Having my baby

Oops, did you think I meant a BABY baby? Oh, mais non.

I mean we’re finally redoing our kitchen. My other baby.

Those who are home a lot may share my obsession with the kitchen, the “heart” of the house. The first day we saw it, I thought: “Not. My. Style.”

But, redoing it was “Not. In. Our. Budget.” So, I learned to overlook the wallpaper, the cabinets, the countertop, the ceiling fan. FOR OVER TEN YEARS.


mmmmmm. . .wallpaper border

But, I could not “overlook” the dishwasher that stopped working this spring. Or, the crappy stove whose lights stayed on even when it was off and whose oven door wouldn’t shut all the way (making baking in July SO MUCH FUN!).


The cursed stove. And the painted, yes painted, faux tile.

I couldn’t overlook the recessed lights that were dark and unfixable, making our north-facing kitchen even gloomier than usual in the winter.


Look how much light that blackened hole gives off! Don’t be fooled by the camera flash.

So we have saved and budgeted and crossed our fingers and taken the plunge.
Don’t worry: The little boy below? We’re keeping him.


See that smile? He knows he will be eating out a lot in the next few weeks.


  1. Boston Mamas says

    Yay, fun! Good luck with the renovation… will keep my fingers crossed for minimal scope creep!

  2. Life As I Know It says

    Oh – so jealous! We are in year 3 of putting up with an awful, outdated kitchen.
    Good luck – hope it turns out beautifully!

  3. Oooh, I can't wait to see! We re-did ours last summer. It was an adventure, all right. So – what is your style? What are you putting in? Do you need an Internet Kitchen Design Opinion Group to vote on tile samples?

    Not that I don't think you'll do a great job, I just love this kind of thing and enjoy giving unsolicited advice. I'm a frustrated HGTV host…

  4. Totally exciting. Lucky!

  5. I can't help but laugh thinking of the previous owners coming across this post one day and being completely heartbroken by the fact you HATE their kitchen. LOL

    Can't wait to see the "After" pics…have fun!!!

  6. Issas Crazy World says

    Oh I am excited (and a bit scared) for you. Can't wait to see photos of the process.

  7. Chicky Chicky Baby says

    Yay for new kitchens! Boo for having to wash your dishes in the bathtub! I'll be inviting myself over to see the end results. 😉

  8. solsticemom says

    Woot! A new kitchen is definitely worth the temporary chaos. Can't wait to see the 'after' pics!

  9. I, too, will not miss that painted tile. Wait– it's not even tile– just squares painted on the walls! Hideously awesome. You deserve the most awesome kitchen for living with that for 10 years.

  10. Suburb Sierra says

    Wow, never noticed any of those you listed things when we visited…but I will notice all the fabulous upgrades next time we swing by! Congrats.

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