Monday, March 14, 2011

My Kitchen Problem...and a GIVEAWAY!

Have I ever shown you pictures of my kitchen? Probably not.

It's the one room in our house that needs a little TLC. Visible studs, ceiling beams, and plywood is my current decor. The kitchen is the project that tops my husband's home improvement list.

After looking at these pictures, can you tell what is #1 on my new and improved kitchen wishlist?



Not a dishwasher (although that would be lovely!), but better lighting!!

Now, I'll show you my inspiration kitchen:


Isn't it purty?! Not only do I love the bigger-than-I-currently-have window for natural light on even the gloomiest days, I LOVE the unobtrusive recessed lighting. We've got recessed lighting in several other areas of our home and it is so very, very nice.

Now since you read all about my kitchen, here's something for you!

Once again, the great people over at CSN Stores have offered one of my readers a gift certificate to spend at any of their 200+ stores. Perhaps you'll find something to fix a kitchen problem of your own!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!
Want to WIN IT? One winner will receive an $65 gift code good for any of the 200+ CSN Stores. To enter, tell me what a problem area is in your kitchen OR what appliance or gadget would be in your dream kitchen! For additional entries (must do above to qualify for extra entries!),
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166 comments:

Melissa said...

Does clutter count as a problem area? :) Okay, if I need to be more specific, I'd say that I'd like to have a new stove. This one works fine, and I'm not complaining, but I wish I had one of those high-power burners to boil water quickly.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Melissa said...

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The Knapps said...

I'd also have to say that clutter is a huge problem for me, but I'd also LOVE to have a caribbean blue Le Creuset French Oven in my dream kitchen (not quite a gadget, but that's what I'd want) :)

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The Knapps said...

I follow via GFC

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Tim said...

We need to replace some cabinets. They are outdated and are starting to show wear.

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suburban prep said...

Oh right now our garbage disposal was acting up. It is ok but for how long and then I think that the next item that is needing repair is the floor and the border on the wall needs to come down.
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Jane said...

My kitchen is very dark and needs under-cabinet lighting. If I stand at the counter to work, I have to move my head to the side so I don't shadow the whole work surface.
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Ashley said...

My problem is I don't have enough counter space.

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Domestic Diva said...

I would love to have task lighting under my cabinets. It's definitely dark in our kitchen.

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Shel said...

I have the worst kitchen ever. I have only 6 cupboards and zero counter space. Not only that but my kitchen pipes actually run OUTSIDE the house through a crawl space which causes them to freeze unless I plug in the pipe wrap heaters in the winter. The mini dishwasher also sits right above that same crawlspace and if I don't leave the door open, any water in the bottom of the dishwasher freezes so I can't run the dishwasher unless I run it through two dry cycles first to unfreeze the standing water. Nightmare city :(

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Mami2jcn said...

Not having enough counter space is a problem. I'd love to have an island in my kitchen.

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Stacey said...

My dream kitchen appliance would be a double door stainless steel refrigerator with a water and ice dispenser on the outside and that has the freezer compartment/drawer on the bottom. Oh yes I hear that there are now "smart" refrigerators that tell you when you're out of things. That would be awesome!

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April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I would have one of those refrigerators that blend in with the cabinets! I love that look!

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Shelly said...

our problem is our old fridge

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katychick said...

problem- my dishwasher is making a funny noise and we dont have the money to replace it-ugh

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Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

My kitchen problem is a lack of cabinet space and organization.

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Flavia said...

I would love to get a couple of pullout baskets like therefor my pantry
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Flavia said...

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Katie said...

I would like to get the Hamilton Beach - 31199XR - Convection Countertop Oven for my dream kitchen.
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Petula said...

The main issue in my kitchen is organization in the kitchen cabinets. So, I'd get some drawer organizers, shelf extensions or whatever... and for a little comfort I would love a long area rug to run down the middle.

Petula said...

I subscribe via email, which is how I found out about your kitchen dreams :-) and the fabulous giveaway.

Petula said...

I already follow you on Twitter and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Petula1968/statuses/48101192705904640

Jet'set said...

We have very little storage in our kitchen. It's a very old house w/ two door ways, two windows and all of the cabinets are on one wall. We really need more storage! P.S. I'd love a Kitchenaid stand mixer ;P
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Anash said...

Mandatory Entry: APROBLEM IN MY KITCHEN WOULD HAVE TO BE THE TILES...I NEED CERAMIC TILING DONE--I HATE VINYL

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dasha said...

my dream gadget is a stand mixer! :) but my problem area is my sink full of dishes LOL dashasaur at gmail dot com

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Shel said...

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Georgia said...

Our biggest problem area in the Kitchen and all over is the bad water. It has ate the plumbing so the faucet licks. We need a water softner!

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cakesbykevin said...

An appliance in my dream kitchen that i could really use is a new stove. I have such a small stove and really starting to fall apart.

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Libby's Library said...

My pantry is my problem area - it desperately needs HELP:-)

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Krista said...

My kitchen is tiny. I need something like a pot rack on the all to store my posts and pans. Right now, they are all just sitting on the counter. Yuck!

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Angel Jacklyn said...

OUR PROBLEM AREA IN OUR KITCHEN IS THE SKY LIGHTS LEAKING WATER & GROWING MOLD. GOD KNOWS WHEN IT'S GOING TO ALL CAVE IN! kytah00@yahoo.com

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Lindi Cee said...

My kitchen is huge, one of the biggest rooms in my house. The problem is I don't have enough storage or counter space.

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Dia C said...

The problem in my kitchen is I need a place to store all my pots. I am thinking about a pot rack but have no place to put it!

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Erika said...

I have a big beautiful set of windows which I absolutely adore but I don't have enough cupboards and the layout of my kitchen has a lot to be desired. I would love to get a good food processor for my 'dream' kitchen and also a Kitchen Aid mixer! Thanks!
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garota17 said...

We are buying a house next month, so, I have the same problem with the lighting, there is a ceiling fan and we love to change it to a track lighting

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Natalie U. said...

my biggest problem is lack of space...downsized and now I am regretting it
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My dream gadget would be the fance cappachino machine, one that does it all, yum! mjjaegly@yahoo.com

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Lo said...

In our dream kitchen, we'd have a cutout to look over the dining room, which means we'd need more cabinet space.

Lo said...

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Dia C said...

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Diane said...

We are moving into a townhouse from a small apartment in May so we are going to have lots more space! I would actually love a recycling box or some way to sort the garbage!

Diane said...

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ewhatley said...

In my dream kitchen, I would have a professional indoor grill and rotisserie.

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Andrea B said...

I think my kitchen problem is there's not a good area for the trash can. And the cabinet doesn't provide enough space for a decent size trash can.
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Anne said...

My kitchen would have a gas stove. I hate my electric stove!
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