With Christmas and the onslaught of family birthdays behind us (both kids and my birthday are all within 2.5 weeks of each other!), it is time to look ahead. New year, new projects….new pastry kitchen! This week was essentially my DIY Pastry Kitchen Construction: Week 1 !
We moved into this house nearly 2 years ago, and now that our new baby is not so little any more, it is time to get to work on this passion project. I am seriously SO excited to finally get started on this kitchen. Wedding orders are already booked for this summer, and I can’t wait to be back at the Farmers Market again this year. All I need is a kitchen. Did I mention that I am doing most of it myself….in the few hours between parenting two little munchkins?
Our agreement is that Saturdays (and when possible, Fridays too) will be my day to work on the kitchen. This week was a pretty slow start. There is so much stuff (pastry equipment, orchard stuff, who knows what else) down there, and I have to move everything that is non-pastry related out. But after my one day in the kitchen, here’s where we’re at.
Step one: a trip to Rona’s lumber yard to pick up a few 2x6s. I wanted to reinforce the bottom of my work benches.
I have two main work benches. One is 63″ long and the other is 72″ long. Both are made of IKEA base cabinets, and are topped by solid wood butcher block. They are incredibly heavy and sturdy, which is great, but means that they can’t be moved. To aid in being able to clean well, I wanted to mount them on heavy duty castors, so that they can be pushed around as needed.
This meant first reinforcing the joints at the bottom, so that they can take the pressure of being raised off the ground, and to give me something sturdy to screw the casters into.
I did this on both work benches.
With a number of heavy duty casters sharing the weight of these work benches, it will be a breeze to push them around to rearrange the work space, as well as for cleaning. With just a few hours available to work on the kitchen this week, that is a wrap for DIY Pastry Kitchen Construction: Week 1 !
Next on the list:
- mud the new drywalled wall
- decide where everything will be situated
- take down peg board (and reinstall on our garage wall)
- remove sink
- prep sink area for dish pit
- have plumber come in for initial visit
- have electricians upgrade service and hardwire in the oven