Friday, February 27, 2015


                      I thought that you may like to see our kitchen make over... 
                                  (Some of my blogging friends are in 
                the process of doing the same and I hope to see theirs too)!

This is the kitchen as it looked 3 years ago when we moved in!
                 It had pinkish lavender walls and
                              the red trim was more of a
                                                  hot pink red then real red!! 
                                                                There was also a very
                                                                              PUNGENT MOLDY ODER! 

The first thing that came down were the creepy 
sticky black track lights, and then
 we painted the walls right off with an undercoat
 (the walls were super greasy so I had to wash them first)

... I was wishing for something to lift the microwave
so it would be easier to open,
and low and behold we found this neat 
road-side discard!
(it scrubbed up pretty and a little varnish
brought it to life)!!
... On the way from the old house
as we were moving here, we had to stop and 
move this cupboard from the middle of the
road! We figured that it had dropped
 and someone would be back for it...

... but after 2 days of it laying there on the shoulder
we figured that is was a garbage
 find and so we nabbed it, and I painted it
 to use on the counter until we decided
 what and how we would design the "new" kitchen
   ... an antique box brought it higher
                                    so that the doors could swing open.

  Although a new kitchen was offered, it soon
 became apparent that there was something very unique
with these solid oak custom made cupboards! 
So we opted to keep them!

But the big built in sticky shelf could go....... 

..if only HubbyBear would agree!
(well best not go away for a few days while I'm unpacking)! 
A woman can accomplish many things with a little 

"Hmmm I wonder if I could plaster"? 
"Well it must be similar to frosting a cake right"?  

Then there was the sink....
HubbyBear did an amazing job!!!

 New  plumbing after a long drying time!

But the big country sink that we brought along
was so wide that it would warrant a whole new 
constructed kitchen!

So the compromise was much more

A wonderful solid copper sink!! 

A shelf came down and something had to be
 figured for the refrigerator that was too
 wide and tall for the cubby space.

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that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
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When I first met HubbyBear
(I shall now confess)!!
the "real" reason I "really" married him.... 
... (hee hee hee...
..was.... because he had a wood cook stove!!!

Well we were never able to hook it up (yet)

But then "the most wonderful road side garbage find ever"
came our way too!!
Here was a beautiful working vintage gas stove
 just sitting  out on the side of the road!!

 (I even knocked at the door and the man said
"Yes honey take it it's yours") !!!

But alas this too proved impossible to fit 
without reconstructing new cupboards so it is
used to store things and as a baking work spot.

And the top of the cook stove is on top to
 remind me that I do indeed have a cook stove 
if I may need it someday!

 It was used for the cooking/canning spot while the 
regular stove was moved out and disconnected.
(for I had to slip canning in all while doing the make over)

 (Thankfully the Mousiekins were there to help)!!

This door needed help!

Remember the ceiling?

This was the biggest task!



We were so blessed..

.. to have our wonderful Grandson come and help!!

HubbyBear went to school to 
be an electrician pretty convenient
 I must say!! 

Be careful when your wife says
"Honey we need a new floor while the furniture is moved"!
Don't run to the store for more ceiling screws!

Heated rice bags are a must for 

HubbyBear left the painting to me..
 and that's ok because he was agreeable 
about the floor!

I wish that I had a movie
of me applying the boarder all by 
but I bet Lucy was laughing
down at me from heaven!!

( I can't believe it came out straight 
after spending so much time in my hair and toes)

The doggies helped too!
(but they laid down on the job a lot)

Husbands beware
of improper "2 cents" timing!!
 (never only point out faults)!!

I decided that I could tackle the floor..

"couldn't be that much different then quilting!
And besides I do already have the tools"!

Hope you enjoyed!!

 No animals were hurt in this project....
.....Just humans!!