Our Kitchen

Our kitchen has been quite the odyssey. The photo below is my “before” but not the real before. When we moved in 9 years ago, the kitchen was a mess. Nothing had been updated in, well, ever, so we decided to do a little bit of work. This is after the “little bit of work.” We replaced the worn out formica (actually they tiled right over it) with 12 x 12 porcelain tile. I loved how durable it was and how I was able to set hot pots on it, but I was ready to get rid of the grout lines. They are a bear to keep clean.

Hello, wonky doors!

Hello, wonky doors!


Dr. Kyle also took out the wall oven (where the big pantry doors are now) and modified the cabinet to receive a slide-in stove. He also took out the vent hood and installed a lighted pot rack for me. So convenient.

We did all of the work in the kitchen in small chunks so that we could pay for it as we went. I could no longer take the wonky doors, so off they came. As described in this post, I decided to add some paper to the back of the upper cabinets to freshen it up a bit. It did the trick for a while, but I really needed new doors.


Then we had a water leak under the sink (while we were on vacation, of course) that rendered the lower cabinets useless, so we had them replaced this summer.


Once the new lower cabinets (and a new floor) were in place, we had the countertops installed. PS My kids “styled” the picture below by making themselves breakfast just before Dr. Kyle came in to do the photo shoot. Keepin’ it real, people.


I chose white quartz and have never looked back. I love their bright, clean look, the way they reflect the under-cabinet lighting, and how easy they are to keep clean.


I also chose a 3 x 6 carerra marble tile installed in a running bond (or subway) pattern. I also chose a medium gray grout. It is way easier to care for than white. Dr. Kyle and I did all the tile and grouting ourselves. You’d be surprised how easy it really is.


And the sink. Oh, the sink. It is large, deep, and fantastic. You can hide a LOT of dirty dished in a deep apron front sink like this.


Opposite the sink is the buffet I told you about in this post. The vintage “Let’s Go to Paris” tea towel was a gift from my father-in-law and was just the right pop of red for that wall.


I can’t resist a little white “udder buddy.” She looks like she’s singing.


More white dishes and another little udder buddy that was a gift from my friend Mandy. She so gets me.


Can one ever have too many white dishes? The little fork and spoon in the shadow box are Dr. Kyle’s. Sweet.

One last shot.


Speaking of deep sink love, this whole photo shoot was done with this bad boy sitting in the sink the whole time. Did you see him? Got to love a deep sink that hides a multitude of sins. Especially the big ones.

What functions well in your kitchen? I’d love to hear about your kitchen love!