Thursday, September 25, 2008

my before and after::the kitchen

can i just tell you that i cried when i saw that this was the only option for me when we were looking to move into this town? we were looking to buy when there were no other houses on the market and this was it...you've seen the living room , the bedrooms here and here (and there's more but i'm still working on my bedroom!) and the outside well here's the kitchen then...
love the lacquer and the vintage '70s nasty handles and dark wood...oh and looove the microwave mounted on the metal shelves thing...well my GI joe husband and i had lots of plans, but we're one of those type of couples that stress over borrowing on credit cards...so we started saving over a year ago... and we went through almost all of the money but i love what he's done with it!
see that new oven...that's the nicest oven i've EVER had! i cooked on it tonight and it scared me to death to ruin something on it...it's my new neurotic problem...keeping the oven clean and safe from yuckiness...wonderful like i need any more ocd issues...
we tried to buy a new sink but all the newer sinks were too big so we stuck with the old one and that meant i could spend a little more on the faucet...i loooove my faucet, still nothing too fancy but once again the nicest faucet i've EVER had...

i still need to buy some handles for the cabinets to match the drawer handles, and i still need to patch up some nail marks in the wall from the gross mounted microwave, but all in all i FINALLY LOVE MY KITCHEN! all thanks to my wonderful GI joe husband's hard work.
*oh and i'm still trying to figure out if i like the yellow-y brown tanish looking color on the wall behind the cabinets...any suggestions, comments or love?

39 comments:

Miss Jen said...

Oh V! It is beautiful!!! I am so happy for you. Every woman deserves a good kitchen!

Rachel H. said...

oh my gosh! WHAT A TRANSFORMATION! I love, love, love it!

You should be SO proud!

Does this mean you're going to be in the kitchen cookin up a storm now!?! :)

laura.elizabeth said...

Wow Vanessa- it looks GREAT!! I love it all from the paint to the counter tops to the fabulous fun island. Did you guys do this yourselves? I am beyond impressed. I love it, love it, love it!

Now what is this about your time getting short? Are you moving? Honestly, I miss a month blogging and I am totally out of the loop. I hope all is well.

sherri said...

What a dramatic difference! It's so lovely and I adore the plates above the stove. The wall color.. id doesn't bother me at all. I'm not in love with it but I can see it as a very versatile and warm neutral so just play around it with accessories.

GREAT job on your redo!

giddygoat said...

Oh My WOW.
That could in a magazine, what a transformation! It's wonderful!

Laura said...

All I can say is Night and Day. I love your new kitchen. I also like the paint color on the walls----and your new stove!!!

Lisa said...

WOW you werent kidding when you said he does good work! Its beautiful and I love the color on the walls!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Perfection! The blue curtain is perfect with that color wall and the white cabinets are so awesome. I want white cabinets but if I mention painting one more time to my husband he might just go to deer camp a few weeks early and stay! And could I please borrow your husband for a while. I also want a new counter top. I won't keep him too long. blessings, marlene

Inspired Kara said...

Well, mys first thorught was, I LOVE that color. It's warm and happy without being too bright!!

Also, there's some serious island envy happenin' over here.

Anita said...

SO jealous!!

SLO Rober said...

Wow! What a difference!

The White House said...

Wow! That is an amazing change! It is beautiful! I love it! I think the wall color works, but if you were going to change- I would go with a soft buttery yellow. It would look great with your blue accents and the white cabinets. Good work! Very impressive- all of it!

Kara said...

WOW!!! You should win some huge award for the best makeover done to a house in history!! I had no idea your house looked like that before! You are amazing! WOW WOW WOW!! Seriously, go to this web site http://www.thisyounghouse.com It's one of my favorite sites.

girlsmama said...

OMH! You two did a wonderful job! It looks fabulous. And I like the color. it looks great! Yet again you have thrown me into fits of coveting...

Luke and Katie said...

Gorgeous! You guys are so goood! I really love the cabinets and appliances, great job! And the color is nice a bright!

Nicole said...

Wow, that's about all I can think to say, Wow! It looks incredible, what a difference. I really did not see any potential in those 70's
cabinets, but boy was I wrong. What are your counter tops made of? I need new counter tops in the worst way, and your look awesome.

kristine hanson said...

Hi I am new to your blog, really enjoy it....amazing what some paint will do! I like the color of the walls, really makes the white pop out and it warms up the room, the color of the walls that is....love the little lamp too, very cute, like I said I really enjoy your blog

Melanie said...

I love it! Looks like a kitchen out of a magazine!

Bonnie said...

Vanessa your talents never cease to amaze me. I know I say this every time but it is always the first thing that pops into my head when look at your blog! Your kitchen is gorgeous. Did it take forever for the cabinets to dry. We have to do our soon and I love the paint. Send that GI Joe my way, will ya?

At Home In Georgia said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! I love the island you put in there. I think the colors you have are perfect. Just enjoy being in there.

Marie said...

Holy Cow! I love it.

haley said...

love love love it! and you will for sure be home when we come again or we can't be friends anymore!!!!

Mindy said...

Holy crap!! That is amazing! I love the new look even more than I hate the old look. ;)

DraperM said...

Wow! I think it looks amazing. What a neat husband you have that would spend so much time and effort just because he knew it would make you happy. That is truly the secret to marriage. Have fun in your new kitchen. Take care.

summersandco said...

I have to say... I LOVE it. It really looks pulled together. We are kind of in the same situation at our house, and we're slowly trying to fix it! I really like the wall color! We must have the same taste though! I'm pretty sure we have the same stoves! Our color schemes are almost identical! I wish my kitchen was set up more like yours though, I'm seriously jealous of the island! Great job! You make me want to get busy and finish mine!

Victoria said...

Wow! A Billion times improvement.
you must be thrilled!

The Stewart's said...

WOW Vanessa - Way to go Jake! I love your kitchen. It looks like a kitchen that should be displayed in a kitchen magazine. you guys did and an amazing job. You defiantly work well together!

Cannon Clan said...

wow, thank you for reviving that kitchen!what were they thinking in the 70s anyway?

Empty Nest Full Life said...

How beautiful! Good for you not buying on credit. I know you are gonna love it. I like the color of the walls, what you have done looks great! Jackie

Jennifer Finally said...

I can't believe you lived in that other kitchen for so long. I'm not sure what amazes me more; how awesome it looks now, or that you lived in the other one for so long without going OCD crazy.

Spencer Family 6 said...

The island added so much! It looks great!

Sandy said...

Wow - that turned out beautiful!!

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

I am MEGA impressed that you guys are so handy and made such a gorgeous kitchen!!! Can your husband hang out with my husband and show him the ropes? hehehe I love the color of the walls. The counter tops are awesome, but the BEST part is the white cabinets. LOVE IT!!!

Lisa said...

Looks amazing! So, he's a man in uniform AND handy? Ahem, will you share? :O)

Rachel said...

Oh my it looks soooo great! I just love it. We are in the process of doing our kitchen cabinets as well. Enjoy your new kitchen!!!

ROXY said...

wow, would an awesome transformation!!! You kitchen looks great! Thanks for sharing:)

Brooke said...

Umm..hello....love it!! I think it is so perfect. So welcoming and fresh. Great job guys! I LOVE the color. I have been looking for the perfect butter/tan paint color for our house and I think that is it. What is the paint color?

Your blog is fantastic...so glad I just found you!

lambie-pie said...

I know this post is old, but it's new to me so I thought I'd send a comment. I love every single thing about this kitchen. I can't believe those are the same cabinets, it's amazing. I love the color!

Elisabeth

Cutzi said...

Oh my word! We have even more in common! I am almost crying here - I have those EXACT same cabinets in my kitchen and until I found this post, I had all but given up on ever trying to do anything with them except save up enough money to rip them out and put in new ones. If you ever get the chance I would love all the details... method, paint color, etc. Is that by chance the Marth Stewart kitchen island from K-mart?

Hallelujah! And I mean that with all sincerity. There is hope for my ugly cabinets!

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