More Counter Space

As long as we’ve had this house, it’s had insufficient counter space. Granted it’s a house that was built in the first half of the 19th century, and it has too little of almost everything from a 20th, or 21st century POV.

Even so, it has what one might call a ‘galley kitchen’, though it does make me wonder what the original kitchen looked like back in the day.  Considering sometime in the mid 20th century a previous owner took it upon themselves to redo it in wood paneling, a drop ceiling and 60s era appliances (all of which have been replaced except the now non-working double wall oven) and at the same time (I think) repurposed a closet into a bathroom, walling off what might have been part of the closet into a pseudo-pantry.

But getting back to the issue at hand.  The lack of suitable counter space.  Of course, I don’t make very good use of what little space I do have, a lot of it is taken up by appliances and assorted junk.  When it comes time to use things like the air fryer and Kitchen-Aid mixer, I have to finagle room for them, near the too few outlets (another issue).

Basically, I’ve been seriously considering either buying or making my own portable kitchen island/cart.  I’ve been watching woodworking videos on YouTube for several weeks, and been itching about maybe getting some tools of my own (not new) and make use of my seriously eroded, but not entirely dissipated high school shop skills.  Too, my Dad was pretty handy with woodworking as well as other skills, and he taught me a good deal about how to manipulate hardwoods, softwoods, and the like.  He did leave me his own power tools, but they’re pretty old by now, like on the scale of 40-50 years as of this writing.

One thing a kitchen cart/portable island would need is a cutting surface, and there’s a ready-made one in storage, though it would have to be cut down a bit for this purpose.  When ‘Christabel’s mother passed away, we ended up selling her family home as it was going to be too much for just the two of us to look after.  A nine-bedroom house with an attached motel just wasn’t going to work out for us, so we bit the bullet and divested ourselves of it, but there were some items that she just couldn’t part with.  One of them was the 8-foot butcher block in the kitchen.  Rather than moving the entire thing, we removed the legs and just transported the top to storage.  As I recalled, it weighed probably about 200 lbs, or at least 100.  It’s a pretty big chunk of wood.  And it’s been sitting in storage now for over 20 years.

Although akin to my previous interest in leather crafting, this just might be a ‘pie in the sky’ momentary interest.  It might just be easier to clean off the counters we have and spend the time that I have not going anywhere due to the current coronavirus situation rearranging the items in the kitchen, culling things we don’t use, and reclaiming space that isn’t being used sufficiently.  Time will tell what happens ultimately.