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Freedom
11-07-2008, 07:30 PM
The kitchen renovation is finally DONE!! (Well, there will be an hour’s worth of work in the morning, but heck, after all these weeks, what’s an hour, right?)

This is what the kitchen looked like on Sept 22, 2008.

The range side. Note the “fake” brick back splash and the fact that there is NOTHING at the left side of the range (no counter!).
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1880Small.jpg

The sink side. The cabinets were really in bad shape, had gouges in some of them especially the lower ones. The main ceiling light in front of the sink is history, as is the soffit.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1879Small.jpg

How it looks now. Range side.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2000Small.jpg

Sink side.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1998Small.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1999Small.jpg

We got a new dishwasher and garbage disposal; the old ones were extremely noisy! The range and fridge will remain for now. When they get replaced, they will be white to go with the new color scheme. The range hood will have to be replaced when the range gets done. Not for a while, I hope!

Some of the tile murals. The grout is a deep blue, to coordinate with all the murals and counter top. The counter is Corian, color is Cobalt, which is a deep blue with small white flecks. We also got matching Corian switch plates, and handles for all the cabinets and drawers.
This one is Stained Glass Fruit. I have several accent tiles as well.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2007Small.jpg

This is Tuscan Window Vineyard. Again, I have a few accent tiles from this.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2008Small.jpg

More to come!

Freedom
11-07-2008, 07:33 PM
This is the lovely mural behind the range, I had rope tile installed to frame it. This is “Brillian Blue Moment, “ by Sharie Hatchett Bolhmann.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2009Small.jpg

It is a scene from the Amalfi Coast, looking South.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2003Small.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2004Small.jpg

There are also 2 unrelated accent tiles.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2006Small.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_2005Small.jpg

I’ve gained lots of counter space, under cabinet lights, and a bit more cabinet space. The ceiling lighting makes a HUGE difference to this room, which is a center room in the house with no windows to the outside. The sink has one huge bowl, just right for bathing pets, and a smaller bowl with the disposal hook up. The dogs got their baths in the “new” sink a few days ago. They fit fine, much to their dismay, lol.

More photos on the way.

Freedom
11-07-2008, 07:34 PM
A few scenes from the construction.
Under that fake white brick, was fake RED brick!
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1881Small.jpg

Removing the soffit.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1882Small.jpg

You can see the temporary door I had installed to keep the cats safe during all of this. They were not pleased to be confined to 4 rooms for a bit over 3 weeks. Also, the paneling at this end of the kitchen was removed and plaster walls installed. (There had been 3 different panel styles in this one little kitchen!)
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1884Small.jpg

Our temporary sink arrangement. Ugh, glad THAT is over with!

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1885Small.jpg

The NEON PINK stuff which has to go one before the plastering is applied.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1909Small.jpg

Lacey was always in the midst of everything!
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1910Small.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1911Small.jpg

Just a few more photos.

Freedom
11-07-2008, 07:35 PM
The counter top on the sink side came as all one piece! You can see the hole for the sink.

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1984Small.jpg

When they came to install the counter tops, they first placed rugs on the kitchen floor. Lacey had to test these out, of course!
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1983Small.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q57/sfsamm/2008/Nov%207%20Kitchen%20Renovation/IMG_1985Small.jpg

The demolition was on Sept 23rd, and we only just finished today. I am SO glad this project is over!

Karen
11-07-2008, 07:59 PM
Congratulations, and my sympathy to the doggies on the new sink being just the right size for b-a-t-h-e-s!

mustlovedogs
11-07-2008, 08:02 PM
Congrats!! It looks great. I love the cabinets! :)

sparks19
11-07-2008, 08:07 PM
what a gorgeous kitchen. LOVE the cabinets. the counter top really brings out the color of the wood and yoru accent tiles are so neat. really adds a personal touch to it

Daisy and Delilah
11-07-2008, 08:25 PM
WOW, Sandie!! With all you've been up to lately, who knew you could fit in a kitchen remodel? You are so awesome!!

What a difference. It looks great. I'm a huge tile fan and you made some gorgeous choices. I love the Bichon and Kitty tiles especially. Congratulations!!!:)

Freedom
11-07-2008, 08:47 PM
Thank you so much everyone!

In this house, the kitchen is in the middle, with half the house on one side of it and half the house on the other side. So it really was a nuisance during construction, we were constantly traipsing through! NOT what you want little fluffy white dogs to be doing! They picked up EVERYTHING on their coats. For the same reason(kitchen in the middle of the house, no windows), we needed light colored cabinets to lighten up the room.

I really had to think about the dog and cat tiles. A Realtor would advise against, as the house will sell faster without that type of thing. I decided I am staying put for a LONG time, so it was alright to do those! :p

Scooter's Mom
11-07-2008, 08:53 PM
I've been waiting for these! I love the tiles! You did well with your choices. I think everything turned out beautiful.

K9karen
11-07-2008, 09:45 PM
Talk about an Extreme Makeover! Holy Crap! :eek:
3 guesses, 2 don't count, where you'd always be able to find me!!!!

Gor-Jess-O!

jazzcat
11-07-2008, 10:49 PM
Wow, it looks great!!!! I love the back splash tiles.

I so want to remodel our kitchen and we plan to do it but I worry about what to do with seven cats.

CultureJunky
11-08-2008, 06:35 AM
Hip Hip Hooray!! It's done finally. Sandra that looks brilliant, so homely and comfortable. I love the new cupboards and plenty of space for cooking.
The tuscan tiles are gorgeous, makes my kitchen look plain now! :)
I adore the cat tile especially, and now you've got me thinking,, hmmm perhaps I could get paw print tiles in my kitchen? Better not tell Kevin, he'll have a heart attack, hehe

Congrats on your new kitchen, it's excellent.

anna_66
11-08-2008, 07:27 AM
It look absolutely beautiful!

aliciatapp
11-08-2008, 07:55 AM
Hey Sandie,

Thanks for sharing the new pics with me-- I added them to my website.. Your kitchen looks great and it was a pleasure working with you.and I love all your dogs. I have a little cat- named Pyewacket.. Love her to pieces

Alicia

http://www.AliciaTappDesigns.com
Any image on tiles

Maya & Inka's mommy
11-08-2008, 08:45 AM
I will try tke some pics next week :)
Wow Sandie..., what a FANTASTIC new kitchen!!:love::love::love:

prechrswife
11-08-2008, 01:01 PM
That looks great! Our kitchen was redone not too long ago. It was a pain while the work was going on, but so nice now. You will enjoy it!

Cataholic
11-08-2008, 01:22 PM
Beautiful! I made some of the same choices in my kitchen that you did in yours. But, I am not finished yet!!! ARGH!

Barbara
11-08-2008, 01:35 PM
What a lovely kitchen. Love those tiles- especially the kitty tile :)

Pam
11-09-2008, 06:26 AM
What a beautiful transformation! I know you (and the kitties) are pleased that it is all over! :p A couple of years ago we made some changes to our kitchen, although not to the extent that you have, and I actually enjoy cooking more! LOL! I bet there are some yummy smells coming from your beautiful kitchen these days! :cool:

jenluckenbach
11-09-2008, 07:00 AM
WOW! How lovely!

jenn_librarian
11-09-2008, 10:56 AM
What an awesome new kitchen! I love the new cabinets, and all the counter space! Those decorative tiles are gorgeous!

I"ll have to have you design my kitchen when it needs to be redone! It's white, white, white, and I hate it!

critter crazy
11-09-2008, 11:06 AM
Gorgeous!!! Job well done!! :love:

Freedom
11-09-2008, 11:08 AM
thank you thank you, everyone!

Today is the first morning in WEEKS that we did not have to get up and get ready for workers to arrive! :D And yes, the ovena nd stove top are quite busy!

Russian Blue
11-09-2008, 02:31 PM
The demolition was on Sept 23rd, and we only just finished today. I am SO glad this project is over!

You must be so happy with the results! :) And I do know your pain - we've been in serious renovation mode (whole house renovation) for the last while. That's why I haven't had any time for PT or the internet.

Our kitchen took over 6 months to complete since we actually moved our kitchen to another part of the house and created/built/installed the whole kitchen ourselves (my husband was able to make all the cabinets and counterts at work).

It's horrible to live through but so satisfying when it's done. Your cabinet colour really warms up the place and you can NEVER have too much counter space! ;)

Enjoy!

RICHARD
11-09-2008, 03:24 PM
The sink has one huge bowl, just right for bathing pets, and a smaller bowl with the disposal hook up. The dogs got their baths in the “new” sink a few days ago. They fit fine, much to their dismay, lol.




Check it out.

On PT you can post the fact that you bathe your ani-mules in your kitchen sink and think nothing of it!

that friggin rocks.

Scooter's Mom
11-09-2008, 03:51 PM
Check it out.

On PT you can post the fact that you bathe your ani-mules in your kitchen sink and think nothing of it!

that friggin rocks.

LOL Richard. So true.

kimlovescats
11-09-2008, 06:16 PM
How nice! We just recently had our kitchen re-decorated too. We got new countertops, sink, faucet and tile put on the kitchen floor and both bathroom floors. It was a mess as well but so nice now that it is all completed! ENJOY!

Freedom
11-09-2008, 06:35 PM
Ahahahaa, you are so right, Richard! I editted that part out before I posted on another (non pet) forum! :D