Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Face Lift was needed

I made some changes in the kitchen. We have lived here for ten years and the kitchen needed a little face lift. I also needed some organization. It all started when I decided to clean out all the cabinets and organize them. I got some pull out so all items could be easily accessible.

I have these 5 inch cabinets that were useless. As I was searching for some cabinet organizing systems, I came across these. They were perfect. It has a peg board in the back so I could hang some items. 
 This one was able to hold all my spices. My spices originally shared a cabinet with my bowl.
These pull outs do not break my back any more.  Now I don't have to dig around in the cabinet trying to find something.  All I have to do is pull out the drawer. 
Once I was done with the cabinets I wanted to add a pretty hood over the stove.  But in order to add the hood I needed to remove the microwave.  Once we removed the microwave, I put it into my butler's pantry.  We completed the crown molding on top of the cabinetry and wooden handles. The Chief put in an oil rubbed bronze pot filler over the stove.  Now that there was a bronze fixture over the stove, I had to get a matching sink faucet. The tumbled marble subway tile back splash completed the look I wanted.
In my last post, Filling In The Blanks, I mentioned our dishwasher had to be replaced and shortly after our refrigerator went out.  As we were shopping for a new one I knew I wanted the refrigerator to have french doors and the Chief wanted the fridge to have two drawers.  One for cheeses and meats and the other is a freezer.  I was reluctant about the drawer for cheese and meat.  But I have to say I love that drawer.  I fill it with all the items I frequently go in the fridge for.  It saves me from opening the whole fridge for just a few things.   
We also replaced the stone island counter top from a 2x6 to a 3x6.  We had a piece of wood there to extend it to 3 feet.  So now it is all stone and gives the island a more unified look.  There was a florescent light over the island and I replaced it to these nice pendant lights.  It gives the kitchen the WOW factor.
The florescent light before.
The new lights over the Island. 
The old light over the kitchen table.  I bought this light in 1982 to put in the very first house I  owned.  Now I am going to pack it away and retire it. 
The new light over the kitchen table.
It's finally finished!!
I feel like I have a new Kitchen.


  1. I can't believe it. I just wrote a HUGE comment and went to post it and it disappeared! I am going to try again.

    I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your blog with phase two of your kitchen redo. I've been anxiously awaiting it and you even did it on a Sunday when you don't usually post!

    Your pull outs for organizing are right up my alley as I love anything that helps organize and control clutter. Love the refrigerator. I have to say the drawers make it really cool as if having the french doors weren't cool enough all ready! All the lighting you chose works so well with the chairs you upholstered. And extending your island made a huge difference. The pendant lighting over the island was a fantastic choice...beautiful.

    You seem to take on and complete tasks with so much ease. I don't know how you do it but I love seeing your creations. Thanks so much for this post. It transformed all your family living areas so nicely.

  2. Everything looks beautiful! So glad you shared the pictures for us to see! You guys have really been working hard, but the transformation was worth it!! Enjoy your new kitchen! Of all people, I know you will, as that is where you do your best work! :)



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