This post is dedicated to my awesome hubby. He bought us our house for our 15th anniversary, and then gave me the time by myself to go home and redo the kitchen, alone. He had faith I could pull it off even though I had never ever done anything like that before. Thanks Honey!! (Also he has been nagging me for about 8 months to get a finished kitchen post up on the blog. Here ya go Babe, one long awaited blog post.)
Today I was looking through all the pics of our little house in the 'hood that I took last summer. Oh, how I miss my little house. Don't get me wrong I love all our adventures living overseas, but just as much I love having a place that is unequivocally MINE. A place that is quietly waiting for me to come home, unlock the doors, throw open the windows, and breath life back into it. With summer coming up soon my little house has been on my mind a lot lately.
Last summer I went back well ahead of the kids and Dave to give the kitchen a facelift and make it the house just a little more ours. I blogged the early stages of the renovation but once Dave and the boys caught up with me in Texas I sorta quit blogging. Ooops! Sorry about that.
I did eventually finish the kitchen, or more accurately I finished painting and put the cabinet doors back on then David showed up and put the finishing touches on the kitchen. Little things like lighting, new shelves, and door handles.
A quick review since I haven't blogged in forever. Here's the kitchen as it was when we bought the house.
There was nothing essentially wrong with the kitchen. The cabinets were in reasonable decent shape. The appliances are old but still in good working conditions. I described it as builder grade ugly. Boring cabinets, no door handles, cheap light fixtures. Just blah.
I decided I could fix builder grade ugly with a little paint and creativity because Pinterest! Dave and made arrangements for me to head home without him or the boys. For the first time in 22 years I found myself on my own without kids. For a while I wondered what I had gotten myself into. Most of May and into June the house looked like this.
|The sink side as viewed from back door. It shows perhaps the most important part of the kitchen, the coffee station.|
|Same side viewed from the other direction.|
|Stove side viewed from the back door. |
|Both sides at once and my gorgeous carpet runner Dave brought back from Oman.|
|View from dining room table, and the only views that shows my tiny pantry across from the fridge and the back door.|