|Our new puppy BooRay|
When we moved in, the renovations were not quite done. I can't tell you how hard it was not being able to use my kitchen! But a couple months after our move in, our renovation was complete. Our little three month project took six months to complete! If you have ever been through a renovation yourself you know that's just how it goes. But we did it! And I can't help it, I just have to show you my pride and joy of our house...Our New Kitchen.
Here is what our kitchen looked like BEFORE:
There was no dishwasher and it needed an updated look. It also didn't have a lot of storage. Oh wait, maybe that's because the water heater was taking up an entire bottom cabinet! Don't worry we moved the water heater....
So, how do you think we did? Here is the AFTER:
AHHHHH! I still get so excited when I see it! It really is a dream come true. Don't you just want to hang out there and have a glass of wine or some sweet tea. This kitchen is everything I never knew I wanted. It just all came together.
I can't wait to throw our first party!
I love how bright and big the white bead board cabinets made the room feel. We literally shoved as much storage as we could in there. And I really like how the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling. To add even more of a "cottage" feel we chose to go with an apron or farmhouse sink and to get a panel ready dishwasher and fridge to make everything flow together.
I finally got a gas range! But guess what? My two ovens are electric! (The electric oven was really important to me because gas is known for not baking evenly sometimes.) And can you find the microwave? You won't find one! We decided to ditch it and go with a simple low-profile slide hood that basically attaches to the upper cabinet.
Now, instead of microwave popcorn, it's fresh from the stove!
I distinctly remember the day we came up with the idea of an island. Our contractor, his designer, Patrick and I all put our heads together to try and figure out what to do with this space! For 2 hours, the four of us stood around a table looking at a drawing of our kitchen and came up with this brilliant solution.
During the kitchen part of the renovation all I kept thinking about was the first dish I was going make. Surely it had to be incredible. Something that would set the tone for the years to come. I thought maybe something sentimental like my mom's black beans and rice or Patrick's family's chicken and sausage gumbo. But in a sweet twist of fate, my first dish in our new kitchen actually ended up being a new recipe that is sweet and baked, my Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Chips.
They are so delicious and so easy that I just had to share them with you.
Lauren Marie’s Gluten Free
I really would like to thank Strobel Design Build for helping make our dream into a reality. Thank you to Mandy, who came up with such great ideas, Andy for doing so much of the hard work, and of course, Don for somehow making it all come together!