Kitchen: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Been a couple weeks, huh? Quiet here. Not quiet in the kitchen. LOTS has happened.


Hey gurl!


Sarah happened to be flying to New York for a day (literally less than 24 hours) and, since my house is a 9 minute drive from EWR, I persuaded her to let me play hostess. Which is fun when you don’t have a kitchen and your truck gets hit by a girl running a red light on your way to pick her up at the airport.

Even though plans for a fun evening showing her a favorite neighborhood restaurant were hijacked by police reports and tow trucks and replaced with a bar pie at the local Irish pub, she was gracious and wonderfully understanding about the whole thing.

Attempting to make it up to her, we spent the afternoon after her morning plans grabbing a burger at The Spotted Pig and wandering around much of the west side of New York.


BUT KITCHEN! You’re not here to hear about warm spring days spent sharing a strawberry basil popsicle while strolling along the High Line. You’re here for THE KITCHEN.

Last we caught up, I just just gotten the cover panel installed on the bottom of the soffit cabs and the 15″ upper cab was hung to the right of the stove. Things were primed & ready to paint.


Since that time, I am happy to report the underside of the cover panel & the 15″ cabinet have both been painted.

The cabinet above the fridge was closed up.


The counters were templated.


Trim was added and doors were built.

And now, things look like this –



Counters? CHECK!




Finished island (expect for drawer pulls)? Check!


Cabinet above the fridge? CHECK.


Tilt out trays & cabinet doors installed in the sink cabinet? Check.


Range hood hanging on the wall? 24″ cabinet installed in the blind? Trim installed on the underside of the soffit? Check. Check. AND CHECK.


Under-cabinet lights? LIKE A BOSS.


This kitchen is GETTING THERE, people!

Lots of finish work left to do. Cover panels need to hop on the 24″ cabinet that’s in the nook (not really pictured much in this post). The picture rail trim needs to be reinstalled along the soffit.

Then begins the caulking and patching. Sanding. Filling. More sanding. Tedium. Then on to the priming, painting, and painting drill.

There was a hiccup with my faucet which the dealer is working out with the manufacturer. A few faucet will need to be shipped out and then I’ll have to have that one stripped before I can get running water back on. Maybe in the next couple weeks?

The goal is to have the kitchen D.O.N.E. before the end of June. Optimistic? Totally. Doable? Maybe.

I hear Sarah is checking things off her list too. Just a couple of ladies kicking butt in the kitchen. As we do.

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9 Responses to Kitchen: Light at the End of the Tunnel

  1. Kicking butt is right! Seriously, your progress is incredible. And those countertops? I die.

  2. juliet says:

    BOOM! is right. It’s looking absolutely fab.

  3. Margaret says:

    What are the funky hinges in the cabinet above the fridge?

    • What you’re see are actually not hinges. They’re metal corner brackets (like to build a deck) that attach the door to the piece of wood that’s next to it. The hinges are attached to the wood so that the whole thing opens wider and gives more access to the cabinet.

  4. mollyjade says:

    That looks like a kitchen! Congrats.

  5. Erin says:

    Gorgeous! Truly fantastic. You continue to amaze me 🙂

  6. Susan in MD says:

    Don’t look now, but that room that has just been collecting things over the last two years is starting to look like a KITCHEN! Wow! Way to go!

  7. Tawnya says:

    Hi Carrie,

    I love the color of the lower cabinets! What type/color paint did you use?

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