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Blood. Sweat. Tears. The kitchen is done

November 25, 2011

We shed them all this spring/summer/fall during our kitchen reno.

It took us longer than we expected, and cost more than we had hoped.

But we now have the kitchen of our dreams in a home and neighbourhood we love.

With the TV and couch in place, we now spend more time in this part of the house than anywhere else. It is truly the heart of our home.

I wrote about our experiences with this kitchen for the Ottawa Citizen. As D’Arcy and I shot the video where we talked about our experiences I realized that we’ve done it: we’ve come out the other side.

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Three little lights, one big change

September 20, 2011

We’ve been shopping around everywhere, looking for the ideal lights.

Friends of ours have great little pendant lights over their eat up bar (take a bow Tracy and Warren) and we were hopping to get something like theirs. Frosted white glass, a little subtle.

But I couldn’t shake the feeling that we’ve got plenty o’white in the kitchen already.

D’Arcy found some clear glass lights that we both liked, but they were $200+ each.

Then, our designer recommended we go to RONA, and check out their lights. D’Arcy sent me an image from the store, I said go for it.

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Step up to this bar

September 16, 2011

Put simply, this is artistry in wood.

I really liked Irene Langlois‘ design to have a wooden waterfall breakfast bar next to our modern island. Her drawings showed a sleek, contemporary design.

And then Frank Prendergast, carpenter extraordinaire showed up with this bad boy.

Is is so warm, so beautiful… so goregeous…. we’re afraid to touch it, let alone eat on it.

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Splurge item

September 2, 2011

A few weeks ago, D’ARcy came home with this:

A wine fridge. Honestly.

Anyone who knows me will know how ridiculous this is. Despite a wild phase in my undergrad years, I’m really not a drinker.

“But a bar fridge will look sick in our kitchen!” D’Arcy argued.

While I dislike a 40+-year-old man using the term ‘sick’, I had to agree once it was out of the box.

It looks sick.

So, as you can see, we’ve filled our wine fridge with pop and the odd beer.

(Juice boxes will soon follow, I’m sure)

Okay, it’s a splurge item. We weren’t planning to spend cash on this.

But it does look awfully sick. And it will nicely chill our champagne the night we celebrate our shiny new kitchen’s big finish.

The reno blues fade

August 23, 2011

Prepping our first Sunday breakfast in the kitchen.

This past Sunday, we made pancakes. On our stove, in our kitchen.

It was a great morning.

Pancakes at home on a rainy Sunday morning may seem like one of life’s simple pleasures, but it has been months since we’ve had a morning like this.

Really, months. I think we moved out in mid-May (I could check on this blog but that would be too painful to read) and set up a temporary kitchen in our dining room.

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The importance of a good line

August 23, 2011

This week’s lesson in design – pay attention to the fine line. (thanks to our teacher, designer Irene)

The lights were in, the walls were painted. The tile was done. It’s time to put in the cabinets!

Our design called for five tall pantry cupboards, side-by-side. The trouble is, when we put the legs on these babies, they hit the remaining part of the beam.

No problem, offered the cheerful woman at IKEA, you can cut the legs to make the cabinets shorter, so that they will fit under the beam.

DIY is never easy.

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The vikings have landed. At least one

August 16, 2011

At long last, a working stove back on in the almost kitchen.

Last week saw several milestones completed to the almost kitchen.

Tiles went down,
lights went up,
paint went on.

All before end of work week Friday.  This set the stage for the weekend of cabinets which had been assembled and waiting patiently in our now filled to capacity garage.  In they went.  All weekend long.  Very detailed work and a flew design issues resolved we now have the layout we have been working towards for several months.  Suprisingly easy, if you do it ikea’s way.  Leveling and attaching together took some finese, and some modifications with a grinder.

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