Friday, March 26, 2010

The Kitchen is Done

I forgot to take "before" pictures prior to beginning the up do. But the general "before look" is still visible in the pictures below. The cabinets were golden oak colored with white laminate doors and golden oak, chunky drawer pulls.The windows below use to have white (tastefully aged to a dull grey) and light blue country curtains. They were the kind with a valance on top and the half way up longer ones. Pretty much covering the whole windows. The glowing light up top was one of those simple, flat to the ceiling, 2 for $20 Homedepot lights. A bit dark and blah looking for an eating area.
Just another view of the cabinets. And I guess the junk I keep in them.
Below is the stove. Well worn, but still plugging along.
A close up of the cabinet combination that I really, and I mean really, did not enjoy .
And now, in no particular order...........
This is the dining area. We painted the walls, added some artwork, changed the windows so they can be completely opened and we can enjoy the bay window. We also added a chandelier so there is a LOT more light (and beauty).
Here you can see the light a bit better. And most of all you can see the cabinets are all white. I don't profess to have done a spectacular job. But having them all white makes me a lot happier. Notice, too, a new dishwasher - it is so clean I just stare at the inside sometimes. Also, above the sink I added a word quote. No scripture or anything........
However, food is mentioned plenty of times in the scriptures. And it does say to love one another. I love to love by giving food.
I couldn't get rid of all my junk, as you can see below. But it is organized. If you sent us a picture Christmas card, then you are most likely hanging on our cabinets. We like to make sure everyone knows we have friends. :) Also, great memories come to mind when we see the people we love. Do you see that fancy art work near the ceiling? That is a one of a kind set. I know that, because I decided to try my hand. I don't know if I love it, but it was fun. I do like it however, so until I find something I LOVE, there it is. I know it is not too bad because Lilly looked up the other day and said nana, nana.
Oh!! and lest I forget. That empty counter top, it use to hold the old microwave (which is sitting on my porch for a freecycle pick up at this very moment) and my pile of recyclables. Now the kids have to stuff them in buckets under the counter and the microwave is........
over the stove! A beautiful thing. I love my shiny new cooking equipment. We are slowly becoming acquainted as I figure out the perfect time for baking cakes and cookies.
And there it is! I am so much happier, I know that materialism shouldn't do that to a person, but alas it is true. Getting rid of the Golden Oak color contrasting on the white was like taking an anti-depression pill for me. Call me materialistic, it doesn't matter. This is my office and food is my love. So find a time to come on over and I'll cook you up something delicious and delightful.


  1. Leisha!! It looks so great. I thought the first picture was your 'after,' for about 1 minute, and I was stewing over something nice to say about the two-tone cabinets. :) Wow!! What a difference. I can't wait to see it in person. I love the pictures you painted, too.

  2. Wow Leisha I love it!! How wonderful it must feel to make food in such a new great kitchen! I'm with Janna, I can't wait to see it in person either!

  3. I fixed the first part Janna. It should read better. How dreadful for you to have to think those were the complete project. :)

  4. It looks fantastic! I love the new stove and microwave and the little touches make all the difference! I assume all those cakes last week came from your new oven - it really is magical:)

  5. Man, what a transformation! It's amazing to me what just a few little changes can do. That blue paint is a perfect color. I love it all. Lucky Mabry, she'll be there in just a few hours!

  6. What a happy place spend time in now! You have every right to be excited!

  7. Awesome kitchen makeover Leisha! Love it! I can't believe my google reader hasn't been sending me your blog updates... I'll have to fix that. I'm getting all updated though :) Looks like you had a lot of fun with your sis in town!!