Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kitchen Pictures!

Hi everyone, I am going to
show you the kitchen today!
I forgot to get the new handles
for the drawers, when we were
gone this weekend, but they 
can wait.....I have a couple
 things to do, but they can
wait, too....This is going to be
a picture heavy post, so  get 
you something to drink and
settle in.....

 Evening shot!

Now for the before and after shots...

To the right of the sink, is a ditty bag,
that Linda Claus sent me, a long time
ago and it has "Sunflower Seeds" 
stitched on it!  How appropriate for my
kitchen!  Thanks again, Linda...I love it!

I filled in all the designs in the doors 
and the drawers!  I filled it in, let it 
dry, sanded it with the electric sander, 
filled it in, again and let it dry and 
sanded it.....Any place that needed it,
a third time got it, again and then 
sanded after it dried.....I painted the
door fronts and drawers, twice and 
the back of the doors, once, except 
for 4 that I forgot.....I painted all
the hinges for 23 doors, drawer pulls
for 10 drawers and 10 screws for each
of the 23 doors!  See why this took me
so long?......On to more pictures....

This was one ugly stove and a pain
to cook anything on, the burners did
not work too well and you had to 
switch food from one burner to
another.....From the one, above to
the new one, below....

I love cooking on this one! The 
towel with the crow on the pie is
from my blog buddy, Gina....
From Cat Nap Inn....Thanks, Gina!
I love it!

Butt ugly counter tops, I can't believe
I lived with this for almost 5 years!

My new counter top!....Love it,
it is called Jamocha Granite.

To the right of the sink, with the 
ugly design...Before...

Smooth doors!

Above and to the right of the
fridge....Pantry is on the right.

I am going to get those drawer
pulls that look like a half a cup
for the drawers, since I don't 
like the ones I have, even after
painting all the brass. As you can
see, I painted all the crown 
molding, too....We used the same
trim on the bottom of the top
cabinets as we did for the plate
rail, we just turned it opposite

 A shot from the dining room side,
after we put the new cabinet under
the snack bar and had the bead board
sitting behind the stove.....You can
see the beautiful post and the extra
dowel holding up the cabinets.....They
all had slid down about 1 inch and it 
is a wonder that I didn't come home 
                     and find the top cabinets laying on 
the counters! Hubby put lag screws
in them to hold them up tight.

 Here, we have the stove out and we
had to cut the cabinet off some to 
make room for the larger stove, so
it would be centered more in the 
opening of the top cabinets.

Picture above is over the snack bar.

Now with the trim and the bead board.
We built the wall on the end, too....
And my teeny valance above, it on a
shower curtain rod.

A shot to the left of the stove....I 
made all the curtains and I have 
a good place for water, flats of 
canned goods, water, sodas and
what even behind the curtain. I 
keep forgetting to get a knob for
the new cabinet (far left) and the 
hinges need to be painted black.

 I bought the crow at the Fall Festival,
last month....

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour of 
my new kitchen, I know it has been
a long time coming! Getting the 
curtains done, has really made it
come together, (in my opinion.)....
As happy as I am to have it done, it
did make me sad on the 1st of 
December....I was painting and it 
was the anniversary of the death of
my mother.....The last thing, that 
she helped me do, was paint my 
cabinets in my kitchen, in Texas.
It gets me down, this time of year, 
for that reason and we are alone 
on Christmas, our son and his
family are all in Indiana...So, I 
think I will put on some 
Christmas and go sing and
decorate the halls!!!  Good thing 
you are not here, you 
wouldn't want to hear me sing,
because I can't carry a tune
in a bucket!...ha ha....

Now, I need to finish doing my 
Christmas decorating and put
the extra stuff and boxes away.

I will show you the dining room 
side, later.  We have some things
to build and I need to do a little 

Thanks for stopping by!

Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen


  1. O Bravo Karen ...just beautiful ! thanks so much for sharing , I ll bet you enjoy your beautiful new kitchen so much , love them countertops thats next on my home redo list as well ! hugs lilraggedyangie

  2. Hi Karen,
    Everything looks wonderful.
    Love the new counter tops.
    Love it!

  3. LOVE!!! Your kitchen is just beautiful karen, love that new counter top:)

  4. Wow, Karen...everything come together like a picture perfect puzzle! Love your "new" kitchen and I'm sure cooking will be a whole lot more fun now.. In fact, I'll stop by for some Christmas Cookies and Coffee, please.


  5. Wow. I mean seriously, WOW! What a lot of work went into making this lovely room happen, may you both enjoy it for many years to come.
    I'm so sorry about your Mom's passing and the bittersweet memories tied up in this project. I'm sure that she would love what you guys have done.
    Thanks so much for all of those tips...oh my...all that filling and sanding! The bright yellow sunflower accessories really pop in the white background. Love it all! Especially your cutains. You did a fine job all around.
    Family may be away, but you have all of us. *hug*

  6. Karen, your kitchen is looking SO wonderful!! What a joy to use your "new" kitchen now!!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Karen it looks so nice. You sure did a ton of work! Wow...but obviously all sooo worth it. So your a boyds collector??? I use to collect them too. Now the ones I have left are stashed away in a box somewhere. I should pack them up and send them to you!!! Katie

  8. Wow what a great transformation!
    Enjoy your holidays!

  9. oh I love your new and improved kitchen..and love your new stove..love the countertops too..nice and rich looking..looks so warm and inviting..thanks for sharing :>)

  10. Karen your new kitchen is beautiful!I know it was a tremendous amount of work but my goodness it is so gorgeous!Love the new counter tops,thanks so much for sharing.Hugs,Jen

  11. Karen~Awesome job~ wow girl you did a lot of work~ Worth it turned out wonderful~ love the countertop!!!

  12. The Big Reveal!!!! You done good, girl...It's beautiful!!! I love looking at your window above your sink, it looks so good. I know you worked soooo hard on those cabinet doors and it shows. Your countertops are awesome too. Guess I'm going to have to make a trip north and have a cup of coffee and some brownies in your new kitchen.

  13. Wow...absolutely beautiful changes.. I love it especially all the sunflowers here and there.

    You did a great job...

    Have a great evening!

    Christmas Blessings

  14. All that hard work really paid off!
    Everything looks wonderful!!!!
    Prim Blessings

  15. Karen - I LOVE your kitchen makeover!!!
    It looks beautiful! The curtains, teeny valance, accessories.....it all looks so homey and you know I got your back when it comes to that old stove, lol ;) A lot of work, but well worth it, right? :)

  16. And Well Done You! It all looks so beautiful all the hard work has surely paid off as you would never know it was the same room! You give yourself a well deserved pat on the back girl, it's all wonderful!
    Enjoy cooking in your new kitchen!

  17. Wow! It is awesome! I know how much I love the kitchen remodel we got 5 years ago. I am still amazed every day by the huge differences. You will love yours for a very long time. And you are right--the curtains do make a big difference!

  18. Wow Karen!! What a huge transformation, I LOVE it!! I love how the granite countertop adds some warmth to the room, as do the curtains. Everything looks great! My that was a lot of work just to fill in those grooves in the doors! Holy moly, I don't know if I would have lasted that long, lol. SO much work went in to this remodel I know, but it looks awesome!! You will love it and know that it was worth it, every single time you walk in to your kitchen! You and hubby did a great job!!

    I hope your mood is better by now. Mine's been a little off too this year with the 3 family deaths last month. Less than a week away and still having trouble getting it going. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas~

  19. Hi Karen!...thank you for visiting my blog!...I've just finished viewing your fantastic kitchen makeover WOW!!...what a great job you did on the cabinets and your new countertops and backsplash are wonderful too!...how exciting to have a new kitchen and yes the new stove looks much better as well...you really did a fabulous job, I'm impressed!!...I'm sorry that you lost your mom this time of year, that's got to be extra hard...and having your kids far away is sad too...hugs to you and Merry Christmas!!



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