Monday, March 29, 2010

Kitchen Transformation

metamorphosis monday

kitchen mess

Oooh. That was a mean thing to do to you. Show you my horrid mess with no warning whatsoever! Hehehe. That was the kitchen about 10 days after we moved in. Scary, huh. I didn’t take very thorough pictures so you won’t be able to see the lack of dishwasher. But the lack of counter space is pretty evident.


This blurry shot is from in the kitchen looking toward the dining room. We inherited that watercolor when we moved in. And just sort of left it up for a couple of weeks! 

Anywho, I knew before we had even rented the place that I wanted Jay to build me a simple worktable for the kitchen or I wouldn’t survive. Well, a couple of weeks ago he whipped one out! Then we had Reese’s birthday hoopla, so I didn’t get to paint it. I tackled the painting the next week. I gave the whole thing one coat and liked it so much I decided to leave it like that :) I did give the top and the shelf a second and third coat. Then Jay brought home this awesome epoxy stuff and smoothed that over the work surface. It took f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to cure!!! 4 days!!! 4 days when I could see it from the kitchen (it was in the sunroom so it wouldn’t end up with little fingerprints in it.) and couldn’t use it. 4 days is a long time, people! Finally Jay said I could bring it in. I couldn’t wait to see it in place and get some appliances on it and off of my tiny countertop!

Okay, are you ready???





It really does look awesome!














Awesome, right???? A little reminder. . . . . before. . . . .

kitchen mess



I know, I know. That’s totally cheating. In one picture everything is just trashed and there’s junk lying everywhere and in the other everything’s all unpacked and tidied up and cleeeeeeeeaned and the picture was taken in the morning in the gorgeous light. Cheating.


Here’s a closer view of the table.


Here’s a tidier view of the stove and dishwasher. Jay is still going to build a little panel to enclose that empty space, and he’s going to fix the sagging drawer.


Here’s the other part of the kitchen. Jay installed some shelves for me. . . .HALLELUJIAH!!!!!

And that’s my little 3 dollar answer to the ugly utilitarian shelves that hold my spices.

shelves before

Yep, cheating again. Messy ‘before’ picture.


And a tidied up ‘after’ picture!

Man, oh man. I love my kitchen!!!!  I’m linking up with the gracious Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday. Thanks for stopping by!


Miranda said...

Utterly gorgeous, Jennie!

kristi said...

WOW!!! Looks Awesome!!!!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Oh wow, It's so bright and happy. I'm sure you are loving it !

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love your kitchen. It is so cute and fun. It looks like such a happy place. We love our schnauzer. She is definitely a part of the family.

Carmen said...

That is gorgeous!! I love it.

Leia said...

Yay! What a lovely table and fun kitchen for all of your cooking and baking. <3

Myrna said...

Hi Jennie! First of all, thank you for commenting on my blog, because it led me back to yours, which I must say, is absolutley adorable!!
I LOVE your kitchen! You've got great decorating ideas and a very talented husband! ;-)
PLUS you're a fabulous writer!There are days (like today) when I don't have much time and I breeze thru blogs, just taking in the pictures, but your commentary on each pic captured my attention and I so enjoyed reading your posts! I kept going and going till Feb, I think (where you read the MONSTER book) ;-D
Your family is adorable and the outside of your house looks like they'd use in the movies!
Okay, 'nuff rambling~ I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your blog!
Have a lovely day!!

Mrs. P. said...

Oh, your kitchen is simply darling...great job :)


Amanda said...

I love your new table! Your whole kitchen is so charming. And after reading the comment above mine, I'm off to look around your blog a little more! =)

Carol said...

Wow, simply amazing! Jay did a wonderful job on the table, and you did a fantastic job decorating! You made that little kitchen rock!

LollyChops said...

What an awesome transformation! It's totally stunning!!

deerhollow said...

It's perfect! Who wouldn't love to spend time there? You have a great touch and very talented hubby.

Nori Coleman said...

It looks so bright and cheery. Love the red and white.

Jennie said...

Thank you, everyone, for your sweet comments! I'm blushing and doing the happy dance here!