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Monday, December 08, 2008

A Glimpse into my Kitchen

I wonder if any of you wonders how my kitchen looks like?

One thing I can say is that my kitchen is truly custom-made. As some of you may already know, my husband has been building our house since 2003, and we are still building to this time. We still have to work on the stairs leading to 2nd floor where my kids' rooms are, and we still have to work on our bedroom/bathroom. Since the house itself is not yet done, our finances are channeled more towards the building itself, and only a little is left for decorating, if any. So our house is sort of bare.

Since I have been using my kitchen since 2003 when all I had for countertop was plywood, I knew where I wanted things, and how I wanted my cupboards and cabinets. Not everything turned out how I would have wanted it to, mainly because we had to make do with what space we had. We also do not have the budget to buy pre-made cabinets, so my husband drew on his inner artistic talent and came up with a room that I have come to love more, and will spend lots of time in...

So, if you want a glimpse of my humble custom-made kitchen, go ahead and see the slide show below. I took photos of open and closed cupboards and cabinets. There is nothing fancy, nothing hi-tech here...just functional and very homey. I ordered some of the hardware like lazy susan, pantry slides, drawer slides, and the stand mixer lift from rockler.com (they got cool stuff!).

This is my husband's labor of love. I love him and I am so proud of him.

The pot rack was a Christmas gift from my father-in-law, which he himself made using iron.

UPDATE: This is a retroactive submission to LaPiS's theme for this week (Mar 7-13) My Kitchen.


  1. Oh my! That is one lovely kitchen!!!

  2. thanks for sharing it !!! nice, love all your counter space !!!

  3. Ang ganda ng kitchen mo, lori! That is a true cook's kitchen :) and your husband is truly talented.

  4. Thanks, Charles, mumay, and Jeanette! I showed your comments to my husband..He was thrilled! Pampagana!

  5. hello manang! You are so kind to show us your kitchen and for sharing your talents!! God Bless !! Greetings from Filipina in Hungary

  6. Ang ganda naman ng kusina mo! I love it! I'm going to show this post to my husband and ask him if he can make me one too! hehehe! If you want easy recipes, try www.foodista.com madami din akong nakuha na madaling recipes doon eh! Merry Christmas!

  7. Hi anonymous Filipina in Hungary! Sorry for late welcome! (I read your comment while I was at work and was not able to post a reply right away. I just remembered now.)

    Hi alitaptap! Thanks for dropping by! Sana maengganyo mo nga ang husband mo. Labor of love kamo! :)

    I checked out foodista, mukhang okay yun ah!

  8. your hubs is good! your gadgets are so organized, i see. and i need all those organizational thingies! where'd you gat that trash bin attached to your under sink cabinet door? i need need need that! i just hate it when i see bins out in the open! and this is such a space saver! thanks for sharing manang!

  9. Thanks, ces! I will let my hubby know what you think of him! Matutuwa yun.
    I got that trash bin from drugstore.com, I believe. Anyway, just google "simple human trash bin". I think I tried to compare prices and settled for the one from a certain drug seller online. Pretty neat, huh?

  10. wow, what a beautiful kitchen made out of love, a labor of love indeed. Thank you Manang for showing us your lovely kitchen. I love every inch of it.


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