Sunday, May 3, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday...A Double Met

Welcome to Metamorphosis Monday! Please visit our gracious hostess, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, for lots of amazing changes.


I'm posting a double metamorphosis this week. When we bought our current house seven years ago, it was literally one of the ugliest houses I'd ever seen. It had sat empty for at least nine months, as I guess no brave people until us saw what it could become. It was large, and in our target neighborhood/school district, so we decided to go for it.

I wasn't blogging at the time, so we didn't really take a lot of before and after shots of our various remodeling jobs, but I did find this picture of the kitchen partway through the renovation. We have a pretty large house, but the kitchen is very small. We ripped out the old cabinets and drywall down to the wall studs. We had new wiring and plumbing put in while everything was open. We have a fairly large house, but the kitchen is tiny, so we put in 40-inch cabinets and an island to maximize storage space.

This picture shows where the new drywall is in, and we had set the kitchen sink back in against the wall to use as a temporary sink until our cabs and granite came in....this picture is also where the second metamorphosis comes in...

My kids were 11 and eight at the time...

And here they are at 18 and 15...

And finally, some pics of our kitchen as it is today. I'm not happy with our floor tile and want to replace it with wood. The only problem is we're on a slab, so we can't do the traditional, nail-down hardwood. We'll either have to go with an engineered glued-down wood, or a floating floor. We actually put engineered wood in here during the remodel, but it was in such terrible shape so quickly that we replaced it with ceramic tile.

Chef Nickolai Henri presides over the kitchen from his perch atop the refrigerator...


  1. What a beautiful kitchen you have! I love it!

    Hugs from Eventually Cottage!

  2. That is a beautiful kitchen. It's bright and friendly. You should join us for Flaunting Your Reds on May 29th. I will post about it tomorrow.

  3. Wow, your kitchen in beautiful. My the kids have grown....I love the then and now pictures.
    I really like your red curtains and those rooster prints !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  4. Your kitchen is so bright and cheery. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. great kitchen ,feels so cozy in there,you have done an amazing job...btw your kids are lovely and very tall:o)...have a great day..

  6. Tammy - its beautiful! I love how you moved the island and centered it in the kitchen. I think laminate wood flooring would be beautiful. Have you considered bamboo? My friends have a slab home and they recently installed bamboo and it is GORGOUS!!!!Thx for sharing....Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Hugs, Barb

  7. What a bright and cheery kitchen. I love it and the granite is just gorgeous also. What a treat to see your children before and now. You do have a beautiful home. Hugs, Marty

  8. Wow, you have done a lot of work on your kitchen! Your kiddos look so cute- it just makes me laugh at the faces they make when their pics are taken. :)

  9. What a beautiful redo! Linda

  10. What a beautiful kitchen! I love the countertops! Do you happen to know what the color was?
    Thank you for sharing this:0)

  11. Sherrie, the granite is Giallo Veneziano.

  12. Now that is one lovely transformation.

  13. wow, how quickly our children grow! im in the middle of adding some life in our kitchen and have been considering red to warm it up. After seeing your punches of red in your beautuful kitchen you have inspired me, i also love your valances, overall one beautiful room.

  14. Beautiful kitchen! Chef Henri is such a cutie! :) ~Rhonda

  15. Hi Tammy...

    Wow...what a fabulous transformation!!! Your kitchen is lovely!!! I love your color scheme...the buttery yellow walls with the white cabinetry and accents of red!!! It just doesn't get any better than that!!! So pretty! I know just how much work a full kitchen remodel hat is off to you and your did a great job!!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous kitchen with us!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  16. The kids and the kitchen turned out great. Bet the kitchen was easier, faster, and cost less :) Is that your fuzzy slipper I spy in the background?

  17. Great Job! You really warmed up the tile floor with the area rugs. Love It~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  18. Oh yes I remember this one...:)
    Fabulous job Tammy!


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