Home Alone Kitchen And A New Double Oven

April 16, 2018

Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven

To say that buying large appliances for your home is a very daunting task is an understatement. Anyone who has purchased a washer, dryer, hot water heater, refrigerator, oven or stove can attest to that. And my husband knows this as well as anyone after having spent months researching, and then purchasing, a new double oven to replace the original one in our nearly 30-year-old kitchen. 

The original before and after photos of our kitchen were shared in my DIY White Modern Farmhouse Painted Kitchen Cabinet reveal.


We've been pretty happy with our kitchen makeover these past 18 months or so, minus a few problems with the paint that will need to be addressed at some point. Sigh. But I still feel that the look is so much better than it was -- more modern farmhouse and less 1980's dark kitchen. I'm pretty sure you can see that transformation in all the before and after reveal photos.

Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven

And I'll admit, even before the new oven arrived the kitchen still looked pretty nice. However, only one of the two ovens even worked anymore (and not very well) and it was killing me that the oven was totally black while the fridge, microwave, range hood and all the new cabinet hardware was stainless steel!

Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven

However, that black oven has a history. And that's where the movie Home Alone comes in. Oddly enough, the original Home Alone movie was made in Winnetka, Illinois, which is not too far from our home in the Chicago suburbs. The outside of our home and the movie home look somewhat similar.

brick colonial house shutters snow Home Alone movie

This has been our home for the last 14 years. I truly love this brick colonial with all my heart.

brick colonial house garage shutters snow Home Alone movie

Here's a photo the realtor used when we had it (unsuccessfully) up for sale over 5 years ago.

Home Alone house


And here is the Home Alone house. While our house is nowhere near as grand (I want that front porch and those dormers!), there certainly are some similarities. We've been told that the developer who built our house fashioned it after the Winnetka house. And as odd as it sounds, we were also told that our house was known around town as "The Home Alone House" because of its kitchen appliances.


So whose kitchen is it?


There's so much trivia floating around out there about this movie, as it was a huge success at the box office and continues to be watched today, especially around Chistmas time. I've read that the kitchen in the film was the actual kitchen in the Winnetka house. I've also read that the kitchen was built on a set nearby. Either way, shortly after we moved into our house in 2004 we were told that our dishwasher, trash compactor, stove and oven were supposedly bought by our home's developer at auction some time following the completion of the movie. 

I've searched the internet for decent pictures of the movie kitchen to no avail. All I can find are two dark and grainy shots that show the trash compactor, dish washer and stove -- see below. (Later I found a photo with a black wall oven in it but it's of such poor quality that I can't even be sure if it's a double oven or not.)

   original kitchen in the home alone house


Here's the trash compactor (straight ahead) and the dish washer (to the left) with child actor Macaulay Culkin kneeling on a chair at the sink. Lord knows our original kitchen cabinets mirror the ones in the movie, almost exactly.

original kitchen in the home alone house

Here's the stovetop to the right. Gotta love those dark green tile countertops and red cookware. You can google the Home Alone House and see that it looks very different inside today, and that it sold for around 1.5 million dollars back in 2012. Maybe we should have auctioned off the old dishwasher that we had to replace way back when we moved in, as well as the old oven we just got rid of. Who knows? We might have collected a pretty penny from some hard core movie buffs!

Ironically, rumor has it that the basement in the house across the street from us was custom built with 9 foot ceilings in anticipation of filming the movie "Married to the Mob" there in 1987. The movie ended up being filmed in New York and Florida instead, but it's another tidbit of local lore that's interesting to note.

So, are we really our neighborhood's "Home Alone House"? Maybe, however I don't think we'll ever know for sure. But it's certainly fun to think that we are.

Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven

Here is the empty wall opening after the old oven was removed. The appliance company came and measured the opening in advance to make sure that the new oven would fit. Unfortunately, they neglected to measure the depth of the opening and it wasn't deep enough. So they had to cut out the back wall and rearrange the electrical components. But in the end they got it to fit and now it's sitting pretty right where it belongs.

Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven

Granted there's still an element of black involved, but overall I'm very pleased with the new cohesive look. 

Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven

And I'm still absolutely in love with our stainless steel french door refrigerator. It's a Sear's Kenmore Elite. I don't think I ever mentioned that in my kitchen reveal post.

Frigidaire Gallery stainless steel double oven door and handle

The oven is a Frigidaire Gallery convection double oven. I love that the handles on the oven doors match the refrigerator's. We got the refrigerator at a great discount from a Sears Appliance Outlet store. We got the oven for a great discount as well from a local family-owned appliance store. We got additional discounts on both appliances for what amounted to a few inconsequential, practically invisible dings. And that really means a lot when you're talking about appliances that can cost well over $2,000 each. 

Below you can see the progression on that side of the kitchen with just four photos.


Photo One: Old oven, old refrigerator and old cabinets. Eh.


Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven



Photo Two: Old oven, old refrigerator and painted cabinets. Better.


Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven




Photo three: Old oven, new refrigerator and painted cabinets. Even better.




Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven




Photo four: New Oven, new refrigerator and painted cabinets. Best. Hallelujah!


Home Alone movie kitchen appliances stainless steel double oven



Another plus -- I was so excited about the new oven that I was motivated to spring clean the entire kitchen from top to bottom! And that happens like, never! Just ask my family. Seriously.

Overall the kitchen has come a long way from how it looked when we first moved into the house in 2004. My family has come a long way as well. Our 14-year-old son was 3 months old at the time, and the girls were 4 and 2 years old, respectively.  Now we have a house full of teenagers and I can not fathom how we got here.


 Well, that's it until next time, friends! 
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Home Alone Kitchen And A New Double Oven.
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Cecilia said...

It looks so pretty all freshened up. It's fascinating to think your house was built on the Home Alone model. Funny to think your appliances could have been used in the movie too. Updating a kitchen is a lot of work but so satisfying in the end, isn't it? Congratulations to your daughter on choosing her college and all the stuff to get started on her freshman year. It will be a grand adventure for her! (It goes by fast too for you). Enjoy her final high school days!
Have a great week,
Cecilia

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a fun post, Kathleen! I did love the Home Alone house...and I see the similarities with your lovely home! Your kitchen looks beautiful!

Kathy said...

Great post! Your kitchen is gorgeous. My kitchen has those dark brown cabinets but I'm not ready for the all-white look--yet! I think it would be fun to do a party based on Home Alone: I remember the mannequin rotating on the record player; be a great Halloween theme! After the movie, my son boobytrapped everything and upset his sister by invading her room. When I got zinged in the forehead with a pice of paneling when I entered his room to deliver laundry, I said, "No more! Miss those days!

My thrift store addiction said...

What a great story about your home and the movie trivia! Of course my kids loved the movie and now my grandson does too. You know my favorite decor scene from that house was the fabulous Christmas wrapping station--think it was in the bedroom! I also remember how on trend the dark green tile with red was then ;) Great post and your new oven and final kitchen reveal look wonderful--enjoy!

Rita C. said...

Kathleen, I truly share your angst in changing out appliances! When we updated our kitchen last year, we (I) were intending to keep all but the refrigerator, which was our impetus for change in the first place. Well, we ended up changing out everything except the trash compactor. Your kitchen looks great, and I'm sure I would've felt the same as you if I had left the double oven we had (we also got a French door fridge, in black stainless). Your new fridge even fits better than your old one! That's such an interesting story about the movie Home Alone. I think I'd have to watch the movie and grab some stills of the appliances!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kathleen,
Thanks so much for stopping by!! I love how your recently painted Kitchen looks!! I painted our Kitchen cabinets years ago. I also adore the house from Home Alone and always have!! The Kitchen is a favorite of mine! Thanks so much for sharing!!
Hugs,
Deb

VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

Wow, can you imagine! To be even that close to the Home Alone movie, or any movie for that matter. Personally, I hated the Home Alone movie, but I love the idea of a movie set copying what I have in my house. Be fun if it were true, but you'll never know, as you say. The new kitchen looks great. Love the white cabinets. Wish mine were white, but I'm not volunteering for that job!

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