Sunday, May 16, 2010

Putting It All Together...

Can I get a drum roll....FINALLY????

Thankfully, after many weeks of work (and a whole lot of waiting), the kitchen remodel is just about wrapped up! 

I spent yesterday finishing paint touch-ups, scrubbing the floor, and "putting it together".  The morning started out gray and dreary and I really didn't want to pick up the paint brush and get started.  But, as the day progressed, the sun broke through the clouds and I found my energy and spirits building.  By late afternoon, sunlight was flooding through the windows and highlighting my progress ~ just what I needed to keep me motivated and going! 

I know there are boxes still hiding out there in the garage, so some modifications will undoubtedly have to be made, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say we're about 90% done.   So, I'm just going to throw some pictures in here and give you a look-see....

You notice that there is no hardware on the cabinets yet.  That is intentional.  We're still waiting on some of the doors to be replaced due to finish problems...and I'm not sure what kind of handles/knobs I want ~ if any.  So, we're living with it this way for awhile.

I'm so happy about the way the beadboard turned out on the backsplash ~ Eddie did such a great job installing it.  I had a vision in my head of how it would look and it surpassed my expectations for brightening the area under the cabinets.  (Well, the white beadboard combined with the pair of brushed nickel accent lamps I picked up at a local shop ~ $15 for the pair.)

A couple of my favorite touches...

This colorful Mexican ceramic pot holding our utensils, found at El Mercado on one of our many trips to San Antonio ~

And this hand-stitched apron from Biale Vineyards that was a present from a friend who took a trip to Napa Valley and remembered me.  Aren't the colors just perfect???  And to think, it has been hiding in a gift box for the last two years!

The dining area adjoins the kitchen and it got some finishing touches, also.  Jesus, our guardian angel carved from pinon wood, found his new spot overlooking the table.  Bought on our first trip together to Santa Fe, he brings happiness and protection to our home.

I absolutely love the way the afternoon light comes through this double window....and the windows in the living room beyond (through the doorway there)...

Sam and Savanna came over this evening and we all sat down at the table together and enjoyed a home-cooked meal.  What a wonderful feeling ~ to just sit and enjoy the fruits of our labor and a delicious meal with family! 

We have accomplished so much in this room.  My spirits are lifted to see it all coming together!!!  And after the week I had, I needed this to happen so badly yesterday.  (That's a whole 'nother story and I'll be sharing that soon.)  As I get ready to retire this evening, I look back over the weekend and count it as a blessing!

So, how about you?  What was your blessing this weekend?  C'mon, I know something good happened to bring you a bit of joy this weekend!  Maybe it was nothing as major as finishing a big project like this, but a little moment that made you smile.  I'd love to hear about it!

Linking up with Metamorphosis Monday over at "Between Naps on the Porch" ~ lots of inspirational stuff over there, so check it out!!!
Rest well, friends.



  1. I love it! It looks beautiful. I really like the cabinets without the hardware as it gives it a nice clean look. Thank you for sharing the results of all of your hard work!

  2. What a nice kitchen! I'm super jealous! :)

    Popped over here from Metamorphosis Mondays!

    ~JILL @

  3. What a fantastic project! A truly neat metamorphosis.

    It took 23 years to complete my most recent project. Come take a peek.

  4. It looks beautiful...great job!


  5. I know you are loving that new kitchen. Looks great! And my hubby put beadboard in ours, too, and it is a great choice. Linda

  6. Your kitchen looks beautiful, comfortable and very welcoming. Congratulations! You should be very proud of your ideas having come together so wonderfully!

  7. Thanks for the words of encouragement, ladies! Having a great kitchen is such a reward in itself.

  8. Stunnning. That is all I can say is stunning. What a labor of love! You guys should be so proud of yourselves. You have created an absolute haven! I had a great weekend too! Jemma had her dance recital and end of the year. I was the proud momma! You will have to check out her cute pictures on my blog! Congrats on such a beautiful kitchen!

  9. It looks gorgeous Jane, well done!!! I love the worktop! I bet you are so pleased that its done now and I bet the meal you all had together was very special. I am jealous now because I have such a big project of my own going on in our kitchen and it is nowhere near finished, but will hopefully be able to show you pics at a later time. Enjoy your wonderful new kitchen and take some time out now to relax on that gorgeous porch of yours!!xxxx


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