StoneGable will be 20 years old this year! I can’t believe it!!!! So much life has been lived here. I often say that sometimes StoneGable has been more like a hotel than a home! Hosting and housing guest and families and friends from an evening…or a year! Because we have lived very large here, it has been showing it’s age. Three years ago we gave the kitchen a big facelift and now I’m working on a few more updates on our farmhouse kitchen’s punch list!
Here’s a little history of how our kitchen came to be. Our home was built by a contractor and friend. We are so blessed that he had such wonderful ideas… large and small and a fabulous team of craftsmen!!!
I had the basic plans for StoneGable sitting in a desk drawer for 8 years, until one day Bobby said, “I think we should buy another home”. I whipped out the plans and we went from there!
Our contractor’s father was a kitchen and cabinet maker and our contractor had learned this beautiful art at the side of his father. I knew I wanted a white painted kitchen, although it really was not popular then. I also wanted a very simple, yet upscale farmhouse design. After all, we were building a farmhouse inspired home.
For months our contractor worked in our garage turning boards into beautiful cabinets. He suggested all the lovely rounded edges and the fluted rounded corners. He also thought that a beadboard bottom cabinet would work with simply framed upper cabinets. He also gave me the idea of using some glass front door cabinets with mullions in the kitchen.
A few years ago we went through a major kitchen reno! Because my kitchen cabinets were made in my garage they hold a great deal of sentimental value so did not want to change them! They were only repainted.
Here’s what we changed… (you can also see how I’ve decorated the kitchen for different seasons in the pictures)
- got rid of the desk in the kitchen and built and extension on the pantry, leaving the upper glass front cabinets intact. All the new built in’s were made to look exactly like the original cabinets and design.
- took out the old stove and got a cook top and oven
- put a stone backsplash behind the cooktop
- put in a new hood and vented the fan to the outside
- added to the existing crown molding and beams
- raised the island and put bun feet on it and a rounded ledge at the bottom. It looks more like a piece of furniture now.
- added decorative corbels
- installed soapstone counters
- installed custom soapstone sink
- new faucet etc.
- new dishwasher, custom paneled front (right side of sink)
- new drawer pulls and knobs
- new lighting over the island
- new lighting over the sink
- new beadboard backsplash
- new breakfast room furniture
- new breakfast room lighting
- new wall paint color… Benjamin Moore Sonnet
- repainted kitchen cabinets… Benjamin Moore Atrium White
Even though all those updates were made there are still a few things about my kitchen that need to be tweaked!
This year I’ll be changing out my upper cabinets doors to glass front doors. My first choice is to use the original doors and have the glass and mullions inserted. That means painting the inside of the cabinets too. I’ve had this in the works for awhile.
Next on the list is a new refrigerator. Mine is about 25 years old. It still works great, but the frig in the garage is on it’s last leg. So, we are putting the frig in the kitchen in the garage. I must say I have wanted to replace it since our renovation, but it was working so well I could not bring myself to buy a new one just for “pretty” sake. I’m looking for a new one that will fit the space and one that can be customed to match the cabinets in the kitchen.
The next project may or may not be done this year… maybe Spring of 2016! I really want to put it off!!! We need to refinish the kitchen floors. They may look pretty good in the picture… and they are not too bad! But I don’t want to wait till they are ruined. After 20 years of this room being the heart of StoneGable and 20 years of everyday wear and tear, and 20 year of dogs and cats and kids and holidays and parties and spills and splats and lots of in-and-out these floors deserve a facelift! I really am not looking forward to the mess and dust! But I am looking forward to 20 more years of wonderful kitchen memories!
I have one very guilty change. This was something that was done in our big reno… and I can’t stand it! After about a month of living with it I knew I had made a big mistake. It has now been 3 years and it has to go!!!! Can you guess what it is?
Yes, it’s the backsplash over the cooktop! UGH! I really, REALLY don’t like it! So, IT IS GOING!!! It was an unfortunate mistake, for sure! It sticks out like a sore thumb!!!! I’m going with something white and farmhouse-like! Not marble or subway tiles… I’ll know it when I see it. I hope this project is done sooner than later!
I have also been toying around with the idea of putting two big, gorgeous lanterns above the island… no decision has been made yet.
Have you ever started a project and then didn’t finish it? I have. And I have a project in the kitchen that has been unfinished for at 3 years… probably more! It used to bother me every time I looked at it, but after a year or so I just looked past it! Can you see it?
Pretty obvious! Yes, I need to finish the Granola recipe on the stools. Once upon a time they were sturdy oak stools with white tops. Very, very outdated. But they were in great shape!!! I was planning to replace them, but decided to upcycle them instead. One of my projects this year is to finish them!!!
There are other little things too! Like making a “GARDEN FRESH” sign to go over my kitchen window, and putting something above Earl the pig.
When these projects are finished I won’t say “I’m done!” Because, as you know… we are never REALLY done!
What projects are you working on this year?
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