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Monday, January 31, 2011

Kitchen face-lift {part five} – One step at a time

I had a request on Twitter this weekend for more pictures. More blogging through the kitchen madness that is ensuing at our house. So this week I will try to post several short updates.

I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but our fridge quit a couple of weeks before Christmas. Yeah. Awesome, right?

This caused my husband to start looking around for a new one. Which took him to the website of a store that sell appliances that had a problem “out of the box” and this guy fixes them and sell them. And in the process of looking for said fridge, he found a range. And not just any range.

This range and fridge became my Christmas, Anniversary, Valentines, Mother’s Day and Birthday presents for the next five years.

And might I say it’s totally worth it.

It was this turn of events that took this simple kitchen facelift into the level of remodeling that has us… well… down to the studs. You see, the original kitchen layout was not made for a range, just a cook top. So, since we were going to have to do some work on the cabinets and counter tops anyways, we eventually decided that it all just needed to go rather than trying to salvage cabinets that were falling apart anyways.

The last time I posted, we had only taken out a couple of the cabinets. Not long after that, we really got serious and removed the rest of the cabinets and chipped up the ugly, gross, disgusting, 6x6 inch red “looks like it belongs in a public subway bathroom” tile with the huge 1/2” grout lines.

No. I don’t have a serious opinion about that tile. At all.

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We’ve gone down to the studs. When I said that this thing had taken a turn for the ridiculous, I wasn’t kidding.

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We’ve been designing new cabinets, picking out various finishes and re-wiring a lot. We have spent a bit of time with the kitchen looking exactly like this.

Mike finally drove to Austin to pick up the fridge and range and we were thrilled to finally have a functioning refrigerator in the space again.

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And this is the range of my dreams.

new KitchenAid range

Isn’t she beautiful?

So now they are both here at our house. Just waiting for the kitchen to be ready for them to really be at home.

One step at a time, right?

(You can see a list of all the kitchen update posts here.)

3 Comments:

Kay said...

Wooooow! Nice frig and super nice range! That thing is huge. I'm sure you're looking forward to preparing lots of yummy meals! Love it!

Thanks! ; )

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

The great thing about this range... steam assist. No more water pans in the oven to make bread. Oh I can't wait to make my first loaf of sourdough.

Kay said...

I'm glad you told me what steam assist means...or I would have been looking it up online. I have no clue about these things! Can't wait to see more. : )