Kitschy Kitchens is a blog where I critique the worst of the worst in kitchens. Poor design, an assault on the eyes, wrong colors, wrong materials; they all can be found there. Take an amusing detour to discover what you DON'T want in a kitchen.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I just came across a great blog for those of you trying to create a 50's Retro Look in your kitchen and all around the house. It's by 50sPam:
A place for your postwar 40s 50s and 60s style kitchens, bathrooms and mid century modern home aesthetic.
Love Pam's great illustrations. She's obviously on a mission.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Jackie Von Tobel, over at Jackie Blue Home, has put out a call for submissions to solve reader design problems on her blog:
If you have a very specific design challenge please drop me a line at
jackie_vontobel at msn.com. Include all pertinent measurements, attach photos or drawings of the space, and a detailed description of what you would like to achieve and I will give you some suggestions and show sketches of your room. Be sure to include your email address so I can ask questions if necessary.
I'm sure that will keep Jackie busy for a while.
I'm linking here to make sure all the freebie-lookers know where to go.
I'm still sticking to my guns: I'm happy to answer questions of interest to all. That's what Kitchen-Exchange is all about, and I love doing this. But I draw the line before providing services free that I charge for in my business.
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
I came across your site, and while I'm very interested in a kitchen redesign, I have a quick question for the immediate time-frame...
I live in a 1939 home in Oakland, with shallow-depth counters, no d/w or garbage disposal. Plumbing and electrical are all original, so most if not all would need to be upgraded when it comes time to upgrade properly. I work FT, and have 3 kids under the age of 5. Needless to say, I could use a little convenience in my life.
Until that big dream kitchen project becomes a reality, I was wondering if you were aware of any shallow depth dishwashers that could be installed under my ~21.5" counters. I can happily sacrifice some existing cabinetry adjacent to the sink, but have not been able to find any suitable appliances via an online search thus far. Width is not a problem, but depth is, since I don't want to replace the counters and cabinets to accommodate the traditional depth appliance.
I would imagine this is not an unusual request with all the older homes in the Bay Area. Any words of wisdom to share?
Thanks for your question Natalie.
I don't know of any dishwasher that would fit flush in a 21.5" deep opening.
European dishwashers are all about 22-7/16 or 22-3/8" deep.
That shouldn't stop you though IF you can make a space 23-5/8" wide in your cabinets for a European dishwasher next to your sink.
I have seen lots of dishwashers installed over the years that were deeper than the cabinets. Usually with a bit of moulding at each side to make the installation look better (It won't look great, but we're after function here).
You'll also need electrical behind the new dishwasher or under the sink (I always specify the outlet under the sink so it can easily be unplugged in an emergency.
And you'll have to install a dishwasher air gap on the sink or counter to prevent dirty water from a drain clog going into the dishwasher (this is code).
No domestic dishwashing machine shall be connected directly to a drainage system or food waste disposer without the use of an approved dishwasher airgap fitting on the discharge side of the dishwashing machine. Listed airgaps shall be installed with the flood level marking at or above the flood level of the sink or drainboard, whichever is higher.
If you decide to buy a Miele (the best in my opinion), you'll be able to use it in your new kitchen too. Mine is going on 18 years old and still going strong and quiet as a mouse.
Good luck in getting your much-deserved dishwasher Natalie.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
There's a great article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere, by Schaub, Charlene Varkonyi, called
"Counter Intuitive: Which Type Is Right for You?"
I'd like to comment further here:
Almost all of my clients choose granite countertops.
Those who don't choose stainless, marble or wood, or a combination thereof.
I've NEVER done zinc or copper. Not once!
I haven't done a Corian top in years, even though I LOVE it myself (Have it in my own kitchen). Same goes for the other engineered and solid surface countertops, and I haven't done any laminate since the early 90's when Corian was the top choice.
Tile once was king of the countertops in California, but the last tile I did was granite tile in a budget kitchen. Except, of course, for the backsplash: which is almost always some sort of tile.
My middle class clientele of practical cooks accounts for this. They want something that looks great and you can put a hot pot on.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Dwell Magazine has birthed a Kitchen Blog to add to the list.
The just started on October 24th 2007 so there's not much there yet...So far colorful, contemporary and appliance oriented.
Looks like a variety of editors are posting to it. Including Sara Hart, Michael Cannell, Chelsea Holden Baker, Audrey Tempelsman, and Deborah Baldwin: who has an interesting post about trying appliances before you buy.
Melpa-Alfit has introduced a new hinge that aims a single LED into your cabinet every time you open the door.
Cool. Illuxo comes in white or blue light.
Great for illuminating the labels on spices or medicines in a cabinet...Or, just impressing your friends.