Wednesday, April 23, 2014

what a dream!

from new!!!
last year i blogged a bit about my kitchen remodel....but, i never really went into full old kitchen was great....very cozy...cute....comfortable....but too small...if there was too many people in it...we were all on top of each other.....
original kitchen......(click on pictures to make larger)
so, i talked to my fantastic contractor, mike contractor ever!!! and we came up with a new design..the kitchen designer, mark, and mike and i all got together and was fun, yet a little scary to plan...
in january 2013 i packed everything away...for the next 6 months...the kitchen was walled up...had plastic everywhere..i had a make shift kitchen in my family microwave and a little cupboard...refrigerator in the was make do...but, it worked...the grandkids loved was like playing house.....
the guys came in and ripped the kitchen to shreds....down to the studs....moved a couple of walls, raised the ceiling to the roofline....moved windows, doors, ripped everything away...and then they were off!  i had come up with the idea to flip flop my kitchen...because my old dining area was larger than my kitchen, by moving the living room wall (18") and the old kitchen wall (22"), it really added space...which you wouldn't ever think!!!
i love it when builders come and start ripping things apart! it's always so exciting...i love the whole process.....
ripping it out!
so, in the next couple of months i chose the appliances, the cabinets, the tile, the granite, the flooring, the finish on the name it...we chose lighting....and it's bright and i love it! i had help from all mike and all his subcontractors, they have a lot of experience and great taste! a lot of choices that make you wonder if it will all come of the hardest things was getting the right finish on my cabinets....i don't like shiny!  on my granite (honed) or on the makes them look too new...we lucked out with our cabinet stainers....they came up with a beautiful finish...they have a shop, but, had to do most of it at my about 4 pm for a couple of weeks, they would show up every night to work on the was a 14 step process....alot of work...they wore masks....had a huge fan so the fumes wouldn't get them!!!!
Finally, at the end of may it was all finished!!! woo hoo!  i was able to move back in and decorate...put my house back together....because of course it turned out to be more than a kitchen project...our house had oak paneling in the living room and down the halls and when we put the new walls up, we took all the oak down...i'm going for a mediterranean look, they plastered the walls a white, like the kitchen, stained all the doors dark ..had to rebuild a few bookcases, bathroom cabinets turned out gorgeous!!!! i love it!!!!
almost done
a bit of the rest
when i walk into my kitchen i just think how much i love's so much fun to have people over now...there is so much more room, it's so's perfect!

                                                                              finished product
..the guys did such a fantastic job!  thanks, mike and crew!!!


  1. I've got to make it down there some day! it will be like walking into a new house. looks fabulous!!!

  2. I've got to make it down there some day! it will be like walking into a new house. looks fabulous!!!


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