03 March 2009

our blue kitchen

Finally. Finally. Some photos. Jonathan gave me a new camera for my birthday, so today I washed the dishes and moved my clutter into the dining room and took some photos of the kitchen at last. I tried to get some of the same angles as the very first time we walked through the house so you can really see the transformation. Here we go:


I haven't found counter stools that I like yet. But eventually we will have stools there.

I had to post a close-up of my new pantry knobs I bought at Anthropologie. You can't really see them in the kitchen photos and I am just so madly in love with them.

And I just had to post this crazyass "during" photo. My mixer and baking ingredients are pulled out right next to a can of paint in the background. And there are Oreo balls in the foreground right next to a mini Christmas tree. I was making Christmas cookies for the neighbors right in the middle of all of this renovation madness!

Can you see the little white Dixie-cup dispenser mounted on the wall by the kitchen sink? Classic.


I guess we never took a photograph of the original stove. But that is okay. That thing was so old and gross. We ripped all of the appliances out right away. Here is a shot of Jonathan helping the delivery guys install the microwave over the stove. It is very handy having such a tall man around the house!

This next photo makes me smile. Because this is how we lived for a few weeks while I got organized and finished painting the cabinets. There are piles of appliance registration paperwork and delivery receipts in all of the cabinets and then in one kitchen cabinet: my purse, jammed in with everything else. I refused to put any dishes in those nasty cabinets until they were primed and painted.
We still need to rework some of the wiring in the kitchen because there is no electrical outlet up above the stove. So the microwave cord hangs down in front of the cabinet and is plugged in down below. Once Jonny installs a new outlet, we will nail a piece of plywood up there above the microwave and paint it to match the rest of the cabinetry, to hide that nasty hole up there. He'll get it done, eventually. It seems everywhere we look, we see more projects needing to be done.

Here's a shot of the new countertops (you can see where the old backsplash was attached to the walls) and the old dark cabinet finish sanded away:

And then a shot of the cabinet base primed. I still needed to prime and paint the inside, so you can see, still no pots and pans put away:

A funny photo of me busily priming and painting away. I have no idea how many hours I spent crouching on that plastic and cardboard. But I was determined not to rush the job. So this was what our family room looked like for several weeks. Sigh. We have a lot of cabinet doors.

And then, voila, the doors were hung and the knobs attached and the kitchen is (almost) finished!

What do you think? I think our wind-up Mario likes it:

12 comments:

Jenn M said...

I love it!!

Olivia said...

WOW!!!! That could be nigella's kitchen. :D It looks amazing!

Retainer Girl said...

Wow. WOW. It's so gorgeous! I love it. And having been there, done that, I can totally appreciate how much work and time that all took. :D

joyfullgrrrl said...

it's beautiful! bravo to you both!!!

Sarah said...

What a beautiful color! I would have never thought to do that color blue in the kitchen. You are a wonderful decorator!

girlysmack said...

:D

Thanks, guys...

Kelli said...

it looks great!

Roxanna said...

Wow that looks great I love it!

Amy said...

Beautiful!

Erin's errands said...

Wow! Where do you find the time girl???? That kitchen looks amazing! Bravo!!!

Elisa said...

Ooooo...So clean and fresh. I really like it :) I agree w/ O, it could be Nigella's kitchen! I love the red accents, too :)

Dark Fury said...

Love. Love. Love it!