Category Archives: Kitchen Renovation

23 years and counting!

Well, 23 years ago last night, hubby and I were doing this:


Fast forward 23 years, and yesterday Andrew was running around getting the pre-college portion of the Pokorny Low Brass seminar started, while I was doing this:

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Yep, our fridge in the garage started dying last week, and we didn’t want to lose all the good stock and Meyer lemon juice we had frozen out there (plus, all my mixed up dyes!!!), so it was time to replace the fridge in the kitchen, rotating that one out to the garage and sending the garage fridge off to be recycled! Long time blog readers will remember that hubby and I re-did the kitchen 2 summers ago, but kept all the original appliances at the time because they worked, and it would have double the budget! We replaced the dishwasher about 6 months after the reno was complete after discovering that damage to the seal of the dishwasher was allowing steam to escape and was starting to damage my new cabinets! Yikes! So I wasn’t totally sad that we needed to replace the refrigerator (although our pockets are!), but it sure is a lot of work! I spent Friday shopping for a fridge that was: stainless steel, the right size (including COUNTER DEPTH!), and available for delivery ASAP. Lo and behold, I found a really nice one in my preferred style of French door with no ice/water in the door (there’s a water dispenser inside the fridge, and icemaker in the freezer) for a very reasonable price; reasonable price being a relative term, holy moly these things are expensive! Although hubby had lots of last minute details to deal with at the office, he had time to chat with me and look up reviews etc while I sent him pix from my phone.

Later in the day, my kitchen looked a lot better:

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Ah, more gleaming stainless steel…and more space in front of the fridge in that very busy traffic spot between the stove and the sink!!! Hooray!

As far as celebrating our anniversary, a nice dinner out for the 2 of us, along with the acknowledgement that a stainless steel fridge makes a great anniversary present was all I needed for a very happy day! 🙂

Our Kitchen Reno | The Wet Bar revamped

I’ve stopped blogging about the kitchen reno because we are so close to done, but have put some things on hold as we get ready for the semester to start. I’ve got fabric dyed for curtains and want to get them hung before I gussy the kitchen up and take some primo “after” pictures. Plus…..I… Continue Reading

Our Kitchen Reno | Headed to the End

We’re getting to the end, hooray! Hubby got the dividers for the island drawer made, it holds a tremendous amount of stuff! Then he got started demoing the bottom half of the wet bar! He put upper cabinets in at the very beginning of the reno, and now we’re going to cut down the old… Continue Reading

Our Kitchen Reno | Working on the Island

Andrew got the drawer built for the island today! This whomping huge drawer is going to be divided to hold all the big cookie sheets, cutting boards, trays etc… He made the sides and the drawer front out of 1/2″ plywood and then used 1/4′” MDF to divide the sides into panels that mimic the… Continue Reading

Our Kitchen Reno | Allllllmost Done!!!

Well, we’re almost done! I really can’t believe it! We’ve had a great time using the kitchen…several times I’ve been doing something at the counter and I’ll think “I wish I had some light” and VOILA! I can turn on the under the counter lights and see! 🙂 A couple of my friends have asked… Continue Reading

Our Kitchen Reno | the Pantry

Well, we’re knocking things off the to-do list on this reno! But first, I actually got to cook in the kitchen! I made some sourdough waffles, and when I was getting started, I got a little nervous, to actually use my new kitchen! But I got over it and made waffles! Then, it was on… Continue Reading

Meetup | August Goals

What a month July was! Soooooo busy, and sooooo productive. The only thing I didn’t count on was how much time I’d have to spend running around during the Pokorny seminar, and this ultimately stopped me from being able to launch Dyeing 103 before the kitchen reno started. 🙁 But start the reno we did… Continue Reading