Tag Archives: Kitchen Remodel

Barefoot in the Kitchen

The plan was to have the fourth post be about a delicious, healthy meal that I slaved over for my family to enjoy.  There would be accolades about my cooking prowess.  Children begging for seconds.  Swooning all around the table.  That’s not going to happen.  And not just because I am a less than mediocre cook.  My kitchen still looks like this:


That’s almost finished floors, almost finished cabinets and umm, that’s it.  No appliances (they are sitting anxiously in the play room. Pleading with their no-eyes to be settled in their eventual home).  No countertops, but those are due in 5 Days!  So no cooking happening of course. Unless you count frozen waffles in the toaster oven.

Instead, I thought I would run down the process of pulling this kitchen together.  I started with one of my top 5 websites of all times, houzz.com.  I looked at dozens, hundreds, thousands of different kitchen layouts until I had an idea of what I would love and what would work for the space we have.  Here is the inspiration picture:


We won’t have an exact replica when it’s done for several reasons.  The inspiration kitchen was probably ridiculously expensive.  I also don’t love everything about the inspiration including the hard wood floors (I like tile in the kitchen) and the over the top moulding.  But the lay out will be very similar to mine and I love the blingy pendant lights and the dark wood island with white cabinets.

Using the inspiration as a jumping off point, I headed to Home Depot to actually get the design done.  This is a free service that Home Depot offers and I was lucky enough to get a young man who had a design degree from a college in ITALY to do my design.  He was very knowledgeable and clearly had a passion for his work.  Once we had the layout, picking the actual styles of cabinets, countertops, etc was pretty easy because I had done my research.  The hardest decisions were price based.  Splurge on the to die for recycled glass countertops or the Thomasville cabinets?  The Thomasville cabinets won that one, and my second choice countertops made of granite (YES, the granite was LESS expensive than the recycled glass!) is very nearly as gorgeous as my first choice.

Here is the low down on what we have picked out so far:

3cccdc6694dfe7d4a5b390f1ed47da04 4c94b3e169f5b35e3cffe20d34c9aaa6 8defeaac60ecbdf877694bc199fda947 8f06402da3dcf739187c29c03286cac8 204a7e26f874b4ab9d18773749ef0c6a 7801dd8c5520ad4829ec9e5e08ad473f c595b4601497e2ae45e197c27d41f2e6

The dark brown cabinet is the actual shaker style door that will be in the entire kitchen, but that color will be only on the island.  The light cabinet is the color of the rest of the cabinets.  The cabinets are Thomasville from Home Depot.  The tile is from Lowes and it looks absolutely gorgeous on the floors.  That show stoppa pendant is from overstock.com.  The appliances are GE from Home Depot (so excited for a double oven!).  That granite is called Giallo Ornamental and it’s quite lovely.  And the paint color is Benjamin Moore, Saddle Tan.  I have this color in the dining room and it’s a warm neutrally brown.

Up next on the kitchen will be picking out the hardware for the cabinets and pulling it all together with some fun accessories like this teaser for tomorrow’s post.  You’ll see these prints as part of My Favorite Things this Week post:

Post 1 – The Kitchen

I’ve very recently discovered the world of the blog.  I’ve been delighted by lovely home improvement blogs like Young House Love and Smart Girl Style and Rambling Renovators.  But I noticed something about these blogs.  The before pictures.  The before pictures were delightful and lovely.  These people were of another breed.  The organized and motivated breed.  I decided I could write a blog for my breed.  The scattered, has lots of ideas but doesn’t know how to start them breed.  So without further ado…  My first project (and it’s a big one!).  The remodel of our 1960’s kitchen.  The kitchen with the doors that looked like they could have been used on a miniature barn.  The kitchen that had no dishwasher, but did have a built in blender.  Priorities, right?  No one minds hand washing dishes if they’re three margaritas in.  And, lest I forget, the orange/yellow wall paper and the brown paneling.  I know you’re dying to see the before, so hold your breath, here it is…


This was the kitchen when we bought the house.  We did some minor improvements that gave us a minor upgrade.  We painted all of the wood including the paneling that went three quarters up the wall white and painted the remaining portion of the wall navy blue.  It was crisp and pretty, but it could not make up for the hideous linoleum floor and the lack of the dishwasher.  We knew we were going to need a major overhaul.  But, we had more pressing issues like removing the wallpaper that covered nearly every inch of the house (including the ceiling of one of the bathrooms) and painting the exterior and updating the electrical.  So the kitchen would have to wait.  And it did.  We lived with the linoleum and the built in blender that didn’t wash dishes for five long years.  Which brings us to the present.  This is what it looks like right at this very moment…


That’s my wonderful contractor/brother installing the luscious floor tile. Clearly we have a work in progress, but it’s come a long way baby.  Visit my pinterest board to see the products I’ve selected for the kitchen.

Tomorrow’s post will be about the bedroom, which is also in need of some serious TLC. But I have an inspiration room that I plan to work from.  Slowly but surely…