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My Kitchen Took a Hitch

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Starting over in life is often fraught with trepidation. It’s never easy to depart from the familiar into unchartered territory. I wanted to give my kitchen a “makeover” then realized it was so outdated and obsolete, I needed a new kitchen altogether. Here is the chronicle from the old to new.

“There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. It’s the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. Every piece begins the same, but in the end they are all uniquely different.”
― Piper Payne

Getting rid of the old kitchen…

This was the scariest part – letting go. Those inner doubts can really taunt.

Staying focused on the goal, any doubts quickly fade.

This vintage bottle of Coca-Cola fell out of my kitchen ceiling as I began rip it down. I caught it in mid-air.

Starting from a clean slate.

Calling in the crew. Windows gotta go too.

Progress

New Windows…I see an herb garden in my future

Nice Detailing

I can’t wait to have a stove again. There’s only so much you can do with a microwave. I’m out back rubbing sticks together. I haven’t had a Big Mac in a dog’s age.

I thought granite would be a good choice for counter tops; easy clean-up, looks attractive, durable and stays cool to the touch.

Finished Project

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Very grand, and just in time for Christmas.I love the tiles...wall and floor.
We have recently moved and hope to have a new kitchen fitted in the new year.

19 Dec, 2014

 

Thank you. I hope your kitchen turns out as nice as mine did. It's a real pleasure to wake up to.

19 Dec, 2014

 

That has definitely got the WOW factor Paul..It is beautiful,and been well worth waiting for.Is it a trick of the light or camera,or have you two different colours of units? The base ones look white,and wall ones a light wood shade ? Either way,I do like the effect..You must be delighted with the results,I know I would be...I want one now :o) x..

19 Dec, 2014

 

Thank you Sandra. I'm please that you like it. I can see your point. The base and the wall cabinets appear different in the pictures. It must be a trick of the camera, especially when I use the flash, and the angle and distance play a part too. I notice the flash could distort the appearance of things. These cabinets are all the same - more like the upper cabinets in the pictures. :)

19 Dec, 2014

 

It all looks so nice and fresh,Paul..very 'now'..you have no excuse for not making those cake recipes you asked for..get a move on ! Lol x

19 Dec, 2014

 

Yes Maam! on the double! :)

19 Dec, 2014

 

Lol,Paul..Solitary confinement for you otherwise !:o)

19 Dec, 2014

 

I would much prefer your orange cake.

19 Dec, 2014

 

I like your new kitchen Bathgate. Now I want to see pictures of these fine meals and cakes. Merry Christmas.

19 Dec, 2014

 

See? you have to make one now Paul..you can't disappoint Klahanie :o) Don't forget to Ice the top with some of the left over Orange juice..some chocolate sprinkles are good to create a masterpiece lol.

19 Dec, 2014

 

Thank you Klahanie. I can make really good pancakes and scrambled eggs. Do these count?

19 Dec, 2014

 

Sure, that would be fine for the start but then the cake with chocolate sprinkles would be lovely to see :-)
(How is that for pressure?)

19 Dec, 2014

 

Woweee! Can 't believe its the same room. What a wonderful change, you must be so very pleased with it, and just in time to cook your Christmas lunch, even if you didn't make it for Thanksgiving!
Pancakes and scrambled eggs are a good start but you are going to have to produce a cake for us before long.

19 Dec, 2014

 

Wow I love it -enjoy. I dream of a new kitchen and thats where it will stay oh well lol

20 Dec, 2014

 

LOL thanks Steragram. I can't believe it's MY house, lol! I got my famous apple cranberry pie, and banana cream pie in a chocolate oreo crust.

20 Dec, 2014

 

Drc Thank you. I hope your dreams become true.

20 Dec, 2014

 

I'll settle for the Banana cream pie ,that sounds delicious..for a 'who cares about Cholesterol 'day :o) x

20 Dec, 2014

 

My goodness Paul, you have worked hard haven't you? That new kitchen is fabulous! Now you've got me looking at mine with a very critical eye.

20 Dec, 2014

 

LOL go to it Waddy. I have no regrets at all! Thank you

20 Dec, 2014

 

I like your white units. It's the same in this house :)
It must be a relief for you to have it all finished !

Your house is lovely with it's timber cladding. There are two similar ones in a village near here, and people call them 'the American houses' :o)

20 Dec, 2014

 

Thank you Hywel. You are so right - I am very relieved that the work is behind me. Interesting that they are called "American Houses." Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. :)

20 Dec, 2014

 

Thank you :)

20 Dec, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Wow I love it ! I can see all sorts of delicious meals being made in there ... happy days :o))

20 Dec, 2014

 

Thanks Amy. It was sure worth all the effort. :)

20 Dec, 2014

 

That's fantastic Paul - we too have white units with granite worktops. There are some beautiful New England' style homes being constructed on the coast where we live - way out of our price bracket though!

21 Dec, 2014

 

Not sure my OH would agree, Paul. The one we have is only 5 years old, but was chosen and fitted rather quickly as there wasn't a kitchen at all at the time.

21 Dec, 2014

 

Looks a lot like mine. quite the project, wasn't it. So many little details. I went for manmade quartz and I do love it. My kitchen is smaller but exactly same layout except for icebox. Floor is wood as it is so little. I will take some pics and blog it just for fun.

21 Dec, 2014

 

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos Wells.

22 Dec, 2014

 

Wow! This looks so good! It's a major job too isn't it? Many years ago we completely gutted our kitchen and installed a new one! We were both working full time and it was a standing joke with colleagues at work "What are you doing this weekend?" Me: "Working on the Kitchen..." It was lovely when finished though, but I vowed never to do another one!:D We've been in our current home 16 years and the Kitchen needs gutting...! This time we'll be getting someone in to do the hard graft - I just want to choose the finished look...! ;o) Well done with yours it looks fab! ;o)

7 Jan, 2015

 

Thank You Tracey and Happy New Year. It's nice to see you back online. I'm glad you like my new kitchen. This project took about 3 weeks, mainly because of the granite counter tops. It's a 1.5 inch continuous slab. I've had to eat out or order "take out" or figure out what I could prepare with just the microwave. Over all I would say "go for it." The inconvenience is quickly forgotten once it is completed.

7 Jan, 2015

 

Hi Paul Happy New Year to you too! Those granite tops look absolutely fab-u-lous! Worth every penny too I am sure! I can remember only too well about convenience meals and washing up in the downstairs loo... I wouldn't do that now! The things you do when in your 20's...!:D
It's been really nice catching up with GoY friends... 2014 was a stressful year in more ways than one and I didn't get any new projects done in the garden. I hope to do better in 2015 and hopefully share them on here...!;o)

7 Jan, 2015

 

Yes, it's always nice to catch up. I hope 2015 is a good year for us all.

7 Jan, 2015

 

Glad you have a lovely new kitchen Paul. We've been through the process several times in our life and it's not easy. Now you can get the recipe book out and cook some wonderful meals and puddings......

26 Jan, 2015

 

Oh yes Linda thank you. Cooking anything is so much more enjoyable now. I have so much storage space now, I have to keep track of what is where!

26 Jan, 2015

 

Know what you mean Paul, whenever Gerry and I have moved home and I tend to just place everything away to start with and get rid of the boxes, then starts a process of re-arranging everything, and even then I forget where things are for a while.

27 Jan, 2015

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