Saturday, January 21, 2012


We've lived in our house since 1996. One of the things we've loved about the house is the kitchen that opens up to the living room. It's bright and looks spacious. One of the things we haven't loved about the kitchen is the tile counter top.

Something that has been in the works for a few months, that I haven't mentioned, is we (well, really, Steve) are changing out our cabinets and in the process, will have to get a new counter top. (darn) While we haven't definitely picked out the counter, Steve has been busy working on the cabinets. Remember when I left for Minnesota? He had just started taking down the upper cabinets.  I did help with the first one!

Here's what the new uppers look like:

 This used to be a cabinet with a blind corner. Now it's an easy reach.
It seems strange to have a cabinet along the outside of the range hood, there will be one on the outside of the stove, too!
We're very happy with the upper cabinets. Steve did a good job.

The next phase was to get the lower cabinets out along the peninsula, which he did a week or so ago.
The step after that was to get the peninsula counter top off, without wrecking the walls.
 I haven't mentioned that the people who put this in, did it as a DIY project. Steve had to figure out where the screws were.
 Hence, the strange missing tile pattern. They used a lot of screws, some hefty nails AND a lot of glue.

 This is where he had to be careful not to wreck the wall. It was a bugger to try to pull out. That puppy was in there tight!
 But, we were persistent. I can say we, because I was helping with this part.
 After a lot of wrangling and pounding (it's been really loud around here), it finally gave way and Steve and I lugged that sheet out of the house. Man, was it heavy!
What a difference, huh?! (excuse the messy rest of the kitchen and living room). Those of you who have been to my house, remember the tile went up as the backsplash? Those were gone first!
Now he can put in the lower cabinets that go along this side. 

We can't do anything about the counter top until all the lower cabinets are put in. In the meantime, we'll use plywood, I think.

Getting rid of that tile is a good thing!

Thanks for letting me share.



Laurel said...

Wow, looks like fun! We are going to be redoing our kitchen soon too.

Kim Burmeister said...

Wow! The cabinets are awesome! Steve did a great job. I can't wait to see the rest.

Barb said...

Wonderful! I love it! Steve is QUITE the Handy Man...looking forward to seeing the completed project. And I think Laurel is right, you are going to *have* to re-do your kitchen(darn). ;D

mE said...

Looooove it, Jeanne! Im so glad you guys actually did it! You are so going to love new cabinets and a new countertop in your kitchen. Bye, Bye awful blue tile that you disliked for so long!

The new cabinets look amazing! I love that they go all the way to the ceiling.. extra storage space in there :)

I'm trying to get out to CO next week with B for work, I hope I can make it down to see you and your new kitchen!


HSCreations said...

That looks awesome Jeanne!!! Nice job Steve!!! I am so jealous! I HATE tile counter tops!! We are going to re-do our kitchen in a couple of years. Have to paint the outside of the house first and work on some bathrooms.

Miss you guys! Enjoy the new kitchen!!


Dawn said...

Gorgeous redo...and no, I am not even going to show this to my husband (hint, hint! *grin*)

Sparkle Smith said...

Such lovely cabinets! I can't wait to see the new counter top either!

Jackie said...

Oh you went much further than I did with the kitchen...I only got new countertops :)