Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I finally have a kitchen to be proud of...but I still don't like to cook

A year ago, this is what my kitchen looked like.

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And then the day after Thanksgiving, a pipe in our downstairs bathroom broke and flooded the entire floor.

So we lived on cement floors for quite awhile.  Nothing like the feel of cold, hard cement on your feet on a chilly winter's day.

But at least when the kids colored the floor with permanent marker, I could laugh...instead of cry, for once.

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After approximately 278 days of merely TALKING about remodeling our kitchen, Tim and I finally took action and put a plan into place.

My stepdad, who loves projects such as this, offered his assistance.  What ended up happening was he pretty much did 75% of the work...and never complained once, as long as we had a 12-pack of Bud Light in the fridge for him at all times.

I painted our oak cabinets, which seemed to take forever and a day.  I started out with so much energy and enthusiasm but by day 10, I was fading...cursing at the paintbrushes and life in general.

Today, this is how our kitchen looks...with a new walk-in pantry, cabinets where there once were none, new quartz counter tops and an updated backsplash (those DIY shows make it look easy to do a backsplash but let me tell you, this crap will drive you to drink).

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And yes, I know that our window scarf has fallen off the rod.

Both Tim and I have become lazy about fixing it...and now it's just a matter of principle to see who will actually do it (kind of like the Christmas wreath which was displayed on our door for months after Christmas because we both wanted to see who would be the first to take it down).

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Oh, and the cabinets above the fridge....yeah, they're pretty much all done except they  haven't been mounted yet.  I could do it myself but drills and I....we don't mix well together.

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One of my favorite things is the crown moulding on top of the kitchen cabinets!












And I love that my kitchen pantry no longer looks like this....a disorganized mess with absolutely no space.






Now it's a large walk-in area with an abundance of space....

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And now that our kitchen is finally done, we're about to embark on a whole 'nother adventure...an addition to the side of our home.

A very wise woman with whom I used to work once told me, "Don't ever do major household projects or remodeling with your spouse...unless you want to get divorced".

It wasn't until this kitchen remodel that I could truly appreciate that little gem of advice.

Needless to say, we're hired a professional to do the addition.

Tim and I have other more important things to argue over....like who's finally going to take down the Christmas wreath (and really is there any point now that Christmas is right around the corner).

46 comments:

Bethany said...

Oh wow, it looks fantastic! Don't you love when everything is nicely organized (if even for a tiny bit!)

Emmy said...

It looks amazing!!! Love that color of cupboards.

My Mercurial Nature said...

It looks so good!! I just love it! And cooking in it would just mess it all up! Egads! LOL

Eva Gallant said...

It's beautiful; I'm envious! Especially of the pantry!

blueviolet said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, Helene. I love all the special touches you put in there.

You're brave to move on to an addition now. It's going to be great though!

Samantha said...

It's beautiful! LOVE IT!

Tarah said...

Wow! It looks amazing! I'm so jealous of your pantry - both before & after! haha. We don't have one and I'd LOOOOOVE one.

I really love the floors too - very pretty!

Heather said...

I love your new kitchen! That pantry probably makes a HUGE difference for you :)

Heather said...

I love your new kitchen! That pantry probably makes a HUGE difference for you :)

Nobodys Nothings said...

i love your kitchen, it looks amazing!

we moved into our house a little over a year ago, and because it's still in good working order, it's the last re-model on the list.

my kitchen is hideous. i'm jealous of yours..

Rhiannon said...

LMFAO! Sounds like my house... I love it! And so... I am going to, attempt, try, well I want to paint my cabinets any advise?

Kmama said...

Very nice! I'm so jealous of your walk-in pantry. And all your cabinets!! I have very little cabinetry in my kitchen. It sucks.

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

Awesome!!!!!!! Love your new kitchen. And now I realize why I love my kitchen so much in our new house because the cabinets have crown molding. Congratulations!!!!!

Kimberly said...

Love love love!
I'm embarrassed to admit it but my kitchen is original "everything"...my house was built in the 1950's. Yea, we need a face lift

Deb said...

I love it! If I promise to have a case of Bud Light in my fridge, would your stepdad come do 75% of the work in my kitchen...because I desperately need a facelift, but don't have any time to do it. ;)

Amanda@runninghood said...

OH wow!!! it is GORGEOUS!!!!

Jennifer said...

I. Want. Your. Kitchen!!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Oooh, fancy! It looks fantastic, and the pantry makes me swoon.....

Jenny said...

It turned out awesome! We also painted our cabinets white and it made a huge difference!

I love the backsplash and counter too.

Nezzy said...

This wise old woman say, keep the Christmas wreath up baby...you're just ahead of the game. Heeehehehe!

Your new kitchen is gorgeous sweetie! I've always yearned for a great snack bar like you've got.

Hubs and I work together like a well oiled cog after almost 39 years but out last remodel we hired a crew that was led by Cousin Earl. Oh my heavens girl...never hire a relative.

We ended goin' back and redoin' waaaaay to many of their mistakes.

Enjoy your beautiful new kitchen sweetie. So what'cha buildin"??? A grand master-suite? :o)

God bless and have a wonderful day!!! :o)

Shell said...

It looks great!

Hubs and I would kill each other over a project like that.

Jen said...

I LOVE all the improvements. It looks awesome and I am glad your marriage survived. :)

HoneyDame said...

Oh ye brave heart!!! It looks so divine right now....What I'd like to see is the picture, one month after!...lol...Well done

Jenn said...

amazing! Being military we don't do much to the houses we are in (4 years max), but white cabinets are a must in my 'forever' home! You all really did an amazing job.

KSK said...

That looks amazing!!!! I love the backsplash and the crown molding and well... everything! :)
You guys did well! **And that's how my Dad works too! :)

Tiffany said...

First of all - I LOVE IT! Nice work lady!

I 100% agree with you that these DIY projects will drive you to a divorce. We renovated a house in about 3 months before Xavier was born - he came the day before we were supposed to move in... wow.

We completely see the value in hiring the professionals!!

Still - you did awesome. It looks fantastic.

Michelle said...

I love your new kitchen! It looks great!

Jenna said...

Love it!!! And I am so jealous, Beautiful and so much space!! Y'all did a great job, want to come do mine?

Barbara said...

I LOVE your new kitchen. Can we switch? I hate my kitchen but love to cook.

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MommaKiss said...

I could *live* in that pantry. Love it.

myinnerchick.com said...

---I want to Bake chocolate chip cookies in that kitchen !! :))

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

I have kitchen envy. Frankly, your kitchen wasn't so bad to begin with. You should see mine. It is a light blue-green laminate with chipped white plastic handles. Ugh.

Having said that, your new kitchen looks quite amazing!

Love the splashback.

Zeemaid said...

Love the kitchen remodel. The old one wasn't that bad.. just a little boring. Now you've definitely got something to brag about. I love your walk in Pantry and how you worked it into your layout. looks awesome! great job!

Missy said...

That kitchen is completely beautiful.

Sela Toki said...

Awwh, what a beautiful kitchen. So organized and warm. Of course I won't say much about mine except one word describes it all. CHAOS! Yup. Have a great day and love your kitchen.

Brooke said...

what a transformation!! its gorgeous! :)

marie said...

I love to cook and will gladly come cook in your kitchen. It's beautiful and I love the pantry.

Teri said...

Looks great and who cares if you ever cook in it? :)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

um, can I delete John Rambo's comment? ")

Your kitchen is super gorgeous and you all did a great job!

If you don't want to cook there, I'll come over and have some fun!

Adie said...

the kitchen looks fabulous!!

*LLUVIA* said...

Very nice!!! I loved it! Very spot on, on the advice! My husband and I did our tile floors by ourselves, and well, we almost split because of it...luckily, our marriage survived and we have cool tile floor! LOL

Ginny Marie said...

Oh, it looks gorgeous! I love the crown molding, too. We are walking around on cement floors in our basement now, since we had a flood down there this summer. But since it's just the basement, I don't see us fixing it anytime soon. *sigh*

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Is that Christmas wreath REALLY still up? LOL...

Your kitchen looks beautiful. Absolutely beautiful!

We had a contractor in this Summer to redo our kitchen and it was lovely because instead of getting pissed off at each other, we ended up hating him. Win-win...

Karen and Gerard said...

Nice pantry area! Personally though, I wouldn't have bothered painting the cupboards since I like the natural oak better. The crown molding is a nice touch. Glad you got that big project finally done. Just wondering, do you children like the cement floor better?

Kim said...

Your before kitchen is way better than mine . . . but the after kitchen is really beautiful. LOVE the walk-in pantry!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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