My life changed dramatically and forever when I lost TJ.

I welcome you to follow along as I adjust to my "new normal".

It is not all puppies and ice cream but it is my life....real and honest.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in a home to remodel. I was lucky as I didn't have to pay labor and I brought all my appliances from the old house with me, but cabinetry is an investment in itself. I chose to put all new cabinetry in the house; kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room. I searched and searched for cabinets. I did the lay out of the kitchen myself and had a list of cabinet sizes I needed. I finally found a guy that had reasonable prices and would sell me cabinets based on my measurements and not charge me to send a guy out to do what I had already done!

I did splurge and pay $100 for delivery. I would have had to make quite a few trips and my time and fuel would have cost me more than their delivery fee.

 This is one side of the kitchen before demo began.

 Bob is working on demo while I take pictures!

 This is a view of the other side of the kitchen before demo.

 After photo of kitchen.
Note that I added a pantry.
While I no longer feed a family I still wanted more storage.

Another after photo. Those are old hats of TJ's up top as well as his old rope saddle.
I did an overhang with the counter as much as I could without having to use corbels to create a bar area.
Turns out I love that bar area and sit there all the time!

My counter tops are laminate. I am probably the only person in the world that absolutely can not stand granite. I have a friend that does granite and offered to do them at a deep discount for me and I just couldn't force myself into granite. Granite tops can harbor a plethora of bacteria and if you don't believe me you can read about it HERE . I also find granite to be very cold and hard. I figured that with concrete floors and dark cabinetry I needed something to soften my kitchen.

The kitchen was fun, but I couldn't measure for counter tops until the cabinets were installed so I lived with no counters and of course no kitchen sink for 2 weeks. That was kind of a hassle but worth it when it was all said and done.


  1. i like your dark cabinets! the white walls brighten it right back up. nice!

  2. (and i'm so impressed you laid out and measured your own space and cabinets!)

  3. Looks so beautiful - you've worked hard! I really like the wagon type wheels on top - cute touch!

  4. Lovely, Sandy.

    What will you cook in this great kitchen?

    Xxx Always thinking of you, dear.

  5. Looks fantastic -- I would have definitely messed up the measuring had I done ours. We have tile counter tops -- only because that's what we had on hand at the time! Lol.

  6. Nice new kitchen! LOVE the dark wood and the accents. Change is good!

  7. good job Sandy!! Beautiful kitchen!!

  8. Great job! I too do not like granite for the same reason and am putting laminate in my kitchen as well. Love your new kitchen!

  9. Great job on the measurements and your taste in color. I love the dark wood. It looks really good, and I'm so glad you found a spot for TJ's old hats.It kind of spruces things up a bit and adds a little pizzazz.

    Hey, I am presenting you with a blogging award. You can get the details from my other blog, Dance With Words at wordpress.

  10. Hey, that looks tremendous! I love it!

  11. Those cabinet is nice, the kitchen worktops is nice also.

  12. Whaaaaat? You are crazy woman! I love it! It loooooooks MAAAAHHHHVELOUS!


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