Thursday, April 24, 2014

The kitchen is finished!

Although we've been talking (seriously) about remodeling our kitchen for a couple of years now, there were times that I never thought I'd be able to make this statement.  The kitchen is finished!  It looks great and there are only a few minor things I would do differently if I were redoing things.  We are all still getting used to things, but it is so fun.

The biggest change came in ripping down these overhead cabinets.

The darn things just made it really hard to see people on the other side of the same room.

The other big structural change was removing the wall oven.

It really cut into our front hall.  This is the old view from the front hall.

And here is the new view from the front hall.

Pretty different, huh?

I also got this gorgeous garden window.

After all, with my notable brown thumb, I should be able to kill plants in style, now!

The old pantry was actually pretty nice.  It had all these lovely pull out organizing drawers inside.

But Alan never (and I mean never) left the doors closed. This picture had to have been taken when he was upstairs, outside or not home.

Here is what the pantry became ...

The phone table actually matches the new cabinets pretty darn well.  We won't even have to replace it!

The floor turned out to be the best thing since sliced bread.  It matches the hall, the countertops, the living room and dining room walls and carpet and of course the new kitchen walls and cabinets.  We never dreamed it would be so flexible.

One of the few minor drawbacks is that the table is smaller than our old table.  We can fit four chairs around it to eat, but we can't keep them all pushed in at the same time.  Since DH busted Diesel on top of the table one morning we've been putting one chair in the family room when we are not using it to keep the fuzzbutt off the table.

And finally, here is the old view from the garage door entrance ...

And here is the new view.

It is just so open and bright!  I love it.  I still need to figure out what (if anything) I am going to do in the way of window treatments, but the kitchen is finished.  (I love being able to say that! -- can you tell?)


  1. GORGEOUS kitchen! I actually have a thing for kitchens because when we were redoing ours, my mom showed me about 8 million different pictures of kitchens, asking for my opinion, and I sort of acquired a taste for them. ;-) Now when the two of us are watching TV together, sometimes we'll be like, "Ooh, pause! I wanna see their kitchen!" hahaha

    It looks so open and sunny and I love the countertops and wall color you chose!! (: And hurray for being (almost) done with renovations!!

    1. Thanks, K! I had a lot of fun working on it, but I'm kind of looking forward to actually cooking for a little while! :-)

  2. It is so bright and cheerful! I love it when a room is finished we are working on. I always keep walking back into it just to look at it. It looks very functional as well. Very open and well planed out! It is beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Susan. Yes, I spend a lot of time walking through and admiring it. This is also a fun stage because I still like to clean it -- too bad THAT won't last! lol

  3. I bet you're made up! Especially after waiting so long. And it looks absolutely gorgeous, and love the unusual garden window :)

    1. Thanks. I love the garden window. :-)

  4. It looks absolutely gorgeous, Julie! I love how open and light filled it is now! Congrats!

  5. Thanks, Sylvia. We are pretty darn happy with it! :-)