What you want and what you get.

We bought a house with no stove, cooker, oven, range...whatever you want to call it.  There was a wine fridge?  But no roaster.  Funny enough this wasn't the first time we did this.  Our first house, very dear to my heart, had a stove top but NO oven.  We eventually picked up a second-hand range and that went in the basement.  If I wanted to bake or broil or braise I had to duck downstairs.  And I mean duck, literally,...it had a looooowwww ceiling.

So why did we do it again?

Because we have a little i m a g i n a t i o n.

Shortly after we moved in, I was swinging baby Court out front.  A man bicycled by with his family.  He stopped.  He asked how we could have bought that house...with that kitchen and all?  NO imagination.

Here's one of my favourite kitchens and the inspiration behind our little update...

Photos Better Homes & Gardens

Here's our little kitchen, mid-construction...

We removed some cupboards, to make room for a range.  And there weren't that many to begin with.  We also removed some of the uppers, to make way for the range hood.  In order for the range to be able to open, we had to shift the dishwasher down a bit and then the sink. 

I painted all the cupboards.  We installed some subway tile and open shelves. Some new hardware.  A new countertop.

And this is what we got...

This house needed A LOT of work. We couldn't sink it all into the dream kitchen.  I hope one day to get closer to my inspiration above...we can open the kitchen up to the dining room beyond...where there is a FIREPLACE and room for a BIG island.  I'd really love to have more than 3 little drawers...and doors that don't fall off.  But I think with a lot of hard work and a little imagination you can almost get what you want.


  1. I love your new kitchen!! You used the space very well. Love your subway tiles!! We just put white subway tiles in our master bath. Love em!!!

  2. it looks amazing! inspiring me to actually finish painting our kitchen cupboards ;)

  3. That is lovely. Good for you for getting almost what you want ;)

  4. I love your kitchen, it reminds me of a French Bistro :) I really love the hood fan and the open shelving above your range!

    I love the subway tiles as well :)
    Fabulous job!

  5. I think it looks really warm and pretty. We did the same thing, paint and spruce until we can DO the kitchen. I just did a similar post about it.
    I need to get back to reading your blog, I would love to be a follower. Nice to "meet" you!


  6. Great job. Looks really good so far and you did capture the "feeling" in the inspiration photos.

  7. I love what you did. It has a great charm and character that you can't get with a "out of the box" kitchen. If only my landlords would let me paint the 80' oak cabinets.....

  8. Lovely and props to you for having imagination!

  9. I am so flattered that you liked my kitchen. I do too. It is the heart of our homes isn't it. It's amazing what you find when you google your own name. I have never done that before...I want you to know how much it means to me that you found inspiration in my home. You have beautiful children and a wonderful home and eye for beauty. Keep plugging away and I will too. Isn't it nice to know there are kindred souls out there...Kimber Wysong


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.