Eighteen Years Later…

…I got my new kitchen!

So, what was I thinking 18 years ago when I designed this hot mess?

Old Kitchen

Old Kitchen

  • (a) The circus is coming, the circus is coming!
  • (b) You can’t have too much crazy color.
  • (c) Red and green? It sure will be easy to decorate for Christmas!
  • (d) All of the above

Of course, the answer is (d), all of the above. But I learned from my mistakes. It was my first big remodel ever and no one tried to stop me. I went with faddish colors and styles of the day.

  • I assumed that because forest green was my favorite color today it would always be. Wrong.
  • I assumed that a busy floor would hide smudges, dog hair and paw prints better. Wrong.
  • I assumed that more was better. Wrong.

So, with the help of some very talented people, I got this. Cool, serene, timeless, clean and streamlined.

This will be my go-to team for all future projects. They were amazing, accommodating, neat, quick, professional and downright fun!

There were a couple of bumps in the road, and given the scope of the work, I should have expected that. I must admit that I did get a little crazy after a few weeks over some things that would have worked out, had I been patient. Thank you, Nichole, for holding my hand through this and helping me to bring my blood pressure back down. And thanks to all who went above and beyond to make things perfect, I appreciate it more than you can know.

Thanks, everyone, for giving me the kitchen I’ve always wanted.

UPDATE!

Oh my gosh, how could I have forgetton to give credit to my true inspiration, my muse? Dee (Nanner), my sister!! All the shopping, all the decorating, all your great ideas! Thank you for helping me pull my ‘look’ together. And thank you for your patience with me and my OCD, you are the calm in the storm (you know, the storm induced mostly by me?!)

And how could I forget to include the demo pictures. I have to say that when Lucas and Danny finished the demo each of the two days, my kitchen looked this good, no mess at all for me to clean up. I don’t even think there was any dust left behind. And, bonus, I think they also cleaned up a lot of dog hair that I didnt’ have to….

Great Clean-Up!

Great Clean-Up!

No Mess, No Dust!

No Mess, No Dust!

Ready for Tile & Counters

Ready for Tile & Counters

And of course, once the noise had settled down for the day, the ‘inspectors’ arrived to check every thing out. They didn’t find one single thing wrong with the demo, except they noticed the absence of dog hair, which violated some city code, so they promptly set out to remedy that!

The Inspectors

The Inspectors


Before

Crazy colors, wacky patterns, and that green, green, green everywhere. I did change the light fixtures about 2 years ago and I think that’s what really got me inspired to make significant changes to the kitchen.

Old Light Fixture

Old Light Fixture

Old Curtains

Old Curtains and Table

Overload!

Overload!

Tame, for me!

Tame, for me!

Old Hardware

Old Hardware

White Appliances

White Appliances

Vintage Oak

Vintage Oak

After

I kept the cupboards. Yes, 18 years old but they were custom (and expensive!) and they did what custom cabinetry is supposed to do, look great forever! However, adding new hardware brought them into the new era that I like to refer to as my “subdued” period.

I also kept my chalkware collection for many reasons. For those of you who are wondering why, here are a couple: I’ve collected it for 40 years. It’s my house. I don’t have anywhere to store it and it’s fragile. But most of all, I love it! For those of you who don’t, just remember: If you can’t see it from your house, it should be okay with you.

I also kept the wall color yellow. And I can say with assuredness that it will be for a long time. This kitchen has been painted about 6 times over the years and I’ve come back to yellow 3 of those times….

We also relocated the dogs’ waterbowls to the downstairs, enabling us to get rid of the long grey dog-drool runner. This thrills me.

And that old, country-looking table and chairs had to go. I updated to sleek, crisp black with simple yet elegant lines.

I do plan to reface the upper cabinets someday to take that country look down another notch. But I’m going to let the dust settle a little first….

So, with new floors, backsplash tile, countertops, sink and tap, cabinet hardware, appliances and curtains, dining set, not to mention getting rid of dozens of tchotchkes and an antique cupboard, I got this!

Much Calmer Now

Much Calmer Now

New Table

New Table

Stove and Microwave

Stove and Microwave

Fridge and Dishwasher

Fridge and Dishwasher

Sink and Faucet

Sink and Faucet

Stone Subway Tile

Stone Subway Tile

Tile Wrap

Tile Wrap

Another Tile View

Another Tile View

Beautiful Countertop

Beautiful Countertop

New Hardware

New Hardware

Beautiful New Floor

Beautiful New Floor

Ivory Swiss Dot Curtains

Ivory Swiss Dot Curtains

New Dishwasher

New Dishwasher

Calm Oasis

Calm Oasis

Sleek and Functional

Sleek and Functional

Mom's Beautiful Crystal

Mom’s Beautiful Crystal

Fresh New Look

Fresh New Look

Hall Autumn Leaf

Hall Autumn Leaf