Category Archives: 2011 Kitchen Project

Meet Marilyn

Wow, the kitchen is finally done and I have to say that I’m beyond excited at the transformation and the completion of my kitchen (sorry for the 2 month delay on the reveal).  I’ve been busy organizing, reorganizing (bad habit) and cooking up a storm (I NEVER, EVER, thought I’d say that).  Here’s what she looked like when she was plain, drab, and boring Mary:

She was cute and user-friendly, but I wanted more.  This is where I last left you (mid way through the transformation):

To quote my favorite Clean House diva Niece Nash (although sadly no longer with the show)…..”Take off your blindfolds and open your eyes (ok, assuming you are wearing virtual blindfolds):

Isn’t Marilyn a beauty???  This is the actual first makeover where I’m actually happy with everything (including artwork).  Just for your viewing pleasure, here’s a slide show of the entire project (if you’ve got 3 minutes to spare):

A few things I would recommend (beside the obvious get pricing, interview contractors, etc):

(1) Stick to your budget – we went over by 15%, not terrible, but not great

(2) Be patient – yeah, easy for me to say, very hard to do, but I bit my tongue quite a few times

(3) Keep your eye on the prize – no matter how many times I got frustrated with a lack of a kitchen, I kept telling myself to think about the end result. 

What do you think?  Anyone else accomplish some major home improvement tasks lately?


Kitchen Update 2

Howdy.  So I’m back with more trials and tribulations with the good old kitchen update.  It honestly hasn’t been that bad, but it’s just frustrating for me because I’m on someone else’s watch for completion (and as I had mentioned in my last post, I just love not having complete control).  So the last time I left you, the kitchen looked like this:

We have since removed all wallpaper


Added recessed lights

Added a ceiling and wall patched areas by the soffits

Primed the walls and painted the ceiling

Removed the remaining cabinets

I have to admit that I’m pretty happy with the progress so far.  Our cabinets are here, in the garage (woo hoo).  They will be installed Monday the 9th and the countertop people will be out to do the template on the 10th.  If all goes well (keep your fingers crossed for me), we should be done by May 27th (just in time for Memorial Day)!

Anyone else undertaking some major projects? Oh, and since it’s Mother’s Day, here’s a happy shout out to all my favorite Mommy friends and Mommy-to-be friends!