1. Michelle Sprowls
    May 30, 2018 @ 10:37 am

    You really need to think about just getting gas burners ~ that is, if you love to cook.
    My ex-husband was an appliance salesman and I’ve had many kinds of ranges.
    I’ve had glass cook tops before and hated them with a passion. I didn’t like having to wait until it cooled down to clean it off….especially if we were getting company and there wasn’t enough time.
    I love to cook. The last stove we bought was a Viking 6 burner gas range ~ and I love it.
    Beautiful to look at and a joy to cook on. So much control ~ unlike electric ranges or glass cook tops.
    Think about it…….. 🙂


    • Patti with an i
      May 30, 2018 @ 10:45 am

      Are you confusing electric with induction? The great thing about induction is that when pasta overboils or whatever you can put your dishtowel right onto the surface. Yes, the water is hot as hell, but you have that problem no matter what stove.


    • Induction is waay fancier than smelly old gas
      May 30, 2018 @ 10:55 am

      Maybe read everything already written on this blog about gas vs induction (not glass top) before commenting?


    • NevadaNy
      May 30, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

      Victoria, there are brand new kitchen stoves that look just like beautiful antique wood stoves.
      Just like the photo you posted above. They come in electric and gas and even wood combos.
      You should do more research.


    • Kate
      May 30, 2018 @ 4:22 pm

      You should probably read the blog before giving advice. Victoria’s reasons have been thoroughly dissected in multiple posts about her kitchen. She doesn’t want a gas range; she doesn’t want a Viking industrial range; and she doesn’t love to cook. I won’t be surprised when your inflated opinion doesn’t change her mind.


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        June 4, 2018 @ 7:46 pm



    • Iva
      June 11, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

      Why all the vitriol?! Is there a policy to read all blogger’s posts before making a comment? In that case, I will forever refrain from commenting because who has the time to read everything a blogger has ever posted on the subject before making an innocent comment?!


  2. Marilyn
    May 30, 2018 @ 10:39 am

    FYI…..suggestion 895….gas slide in range and sink and dishwasher on long wall European style, leave piano island alone in all its glory. Then all messy stuff is corralled in one area and won’t be reflected by giant fancy mirror. Just saying.


    • S Roche
      May 30, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

      Yessss………protect pretty reflection of Piano-Island in GF Mirror at all costs!!!!


  3. Jayne Zabala
    May 30, 2018 @ 10:39 am

    I’m sure Paul could construct an open ended narrow box, attaching mirrors to each side to go under the piano with the wires inside that box. The box could go from the floor to the top of the bottom of the piano. One side of the box could be hinged so you could get to the wiring if need be. This option would basically be invisible since it would reflect the floor, wouldn’t have to be very large and it would be easy to keep clean.


    • fixitchick
      May 30, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

      Jayne, that is a FABULOUS idea. Especially if it is on bottom sliders to provide extra storage that is lost with the open legs. It will also give Paul the opportunity to custom make another beautiful drawer, and thereby flaunt his skills and make other husbands [or potential replacements] look inferior. Take THAT Mr . 35 seconds.

      If you look closely at the legs, I think they are wide enough for Paul to take either a spade bit, or a concrete bore [like this: https://www.grainger.com/product/40ZJ67?cm_mmc=PPC:+Google+PLA&s_kwcid=AL!2966!3!50916697797!!!g!82166338077!&ef_id=VJPgVgAABVDLF1r4:20180530173445:s ] and drill a hole through the leg for wiring.


      • Robinleach
        May 30, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

        Victoria, how are the outside of the drawers finished? Can we see a photo of the finished island? (Ok, I know nothing is ever finished…)


  4. Allie
    May 30, 2018 @ 10:43 am

    I love having goals that make my husband look at me like he’s not sure what century, or galaxy, I am in. It keeps the bar very low, so that ideas that would otherwise be dismissed seem rational.
    I can’t wait to hear your ideas for hidingthe wires. I hope they involve gilding.


  5. Vickie H.
    May 30, 2018 @ 11:24 am

    ……amazing you don’t have a drinking problem…………! 🙂


  6. Suzanne Richardson-White
    May 30, 2018 @ 11:32 am

    Cast iron stoves – this one is nearly identical:


    and this one is similar:


    I love reading about your latest GFT’s! Thank you for sharing your life, your home adventures, your fluffcats, and your love of animals with us. <3


    • Nylene13
      May 30, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

      YES! There ya go….many other styles too….


  7. Toni
    May 30, 2018 @ 11:53 am

    828 miles vs. 1874 miles. Doable. The money tree should start producing soon.


  8. Elise
    May 30, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    Victoria, you are one brilliant woman! Piles of crap do indeed hide everything, and as you say – you can use them all over your house.

    I’m excited to follow the continuing saga of the induction cooktop with no vent hood. I love having you and your fanciness to pave the way for all of us vent-haters to come out of the closet.

    More kitten photos though, please and thank you.


  9. Laura Burns
    May 30, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

    you mean, it’s not just a piece of glass on the countertop? Wires are too mundane a consideration to curtail your flights of Fancy…


  10. NevadaNy
    May 30, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

    Elmira Stove Works.
    You will die.


    • Mary
      May 30, 2018 @ 4:37 pm

      oh, my Gosh NevadaNy, died and gone to heaven


  11. Candace Ford
    May 30, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

    More munchkin crazy pants photos pleeeez


  12. NAB
    May 30, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

    How are you functioning in this kitchen? I am right there with you on taking forever to make a decision to the point where I just give up and the decision becomes no decision (there are three rooms in my house that still need to be finished because of this beautiful trait) but I feel like we need a video of you cooking in the current kitchen for a point of reference. Is it driving you mad? Do you guys have a target date to finish this project? I agree with the people that are saying to put the stove against the wall and leave the island alone. You can use the island for prep.


  13. Lynn
    May 30, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

    Do not hurt the piano. Do not trade it in for old rusty GFT-stove. Put the induction in it if you must (seriously, just make a decision already) but don’t actually get rid of it. My taste falls in the modern/minimal side, but I LOVE the piano island! (also love that you went with no upper cabinets. unless of course you have changed your mind by now)


  14. Ann
    May 30, 2018 @ 2:24 pm

    You are my kind of woman. “Hide the stove top under all kind of crap”. You go girl!!!


  15. Ann
    May 30, 2018 @ 2:28 pm

    Because Tucson Arizona bakes your brain in summer, I bought an induction hotplate. What a Godsend. It does everything I need done. In the winter I put it away and go back to gas. You are amazing to invest in this new cooking medium. There is some getting used to it. It makes noise and it turns on and off. But the speed of delivery is great stuff.


  16. Rachel
    May 30, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

    I love that that stove literally says “MAJESTIC” on it… twice. Seems about right!


  17. Dawn
    May 30, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

    I’m so excited for you to get the dang induction cooktop installed, use it and report back.
    You are going to L-O-V-E it S-O much!! (First commenter has no idea what she’s talking about.)


  18. Dawn
    May 30, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

    P.S. We don’t have a vent either and have lived with it for 11 years. No problemo!


  19. Linden Spear
    May 30, 2018 @ 6:54 pm

    Mill Creek Antiques, Paxico , Ks advertise antique wood and gas stoves and their restoration. If you wanted something customized, they could perhaps do that too. Thank you for sharing your adventures and for loving animals. Best wishes.


  20. teri in the UK
    May 30, 2018 @ 6:55 pm

    I just cooked a curry on my darling induction hob, I have a fan sucking vent thingy above it, and I’m glad because it’s nearly midnight and if I opened a window loads of daddy long legs would fly in towards the light and drive the cat nuts. You could buy a baby induction thingy to play with, my neighbour has one in her kitchen next to her Aga, I’ve seen them for like 40$ handy at Xmas.


  21. Scaloot
    May 30, 2018 @ 7:28 pm

    I’m with you on the cook top on the piano. Nothing is the same size when it comes to replacing something. My cook top is on my island, with a concrete top. Suddenly there was a problem (thank goodness it was easily fixable) I spent too much time thinking it had to be replaced and none of the available new cook tops fit that hole. I am now prepared if it ever happens again but I would hate to have to redo the entire cabinet length. (think small sledge hammer powered by frustration) I do like the idea of running the wiring through one of the legs. You of course thought of this when you acquired said piano – right?


  22. Katie
    May 31, 2018 @ 6:18 am

    Induction-lovers, i have what is probably a very stupid question (sorry). If you have an all-metal pan which is magnetic so will work with induction, and doesn’t have an insulated, rubbery handle, will the metal handle get hot like the rest of the pan? Do you have to be really careful to use cloths/oven gloves when cooking?


    • Christina
      May 31, 2018 @ 7:41 am

      The handles of good quality pots should not get hot no matter what the technology. When they do get hot it’s usually not because the pan got hot but because the handle was over the hot burner. There is no hot burner on induction. The way it works is the part of the pan in contact with the surface engages and gets hot instantly. The sides of the pan heat up more gradually. The handles of pans are usually riveted to the outside of the pot and don’t get hot.


  23. Christina
    May 31, 2018 @ 7:35 am

    Since you’ve done your research you probably already know this but just in case, you likely need a 220 volt circuit for the cooktop. I know I needed one for mine. Keep that in mind for your wiring plans.

    Also for those who think induction is just a fancy name for an old fashioned glass cooktop, it’s not. It’s an amazing technology that is faster and more responsive than gas plus safer and easy to clean.


  24. Ghalia
    May 31, 2018 @ 10:56 am


    (I am virtually – as in “extended via computer software” not “for the most part; almost wholly” – screaming at the top of my lungs)….


  25. home before dark
    May 31, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

    I agree with those who think the grand slam is for the grand piano. Less real estate to have to deal with if things go south. The wires may be a bitch, but I am sure you will have brilliance on your side…but you may want to review the electrical codes for 220 in your township. Hope you have a basement underneath this area! What was I thinking? You are married to The Genius!


  26. Morgan
    May 31, 2018 @ 11:05 pm

    If the kitchen isn’t finished by November 2020, do we get to vote on it? 🤔


  27. Mary Wray
    June 1, 2018 @ 1:11 am


  28. Pam
    June 1, 2018 @ 1:56 am

    That old stove is Majestic 😉


  29. Linden Spear
    June 1, 2018 @ 9:52 am

    Rough shape stove in Southern Pines NCrfsqr-6600383353@sale.craigslist.org on Fayetteville NC craigslist.


  30. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    June 1, 2018 @ 10:01 am


    I saw that stove and cracked up, literally could not stop laughing. Because you are crazy and that thing is not a solution to any problem other than “how do I get this husband out of my house?”

    But also? Because my brain ferrets went bonkers, screaming, “YES THAT IS THE SOLUTION TO EVERYTHING NOW BUY IT BEFORE SHE DOES!”


  31. Cara
    June 1, 2018 @ 1:34 pm

    I love reading about GFT’s on your site! It makes my heart all warm and toasty… My husband just shakes his head and tries to figure out how to make my dreams come to life. It has become my life goal to make my whole home fancy, but keep it on a shoestring budget. I love your ideas and seeing them come to life. I also love how I literally laugh out loud at the comments you make. Keep it up! Can’t wait to hear about the next project. Also, thanks for keeping it real… so many think you need to have a house all come together overnight. Major decisions should be well planned with much thought.


  32. tiffaney jewel
    June 1, 2018 @ 10:21 pm

    I’m shocked you haven’t had the idea to put it in an old stove before. Years ago I was trying to avoid a dishwasher and was tempted to put it in an old stove like the kind you have pictured.


    That’s how ridiculous I am.


  33. Jessica
    June 4, 2018 @ 1:52 pm

    Yay so excited to see the outcome. If your buying that cooktop from Amazon I’d contact the seller first & make sure it’s actually the light colored version they’re selling cuz the description says “Finish-Black” …and I can only imagine how hard I’d freak out if I got a black top thinking it would be beige.

    I went down a RABBIT HOLE trying to find a white glass induction option after your first post & even went so far as to contact the 2 companies that make ceramic glass tops in that color for major brands. Of course the US market chooses not to use them so I’d have to import it & then void the warranty by replacing…haha ya, right.


  34. Robin Biddle Steele
    June 5, 2018 @ 3:16 pm

    Have you checked out Lehman’s.com? They have some awesome stoves and appliances and etc., Nickel plated trim, some very beautiful Victorian style. They have a huge variety of cataloged items from days gone by too. Very fun antiquated shopping. 🙂


  35. Audrey Thomasson
    June 6, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

    We are about to replace our electric top stove and we were planning on converting to gas. Now I am completely distracted by researching induction cooktops because of your blog. Have you seen this one by thermador? http://www.thermador.com/cooking/cooktops/cit304km-30-inch-masterpiece-series-induction-cooktop
    It says “Silver Mirrored Finish” in the description. It is pricey but it is by Thermador, available in the US, and not the common black color!


  36. sweetfe
    June 11, 2018 @ 1:43 am

    You find the best inspiration pictures! Okay….so have you considered trying out induction cooking beforehand? They sell inexpensive induction cooktops at ikea. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10343776/ ….so when I was thinking about that…I thought if you like that …then maybe you can buy like four of those (or similar) bad boys and store them in a drawer….which would leave your counters and piano without holes. Solid.


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