Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kitchen Remodel: Let's Get this Party Started

When we bought our house 7 years ago, we knew a kitchen remodel would be in our future.

But, there were little kids running around, other projects to be done and not enough money in the budget. So we removed the wallpaper and prettied it up with new paint.

There. All better. Well, except for the 25 year old appliances. 

We knew they wouldn't last forever. When it takes 30 minutes to boil a pot of water, you know the end is drawing near.

We decided that once the appliances bit the dust, it would be our cue to start the remodel.

Well, in July this happened...

The glass cooktop completely shattered, shooting pieces of glass everywhere. 

But, did we start the remodel? Nah. We just lived with two burners. (There may or may not be a lot of gourmet cooking taking place in this kitchen.)

Then in November the dishwasher caught fire. I didn't get a picture of that one. I was just trying not to be electrocuted.

My husband just happened to be in India on business when both of these incidents occurred. I think he is convinced that I was sabotaging the appliances. 

Anyway, we really couldn't ignore the fire. We got a new dishwasher, and started planning the new kitchen. I am currently gathering quotes from a few contractors, and hope to make a decision in the next couple of weeks.

I have a vision for the room, and I'm pretty set on most of the materials I want to use. I'll share the nitty gritty as we move forward. 

If you follow me on Pinterest, you've seen a lot of kitchen pinning going on! Here are some of my favorites…






Okay, so I think you get an idea of the direction I'm heading. Definitely losing the dark cabinets in favor of something lighter and brighter. Shocking, I know! Our kitchen is so dark, despite its 8 million can lights! I need a change.

So, there are still little kids running around (although they are all in school now), and there are still other projects to be done (aren't there always?), and there still isn't enough money in the budget (is there ever enough $$?), but somehow we're going to get this kitchen party started!

Stay tuned for more details...


  1. Carolyn, You have made so many amazing changes to your home and I know the kitchen will be beautiful. I love all the inspiration photos.

  2. Carolyn, this has been on our list too for 4.5 years. I can't wait for you to share all about your remodel so I can live vicariously through you. Love the inspiration photos!!!! And you have a fabulous space to start with!

  3. Woohoo!!!! That's a fabulous thought! Get going, girl! I know it will be stunning. Get your heart's desire, as kitchens are the most important rooms of a home. Tell Paul I said so!

  4. Carolyn your kitchen always looked so pretty but I LOVE your inspiration photos...looking forward to following along!

  5. I'm so excited for you, I know it will be fantastic

  6. I'm so excited for you, I know it will be fantastic

  7. I think that this kitchen looks absolutely beautiful. We are thinking about starting are remodeling process. Our kitchen just looks too old these days. However, we are wanting to do it ourselves. How long do you think these kind of projects should take? http://www.sierraremodeling.com/home-remodeling-in-cochise-county-az/

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