I thought I’d do something a little different for Eco-Friendly Friday this week, so I am giving you a glimpse into my kitchen. And the reason I am doing this is to show you that almost everything in here- cabinets, countertops, and appliances- is recycled. Really!
I’ve never mentioned it here, but when I named my blog, it was not just because I espouse eco-friendly principles in my life and in my cooking. It was because my kitchen truly is green (it’s also painted green).
We moved to this house because we loved the property, but the kitchen was in really bad shape. It was small with outdated appliances and little countertop space: not the right kitchen for someone who loves to cook, or for a family who uses the kitchen as the gathering place most of the time that we’re home.
We wanted to re-do the whole thing, but the price of doing that with new materials? Forget it. So we found out about Green Demolitions, and we bought everything you see in our kitchen, except for the island and the refrigerator, from this great company.
You might notice the top of the island is a little funky…that’s because we re-purposed an old tabletop. I don’t love the way it looks, but we’re using it as the island top because it’s huge and a fun place to work and eat family dinners.
I won’t lie and say installing everything was simple. It wasn’t. It was quite adventure for our contractor, actually (as the kitchen we purchased was custom-made for a different house). But we got a great stuff and the price was amazing. Bosch dishwasher? Check. Thermador double oven? Check. Viking 6 burner cooktop? Check. High quality wood cabinets? Check. Granite countertops? Check.
So whenever you’re doing any kind of renovation, don’t assume you have to buy new. Give some thought to to using recycled items. Resources like Green Demolitions, friends and family, estate sales, auctions, antique stores, yard sales, craigslist, and freecycle.org can all be sources of high quality used/recycled goods!