Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kitchen Whites

I have lived in my rabbity-roomed pueblo style house for a dozen years and have every day of every year known that my kitchen is crazily too small. I've always envisioned tearing everything out and having a euro style kitchen minus built-ins.

My son-in-law Dan, a "doer," as my 89 year young mother-in-law would call him, advised that removing the overhead cabinets on one side would be a really easy operation. This renovation took place one day without prior notice. Dan simply arrived from his own home four hours away with the proper tools in hand. "She's not ready," my daughter cautioned him. And she was right. But who could resist such an offer? We pulled everything out of the cabinets before I left for a day at the shop.
The morning after the cabinets came down, the nursery crew, aka "doers in training" helped with the paint job.
Eleven o'clock pm with the paint dry. The clock covers the electrical wires waiting for a stove hood that may never materialize. I want a fancy French farm house looking one. The bottom right cabinets were also taken out making room for my vintage kitchen cart and trash bin. The lamp was a temporary necessity, but we now prefer it.

The amount of visual space is startling. For now I don't want to put anything on the walls. I have stopped hating my kitchen, and don't feel like I need a thing. Yet we actually have LESS storage space!

I found this compact home made vintage shelf just BEFORE the renovation, already painted my color. It replaces the missing dish storage, and all the flatware is now countertop. Easier than ever to reach.

I enjoy seeing my favorite things everyday. Everything is within reach and completely easy to maintain in order.

The final photo shows the back side of the storage shelf and items on a separate counter on the dining room side. Intended as a breakfast bar, we found we use it to stow mail, keys, etc. (sometimes lots of etc.), and to serve a crowd. We feel more prepared than ever to do just that.

Thanks for stopping in!


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  1. My first visit and my, you are brave, and of course clever and absolutely right in your decision! It looks wonderful! just wonderful!


  2. Oh what a lovely white post.

  3. It's so amazing what opening an area up can do. Love the walls----it's always a good thing to like our kitchens. Happy Wednesday.

  4. HWW!!! What a beautiful post! Very happy I stopped by!

  5. I just luv all your beautiful WHITE pieces...thanks for sharing with us!


    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and enter…I think you will like it!

  6. All your "whites" in the kitchen looks wonderful. Great job.

    Enjoy your Wednesday.


  7. Now yours is the great white way. And the mini helpers are adorable. -- Jane F.

  8. It looks so light and airy and beautiful! Lucky for you to have a "doer" son in law!
    Wish I could hop over for a visit to see the changes in person!

  9. Thanks Kay! You're welcome back anytime. And thanks for all your encouragement in the real world too. Thanks to all of you who took the time to stop by and comment. So appreciated!! Have a cottage day! JQ

  10. Wow, what a dramatic difference! it looks great!

    Have a wonderful 4th of July!

  11. Hi Jacqueline...

    My friend, it's such a pleasure to have you join in with Sunday Favorites this week! Before commenting on this fabulous post, I would just like to say...that your delightful blog is one of my most favorite in all of Blogland!!! While I don't always comment, there isn't a post that I ever miss! I just love your beautiful home and your style!!! You are such a creative and talented lady!!!

    Now...with that being said...hehe!...I just adored this post and getting to see a bit of your kitchen redo! very just start taking out cabinets! But...I love it!!! I'm sure that it really did "open" up this space! My kitchen is terribly small, yet very comfortable for our family but I can't help wishing for a bit more space! I love how you arranged your pretty dishes on the shelves upon your countertop...really pretty! Love the look and feel of that!!! How very sweet of your son-in-law to make a trip to help you with this project! I'm wondering if you have your range hood up and how it looks? Maybe another post for next Sunday? Wink!

    Thank you again for participating with Sunday Favorites! Have a wonderful 4th of July, my friend!

    Chari @Happy To Design


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