Friday, April 1, 2016

Renovation Progress





Yesterday was a happy day for us!  We have finished our part of the little change we have made to our home.  My little kitchen has served me well for 43 years.  When we first built our home all those years ago, we were thrilled with our little home.  Our kitchen was much larger than the one we moved from.  We had an antique round table that belonged to my great-grandparents in this new little kitchen.  All four of us ate most of our meals in this kitchen.  When I think of that now, I'm amazed.  After many years passed we moved that table and chairs out of the kitchen and put another cabinet and another storage piece.  So my little kitchen has transitioned through the years.


  

We began this project the week after we returned from Williamsburg in February.  Grayden did all of this work himself.  He is not a carpenter, but can really do everything.  I am married to a very talented man.

We had a quartz counter-top installed by a professional.  I am very pleased with the look.






This has opened up my little kitchen so much!  I'm already enjoying it quite a bit.






I'm showing you these photos way before I should. I have taken down my Emma Bridgewater mugs and a lot of the decor that I love in my kitchen.   The painters now need to come and paint.  I will show you when that is done.  I will now just enjoy my new little kitchen.




38 comments:

  1. This looks really nice, Martha! It makes a huge difference, even without adding any actual space to your kitchen. Great job!

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    1. Not one inch was added and it makes such a difference, Connie. I can't believe we've taken so long to do it. ♥

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  2. He built the island... I take it. And the lovely counter top, was installed. Great work, all round.

    What color(s) will the painter be doing?

    Love your deep red dining room and white. Or son/family next door, has the same. It's lovely.

    Tessa

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    1. Tessa, my husband cut the half wall out and reworked the electrical. He then put up the trim work. The half wall that he cut out was then fitted with the new counter.
      I'll be sticking with my crimson red walls in the dining room and white woodwork. This color is so me. The kitchen will remain white. How nice to have your family nearby!
      Enjoy your weekend. ♥

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  3. That looks great! I love the quartz counterrops. Hope you have some before pictures, too. I will probably be moving in the next few months and will most likely have a kitchen project myself. xo Diana

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    1. Diana, if you look back a couple posts you can see the beginning of this project. Thank you for coming by. I didn't realize you will be moving. Take care of yourself and your Hero. ♥

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  4. Dear Martha,
    Oh it looks beautiful! I really like the counter top, and your dining room is so rich looking with the deep red.
    Thank you for visiting and your kind words..
    Blessings,
    Penny

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    1. Thank you, Penny. I do love dark rich colors-- so much that I am keeping the crimson in our dining room. In the rest of our home I am going to lighten them up a bit.
      Blessings to you as well. ♥

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  5. I love that it seems from your photographs that when you have guests sitting at the table, for those moments you need to be in the kitchen you won't have to leave their company. Of course, all the best parties happen in the kitchen!
    ~~~Deb xoxo

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    1. Deb, we have been known to have so many in our kitchen that I have to shoo them out. Now I won't feel so bad about it! xoxo ♥

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  6. I love seeing the progress and can't wait for the finished project. How exciting to change things, especially after all those years. You certainly have embraced Spring!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. It really hasn't taken that long. Just waiting for the painters. We're having the inside and outside painted, so it will take a while. Spring has arrived in all of its glory! xoxo ♥

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  7. It really opens up your dining room, too. Looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. It's made such a difference in our home. ♥

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  8. Ooo Martha! it is looking wonderful!! I love the quartz counter-top!!!
    XX OO Linnie

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    1. Thank you, Linnie. It took me a while to choose the right stone. Being right at the dining room, I wanted it to blend well with the rest of our home. We are loving it. xoxo ♥

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  9. Oh that looks wonderful! Your husband did a fine job as it looks professionally done all the way around.

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  10. Martha, Is Ed great or what! I thought you might enjoy.. He comes around a few times each year.. Always in the spring.. He use to travel with his mate.. They would walk right down the street together.. I have not seen her in several years, but so glad Ed keeps coming back.

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    1. Penny, I love it when wildlife comes to our home. Well, mostly...I'm not fond of snakes. That's so neat Ed the egret comes back in the spring. Maybe his mate will be joining him soon. ♥

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  11. Wow you must be so happy! The new quarts countertop is a beauty. I like how you can see to the dining room- great idea. We made changes to our kitchen in 1996. At that time I couldn't even consider granite which was the big thing then. Now it's going towards the quartz which I like because it's more durable and no maintenance. Kudos to your hubby for the DIY work.

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    1. Thank you, Liz. When I learned about quartz I knew this would be great for our new area. No maintenance is what really appealed to me. I'm very proud of my husband's work on this project. Have a lovely afternoon. ♥

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  12. Oh I LOVE it Martha Ellen! This is so special to me that you have loved this kitchen for so many years. Everything old is new again! Marvelous transformation and update! Aren't you the lucky one to be married to such a talented guy! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you, Betsy! We are just loving our "new" kitchen. It's funny how small changes can make such a big difference! ♥

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  13. The quartz counter top looks very nice, Martha Ellen. Your kitchen is charming, and I love the bits of red in there. Do I see brick on the walls? My mom had brick throughout her kitchen, and I always loved it growing up. That is special that you've had this same kitchen for 43 years.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, our son said he saw our brick back splash on a home improvement show
      recently. I guess it is back in style! I do love red. I'm sure you have noticed. Enjoy your week! ♥

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  14. You must be so happy to be dust free. It looks wonderful even half finished.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. In am Amalia! Thank you for your sweet comments. xo ♥

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  15. Just beautiful, Martha Ellen! Grayden did an amazing job! It was the perfect way to unite your kitchen and dining room. It will be so exciting to make new memories in your new kitchen! ♡Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. I'm excited about the "new" kitchen and I'm already dreaming of new ways to arrange my favorite things in it. Yes, new memories to cherish. It's so nice to share my excitement with you! ♥

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  16. Really opened things up and changed the entire feel of the room. We basically did the same thing, removing an entire wall from kitchen to living area, turning it into a Keeping Room. Bravo Grayden! And to you to, as you were likely the go-fer... as I was.

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    1. Jeri, I'm always the go-fer on our projects! Lol Hey, it's teamwork and I don't really want to do the sawing, etc. I'd love to get a peek at your keeping room. ♥

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  17. What a nice transformation, and I love those bold colored walls!! So pretty! xo

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I just love rich colors in our home. Have a great day! xo ♥

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  18. How lovely! I can imagine you are enjoying the feel of spaciousness. It looks wonderful. I wish I could remove a wall! Love your new header too.

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    1. We are really enjoying this small/big change that has made such a difference, Dotsie. I can hardly wait to get it all painted and fresh. ♥

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  19. Removing the wall and adding a counter does make your kitchen much more open and modern looking, Martha. You must be so happy thsi renovation is finished and now you can enjoy it!

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    1. Pat, the painters are here this week. We're having the whole house painted, so it will take a while to get it all in order again. ♥

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