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MadMom's picture

It's finished (post #55330)

...and I couldn't be happier.  Here are some before and after pictures of the kitchen.  The last picture is the completed island.  I really am impressed with Catskill products, and especially their customer service.  The island is very large and roomy, has storage underneath, plus two large fully extendable cutting boards on the sides, and a huge drawer.  It was a bit of a bear to put together, but well worth it in the end.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #1 of 37)

Just to keep you up to date on some of the other changes, here is the dining room, before and after:



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pamilyn's picture

(post #55330, reply #29 of 37)

Soooo, you don't like crystal or anything do you?? LOL

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #32 of 37)

Most of the crystal was inherited from my Mom, who was freako about cut glass.  I keep hoping that one of my girls will be interested in it, but so far, no takers on that front.  I do love it.  Also have a cabinet full of birds that she collected.  Gave my older brother one cabinet full and I kept another one.  She was an avid collector.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

pamilyn's picture

(post #55330, reply #33 of 37)

Too bad your kids don't want it. Hope you can find someone who will appreciate it. Maybe a grandchild. Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #2 of 37)

And here is the "sun room" which has become our breakfast room.  Got rid of the hideous panelling on the walls, the double sliding glass doors, and the floor.  Otherwise, it's pretty much the same, LOL.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

courgette's picture

(post #55330, reply #3 of 37)

Looks great. You must be pleased. Now, when would you like to come do my house?


Mo

MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #4 of 37)

Hmmm...let me get back to you on that, LOL!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

PeterDurand's picture

(post #55330, reply #5 of 37)

Looks great. Now, are ya going to relax a bit?

 

NanaC's picture

(post #55330, reply #6 of 37)

Great job, MadMom... I love it!

Fran


"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!"

Fran

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!"

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #55330, reply #7 of 37)

Wonderful job! I especially love your dining room - so elegant and crisp, I just want to come to dinner. So now that it's done, when are you hopping on a plane and heading north? Peabody has been asking about you.





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Jean's picture

(post #55330, reply #8 of 37)

Lovely, Sharon. A gorgeous home.



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RuthWells's picture

(post #55330, reply #27 of 37)

Everything is beautiful, MM!  Congrats on a job well done!  I have serious tile envy -- love the backsplash.


 


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mer's picture

(post #55330, reply #9 of 37)

Fantastic MM!  That is really great.  Thanks for keeping us posted. 


PS.  I saw your Vita Mix on the counter!  I was at costco this weekend  and they had the VitaMix people there.  Everytime I see their demos, I look over at DH and he sorta sighs.  This time, he didn't even walk over with me to see it, but walked in the complete opposite direction.  I found him later and tried to entice him with a smoothie sample.  I said to him, "It's only $350!"  For some reason, each time I look into getting it, it seems cheaper and cheaper(at least in my head).  He still isn't convinced yet.  I've told him that I am getting it, its just a matter of when.


That night I made the roasted veggie sauce that you have to put in the blender.  My stupid Oster blender couldn't even do it well, so I had to fuss around with it.  At one point, he even said, "why don't you buy a new one?"  I gave him a look and said,"Really?  You sure about that?"    He just sighed.  :)  I don't think that he meant go buy a new VitaMix.. 

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #55330, reply #10 of 37)

hey, he said to go buy a new one!

I say if he didn't specify, "Buy a new one, just not the VitaMix," no court would convict you.

~RuthAnn


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mer's picture

(post #55330, reply #14 of 37)

Love it!  "No court would convict you."   LOL.  :)

MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #11 of 37)

Thanks everyone.  I went to the "Kitchens and Moore" tour today (a play on our county, Moore) which is an annual charity deal to support youth activities.  I had bought the ticket before finishing the kitchen, and really sort of dreaded going.  I mean, these were six lovely homes and I could feel a real case of kitchen envy coming on.  After the first home, I called Willie Ray and said "She would wet her pants if she could see my house."  Second home brought the same response.  Now, the third home, a 6000 square foot mansion with a 20 x 25 ft kitchen (with a huge green AGA stove and Wolf cooktop, Wolf ovens, and glass doored Sub Zero) was nice, but you know what?  I like mine better.  Fourth home looked like it had been decorated totally by an interior decorator, and the kitchen was nothing.  Fifth home was nice, but nothing I liked.  Sixth home was a really charming little (and I do mean little) cottage with water on two sides.  Really pretty, but it's for sale, and in my head I'm thinking "I'd probably give them $100K for it" and I know they're probably asking three or four times that.  So, net result was that I had a nice day, came home and kissed Willie Ray and told him I love him, love my house, love my kitchen.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #13 of 37)

Get the VitaMix.  You neeeeeed it.  You want it.  You haaaaave to have it.  Besides, why buy a cheap blender and have to replace it.  I think my VitaMix is at least ten years old and it's going strong...probably will outlast me.  Besides, there are so many fun things you can do with it.  Does your DH like frozen margaritas or frozen drinks of any kind?  This thing will grind up ice until it's like snow.  Just think of all the money you could save by using it to grind grain and make your own flour!  (I have never done that, but I could, LOL!)  Tell him he might as well learn to like it, because sooner or later you're going to get one, so why waste more money on a cheap blender?



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

mer's picture

(post #55330, reply #15 of 37)

Can you actually grind up ice on its own to make shaved ice or  a slushy?  not that I neeeed that, but I am curious. 


<sigh>  I really like gadgets.


And yes, I frequently think of all the money that I am saving buying all these expensive appliances.  I don't think that I could say with a straight face that I was going to grind up my own flour.  LOL.  BUT I really prefer home cooked meals to restaurants.  Of course, I am often too tired after work to actually cook much, so it is always a toss up. 

Cissytoo's picture

(post #55330, reply #12 of 37)

Lovely.  And the island is on wheels.  The backsplash goes beautifully with the granite.  May you enjoy it for a long time.

DeannaS's picture

(post #55330, reply #16 of 37)

It's beautiful. It's hard to believe those are the same cupboards!

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #17 of 37)

I know.  I think that's what amazes me the most.  I absolutely hated them when we bought the house, and yet now, they just seem to fit.  We really need to polish them, but haven't even done that; just changed the hardware.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

schnitzel's picture

(post #55330, reply #18 of 37)

Very nicely done and it looks so warm... good job!


KarenP's picture

(post #55330, reply #19 of 37)

Great Job! Warm, homey, inviting...and best of all, great stuff to work with!

Nightrider's picture

(post #55330, reply #20 of 37)

Oh, it's pretty!  I'm having serious stove envy here :) 


May you cook many wonderful meals in the new kitchen!

Jillsifer's picture

(post #55330, reply #21 of 37)

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Am I seeing a heavily carved silver punch bowl in those photos--one that undoubtedly has a wonderful story to tell?

 


 


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #55330, reply #23 of 37)

The punch bowl belonged to my Mom.  My Dad gave it to her as an anniversary present when I was about eight years old.  She loved to tell the story that as soon as she unwrapped it, I looked at it and said "Wow!  Can I have that when you die?"  I guess eight year olds aren't known for their tact...at least I wasn't!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Jean's picture

(post #55330, reply #24 of 37)

Heh heh!



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Shaye's picture

(post #55330, reply #25 of 37)

Wow, your transformation is simply lovely! I am so inspired now. I'm also completely jealous of your sense of vision. I am horrible at picturing what my rooms could potentially be.
What a great feeling to go on the tour and still love your home best. Congrats!

Mimi's picture

(post #55330, reply #22 of 37)

Wow!  A great job all around, but I really covet your backsplash/tilework.  I feel a bad case of kitchen envy coming on...


mimi


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marie-louise's picture

(post #55330, reply #26 of 37)

Looks great!!! I really like your dining room, I can't believe the two of you never actually eat there. You should start having Friday night dates in there.

What a nice story about realizing you love your kitchen more than the others. You are really home now, aren't you...

One suggestion-make sure those casters are the correct kind for hardwood floors. (I'd call the company & ask.) Many years ago we had just finished redoing all our floors as part of entire down-to-the-studs gut job on a rotting old cottage. We bought a new leather chair & ottamon w/ casters. By the time we realized we did not have the correct kind of casters on the floor, we had multiple gouges in the floor... and we had to get that part of the floor finished AGAIN.