You Heard It Here: It’s Time

Sometimes I have no idea what I’m going to blog about until the last minute and this was one of those times. I had planned to save this post for next month and I still plan to give you an updated version (think: before and after), but for now, you’ll get to see my latest joy.

After 23 years in the same house, my husband and I decided that now was the right time to remodel our 40 year old kitchen. Working in show-biz, we’ve learned to save for a rainy day (or possibly many rainy days), but we came to the conclusion that the time was right and we dove into making our dream kitchen.

I don’t think I would’ve posted this today, except after working 13 hours on set and walking into a few beautiful new appliances in my almost finished beautiful new kitchen, I decided it was worth the blog time. Here’s my new kitchen almost completed:

new kitchen

Do you see where the fridge begins on the left? That was the end of my old kitchen. It extended width-wise to about the end of the right side of the island. Basically the new space is about 2.5 x bigger than the old space. Did I mention the old kitchen was avocado green and had no room for a table and chairs? (True.) The new space has room for 3 or 4 stools at the island. (Did I also mention that I plan to sleep there when it’s completely done? No, not forever! LOL. But for a night or two, just so I know it’s real.) The granite counter top goes in tomorrow (that’s plywood right now). Still needs molding and tile and paint and so on so next month you’ll get to see the whole deal.

Hubby and I are very similar when it comes to saving for a rainy day and not overextending ourselves. Maybe that’s why this kitchen was 23 years in the making. But can I tell you… it was worth the wait.

What about you? What did you do – or what happened – in your life that was past the time you needed to do it? Maybe a remodel or a delayed honeymoon. Could be anything. I’d love to know!



You Heard It Here: It’s Time — 31 Comments

    • Hi Janie,
      LOL. I’ll let you know as soon as the granite, tile and crown molding go in! You’ll hear the dinner bell!

  1. How exciting!! I know all about delayed gratification. We did without a lot of things so I could stay home with our kids. I lived in a house with orange carpet for ten years before we were able to replace it. What a glorious day that was when the new neutral color went on the floors!!

    Your new kitchen looks awesome. Congratulations, and when it’s done, I’m sure you will be glad you waited until you could get exactly what you wanted.

    • Hi Roz,
      Wow, your ten years with orange carpet sounds a lot like my 23 years of avocado green kitchen! I can relate to your glorious day! I’m feeling it now!

  2. Love the kitchen. Looks fabu!
    I waited until I was 32 years old to get married. Didn’t have kids until mid thirties. I may have been a new trend back in my day, but I always felt about a decace behind. DOn’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled I did it my way, suspect marrying anyone would have been a disaster before DH.
    The only downside is now I’m going to be an old grandma!

    NOt complaining though. I’m seriously happy.

    • Hi Lynne,
      I got married kinda young, but still waited to have our daughter. No regrets, even if I will be an old grandma. I guess everything happens in good time. Kitchens and grandbabies included.

  3. Wow! Fabulous! I can remember the old kitchen and this is absolutely gorgeous. You’re going to love spending time in there, cooking, talking, maybe even writing while the rest of the house sleeps. ; )

    • Hi Roben,
      Thanks! Yes, I’m loving it, that’s for certain. I’m pretty sure I’ll be living in that kitchen and I’m more than fine with it! Been oohing an ahhing as the granite goes in today.

  4. Looks gorgeous – big enough to throw a ball in there, now.

    I’d want to sleep in there, too. Or at least break in those cold granite countertops with a teaming hot man.

    • Hi Beverly,
      I think I could probably fit a ping pong table in the entry! Not that I would. LOL. But there’s definitely room in there to congregate. Or consummate. LOL. Will have to inform my DH about your idea about breaking in the countertops!!!

  5. Beautiful kitchen Deanne!! A great kitchen to a woman is like a gigantic garage to a man. I can hear you beaming with pride. Love it!! Be sure to post pictures when the granite goes in!

    • Hi Charlene,
      Thank you! I’ll post next month when it’s all done. Yep, I totally get the garage to a man = kitchen to a woman. Although I wouldn’t mind a cool garage either.

  6. Gorgeous kitchen, Dee. I think the things we wait for are so much sweeter when they finally become a reality. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Hi Jana,
      Thank you! The old kitchen was about 40 years old! We finally made the decision to go for it. Some times you just have to do things for yourself and enjoy life instead of worry about it. (I tend to worry!) Trust me… this is VERY sweet!! Can’t wipe the smile off my face! Finished product next month! Stay tuned!

  7. Ooooh! Sparkly new kitchen!! My husband and I have proven our ability to live YEARS in a home our realtor sold us as a tear down. Sadly, if we’re on the Dee J. Adams kitchen reno plan, I still have 13 years to go before I get a new kitchen. :}

    • Hi Sam,
      God willing you are NOT on the Dee J. Adams plan!! Hopefully NO ONE is on that plan! LOL. I predict a new kitchen for you in the next 5 years. How’s that? You wouldn’t believe my appliance situation before the redo. Seriously, I’ll tell you about it the next time I see you. You’ll be horrified.

    • Hi Rhian,
      Wow! 25 years for a honeymoon! I hope your hubby went first class! Hawaii is one of our favorite vacations. I think since you waited 25 for the first one, you need to make up for it with one every year from now on. LOL. (Now I’ll go hide from your hubby. )

    • Hi Christine,
      Thanks! We thought it was time too. We figure the universe will work itself out. Sometimes you have to say, just do it. (And if you’re Nike, you say it all the time. LOL.)

    • Hi Toni,
      Thanks! It is absolutely a dream come true. Every morning I have to pinch to myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I get lost in IKEA. So many beautiful rooms! (And a couple of stinkers too. LOL.)

    • Hi Julie,
      You can’t be jealous! You have a gorgeous kitchen! LOL. It’s crazy though, right?! So much fun! Miss you!