The Life of a Home Kitchen

“Kitchen’s always open.” ~ Jason Medina, A Ghost in New Orleans

Some of you may know we have been in the middle of a kitchen remodel. We have a small kitchen and it hasn’t gotten any bigger, but we do have new cabinets, sink, and counter. It has been a long time coming and this kitchen has gone through a few transformations in the 33 years we have lived here. Thought it would be fun to share a few of the former “looks”…



This picture is the earliest one we have, taken in 1983. The wall at the far end was just put in and the space between the then pantry and the kitchen had been cut back to all more room. Check out that hideous floor! The cabinets were original to the house from about 1953. Behind the bi-fold doors on the left is where the water heater was at the time.


In 1985 we decided we were skilled enough to buy and install some do-it-yourself affordable cabinets from Home Depot. Though we did our best, not everything was level, but hey, it was an improvement from what we had! At this point the water heater was still in this area behind those bi-fold doors.


Fast forward to 1993. I was going through a distressed paint phase and got it into my head to paint our kitchen cabinets using a crackle paint technique. My father-in-law Al made the new upper cabinet doors so we could incorporate some glass. I installed the tile on both the counter and the floor. As you can see the bi-fold doors are no longer there. Brian relocated the water heater to the basement, which allowed us the opportunity to extend the kitchen counter. Much needed space! This picture was taken October 17, 2015, just before our most recent remodel so, except for the new refrigerator, stove, dishwasher (which were purchased two years ago), the kitchen has been like this for 22 years. We have prepared so much food in this small galley kitchen! So, now for the big reveal…


What do you all think? Of course we are still getting used to it, but there are some fabulous features that I am in love with


The upper cabinets are deeper than the old ones, which makes Brian happy. Several years ago he bought these beautiful presentation bowls (upper right, behind the glass) and they wouldn’t fit in the old cabinets.


The lower cabinets have pull out shelves so I don’t have to get on my hands and knees to get a pot!


Our new farmhouse sink is quite large and easily holds the big pots we use for homemade stocks.


The faucet is new as well with a gooseneck that can be pulled down for spraying all around the sink.


The one thing about farmhouse sinks…less space under the sink. It easily handles everything I’ve always stored under there but am so glad I wasn’t the one that installed the disposal and faucet cause there’s not a lot of room there to work!


My bulk spices needed to be re-organized so I had a magnetized stainless board made to attach to the side of the refrigerator next to the stove. I’m really loving the quick access.


We still have lovely light streaming into the space as we always have but with the counters and cabinets all in white, it feels so much brighter, even with the overhead lights off.


I’m still taking pictures in here. I have a very long cutting board Brian made me years ago that spans across the new sink nicely for a make-shift table. It was pitch dark outside when I took this shot so used my Lowel EGO table studio light with one of Brian’s old white T-shirts draped over it and a simple white foamcore board to bounce light back into the scene.


As the years go by, this kitchen may go through even more changes, but in the end it will always end this way; me in the kitchen, no make-up, apron on, and getting ready to make a meal to feed those I love. The kitchen’s always open.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your encouragement and support is very much appreciated.

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19 Responses to The Life of a Home Kitchen

  1. Kate says:

    Loved seeing the transformations. Your new kitchen is as gorgeous as you. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lorraine says:

    Beautiful kitchen!!!! Loved seeing the transformation over the years. I would love to go light and bright!

  3. beth huffkaker says:

    The reno turned out great! My favorite part was that the bookshelf over the window remained through each reno…well, that and the farmhouse sink too!

  4. Susan Bolton says:

    Turned out beautifully! I love the magnetic spice board, and knife holder! The white clean space is wonderful and really opened up the space! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your new kitchen!

  5. Carol
    So glad to see you survived the remodel and it is wonderful. Nice to see your smiling face again. I hope you’re loving your new light as much as I love mine. It’s taking some time getting used to it. Bon appetite my friend.


  6. Dotti says:

    A beautiful space! A successfully competed project and I see many happy days ahead with you and Brian cooking your wonderful, gourmet meals. You deserve it! Happy Holidays!

  7. Beverly says:

    So very nice to see the “start to finish” of your kitchen….including the very early years. It turned out so beautiful, and all the nice light is a nice bonus, whether your are taking pictures or cooking. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it a lot!

  8. How fun to see the progression of your kitchen. I love it and all that great light coming in on the surfaces. I know there will be many happy times with the both of you in this space. Thanks for posting the images for all of us to see.

  9. Jana Vargas says:

    Oooh la la, que fancy!!- Love it, cannot wait to see it in person – I have known it thru most of the phases you pictured (though you missed the cute country kitty wall paper border!). I am having kitchen envy over that farmhouse sink and those gorgeous counters – Taos need a remodel bad!!- Love it and love you – happy cooking – JBV

  10. Karen Olson says:

    Oh so wonderful Carol! In love with all the details, the spice board, the knife rack, and of course that fabulous sink. Great job!!

  11. Ann Davis says:

    Beautiful everything is so lovely.
    Enjoy many years of great meals. I will look forward I lots of new reviews in your kitchen.


  12. what a beauty! both the kitchen and you…I can imagine what a pleasure it will be to both cook and shoot in that space – enjoy it all!

  13. Your kitchen is just so gorgeous! Isn’t it fun to go back and look at previous incarnations? A beautiful state of the art kitchen does not make one a better cook (just as a fancy camera does not make one a better photographer), but that great kitchen makes it a lot more fun to cook. Enjoy it.

  14. Darlene says:

    Loved seeing the transformation and getting a peek at you working – it’s 4:52am and as I got to your photo at the bottom I thought has it really been 3 years since we last walked together in Palm Springs each other

  15. seabluelee says:

    It was so much fun to see the evolution of your kitchen through the years. And how beautifully it turned out! I could be happy there without changing a thing. What a wonderful stage and studio for your gorgeous food photography!

  16. Kim says:

    seriously thrilled for you.
    It’s beautiful….
    all your light and white…. and that sink…. Oh my….

    It’s so perfect that you have a new kitchen for your AMAZING food and photos….

    so happy for you both…..

    big love… xo, Kim

  17. Gigi says:

    I’ve been dying to leave a comment all weekend, Carol! I had to finish my end of semester grading, and now that I have, I’m treating myself to some well-earned visits to friends’ blogs. You kitchen re-do is just beautiful–and incredibly practical, too, with those deeper cabinets and drawers for pots and pans. I will need to pick your brain about countertops. I love my kitchen for the most part, but we’re planning to do a mini-redo in the next year or two–just counters and floors. I’m thinking soapstone, marble, or quartzite at this point. Are yours marble? I’ve had granite, stainless, and solid surface in other kitchens, and I’m really craving some soft grey or white stone.

    Happy cooking in your beautiful kitchen, my friend! xo Gigi

  18. Katie says:

    What a beautiful “new old” space you have. I’d just be happy for a window over my kitchen sink! 😉 Congratulations, Carol!

  19. Jill Ruskamp says:

    Oh my goodness Carol, the transformation is incredible but you making the wonderful dishes and the great photography in a relatively small space it testament to making do and using what you have. All your photos and especially the last one of you are just so very lovely and truly authentic. You have much to offer and do it with love.

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