8.16.2012

our digs: where husband cooks

Oh the kitchen. I have a love-hate relationship with this kitchen. I told you yesterday that I love to eat. But you should all know by now that I hate to cook. Lucky for me, I never have to cook. So really, I have no idea what I'm complaining about. The kitchen still needs some work. We would love to redo all the cabinets and replace the countertops. Oh and maybe get a dishwasher.
But it has still come a long way ... since 1951.

BEFORE ...

DURING ...

AFTER ...
Note to self:
Engineers make straight lines.
So that's the kitchen. Complete with a "Sherman Spot" and everything.
Just around the corner from the kitchen is the sunroom and office.
But you have to wait until next week to see those.
I know. Life is tough.

What we did:
  • Knocked out wall between kitchen and dining room (and yes, I get to count this in both the kitchen and dining room renovations ... because it was that scary).
  • "Knocking out a wall" is always followed by lots of mudding, sanding and painting. And apparently finding $200 in said wall. True story. Dan found two hundred bucks stuck behind the wall in an envelope. Jackpot! But who hides money in walls anyways? Apparently people who lived in the 1950s.
  • New paint
  • New ceiling light
  • New window
  • Replaced all electrical outlets
  • Replaced crappy linoleum with shiny new tile
  • All new appliances ... but no dishwasher {yet}
  • Painted cabinets (that was all me ... look at me!)

50 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful.....you are one lucky lady to have such a handy man!!!

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  2. Um, how about your hubby comes to teach mine how to fix up a house AND cook? You've got a keeper right there! Oh, and any advice on painting cabinets? I'm probably going to tackle ours soon...

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  3. Don't be offended if I'm wrong, but I feel that we might be a lot alike. Our husbands do all the hard work, we take pictures of it and then say "we did this" when really it was all them....But I give the final go ahead on all of the renovating! That's my contribution.
    And when it comes to cooking, I usually pretend I'm helping, and then say "do you want me to just leave you alone?" He usually says yes.

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  4. he's an engineer!?!? I'M an engineer too! and yes, we like straight lines. it was tough getting used to the fact that i DON'T and WON'T have straight lines in my pre-1900 brownstone that i live in :( having windows that aren't square makes hanging roller shades REALLY difficult!! and trying to lay wood floors on walls that aren't square? fugettaboutit.

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  5. I am SO jealous of your white cabinets! I really wanted them in my house, but I was vetoed. Although I do love my kitchen, I guess I'll have to settle for white cabinets for my lake house.

    OHH jokes. I don't have a lake house. Someday.

    Until then, I'll admire your kitchen :)

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  6. i love white cabinets/kitchens. i would paint ours but i know i would make a mess that is not needed.

    one day i'll buy a white kitchen :)

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  7. Great before and afters! I LOVE the end result. I'd want to be in there even if I wasnt cooking.

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  8. it looks really great! its awesome what a few new things/fixes can do to a space to make it look more up to date. and i bet dan loved having his picture taken through the whole process :)

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  9. Finding $200 in the wall?!? That's so neat! When my parent first started renovating their home that was built in 1901 they found newspaper articles and pictures between the wall. It's so cool to find old stuff. Okay, maybe that's just me. HEY SHERM! ;)

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  10. cute kitchen! love it! and i drive the same way to work every day [i know.. boring...] but i JUST noticed today one of the roads is named sherman! thought of you and your cute pup!
    also - what software do you use to make that photo collage thing..? i've been trying to figure out how you all do that!!

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  11. I'm actually a little shocked that you don't have a dishwasher yet. That would have been the very, VERY first thing I would have changed. In my crazy little world, I can't think of anything more torturous than washing dishes by hand.

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  12. your kitchen is so organized! it looks great. i have to ask, where did you get sherman's bowl holder thing? our pup is constantly flipping his raised bowls bc he can get his head under it!

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  13. It's gorgeous Tiff! Love the neutral tile, and bright white cabinets. It's a happy kitchen :-) Can't believe you found money in your wall!!! That's amazing! Sounds like you earned that little tip for sure! Can't wait to see more of the house. I've been MIA on vacation for the past week, so I've got some catching up to do around here...

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  14. Whoa! Finding $200 would make my day anyday, but while remodeling? Awesome!

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  15. nice digs!! good work.

    and PTL for engineer boys. lol. their OCD is kinda cute, we have to admit. lol.

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  16. Love the renovations u made! Sweet about knocking down walls but finding moolah = even sweeter!!

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  17. I'm going to knock down a wall in my house - and mum's going to kill me.

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  18. I'm the same way...I HATE to cook! Let's hope my future husband knows how to cook or he'll be getting cereal. lol. Love the kitchen!

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  19. It looks so good! I'm always impressed by people who can renovate.

    Amy


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  20. LOVE your kitchen. It's so cute and quaint. I hate my kitchen. I live in a rental, so not much I can do about it. I wish my Husband would cook, then I wouldn't have to think about how much I hate my kitchen :)

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  21. I just love that this post is named 'where husband cooks' :)

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  22. I bet that Dan makes lots of delicious things in there! And I bet you about died finding that money! Ultimate jackpot!

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  23. Oh very very nice, great job to your hubs!!!!

    XO, adropofbliss.blogspot.com

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  24. Your husband is good at renovations! And lucky finding $200. I really like the green mirror above the stove and Sherman's little shelf on the wall. Cute kitchen!

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  25. it looks GREAT! i love the white!

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  26. Tiff, do you have an avocado i can borrow? or 27?

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  27. whoa! looks great! you have quite the handy man there!

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  28. It looks great! I hate to cook to! The husband does all of that... PS - why is your husband always filthy (around the face) when doing projects? ;) boys... xoxo

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  29. wow, it looks amazing! okay you guys are seriously talented. for the record..i would SO watch you guys on hgtv (sherman included, obviously).

    oh and ps, i know that we are cool because you have a mortar+pestle overflowing with avocados!!

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  30. engineers really do make straight lines. I lived with two engineering students once- they turned everything into a math question.

    I didn't really get along with them that well.

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  31. I'm loving your "our digs" series! We are so obsessed with hgtv and hopefully soon, starting the home shopping process =]. keep 'em coming! lol

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  32. Wow. I'm so impressed by you guys. Noel and I can barely switch out the light bulbs in our kitchen.

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  33. ok seriously...do you have a guest room? I want to live in your amazing house.

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  34. "Where husband cooks" haha love it! And your kitchen. And your entire house, at this point.

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com/

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  35. Borat Voice: Very Niiiiiice.
    xx
    justyn

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  36. I really like the mirror!
    200 in the wall? that's hilarious!
    I bet that was a lot of $ back in the 50's too

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  37. I'm seeing a trend here. All the hard working photos feature "husband" and yet very few of you....

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  38. Does Dan like to look at himself while he cooks?

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  39. I would love it if I found money hidden in my walls! Loving the home tour!

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  40. Awesome awesome awesome!!
    ♥ Kyna

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  41. Wow, those are come straight lines!!! I love how your hubby always has dust on his face!! Such a hard worker!!

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  42. A) I LOVE your house. It's so clutter-free! Makes me feel more relaxed just looking at it (it also makes me want to go get rid of about 80% of the stuff we own.) B) Your dining room walls are BEAUTIFUL! I feel like I could hold a very smart conversation in there... not exactly sure why. C) $200 found in a wall?... Unbelievable. I've already come up with all sorts of stories in my head as to how it got there... and what someone was saving it for... D) I'd be glad to could come take that Rum off your hands any day :) I really don't mind ;)

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  43. Haha my husband saw me looking at these pictures and said, "Who is that?? He can lay tile?? I've GOT to learn how to lay tile!" He's been on this tiling kick and that just made me laugh. Haha.

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  44. YES on the green bananas!!
    i will not touch them if they have one single freckle.
    not one.
    oh, and your {hub's} kitchen looks super!

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  45. wow! you created a beautiful kitchen!
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  46. Oh man, I'm in love with your tile!!!! And yes, they are rather perfectionist-ic in their creations, those engineers are ;) I've got one too!

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  47. I really like your kitchen! Looks great!
    It's white, and that is my favourite color!

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  48. Hello my friend, I know I've been quiet for a while! But man the blogger world moves fast, you guys redid a whole freakin' kitchen while I was gone?!? Awesome! (It does look amazing and soooo darn clean!!) and is that a blackboard? I really love that!

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