Sharing and enjoying my small-town life with my darling husband, family, friends,
faith, two adorable Ragdoll cats and one very sassy Yorkie!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Our Home

Welcome To Our Home...

First, let me start out by saying that we LOVE our country home! We have lived here 4 years now, and it is just perfect for us.

It's just a modest 1500 SF Cape Cod, on 1.1 acres, built in the 1950s -- but we love everything about it -- the location, the size, the layout and the style.

When we bought the house, the kitchen was the only thing that we didn't LOVE; so from the beginning, we knew that we would ultimately want to change it. So we recently completed our HUGE kitchen remodel... 90% do-it-yourself, too. I am so happy and thankful that my sweet husband is so darn talented; I swear he can do almost anything!

Although it took almost a year in "planning", the actual *work* only took 3 months. (And we both have day jobs!) Now it is all done and we are simply thrilled with the results!

Here are a few "BEFORE" pictures:

The Plans...

Some "in progress" shots... (OH, the ***MEMORIES***!!!)

The (old) wall between the kitchen and the dining room had to go!

We should have gotten Boo a little hard hat -- he was never far from the action!

Here is one of our granite slabs ("Santa Cecelia Light"). We hand-picked them from Mont Granite in Solon, OH, and our countertops were fabricated in NY.

FINALLY, on a snowy day in January, our Showplace cabinets arrived!
The rebuilding began! *YAY!*

Boxes filled our downstairs! This was just a FEW of them.

Things seemed to happen quickly now - it was so fun and exciting!

Boo inspects the cabinet quality, and approves!

The appliances and the granite arrived, the floor was installed,
and soon we were... *DONE!*

Here's a little mouse I stenciled by Boo's food dish.
(There are actually several similar "meeces" throughout our home!)

Boo approves!

Our "Coffee Corner"... we ADORE our Keurig coffee maker!

(For more information, check out: )

Our dining room:

From dining room into living room:

During the entire process (from "planning" to "DONE!") I found the forum, Garden Web (where I post as "Tiskers") extremely helpful; I totally recommend it. Those people over there are nothing less than amazing! Please check it out at:
Garden Web Home Forums or The Kitchen Forum.

You can find a much more detailed account of our entire renovation (plus lots more pictures) in the Finished Kitchen Blog.


  1. WOW what a great record of a truly successful home improvement! just gorgeous!

  2. What a project. I thought the "before" kitchen looked charming, but the "after" is truly incredible. Well done!
    Where is the Princely Throne for the guy who did 90% of the work? Do you think he is "cloneable," because the thought I had when I got to the end is, "What a guy!"
    Your input is wonderful, too. Thank you for sharing what must have been an ordeal for a while.

  3. We came across your blog only recently and have shared it through our Facebook page.

    Your kitchen update is a great example of making the home you love more "you" and we so appreciate being a part of making that happen.

    Cheers! The employee-owners of Showplace Wood Products toast your successful remodel!