Home Renovations – Part 1

A real Kentucky Kitchen.

The thermostat on the old oven died, and instead of spending $150 to repair it, we decided to buy a new oven for $2000!  It’s nice and shiny:

New oven

But it was a bigger than the old oven, as you can see.  I had to tear out the drawers underneath.  This left the drawer directly underneath where those used to be exposed on the top and the cat could jump in.  No problem!  I just stuck a piece of cardboard in the hole!

cardboard over hold

The new oven is a little wider, too, but I remember learning about cantilever in The How and Why Book of Building my parents got me in the first grade.

how and why building book

So it was easy to do that with a piece of scrap plywood here (after sawing down the old cabinet wall level):

plywood holding up oven

Now all this activity did damage the tiling along the top a little, but you have to be willing to break a few eggs to make an omelet:

chewed up kitchen tiling

An unexpected side benefit, or lagniappe, was that the wider top of the oven gives the cat a little ledge to perch on now (couldn’t get a picture of her up there; you’ll have to take my word for it):

exposed edge of oven

So now my wife is back barefoot and baking in her kitchen again!

Some guys from the D-I-Y cable channel called and expressed an interest in this when I showed them these pictures.  Said they were thinking about doing a series on guys like me and their projects.  Wouldn’t tell me the title of the series, though.

Of course, there’s a lot more to this story to help explain all this, but if I told you that it wouldn’t be half as funny.

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