It has been a fun and busy couple of weeks here at The Double D blog!  My nephews and Sweetie Pie niece came for a summer visit, we have been winding up the swimming season with league championships, and I have been ticking the boxes off my to-do list, starting new projects right and left!  But before I share any more projects, it’s time to show my kitchen!  We’ve been finished with the hard work for almost 2 months but I’ve been dragging my feet on the little bit of caulking and painting that had to be done.  I really want everything to be just ‘perfect’ before I take the pictures, but in my life it’s never going to be ‘perfect’!

Before I get to all the pictures, I must say a huge THANK YOU, to all the wonderful friends and family that  gave us constant encouragement, support and most importantly, had us over for dinner!  And to Mr.Fix-it, you made my designs a reality, I am so proud to be your helper/gopher/friend/wife!

Here is the refrigerator wall BEFORE –


This wall held all of our glasses, cookbooks, sheet pans, cutting boards, the bread box and our trash can.



Here is the same wall NOW,


It still holds the sheet pans and cutting boards, they are just over the refrigerator now –


And the bread, (and a whole lot more), in the HUGE pantry cabinet –


As well as the pots and pans, in these deep drawers –


Here was the other side of the kitchen BEFORE, the working side –


The sink wall BEFORE – notice the dishwasher tucked in under the counter on the left, if it was open the sink was inaccessible, that drove us nuts!


Here is another BEFORE shot, that kind of shows how boxed in the kitchen was –


This BEFORE shot shows the giant peninsula that cut the kitchen in half.  It was good counter space, but I spent SO much time walking around it!  (It housed the dishwasher and the pots and pans).


Here is the working side of the kitchen AFTER – (That black stove is not staying, we are still shopping, waiting for the right one to go on sale.)


Glasses, storage and the dishwasher to the left of the sink –


The glass doors have a pretty cubist detail that I wasn’t crazy about, but now love.


The new HUGE sink, one of my favorite things in the kitchen,


With my cookbook shelf above,P1020384

Corner cabinets with fun, spinning shelves




And Below


And the oven wall, the layout is very much the same as before,



Here is a shot of the tile floor, the most labor intensive part of the entire remodel,


And here is the other side of the room, where we eat!


We came in well under$5,500, and compleated the bulk of the work in less than 3 weeks and are thrilled with the results.  We still need a new oven and of course that functional island I talked about here.  I’m still hunting a rug for under the table and a rug to go in front of the sink, I’m quite sure I’ll never be finished ‘tweaking’!

Is it my “DREAM” kitchen, no.  My dream kitchen will always have a window over the sink!  And double wall ovens.  Maybe I’ll never have a ‘Dream’ kitchen, and that’s quite ok, I’m so thankful for the spacious, functional, pretty kitchen I do have.  And I am so proud we did it ourselves, and so relieved that it’s over!

Yes, we’d do it again, any other questions?


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13 Responses

  1. Eva
    Eva July 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm | | Reply

    FINALLY!!! It looks absolutely fantastic… You and Paul are amazing. Love the light!

  2. jlo
    jlo July 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm | | Reply

    Love it all….I swear you and Mr. Fix-It, should start a business. You are now experienced and could charge double. I could be your manager

  3. Kristine Welliver
    Kristine Welliver July 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm | | Reply

    I’d be your first customer…this is just fantastic

  4. bonnie rosenmeier
    bonnie rosenmeier July 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm | | Reply

    Just wonderful…you should be proud of yourselves…it is beautiful!!!

  5. Mary
    Mary July 25, 2013 at 12:44 am | | Reply

    Great job, Claire!

  6. maria hill
    maria hill July 25, 2013 at 11:29 am | | Reply


  7. maria hill
    maria hill July 25, 2013 at 11:30 am | | Reply

    BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to see in person 🙂

  8. Thirkellgirl
    Thirkellgirl July 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm | | Reply

    We are just about finished with our Ikea kitchen remodel, too! We have white Lidingo cabinets, and their black “mineral effect” Pragel countertops. We have a tiny space and the 15″ pantry cabinet and corner cabinets have transformed my life, lol. I have a single Domsjo sink, and we are about to put Armstrong Allure floors in. Still have some touchup painting, a backsplash (I’m doing beadboard wallpaper on one wall; behind the stove we have faux-tin very similar to yours), and a couple light fixtures to add. Oh, and the trim under the cabinets. I love your backspash!

  9. Karen
    Karen July 28, 2013 at 10:36 am | | Reply

    Awesome job you two!! What’s the next project?????

  10. Janel
    Janel April 7, 2014 at 11:10 pm | | Reply

    Lovely! We just did an adel kitchen as well. Do you have any tips on the crown molding? I love yours, but I dont know how you did it since the cabinets doors are flush with the frame.

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