The Kitchen Reno Begins in Earnest!

It seems like just yesterday that I proudly took these photos of our newly remodeled kitchen.  Turns out it was July of 2008!  Time once again to change things up.  Frankly, I’m surprised that I haven’t derailed earlier – my “design eye” changes only a little slower than the weather!  So, nearing the 8th anniversary of our last big renovation, we’re finally ready to bring our kitchen – our favorite room by far – into the new millennium!

My Pinterest board, Itchin’ For A New Kitchen, is full of ideas.  I’ve changed my mind on things many, many (OK, OK!) many times, but I’ve finally landed on “the look” I’m after.  Think Paris.  Think old.  Think blacks, wood, and old brass.  A far cry from this:IMG_0602.JPG

Oh, this was pretty . . . in a farmhouse way.  And, I LOVED it then!  After all, we live in a barn/farmhouse.  But, baby!  These times they are a changin’!  I want you to think black cabinets (simple, no “Z”s).  An old store counter for the island.  Old brass fixtures and the comfort of an old Paris Bistro.  Don’t worry if you are having trouble picturing it . . . it took me a long time to get it all put together in my head!

We cheated a bit and started on the pantry first.  So, really, the reno has been going on for a couple of weeks or so.  However, this long holiday weekend is completely devoted to cabinets.  Ted build the original ones, and he is building the new ones.  Basically we are just re-facing them.  Think dust.  Think cussing.  But they will be strong, REAL wood, and build with care and thought by him and him alone.  I love that.  So here is the pantry finished except for the floor being painted.

The PantryI

I didn’t have the foresight to take a picture of the before, but trust me, you aren’t missing a thing!  White wire shelving (like in closets) and just a LOT of junk.

Wish us luck!  I’ll keep you posted as to the progress!  Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend in your neck of the woods!