Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Humpty Dumpty...

This year for my birthday present the hubs did some remolding for me!! It was all very exciting. We planned it for months. We spend many a date night at the Home Depot and Lowes planning and figuring. We even drew up the plans on a napkin from a date night dinner. What is the project you ask?

I wanted to rearrange the kitchen so the space plan was more usable and flowed better, and I wanted to take down the wall between the kitchen and the family room. The idea came when I was thinking, "I wish I could see what Ruthie was doing while I'm in here cooking." And then I thought, "What in the world am I going to do when I have two little munchins running around?" From that the plan was born.

Don't ask me what the title of this post has to do with kitchen reno- but it does have to do with a wall. Although it was Humpty Dumpty who sat on the wall, and then took the fall. Whereas with this project the wall itself took a fall... Anyway, I digress!

Well, a week before thanksgiving my birthday present became a reality. I really didn't believe that it would really happen... as it took A LOT of coordination. My brother came in from another city, two friends from Church took off of work (one an electrician and one a carpenter) and my father in law saved the date. My mom and I provide the nourishment for the hard working guys. I had cooked for a couple of weeks before getting ready for meals to serve (heated up in a crock pot or microwave- my only two working appliances all weekend!)

The really amazing thing was that I didn't just want all this work done, but I wanted it all done in one weekend. My only (ok, well not the ONLY) stipulation was that I could cook breakfast for Ruthie come Monday morning!! Tony kept reminding me of how long everything would take. And I, being the forman of the project would refer him to my time management plan for the execution of this project. If all went as planned... we'd have plenty of time.

Let me tell you those guys really put it into high gear. On Sunday night, we had a very near finished product. Want to see?

Before:




During:
These cabinets are getting taken apart and the refrigerator will come in the place of one of these cabinets...








After:
The cabinets that were above the stove and fridge before are now in my laundry room...so I didn't loose any storage. I actually gained USABLE storage where I needed it!


From the kitchen side (we added the one cabinet and another small new cabinet next to the stove and the pendent lights) scroll up to see the before pic of the stove and fridge. WHAT a difference!


From the family room side-


Ruthie helping daddy build the small new cabinet


This is were the 2 cabinets used to be- now it's the new spot for our fridge!


Me- the Foreman


Uncle Matt and Ruthie the night before the demo took place!



6 comments:

Janelle said...

That is the coolest bday present! I love it when a plan comes together. What a difference it made in your kitchen/LR. I can tell it will be an asset in the days to come!

Happy Birthday.

Suzanne said...

Hey Teresa!
I've been waiting for an update here! :-)
Your renovation looks awesome. I love the half wall. Isn't God wonderful the way He provides people to help when we need it.
Congratulations!
Suzanne

Alana said...

One of the things I love about my floor plan is that the kitchen, dining,and living all flow together. It works so well when you have little ones! It looks great. And happy belated birthday. I'm such a dork and forgot to call or email. Love ya!!

Abigail said...

I love the renovations (and also those beautiful flower designs on your cabinets)! Good work, guys! Wish I could do that in our kitchen here.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Hey, I am new here! What a great blog :)

The Cain Family said...

How awesome is that! Teresa...That's WONDERFUL!!!