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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    • 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.


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