Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kitchen Makeover Update - with Banana Pancakes!

Banana Pancake Ingredients

All home improvements are better when they involve food. This is especially true if you want Rock Star to help you! So last weekend, before beginning Phase Two of my Rustoleum cabinet refinish, I made some delicious banana pecan pancakes from my modified version of a wonderful recipe that originally came from a 1970s issue of Mother Earth magazine.


½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 t baking powder
¼ t salt
1 T honey
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
¼ t vanilla
2 T  butter, melted
1 ripe banana, mashed
¼ cup chopped pecans

Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together remaining ingredients except pecans. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until mixed. If batter is too thick, add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. Stir in pecans.

Pour 1/3 cup per pancake onto lightly oiled 350 degree griddle and cook until lightly browned on both sides. Makes 6 five inch pancakes.   

After breakfast, we began the cleaning and deglossing process. It took a couple of hours just to remove the doors and hardware. Then the kitchen looked like this:

Kitchen Makeover  Step One - Door and Hardware Removal
The directions told us to use two coats of the base (white) finish, but it took three. Darn that Murphy! Since it had to dry for 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours between each coat, and then the final sealer had to dry for at least 8 hours, the framework was all we were able to finish.

Step Two looks like this:

Kitchen Makeover Step Two - Painted Frames
I replaced everything in the cabinets so that we could still use the kitchen. It made life easier since we can only work on weekends and evenings. This is going to take a LOT longer than I planned - that pesky day job is getting in the way of progress, but I'm very excited about how it is starting to look! 

Thanks for dropping by and stayed tuned for more "fun". 

Blessings, Linda


  1. Linda- It is looking good- that is a BIG job, isn't it? You pancakes sound delicious- I have never had banana pancakes. xo Diana

  2. Yes, those pesky day jobs are quite a drag, but some of us have to do them. You'll be so happy when you have a completed kitchen.

  3. Can't wait to try the banana pancakes...Yummy ... Your kitchen looks so bright and cheery and it's more fun to take your'll appreciate it even more when your finished... ENJOY ...Hugs

  4. Thank you for stopping by Zaa - perhaps you can tell me which tea to serve with banana pancakes! I'm your newest follower at the Grand Lady.