Mar 5, 2018

{The Kitchen Makeover Has Begun}

I have been wanting to do a makeover in my kitchen every since we put in new granite counter tops. But...I forgot all the work that goes with a makeover! When it's us women getting a makeover all we have to do is sit there! With a kitchen makeover we have to do all the work!



The fun has started so I must see it through. Walls are bare. Curtains and blinds down.We had to Spackle some holes....let's not discuss that too much as it makes my man fighting mad to put a hole in the wall.  Needless to say we will be using something different to hang my pretties and I have some new pretties stashed in my She-shed.


One thing is for certain, I have gotten lots of cleaning done in the kitchen. Pantry door will be coming down. Baseboard coming up soon. Lots of small and big projects taking place. WHEW, I am already tired.


Everything that needed to be taped has been. I walk in my kitchen and see Blue...blue, blue!
A trip to Sherwin Williams has taken place and samples of paint brought home.



And tons of pictures saved on kitchens that look a lot like my kitchen does. My kitchen and dining room is one large room with a kitchen bar that kinda-sorta separates the two. I have a rustic type home and my main decor in kitchen has been more of a mountain home look in which I have loved. I am not veering too far away from my rustic look as it suits us perfectly or maybe because I am feeling pretty "rustic" in age right about now. LOL!  But decor will be kicked up a notch or two. Can't wait to show you some of my decor I have stashed away.  


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The outside of cabinets has been cleaned and I am talking cleaned! I have washed down, waxed down, buffed down and was DOWN in my back...but they are clean! I have always loved my cabinets. They are solid oak and we had our cabinets custom built 25 years ago. I went back and forth on whether to paint, re-stain or what! I have looked at pictures of several of my friend's cabinets and I decided to stay with the natural solid oak that I had, same color but spruce them up a tad.  I will share next week how one tiny mistake that I made winded up making me very happy with my cabinets. Now to look at hardware! Have you priced kitchen cabinet hardware lately?



We worked up a hunger for sure so we fixed us some blackened Tilapia on my granny's old iron skillet frying pan sitting on the gas grill. Whipped up some fresh steamed cauliflower and broccoli and YUM is all I can say!


Spent some time with this cutie one afternoon and needless to say, she is one busy little gal.


And in the midst of our busy weekend we watched the grandson play in his final basketball game of the season at our church. He is the one on the right in the dark blue on the shoulders of his friend.


Finished up the weekend with dinner and watching the grandgirl play outside on a beautiful day.


My peach trees blossomed a few weeks. I love the pretty color.


Now I have some baby peaches. YAY! Well that is if the next frost we get doesn't strike! You never know about the weather in Florida.

I hope you all have a great week. Back to the kitchen for me every spare moment I get.

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy


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  1. Oh, I can't wait to see the kitchen makeover. Do keep us updated as you go along. I have no doubt it will be LOVELY. Just keep telling yourself, "this too shall pass." Blessings abundant!

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    1. Thanks Lea . Yes that was my nothetinlove’s favorite saying too . I have a feeling i might be saying it a lot ! it takes marty a while longer to get on board with things .😂

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  2. oooh look at you go! I can't wait to see how it turns out. Yes, it's a lot of work but worth it. Your peach blossoms are so pretty! We don't have anything blooming yet and more snow in the forecast. Beautiful photos of your family!

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    1. More snow ? Wow. Girl i May need you to make a trip to h love me in that kitchen . My get up and go ain’t what it used to be .😂

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  3. Cindy, how exciting and messy! I hope you will keep us updated on the progress and your selections, The grands are precious! Blessings~

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    1. Thank you Pam . The girls grands sure keep the joy in our hearts and smiles on our faces . ❤️

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  4. I knew you would not wait until summer to start that project. LOL! Re-doing my bedroom liked to have killed me so I will pray for you for sure. I need to re-do our bathroom but no energy. It's been same color for 10 years. Sweet pictures Cindy.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Connie , yep changed my mind . I have too many other things i want to do summer so gotta start now ! Want to get this project done before summer for sure .

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  5. I can't wait to see what you have planned for your kitchen. We've been through total kitchen remodeling - phase one and two - and now I have another (better) idea. My poor sweetheart doesn't even want to think about doing more kitchen redos. We do have plans to update some things if we stay in this house but that's to be decided in the future. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy watching your kitchen become everything you dream it will be.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. I’ve done several paint jobs in that kitchen over the years too and i despise painting . But every now and then you need to spruce things up right ? I’m not changing a few things that i love how is but quite a bit on the scene fr chenge . One day at a time .❤️

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  6. Oh how exciting, Cindy!! I can't wait to see what all you do.

    Hey when we were buying our kitchen hardware, I found Amerock brand knobs that I loved at Lowe's. They ended up being cheaper online at some hardware website. So look around before you buy. :)

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    1. Thank you for the tip . I been looking done but haven’t got that far since we haven’t painted yet . But girl I’m looking for deals 😂

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  7. Hi! I am looking forward to seeing your new kitchen redo and seeing all your displayed treasures. I would not look forward to the work and mess! I worried about our peaches too in our previous yard. I hope yours will be okay. We even tried covering it with a sheet. You have a lovely family! Nancy

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    1. Thank you so much . I hate the mess . But i live with a man that he will not pay somebody else for what he feels we can do ourself . Now i can assure you at our age, if we rebuilt , he would hire the rebuilding . Lol . One day st a time is what my motto is right now . 😂

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  8. Hi Cindy! Well I am super excited for you cleaning and readying your kitchen for some well deserved refreshing up! Can't WAIT to see what it looks like! I would love to re-do my kitchen - we did backsplash and granite about ten years ago and it is still pretty and in great shape - I am just a spoiled "tired of it" kinda gal. I'd love to lighten things up a bit - but I don't see it happening anytime soon as my hubs isn't on board with it. Redoing a kitchen is a huge huge deal on every level. Not sure either of us has the patience for it, haha.

    Your grands are so cute - don't they grow up way too fast?

    Good luck with everything!!! Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you friend . Those grands ate precious .you are right . Any makeover is a job. It takes time , money and patience . That’s why we fall under the heading of One day at a time . Dang, i redo w s room into my little office last year and just now found a throw rug i liked for that room and bought it ‘ 😂

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  9. DYI home renos are not for the faint of heart, but it'll all be worth it at the end. Can't wait for the big reveal!

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    1. Amen margie ! Especially when your sweet man doesn’t like any kind of change 😂

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  10. Oh you are brave souls to tackle this kitchen redo on your own! But isn't it exciting? I will pray for you as you work through this. Yes, take it one day at a time and pace yourselves. I know once you get started on a project you hate to put it off and want to get it done, but my advice is take it easy, don't wear yourselves out, and be sure of what you want before you do it so you don't have to do it over! We've been redoing our kitchen slowly as needed...redid the floors after the DW flooded the existing floors...redid the kitchen cabinet doors because originals were warped and old covered in laminate...still wanting to redo the island top and counter tops eventually, but that may take some time. Can't wait to see your kitchen. Be sure to take before and after pictures. Have fun!!! Enjoy your grandbabies while you can.

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    1. Yep, this will probably be a slow process. Marty said he was not repainting no more! LOL! I am going to get what I want this round cause there may not be another one! LOL!

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  11. Oh my...I am so excited for you! I can hardly wait to watch this makeover of your kitchen. Will it be a step by step process that we get to see or will it be just the final deal? Hugs to you, sweet Cindy.

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    1. Dianna, I am on line now looking at things. You start out thinking that this will be an easy process as I do not want new appliances. I just bought a new dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, changed out kitchen faucet when I done the granite counter tops. But then there is hardware to buy, curtains, paint, kitchen rug, redo my chairs and benches and well, my list seems to get longer and longer. I think I might best just focus on the paint for now! LOL! I hope to keep you all updated if I don't get overwhelmed. LOL!

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  12. Oh, good. I'm not the only one with a ladder in her kitchen. I like your cabinets, good choice to keep them oak. Wow, that tilapia looks yummy and a healthy lunch! Precious scripture. Smiles ear to ear looking at those children! Hugs, Cindy.

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    1. Mary, the problem with a ladder is I have to pray not to fall off! LOL! Especially if I am alone. Yep, I love my cabinets. Someone recently told me that oak cabinets are OUT! I said "Well, not mine....and the funny thing is people pay more now for the cardbox type of cabinets than the real stuff! LOL!

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  13. Whew, Cindy! You have a big job head in remodeling your kitchen but you will so love it when it’s all done! Deep cleaning and new hardware will give those cabinets new life and new paint and window treatments?! I can’t wait to see the new look!! Those grandkids sure keep you busy! I can’t wait to be come a grandma....and I might not have all that long to wait!! I’ll keep you posted! Happy week and take care of yourself as you continue with the kitchen project. Zenda

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    1. YES...keep me posted! Sounds exciting already! Yep, a fresh coat of paint and hardware will often be all that is needed for a makeover. But....I got other things in mind. That's my problem....my mind gets crazy. LOL!

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  14. Oh how exciting! Yes...I undertook this project a few years ago in my kitchen which is very small...it was still a daunting task! My cabinets were the worst...oak but basically builder's standard quality and 30 years old. I scrubbed the heck out of them and painted them a creamy white, no sanding or priming needed with the paint I used. LOVED the transformation. The rest of the transformation came when we got our woods floors last year. I cannot wait to see the before and after shots, girl! Don't overdo and take lots of breaks!

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    1. No worry on the breaks! It takes me all day now to do what it used to take me only 3 hours to do. One step at a time. Yep, I scrubbed those cabinets girl and thought to myself....how in the world have I not noticed how dirty they were! After three round os cleaning, polishing, and buffing, they actually look great!

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  15. Looking forward to updates. I feel your pain with all the cleaning and moving. I did that a few years ago and I am still tired!
    Your peach blossoms are so pretty and to have baby peaches! Hope all goes well with the frost.
    I need your energy as I have a rotten window and I don't want to deal with it.
    Always love seeing and hearing about the grands.

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    1. Bonnie, I have been praying for the Lord to give me that WANT TOO! LOL! Mercy, I hate to start projects like these but then in the end I am so glad I did and most of all that I am finished. I just re-done my little room (office) last year and I just finally found the throw rug I wanted to go in there! CRAZY!

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  16. How exciting! I love a good kitchen makeover to drool over! Can't wait to see the colors you choose.

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    1. I might be drooling Ann Marie from exhaustion! LOL!

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  17. Whew...good luck with the makeover, Cindy! I can't wait to see what changes you are making in the heart of the home. I love seeing your pretty face and the faces of your grands. I know what you'll be busy doing this week, and I send love and hugs your way, my friend.

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    1. Thanks Kitty and yes you are right....my kitchen is the heart of my home. So many meals, conversations, laughter, and tears has been had right there in the heart of my home! I love how you worded that.

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  18. Oh, I'm so excited for you...can't wait to see how/what you do in your "new" kitchen! I want to paint our cabinets a light gray, but just don't have the nerve...yet!!! Maybe I can get some ideas from your make-over! <3

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    1. Deb, I thought seriously about painting my cabinets. But I have always loved my cabinets and honestly, I love the oak color. So glad I did not paint them now. But you know how things like this are. What suits one doesn't suit another. I have seen some beautiful kitchen cabinets painted grey though. Just be careful about your grays. There's a 1000 shades of gray! LOL!

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  19. Oh, I cannot wait to see how it all comes together for you! I know you have it looking like a dream house in no time! It is a huge job, but it will be SO worth it! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. You know I am frugal so shopping around now for just the little things I would like can be daunting. And I do want the kitchen to be like I envision it to be but I also want to do other things in life and don't want to put all my eggs in one basket. LOL! I have some "dreams" on my list of things to do as well as just remodeling a kitchen. One day at a time, Sweet Jesus.

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  20. That is always SUCH a job when you do a kitchen rehab. It seems to take forever but is so worth it when it is done. I am anxious to see what you end up doing. xo Diana

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  21. I can't wait to see what you do to the kitchen...Like you I am thinking (for a long time) about redoing my kitchen but it needs to wait till I have the floors laid upstairs and those rooms painted. Always something. Looks like you have been having a great time.

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    1. It is going to be a slow progress Pam. Painting is next and then baseboards. I have to make a list to keep myself straight! LOL!

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  22. Love all your home, family and blossom photos Cindy. It's hard work redoing a kitchen but I'm sure it will be your dream kitchen when it's finished. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Have a day of blessings my friend.

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    1. Thanks Toni. As one of my friends put it...It's a rehab project! LOL! I think once the painting and baseboards are done I will be able to think ahead a little. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. I can't wait to see the finished product! How exciting! I'm a bit jealous of your weather...not gonna lie. ha, ha. The snow is still falling here. I want peach trees and tank tops in my life, too! lol

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    1. I hear where may be getting a frost this week so not so sure about my little peaches! Weather in Florida is crazy!

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  24. Wow, that is a big undertaking! Be careful and don't hurt yourself. Can't wait to see how it looks made over!

    I've never understood why men get so upset with holes in a wall, all you have to do is fill 'em up and they disappear!

    Katherine

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    1. I am with ya Katherine! Spackle, sand and paint and your good to go. LOL! Yeah, I thought twice about getting on that ladder at home alone. But I did grab a chair. Us short girls needs help.

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  25. Oh, my...it IS a lot of work but how proud you will be when it's all finished.

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    1. I haven't seen anything yet BJ that was worth doing that didn't require lots of work. I just keep reminding myself...one day at a time.

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  26. Those grands give us a nice break from the mundane, don't they!! And I know redoing the kitchen is a huge project. My husband is the same way about holes in the wall. I once put up a plant hanger and ended up with what looked like a constellation of stars around it. Spackling compound to the rescue! And yes i have priced cabinet hardware. It's insane! Hopefully in April I will begin the project of repainting the kitchen. Good luck with your project!

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    1. I almost waited til summer to begin this project but then I thought I best get started cause it might take me til summer to get through. LOL! I have so many other little things I want to do so got to pace out the time a little. Plus, I want to be able to go and do things and not be stuck at home WORKING all the time. LOL!

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  27. Wow Cindy, big project! Good luck!! And good for you to keep cooking, I would be getting take-out!!
    Jenna

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  28. Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I don't envy your remodel. It will be great when it is done but what a pain in the you know what until it is finished!! Looking forward to the reveal as I am sure you are too!! LOL!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  29. Cindy I am so glad to see you have started on your renovation. It's always good to do that once in a while if nothing else you get a good cleaning in. I think your keeping the cabinets natural wood is a good idea. You have to stay true to yourself and not always follow the trends which come and go. Looking forward to more of this!

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    1. Mary, I just told a friend of mine that I love new trends but I have always been one that If I like it I do and If I don't I don't regardless of the trend. My husband reminded me that when we had our custom cabinets built that we so said we wanted custom built cause we would probably never replace them and that has been so true. Although I did think about painting them. That thought left quickly once I saw what a good cleaning, polishing and waxing would do. LOL!

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  30. Hi Cindy, how exciting, a kitchen makeover. Looking forward to seeing the finished results. Have a fabulous weekend sweet friend. xo

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    1. It's coming along Linda. The fun part has been shopping for lighting, hardware and of course decor! LOL!

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  31. Hi Cindy, I enjoyed my visit here. I enjoyed the pictures. The fish meal looked so yummy! I am sure your kitchen will look so nice when it is done. I think your cabinets are nice! I would love to change my cabinets to white. They are very dark and not even real wood. I painted my walls myself last year. I may paint my craft room next. Hubby hates painting. Have a happy Sunday!

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    1. Neither one of us likes to paint Susan but we did manage to get it done and still had PEACE within the home! LOL!

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  32. The flowers of the trees peach is very beautiful. Have a happy week Cindy. Hugs.

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy