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Thursday, September 4, 2008

The end! (almost)

I have such exciting news! You have all put up with my little progress reports for months now, but I am happy to tell you my kitchen is done!
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After peeling wallpaper, fixing drywall, moving cabinets around, painting walls, painting cabinets, changing lighting, redoing electrical wiring and switches, putting in a dishwasher, new sink and faucet, putting down new counter top, tiling, removing old floor and putting down new - my wonderful husband has transformed my kitchen!
This is the before of the dining room. You see the green flowered wallpaper and border. Now my dining room looks like this:

The color on the walls is actually a Terra Cotta shade, although it looks red in this picture.

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This is the main part of the kitchen in the middle of the mess, but it shows you the color of the cabinets and what the counter top, sink and faucet looked like.

Here's what that same area looks like now. The cabinets used to end at the dishwasher and there was a small peninsula there. The kitchen is much more open now.

This is a closer view so you can see the tile backsplash and counter top.
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This is the vinyl floor that I really disliked for all the years we lived here, coming off!


And - here is the new wood laminate floor along with the area rug that is under our table.
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Here is one more view of the kitchen, taken as you come in from the back entry.
Of course, there are a few things to do yet - paint touchups, window treatments and some things have to go on the wall. I'm happy to have it done, I'm happy with how it turned out and I'm happy to have a husband who is able to do all those things.





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42 comments:

Shelly said...

WOW! THAT TURNED OUT SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

I AM GLAD THAT YOU HAVE A HANDY HUSBAND AND CAN DO ALL THAT WORK FOR YOU GUYS TOO. IT LOOKS GREAT, YOUR HARD WORK DEFINATELY, DEFINATELY PAID OFF!!!!!

Shelly said...

OH, I LIKE ALL THE COLORS THAT YOU CHOSE AND HOW IT TURNED OUT. GREAT PICKS.

Perri said...

Mari - I love all the choices you made. The color and countertop, the knobs and backsplash - it all looks great! I bet you are so glad to be done with this project. Tell your husband he did a beautiful job.

Perri

linda said...

Everything looks just beautiful! I love your new lights!

Yes, you are one lucky girl that your husband can do these types of household jobs...we have to hired out for just about everything!!

Nate and Brenda said...

Mari it looks so beautiful!! Bob did a great job!!!!!

mel said...

Thanks for being my blogging friend. I so enjoy your thoughts.

Renee said...

Absolutely beautiful Mari! You sure have a very talented sweetie! I think he deserves an extra special dessert or something. Perhaps you should buy him a new carving tool! LOL!

Demara said...

OH WOW, MARI!!! THAT was a HUGE transformation! I am very excited for you. It looks BEAUTIFUL!!! I could not have standed that lino with THAT wallpaper-eek! However, did you? for all those years? YEARS?!?! WOW!!! koodos to you. and your husband for making you happy!!!

I think you have a gorgeous kitchen~
:)

The Sloterbeeks said...

Very cool, I'm so excited for you that you are pretty well done. We redid the cabinets at our old house and I know what a pain a kitchen project like that can be. Brandon and I usually find that we work best as a team since I tend to think further in the process than he does (he says that's why he won't play chess with me -I'm always 3 moves ahead of him) but he's got the strength and intestinal fortitude to get-er-done.
DMS

Diane said...

It looks amazing! I love it!!! Great work Bob!!!

Andrew Bruins said...

Wow dad did a great job even though he hated it sometimes. Looks great.

Jennifer said...

It looks great! I can't believe you both did that on your own. I am a huge chicken when it comes to that kind of stuff. Especially deciding on colors and such.
Smiles!

Pat said...

It looks like a brand new home - I love it! Your colors are beautiful, and the tile work and floor look amazing. Isn't it so wonderful to finally sit back and give thanks for such a blessing?
My make-over wasn't as extensive as yours, but I still share the same feeling. Now...I'm waiting on the floors and countertop, which will be almost the same as yours..we have great taste!!
Enjoy your beautiful room, and give your husband a special hug, he deserves it.

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

OH OH OH! I love it Mari! I really really love it and how great that it's done just in time for these first little inklings of fall weather, so you can get in there and cook up some yummy fall soups and stews and pumpkiny treats and simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves (your new color scheme is even evocative of such scents!) on the stove and make it all smell wonderful and feel all cozy and homey. Perfection! I want to come sit and have a cup of tea and clap Bob on the back with a hearty "NICELY DONE, GOOD SIR!"

Cheri said...

It is so beautiful! Bob did an awesome job and you did a great job picking out that rug!!!

Terri said...

The floor is gorgeous. Don't you just love walking into your kitchen now?! What a transformation!

Renee said...

It's gorgeous! What beautiful work - Enjoy!

Chad and Tammy said...

It looks great!!

Melissa said...

It looks wonderful! I love the dining room rug!!!

Cherdecor said...

Oh DOUBLE WOW! You and Bob did a fantastic job!
I love the terra cotta on the walls! I like it all! So, so pretty! Now, can I come to dinner?

A Stone Gatherer said...

Mari, it turned out so beautiful!!!!! I love the colors, the floor, the rugs are great! The cabinets! You guys did such a great job! I think you should have a kitchen warming party for all bloggy friends in the area!!!!!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Holy cow! It looks AMAZING! I am loving every bit of it from the wood floors to the wall color to the cabinets and backsplash! I bet you just beam every time you go in the kitchen? Doesn't it make cooking more fun when you have a new kitchen??? How exciting! SO happy for ya!

~melody~

Anonymous said...

Bob and Mari, Great job! It looks so sleek and modern.I love it!Take care,Patty

PinkDaisyGirl said...

Love it! I think it all looks great and well coordinated. Good job!

Mari, I really, really like the rug with the color-blocked squares. Where did you get it?

~ Kayren

Saija said...

it looks sooooo good!
i am thrilled for you ...
especially since you have all these wonderful recipes you share, now you have a wonderful place to experiment!

YAY!

Musicaljean said...

NICE!!!

Amy said...

Your kitchen looks fabulous! I am so happy for you!

Nancy said...

Bob did a fantastic job, I saw the before and this is such an huge improvement not to mention you now have a dishwasher!!! Looks great..

Deb said...

WOW!! isn't it great to update?? I love your kitchen, It's worth the wait yes? I love it when our men can do just about everything.. makes life so much easier:) Good job Bob!!

Laura said...

Wow!! That looks SOOOO AWESOME MOM! I'm so happy for you to finally have the kitchen you've always wanted. And wow - Dad does such a good job doesn't he? Neither of our kitchens would look as nice without all his hard work. He's a talented guy. Now you can relax (for a while...) :)

LeslieW. said...

It looks fantastic! Makes me want to grab a paintbrush and attack mine. It still has white walls. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Bob did an amazing job! I love the finished look. I wish Bob would come over and redo my kitchen :)

Ginger

Kae said...

Mari, Boy does that look great! Bob does nice work. Just think how blessed you guys are. If Bob lost his job he has another skill!!!I love it...it looks fantastic....k

Mary / Mariah said...

Wow so nice , I saw it when you were doing your floor . what a change . so much better . My K floor looks some thing like your's was before and I hate it . It was ok 10 years ago but now Im not likeing it at all .
Thanks for your sweet comment .
Mary

justabeachkat said...

Mari! Wow! Amazing re-do!! Just amazing! I KNOW you're beyond happy and you should be.

I'm cleaning the master closet this weekend, but I sneak away periodically to read a few blogs. (Hey, a girl needs a break every once in awhile! Especially from a job I don't enjoy...at all.) It's been fun catching up with you. I hope you're having a good weekend.

Hugs!
Kat

Mary said...

Mari,

Your new kitchen is beautiful. I love the new look. The cabinets and counter top are spectacular and the laminate floor looks absolutely gorgeous. I love wood floors.

We are not done the apartment renovations yet but I'm hoping we are soon. We have painting and the glass enclosure for the bath tub yet and the carpeting. It is getting closer everyday.

Take care and enjoy your new space.
Blessings,
Mary

AlaneM said...

OMGosh Mari, that came out amazing! I especially love your faucet, the rug under your table & the cabinets. What a difference. Send Bob my applause, my hubby can do lots around the house but finish work is not his er, strong point (a'hem.)
:)

Lynn said...

Wow! What a transformation! I love the colors you chose. Kudos to both of you for a job well done!

Mary / Mariah said...

Thank you so much , I'm so greatful the insurance does cover it , I'm sorry your sister had to lose her meat , Life brings bumps , God get's over them .
Mary

mamachristina said...

your kitchen is beautiful, did you sleep in it with a sleeping bag? I think I might have.

Rebekah said...

YaY! I am doing a happy dance for you. It looks Gorgeous! I love the area rug in your dining area.

ROXY said...

Wow!! What a great makeover. The kitchen looks great!