More storage

Continuing with the before and after transformation. New cabinets go all the way to the slider and the peninsula is gone now.


Fresh color


We love the new cabinets, the color is fresh and modern looking! A new layout brightens the space and gives much more storage space.

Common kitchen measurements

I ran across this great info page on while looking up my faucet. It has some really good information about kitchen measurements. It shows you what typical measurements are , explains the work triangle you often hear about and much more. Oh and Delta.. they make great faucets and their customer service is wonderful!

Demo day!

Demo day is so exciting. It makes the whole process seem very real, very fast! Forget what you see on some of the DYI shows.. Don’t use that sledgehammer on your cabinets or counters.  While it looks fun, and can be, it seems a waste. Often you can pull the old cabinets and counter tops out and save them. They work great in the garage for extra storage. You can sell them on Craigslist, or put an ad in the local paper. Habitat for Humanity will take them, your local good will or thrift store is a great place to ask as well.

Before and after pictures

Another fun before and after!


The before cabinets were still in good shape. Starting to wear a bit. The new ones are a rich cherry with more drawer space.

Counter before and after


The old tile counter top edge was coming off and missing in spots.

New tops are plastic laminate. New full tile backsplash is being done by the homeowner.

11 Must-Haves in a Designer’s Dream Kitchen

Check out some of these interesting ideas from Houzz.. I love the base drawers!
11 Must-Haves in a Designer’s Dream Kitchen

Fresh look…


Old cabinets were in good shape but showing their age being over 20 years old. New ones are KraftMaid in Kirkland Hickory.

What about all those dishes…

So your remodeling your kitchen and planning on tearing out the whole thing, fresh new start and all that!

But how are you going to do those dishes?

Many homeowners end up doing their dishes in their bathtub! One way to make it easier is to set up your tub with a dishpan or two. Check out all the inexpensive dishpans at Amazon. Another thing you might consider is getting a small folding step stool to sit on while your scrubbing. Take a look at these stools.  Stepstools at Amazon. Often you can find used items at your local thrift stores as well.


Check out these ideas from Houzz