Last March or so, we had fun talking about our home remodeling projects. I’d shared with you all how I’d dreamed of having a new kitchen for 20 lo-ong years, and how, after all that time, my dream was finally coming true. I’d even shared pictures of our work-in-progress, and I’d promised to show you what it looked like when we were done.
Well, the contractor is all paid off, and the dream is complete. With the release of my new book, KIDNAPPED BY THE COWBOY, I’d almost forgotten to follow up on that promise.
So here you go. The BRAND SPANKING NEW CROOKS KITCHEN! Yee-Haw!
To refresh your memories, we completely gutted the old kitchen, then added a room onto it, so that the area doubled the size of the new kitchen nicely. We have since added a new deck, too. And repainted the outside of the house.
But I digress.
Now, before we get started, here’s a glimpse of what the kitchen used to look like. (That’s Amy about 8 years or so ago.) White cupboards, stuff on the counter tops. Almond sink and appliances. Trendy peach and green decor.
Here’s a similar view, shortly after demolition began. Note that I’d changed decor again, this time to Mary Engelbreit with cherries, and painted red, white and black. Same white cupboards, white appliances and white sink.
And here’s the new kitchen. See the faucet? I’m standing in the addition looking into the kitchen. The new sink is right where the old one was.
We now have rich cherry wood cabinets, all black appliances and quartz counter tops. (We chose quartz over granite because it has a much longer warranty and is less susceptible to fissures, which can break over time. Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two.)
Here’s a shot of the adjoining wall. It’s kind of hard to tell in the pic, but those are dishes on display–a Tuscany design. We have under-cabinet and over cabinet lighting. Tile back splash, too. I was able to find some pendants to go with the tiles that had a metallic design which picked up the mahogany color of the cabinets beautifully.
Here’s a shot of our formal dining room. We widened the doorway from the kitchen and took out the old cabinets and replaced them with matching cherry wood like the kitchen. We found a granite counter top that was absolutely gorgeous. A remnant that we got for a STEAL! As an afterthought, our builder added a narrower version of the tile back splash from the kitchen. And in the dining room, our antique dining room set. I was about five when my parents bought it used so that set is ancient! LOL. I’d like to know how many meals that table top has held over the years. Too many to count, for sure!
Here’s the sunroom–the addition. I’ve got wooden blinds on the windows, and this room is painted the same taupe colors with white trim that we did through the house. I don’t have any window treatments up. The consensus from family and friends is that I don’t need them, but there’s a part of me that thinks a window needs SOMETHING. A valance, decorative rod, some light drapes? Hmm. What do you think?
In the corner is an antique china cabinet that my husband inherited from his mom when she died. He completely refinished it, and I just love it. Instead of glass, he used plexiglass–we both had this terrible fear that the grandbabies would fall into it and the glass would shatter. The plexiglass makes us feel much better!
This is the room where I do most of my writing these days. You can’t see them, but on the wall adjoinging the loveseat’s, there are a pair of leather recliners that are so comfortable, and oh, the room is bright and inviting. I just put my Alpha Smart on my lap, and I start writing away. Love it, love it!
And last, but certainly not least, remember those old white cupboards I showed you at the top of these photos?
Here they are!
Believe it or not, these beautiful cupboards are hanging in Cheryl’s kitchen! And they used to be mine! LOL.
Cheryl lives right across the road from us, and her husband, Jay, built them for her. Didn’t he do a fab job? Since they both love to recycle, they did us a big favor by taking the old cupboards off our hands and re-fashioning them for their own kitchen. I’m thrilled they turned out so beautiful and that Cheryl and Jay breathed new life into them for their own family!
So how about you? Do you love to re-vamp old things and make them new again? If you have any pictures to share, send them to me as an attachment, and I’ll post them on the blog!
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