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Some Great Kitchen News!

I am so...excited...I just had to share the news with you!
I just spoke to the Carpenter who is building our new kitchen cabinets and it looks like they will be here to install them late August, sometime on or about the 28th!
I have been bouncing around here all afternoon !
Here is the pile of notes and pictures he took out of here in March...Poor Man!

My renderings of how I wanted the back wall and the wall oven built in to look.

And then a pile of paint swatches and finish chips! We decided to do two different woods in our kitchen, maple on the painted pieces and quartersawn  white oak on the armoire type pieces such as the Wall oven/ pantry built-in and refrigerator armoire. (which he is not building...more on this later)

I saw them in an early stage...even tried out the self closing drawer glides:)Then took him the measurements of my dishware, utensils and what-not for the special interior fittings and trays.
I made some treaks to the project in May and  final paint choices in June. Still have to make the final decision on knobs and or handles but I have about 3 weeks to do so!
Now, I just need to go see the soapstone guy and get him over to the shop to measure!
I am so excited!
I can't wait until I am able to cook an entire meal in one house!
Finally, there is a light at the end of our renovation tunnel!
Just had to share!


  1. Yeah! Victory laps!
    Congratulations! Your kitchen is going to be amazing!
    The best of blessings!

  2. Woohoo!!! You are sooo lucky!!! I simply cannot wait til it's all done!! I know it's going to be just gorgeous!!!


  3. Your excitement is well deserved. This is such a huge part of the home and finishing it will complete your long ardous journey. Sounds like it will be so beautiful and your drawings are superb. Blissful joy...

  4. New kitchen cabinets?? Now that is very exciting, Donna! I love soapstone....great choice. I think I want that for our basement kitchen counter tops.

  5. That is good reason to do the happy-kitchen-dance. Good for you.

  6. Congratulations, Donna- I am so happy for you! It will be amazing when it is done- xo Diana

  7. That is awesome! I'm so excited for you!

  8. SO exciting...nothing as great as getting a new kitchen! I cannot wait to hear and see all the beauty that is sure to come......enjoy!

  9. I'm a lurker, and didn't think I'd chime in but here I am! We renovated a couple years ago and when the knob question came up I am so glad I told them NO knobs. We had a little notch put in the bottom of the doors so you can easily open them without a knob and it looks so much cleaner and less cluttered. The beauty of the wood and simplicity of the no-doorknob look is so nice. I know very few who have knob less doors, but it's something to think about. I worried they'd get dirty but they don't, and the look will never be dated. Just an idea in case you have not thought of it!

  10. That is soooo EXCITING! I would have gone crazy deciding on all the details and paint colors! It sounds like you're almost there... the drawings look like it's going to be wonderful, how totally awesome is all that!!!


  11. How exciting, Donna!!! Cannot wait to see it finished - your colors & drawings are gorgeous! :)

    Little by little, we are working on our tiny cottage. Next up... new tile flooring. Yay!

    Have a great weekend,

  12. Donna It's going to be so pretty can't wait to see everything in place.Have a great weekend


  13. Donna . That is SO exciting!!! The kitchen is going to be absolutely gorgeous!!!! Keep us posted every step of the way!!! Wish I could see it in person!
    Have a pretty day my friend!!

  14. Bless your sweet heart... I am so happy for you, I know how exciting this is. We will have to celebrate and break in the new kitchen... I will bring the herbs and champagne!
    love to you

  15. Oh Dear Donna..if I could I would do a backflip for you. I am excited for you. I have seen you and your husband working on your house for a very long time. I used to tell my Teddy, the people who live in that house there are always working, always. May God bless you and yours, xo, Susie

  16. oh, yay! so glad to hear it and looking forward to seeing it all! donna

  17. oh that is gonna be a great day when they get installed...and then the counters....the best thing ever getting a new kitchen finished up!! Can't wait to see it all together.


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