Monthly Archives: April 2011

Kitchen Update 1

Hi Friends.  Since I’m on a brief hiatus for my 101 in 1001 challenge, I thought I’d fill you in on my other big project, my kitchen renovation.  A few weeks ago, I’ve introduced you to Mary, and here’s what she looked like pre surgery:

It’s been a rocky road and we are about 1/2 way there (Cue Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”………and that’s really how I feel at the moment).  I say ‘rocky road’ because I cannot live in a state of disarray at home.  I like everything neat and orderly, and right now not only is the kitchen a disaster,  but my family room is too.  I feel like I have no control and we all know how much I hate to not have control (ok so that’s a little exaggerated, but now I’m on everyone else’s time schedules, which suits me like a Justin Bieber haircut would suit Eddie – not good)!! 

Our kitchen plans included the following: (1) replace cabinets and countertop; (2) remove soffits (if possible); (3) remove popcorn ceiling and flourescent lighting – replace with a new drywall ceiling and recessed lighting; (4) paint a ‘bold’ color (and bold for me would be something that’s not brown or beige); (5) install a stone back-splash.

Here’s some pictures of the demolition (my favorite part, I love, love, love demolition!!):

Checking the soffits to see if they are necessary (and no, they weren’t)

The area of the soffits I removed (we did this prior to ordering cabinets because we weren’t sure if we could do 36″ cabinets and if you look closely at the ceiling, you can see why I wanted to replace the popcorn ceiling; we had a leak and had to cut into the ceiling, you can never fix popcorn ceilings!)

Eddie taking down some of the soffits

At this point, we thought we could safely remove the soffits without removing the cabinets.  Unfortunately, that was not the case so over the course of the following week (April 9th-16th), we packed up and removed the upper cabinets, the soffit structure, and the popcorn ceiling (we did the soffits/ceiling in a little over 3 hrs – not too shabby):

After upper cabinet removal/before ceiling and soffit removal

Ed removing the last little piece of popcorn ceiling (you have no idea how excited I am this is finally gone!!)

After a few battle wounds (i.e. a nail through my hand) and a fallen flourescent light box (which left us without lighting for a week – more on that in the next post), our kitchen looked like this:

Looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?  Until next time….stay tuned my friends! Oh and here’s me doing a little victory dance:


Meet Mary

For those of you who know me, you know that I’ve been longing for my dream kitchen since I started taking an interest in cooking (which was about 2 years ago).  I call my kitchen Mary.  She was the best part of the house when we moved in 6 1/2 years ago, and as we’ve slowly updated the rest of the house, she’s become very drab.  Here she is in all her plainness:

Mary is simple.  Mary fits our needs.  BUT Mary wants to become a Marilyn.  She believes that the kitchen is the heart of the home, where people can hang out, chat, and cook gourmet meals.  Right now we don’t spend that much time in there.  I feel like I’ve neglected her and let her down.  We thought about doing a few updates, like paint and a new countertop, but you can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig. 

I’m excited to announce that we are going for a major overhaul including new cherry cabinets, a granite countertop, new ceilings (yay for getting rid of popcorn ceilings), recessed lighting, window/floor moldings, paint, and tile backsplash.  The appliances will have to wait at least another year (unless of course I can convince the babes to go for it now).  I’m excited and am ready to start the demo! I invite you along to keep up with our updates as we continue to make our house a home!

I keep daydreaming about all the gourmet dinners I’ll cook for Ed and me, the dinner parties I’ll be hosting, but who am I really kidding?  I’m not Donna Reed; we all know that when Mary becomes Marilyn that the kitchen will become my “untouchable”room – you know, like the Italian living rooms with the plastic on the couches?  I can say that because my in-laws once had that room.  Just kidding Ed!!