This morning I was having a discussion and I wanted to know why do I need to replace my kitchen cupboards? It is a valid question.
My house was built in 1974 and it has many of the features that you would expect from a house built during that time. Surprisingly, the kitchen in the house is the original one that was built with it.
Another interesting fact is that it would have been built by the carpenters who built the house. So it is pretty basic, but also tough.
When you think about it my kitchen is almost 50 years old and it still works well. It isn’t really falling apart. There were some problems, but we have had them fixed.
Replacing the benchtops
This is something I definitely want to do. We put new laminex on the benches not long after we moved here because we had to replace the stovetop.
We were new to the whole owning a new home and the choice we made wasn’t great. It is hard to clean and looks out of place. When we had the kitchen painted the colours chosen have now made the benches look pink. I hate pink.
My stovetop is around 25 years old now and it has been fantastic, but I know it is coming to the end of its life. We put in a glass ceramic stovetop because it is on the island bench and it gets used like a bench. It is far easier to clean.
You can see it below.
It has been fantastic, but when I looked up to see its life span it said 12 to 15 years. Well, mine is well and truly past that. I want an induction stove next.
My husband, Dave, won’t let me replace it until it stops working. Even though part of it doesn’t work as well as it used to. It will happen, but I don’t know when.
When it does happen I want to completely change the bench tops at the same time. I think wooden tops would be great. I love wood.
So, here is the question, do I need to replace my kitchen cupboards?
This morning I was talking to my plumber and he thinks I should replace all the cupboards as well. That they are old and aren’t meant to last a long time. They have lasted a long time, but they are still in good shape.
A couple of the doors don’t close completely, but that is about it. I have made it work for me.
It is a solid kitchen and from the ones I’ve seen that get built these days, I don’t think any of them would have lasted for as long as this one has.
Perhaps it isn’t the prettiest kitchen, but if it works and doesn’t seem to be falling apart so why do I need to replace it? Why do I need to create more landfill just so it is nicer?
My impact on the environment is very important to me and throwing out this kitchen would just be a waste. I could understand it if it was falling apart and looking very shabby, but that isn’t the case.
I think I will hang onto it for much longer now. Replacing to me means landfill, and I am trying to stop as much of that as I can. What do you think?
Banana bread with walnuts
So on a little side note, I made some.
It is in the oven baking right now and it smells so good. I love banana bread/cake. With walnuts, it is even better.
You can find the recipe here, BANANA BREAD WITH WALNUTS
It is so easy to make and I will be enjoying it for the next few days. What have you been baking?