Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Befores and Afters (Kitchen)

This was the kitchen before. Except that wall looks yellow, and it was dingy yellow-tan. And those cupboards were WAY off white. And that hardware. Grandma hardware, right? And the shelf above the stove? And the little gingerbread type trim up top? Yuck.
And the brown pantry door. And you can see there is more gingerbread trim above the sink. Very, very drab.


Here is my new kitchen. The yellow is slightly brighter than the closest wall color, but not as dark as it looks back in the corner. And please excuse the dishes in the sink and the watermelon in the corner. Don't we just love the white window trim? And the white chairs from my little dinette set that I thought I would certainly be leaving in Toledo?This is the best part. Look at that overhead microwave. And those knobs and bin pulls. And that white pantry door. I love my kitchen! Love it, love it, love it. It's looked like this for a month now (of course I haven't posted any pictures), and I still love it.

And now for the craziest thing. John was washing the siding on the front of the house, and reaching behind the shutters to clear out some twigs, leaves, and other debris, when this little guy hopped out to land on the mulch.
A frog!! I don't do frogs. I think I discussed this once at book club. I DO NOT DO FROGS. I'm so glad it was John that encountered a frog behind the shutters and not me. The thought gives me the willies. What on earth was he doing behind the shutters? How did he get there? Do you think he can jump four feet in the air? I'm shuddering just thinking about it.

14 comments:

Kate said...

Wow! What a LOVELY kitchen!! Such an improvement. And what a lot of work. It is so bright and cheery.

brittani c. said...

Give the little guy a break...the little frogger won't do harm.
I like the glimpse of your kitchen/house...at last a larger living space for the 4-5 of you. The gingerbread trim is kinda quaint.

Mags said...

You did a wonderful job! I love the yellow and the drawer pulls are perfect. Especially those chunky ones, and I love the lilacs. Remember when we wished that we could leave the scent of lilacs behinds us wherever we went?

Lyndsay said...

Can your crew come to our house? We need both some renovations and some pest removal.

Michelle said...

I love your kitchen! So fun to have more room to actually cook in. Hopefully we will be buying a house in a few months and I can post remodeling pictures.

Brooke S said...

Love it! you guys did a great job, our kitchen is the one place in the house we really haven't touch, if we do I know where I am going for ideas.

Denise said...

Good for you Emilee. It looks great. Our kitchen is bright yellow too and it is such a cheerful happy place!

Cynthia said...

Really good job on the kitchen. It is amazing what some paint and new knobs can do to a look!

LaVaun Story said...

Em! You and John are quite the handymen. Good, good work. It's practically an extreme kitchen makeover! You've got to love a kitchen that YOU'VE done, just to your own specifications. Way to go! I, too, loved the lilacs. Are they fresh? What a decorator!

LaVaun Story said...

Oh, LaVaun Story really is Kellie's pen name. We're visiting in Utah....

The Borns said...

Great before and afters! Love your bright, fresh kitchen... you did a super fab job!... can't wait to come and eat a yummy meal in that wonderful new kitchen! Seems like you guys are fairing well in IN.... keep up the great work!

Shelly and Ken said...

I love your kitchen. Looks so cheerful. Makes me wish we could paint our cupboards without a ton of work (not sure how painted laminate would hold up). We are going to have to come and visit and see the rest of your house. It looks like the beach was a lot of fun too.

Momacita said...

Hi, Emilee, Aunt Rachel here. Your kitchen looks great! Lilacs always remind me of home. If we were lucky and had a warm spring, they would be in bloom in time for Memorial Day. Of course, no luck growing those in Henderson! Your life sounds so idyllic out there in the midwest. Are you sure you're not in Iowa?

ERIC, LINDSAY & SAM said...

Your kitchen is darling and BIG; just a SLIGHT improvement from your old one! How fun to be able to paint and make it your own! I can't wait until I grown up!