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I have a treat for you today!  Meet my lovely and oh so gracious friend, Linda.  I consider us to be related because she is my granddaughter, Miss M’s, other grandmother, aka “Granmommy” (I just love that!).
 
 
Linda has wanted to renovate her kitchen for as long as I have known her.  Finally – the time was right!  A wall between two 12′ x 15′ rooms in Linda and Gene’s 1970’s ranch was knocked down to create their now 12′ x 30′ dream kitchen. 
 

A cabinet designer helped to nail down the details, but most of the design was done by Linda.  Her hubby did all of the demo and much of the work himself.  Sit back and relax while you enjoy a tour of her newly renovated kitchen. 

 
Two things that Linda knew she wanted – a lot of natural light and an over-sized island that would fit in the kitchen while still leaving plenty of room to move around it.  The cabinet designer they worked with, Marsh Cabinets, suggested putting the sink in the island and Linda is so glad that she followed their advice.
 
A dark wood kitchen island contrasts nicely with the white cabinets in this remodeled kitchen.
 
The tv and dvd player that you see on the shelves at the end of the island pictured above, are placed there purposely so that they can be viewed from the new eating area.
 
Light and bright breakfast area in a remodeled kitchen
 
The eating nook is filled with original artwork that Linda has been collecting – including an original piece by our Miss M.  Linda chose the fabrics herself and designed the cushions and pillows that she had made for the space.
 
Original artwork collected over time fills the breakfast nook nicely in this remodeled kitchen
 
Here’s a before picture of where the kitchen sink and range were originally located.  Hard to believe it’s the same space!
That’s Miss M’s daddy, many years ago, btw.
 
Kitchen sink and vintage range before remodel
  
The new range with a custom hood was moved to the other side of the kitchen from its original location.
 
Custom kitchen range hood with spice shelves built into the sides
  
Notice the built-in spice shelves on either side of the range.
 
The front of the new refrigerator received custom panels that help it to blend seamlessly into the design.
 
Custom kitchen range hood with built-in spice shelves
  
A new coffee prep area/wet bar was added to the corner opposite the breakfast nook.
 
Kitchen coffee prep area/ wet bar
  
Here Gene is in another hard to believe before photo of the original wet bar area.
 
Before photo of remodeled kitchen wet bar
 
Two custom dish cabinets flank the wall and window area directly across from the island.
The shutters that Linda added to either side of the window add lots of interest.
 
Kitchen with custom dish cabinets
 
 The cabinets provide loads of extra storage for Linda’s dish collection plus a lighted area above where she can display her favorite pieces.
 
Custom kitchen dish cabinet
  
Once the wall was knocked out between the two smaller rooms, Linda originally planned to add a huge walk-in pantry at the other end of the kitchen.
 
But, the decision was wisely made to put two smaller walk-in pantries on either side of the existing window.  It made the perfect spot for a desk area, especially since this home doesn’t have a dedicated office.
 
Remodeled kitchen with two walk-in pantries and desk area
  
Here the pantries are with their doors opened up.
 
Remodeled kitchen with double walk-in pantries
  
Linda filled every nook and cranny in her new kitchen with storage.
 
Both of the pantry doors were outfitted with diy holders for her pot lids.
 
A diy pot lid holder on a door in the kitchen
 
Window seats with built-in drawers were added under each of the two windows that are on the wall to the left of the pantries (the same wall as the dish cabinets).
 
Kitchen window seat
 
 Hanging files were added to the drawer closest to the desk.
 
Built-in drawer in a kitchen window seat
  
The other bench is longer and has two drawers that contain miscellaneous supplies.
 
Kitchen window seat with built-in drawer for storage
 
There was a narrow bit of wall left at the end of the new range/hood cabinet that Linda didn’t want to go to waste.  So a sliver of a cabinet was added in the spot to act as a sort of command center.
 
Narrow kitchen cabinet command center added to end of a bank of cabinets
  
To save money, the electric panel was kept in its original location and is now concealed inside of the upper cabinet.
 
The lower cabinet contains a magnetic board message center with space below for taller items.
 
Kitchen command center in a shallow cabinet
 
I’m so happy for Linda and Gene – I know how many years they dreamed of this kitchen.  Linda describes this room as “A beautiful room that just happens to be a kitchen”.  I couldn’t agree more! 
  
A bowl of pomegranates in the kitchen
  
Well done, my friends!
 
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