Monday, May 2, 2011

The Kitchen - Before Pics.

I did a little digging for some truly brutal before pics of my kitchen.
This is how the kitchen looked when we bought the house in 2000.
Nice Orange eh?!  Those avocado appliances were rockin'!
The floor - wood grain carpet.

The lovely brick? It wrapped the walls.
Ripping up the carpet, we found this flooring,
then went down another layer to get to floor #1.

We put in a 1" solid maple floor. We did this ourselves - would not recommend.
It was one of the hardest things we've done.
The husband is a custom cabinet maker. Truly a master wood worker.
Which is why when I saw this orange/brown room,
 I knew he could do whatever was possble.
We finished it about 4 yrs ago.

 I snapped these pics tonight just to show you
 the difference and how far it's come.

And in case you missed this from an earlier post; before.

The diamonds, I painted this past November.

I mentioned in an earlier post:
The stove is a 1950 Tappan. It was free.
 A total find on

We added antique tin to the ceiling.
That was a really tough job - stipping off layers of ancient paint.
But worth it.

The doorway is removed and we added the arch.
I love the farmhouse sink. Everyone should have one.
The floor is actually ready to be refinished, but I'm just not ready to tackle it.
One day.   And I still need that wood panel for the dishwasher front....
Are we ever really done?

Have a great week!
xo Jeanne.

I cannot even begin to describe to you the amount of work that went into this kitchen.


  1. What a wonderful job you both have done and so envious you have a handy man.

  2. Just gorgeous! I love the burlap shades. I would sleep in that kitchen! LOL. Thanks for sharing. 8>)

  3. now that is some transformation! just gorgeous and I love your stove!!

  4. LOVE it! I love your farmhouse sink; I am dying for one. And that stove?? Shut up! Great job :)

  5. Are you sure that is the same house? Love your new kitchen! Your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime!

  6. Hi Jeanne,
    Beautiful transformation! Love the farmhouse sink and vintage stove. We redid our kitchen a few years ago too and my hubby and I did all the demo ourselves...It was a nightmare, but at the end it was definitely all worth it. We too put in a farmhouse sink and I designed the whole kitchen around a vintage O'Keefe and Merritt stove an aunt gave to me...I've been wanting to do a before and after post about my kitchen too and now that I've read yours, I'm excited to work on mines :-) Thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  7. OMG!!!'s FABULOUS...your husband is soooo talented..beautiful kitchen...LOVE it!!...going back to follow...come on over and visit me too & follow along if you'd like....Mariaelena

  8. I so envy your Cabinet Maker! I design too and all my carpenters I spoil like mad. After all, they make our fantasies come true!

    Absolutely gorgeous style!
    Thumbs up!

  9. Love your makeover! How bright, beautiful and uplifting it is. I sent your bloglink to my sis who is redoing her kitch.

  10. Wow--what an amazing transformation! Love it. Everything is beautiful! Wanted to let you know you're featured on my Share the Love Wednesday link party this week!

  11. Hi Jeanne!
    My sister, Doreen, sent me your link... I must say ... you've done an amazing job on your kitchen!
    You must be so thrilled every time you walk in your kitchen... so bright and beautiful. I'm thinking of going "cream" and this is a wonderful inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to post about this; it's so helpful!
    Enjoy your lovely home,


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