I have not missed a stove at all. I mostly use the toaster oven and crockpot. I would suggest buying a toaster oven and then add appliances as you find a need. It has been fun trying different things and finding a way to make it work. Sure clears up room in a tiny kitchen. I think you have made a wise choice. Let us know how it is working for you.
    Sharron

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  50. Brenda, we had our refrigerator painted at a body shop for $100. Was white, now is black. They used paint like they use when they paint cars. They had it on hand. They picked the ref up and brought it back. That was a few years ago. Then more recently we had a white stove painted black. I was worried about the heat of cooking making the paint peel off, but it didn't. That paint they use is pretty strong stuff.

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  51. I always loved Kitty Bartholomew's red and white vintage kitchen. You can find her pics on Google images. Hope you find your kitchen muse!

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  52. I read your blog every day but I don't know if I have commented or not. Since you said that you don't use your stove and you hate the dishwasher could you get a small tension rod and place it on the stove on one side and the cabinet on the other and make a curtain to hide the dishwasher? Just a thought... Love your blog. Teresa

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  53. Sorry, I just saw that you said a curtain would not work. Have you looked to see if the beige panel can be replaced? A dishwasher we had years ago had a panel that was white on one side and black on the other side. They use to sell the panels at Lowes and Home Depot. This has been probably 20 years ago but it may be worth looking into. If I remember correctly the panels didn't cost much. We had to replace it once when my son scratched it with a toy.

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  54. Some of these are a little pricey but so pretty and many to choose from.. Turn your dishwasher into art. They also had solid colors. Never heard of these. http://www.dishwasherfronts.com/

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  55. I would get rid of the dishwasher, too, and then you can add a pop of color with a cute curtain hanging across the opening. You could slide a rolling cart into the space and use it for additional storage. That's what I did in our house when we first moved in. Eventually we filled the space with a stock cabinet from Lowe's, since I have no desire to own a dishwasher when our cabinet space is so limited. I know you'll get it all worked out once you rid your kitchen of the things you don't use. You'll also have all that space where your refrigerator is located currently for floor to ceiling shelves or an old cupboard! Good luck, Brenda!

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  56. Brenda, if I was living alone I could certainly do without a stove. I would use a microwave, toaster oven, slow cooker and get along just fine. You should have them take out your dishwasher too. Would give you even more room. Get rid of the pots and pans too! The cabinets and wall look great painted white. I think when you add your pops of color, etc. your kitchen will look great! You're such a good decorator. I am eagerly waiting to see what you do!

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  57. I wish you could take the dishwasher out. I could live without one, I think. As far as the stove......if you don't use it. But I'd rather see the dishwasher go. My friend has a 1960's fridge she want to sell. Works even. But they can't get it out of the basement. Wouldn't that be adorable in that space. I know you will figure this out. As far as the washer/dryer in your kitchen.....hey, you see that all the time on HGTV International.

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  58. Brenda I am a day behind but yes you can live without the oven and dishwasher and would have so much more room, it is only you there, get one of those electric kettles if you need boiling water to add to some of those package meals, eating uncooked raw veg. are better for you, plus your fruit needs no cooking you can use your sandwich for making a hot sandwich or grilled cheese when you run your errands you can also get a hot meal. If I lived alo it would not be worth the mess and tome to cook, you could also get one of those hot plates to boil your eggs, a small gas grill to cook meat outside, endless possibility's. You do just want you want, you live just like you want and to heck with the reat of ot!

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  59. i say take out the stove and dishwasher - do what works for you and makes you happy :)

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  60. I never use my stove. I use the oven for storage and the ceramic/ glass top as a prep area. About 8 months ago, I smelled something burning and ran to my stove. All knobs were in the off position yet the oven was on! I had to drag the blasted, hot thing away from the wall to get the plug out! It appears that with the solid surface electric stoves that this is an occasional occurrence. Anyway, I went out and spent good money for a new stove that fills a space but has never been or probably never will be turned on. Stupid or stupid?
    To make it worse, I was in Goodwill 6 weeks later and saw a lovely stove with not so much as a fingerprint of use on it for 49.00. Aargh!
    (I never used the stove in the two houses I had before this one either.)

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  61. The colors would drive me crazy, too! I lucked out with my latest rental, because the kitchen is nice, white, and fairly new. Except for the ancient stove, but at least it's white and works. If you're not going to use the stove, I say get rid of it. I'm sure you could get by with a toaster oven and/or crockpot. Looking forward to seeing what you do:)

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  62. Not sure what I would do. I do love your paint job alot. I was so very lucky in this 755 SQ home, kitchen wise. Newer cabinets, neutral tile floor, black stove and thank God! because I have a beast of a black refrigerator. Now if the stove was beige or white it would really really really bother me. I say take the stove out if you do not use it. I use mine alot because I do not have a microwave. I did buy a George Foreman Grill just this weekend and my gosh do I love it so! Chicken breast grilled in 6 minutes! It was 107 degrees here and the thought of turning on the stove made my stomach hurt.

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  63. How about bead board. Get a panel cut at home depot or lowes. It is thin. If you do not use the dish washer, I am sure you could rig it up with velcro, use double stick tape on the dishwasher front, would not want to mar it ( Smile) and glue the other matching piece to the bead board back. Paint it to match the cabinets, or red. Or maybe thin strip magnets, same deal, double tape and glue to metal dishwasher. IF you could set in front, just under the edge of the counter, rig it to take on and off, hide the whole dishwasher. Just my thought. YOU inspire me. I own my house, made the last 21 years of payments last summer.. but house poor. I have 1975 avocado cook top and double wall ovens. Bisque dishwasher and fridge.. trust me, that alone should have been grounds for divorce. We can live with a year in 92 when we bought the house stretched on. The Brady Bunch just left in here! Oh well, got rid of him, keep the house, and it is mine. YOU Inspire me dear Brenda.

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  64. Since it took me a week to figure out what profile to use to post this, I see someone did suggest bead board. Sorry! Could you use starch, to "wallpaper" some fabric to that dishwasher? Many bloggers doing that, using fabric for wallpaper in rentals! sue

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  65. Try to google the model number of your dishwasher, maybe even the manufacturer and ask "How to change the front panel." Looking at the photo, I think you should be able to change the panel. If it is not the color you want it to be, you may be able to paint it with appliance spray paint. As to wasted space - consider the dishwasher to be a cabinet with pull out shelves. When ours was out of commission for a while, I stored our tupperware in it.

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  66. Brenda, I also can relate to your statement that some people think you're nuts. I too am finding more peace and don't care if some think I'm nuts. Found your blog through the "Country Sampler" article, and feel right at home with your posts and comments.
    In regard to the ugly big refrigerator in your small kitchen, maybe the landlord could remove it, and you could get a smaller one? Ten years ago I stupidly bought a large refrigerator for my small kitchen. The appliance store was too cheap to have two men move it in, and the man they sent could not maneuver it through the kitchen door! So it occupied a corner of the small dining room. When I went back to the same store last summer to replace it, the salesman tried to sell me another big refrigerator, despite my tale of woe. I was wiser this time and resisted. He showed me only small unattractive "grade b' refrigerators. I could see the pain in his face as he thought of how small his commission would be on such a measly sale! I went to Sears, got a much more attractive small Whirlpool refrigerator on sale. Sears sent two men to deliver it. It went into the kitchen with no difficulty.
    The appliance store salesman had told me a small refrigerator would not be adequate to my needs, and I told him I would have to adjust. (Being without electricity for four days the previous winter had made me see a refrigerator as a problem as well as a blessing.) Well, I have adjusted and am so happy with this new refrigerator, and it's much harder to "lose" things in this fridge. As you point out in your posts, sometimes less is more. Have a great day.

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