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My Kitchen Re-Do! Cabinets Are Here!

Week 5

Owens Cabinet based in Midland Michigan is a family business. They built our new cabinets and are excellent craftsmen. Bridget Owens is our kitchen designer and we think the world of her!

This week our cherry cabinets were installed. They are a clear cherry without stain which will darken with time. Since our house is a traditional style, we chose the raised panel style.The crowned molding was installed at the pantry so far and is gorgeous! The color and finish of all the cabinetry is exquisite! We are so happy and pleased.

The hardware/jewelry is from Top Knobs. I love them! Tuscan bronze with crystals from the Chareau Collection

Our countertops will be measured Monday and will take 2 weeks to process. They are a man-made quartz by LG Hausys called Rococo. I am going for the Carrara marble look.

I wanted the powder room to be unique and interesting. Up in Petoskey, Michigan at Lake Street Design Studio we found a mirrored gothic style wood chest that fits perfectly. We also discovered there an ornate metal mirror that is a cool curvy old world match to the chest. For a splash of color we are adding a small blue glass vessel sink. The faucet will be a Venetian Bronze wall mount called Trinsic by Delta. We’ll add a backsplash made of ceramic with a Carrara marble look.

Next week the phase 2 of our two-tone kitchen cabinets will be installed. White-grey painted.

Owens Cabinet is here!

Owens Cabinet is here!

Island with frig cabinet in back. Lower cabinets installed below window

Island with frig cabinet in back. Lower cabinets installed below window

Counter height desk area with pantry to right

Counter height desk area with pantry to right

Pantry with soft close pull out drawers

Pantry with soft close pull out drawers

Lots of drawers! Notice the pretty crown molding.

Lots of drawers! Notice the pretty crown molding.

Cubby ready for GE Advantium Microwave/Convection Oven/Warming Oven. Corner lower cabinet saves floor space

Cubby ready for GE Advantium Microwave/Convection Oven/Warming Oven. Corner lower cabinet saves floor space

Corner cabinet swings open from middle

Corner cabinet swings open from middle

Island with gas range opening at left back. Sink below window and dishwasher to right of sink

Island with gas range opening at left back. Sink below window and dishwasher to right of sink

Powder Room floor with finished floor and grout. Florida Tile in Silverscreen and light grey grout

Powder Room floor with finished floor and grout. Florida Tile in Silverscreen and light grey grout

Mirrored wood chest with glass vessel sink

Mirrored wood chest with glass vessel sink

Metal mirror with backsplash tile sample. Thank you Terry and TJ.

Metal mirror with backsplash tile sample. Thank you Terry and TJ.

LG Hausys quartz in Rococo for the kitchen.

LG Hausys quartz in Rococo for the kitchen.

Jewelry! Top Knobs pull and crystal emerald knob from the Chareau Collection

Jewelry! Top Knobs pull and crystal emerald knob from the Chareau Collection

Your suggestions and comments are welcome! Thank you for your interest :)

 

 

My Kitchen Re-Do! Porcelain Tile Floors

Week 4

This week Griggs Building & Design is installing the gray Florida Tile. The color is Silverscreen. I chose 12×12 tiles that are slightly beveled and shiny because they have an old world marble look. The newer styles are the larger 20×20 inch squares or rectangles, but my open floor space is not that large, so I thought the smaller tiles would make a more noticeable pattern.

I had been contemplating the grout color until the last minute. When I saw this tile installed at the beautiful showroom of Beaver Tile & Stone outside of Grand Rapids in Wyoming MI, the grout used was Oyster Gray. My problem was the installers use a different brand of grout, with different names. Also interesting is that the color of yellow fall leaves reflect through the kitchen window onto the tiles, sometimes giving them a beige cast :(  I’m sure the color changes will continue as the cabinetry is added and the LED light bulbs are installed.

Installing a tile floor takes a sharp eye for keeping the lines straight, plus artistry, strength and flexibility. Thank you Terry!

The kitchen walls are painted with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 7015.

Florida Tile - Silverscreen 12x12

Florida Tile – Silverscreen 12×12

Tiles with 1/4 inch spacers. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray painted on the kitchen walls.

Tiles with 1/4 inch spacers. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray painted on the kitchen walls.

Terry laying the tiles over the cement board, cementing each tile in place.

Terry laying the tiles over the cement board, cementing each tile in place.

My Kitchen Re-Do! Windows and Drywall

Week 3

We’ve finished day 2 of dry walling with the Bucket Walkers. Bucket walking is an amazing technique to watch. Have you seen it? Imagine a man standing on the open end of a tall bucket, using his weight and swing to travel along the floor. They also use stilts. It’s a fussy messy process, but lookin’ good!

The kitchen sink window looks much bigger when it really isn’t. That’s because it’s now 1 awning window rather than 2 casement style.

The electricians have been busy digging out, re routing and making new lines. There were wires everywhere before the dry wallers came. The builder took lots of pics so he’ll know exactly where all these wires are when he’s ready to dig them out for the final switches, outlets and electrical connections.

Notice all the can lights in the ceiling!

 

Microwave/Oven and Range Center

Microwave/Oven and Range Center

 

Laundry Closet and Desk/Dining Areas

Laundry Closet in Hallway and Desk/Dining with Pantry

New Wall Opening for a Larger Kitchen Space. Notice Imprinting on the Floor Marking the Removed Wall

New Wall Opening for a Larger Kitchen Space. Notice Imprinting on the Floor Marking the Removed Wall

 

Dining, Desk and Door to Backyard

Dining, Desk and Door to Backyard

A Window with a View: Above the Kitchen Sink: Power Central!

A Window with a View: Above the Kitchen Sink: Power Central!

 

 

 

My Kitchen Re-Do! Demo

Week 1

This demo was completed in 3 days. We left town for the mess. Griggs Building and Design Group accomplished everything they planned and opened up our kitchen to the hallway, giving it a larger and brighter look. I won’t spoil the surprises to come.

 

Kitchen Window

Kitchen Window

No More Peninsula

No More Peninsula

Dining, Desk and Open Hallway

Dining, Desk and Open Hallway

Wall Removed, Micro/Oven Area

Wall Removed, Micro/Oven Area

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Open Hallway Looking to Kitchen

Dining and Desk: Notice Open Wall

Dining and Desk: Notice Open Wall

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Removed Wall Opens Up Kitchen

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Larger Kitchen Perspective

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Clearing Way for New

 

My Kitchen Re-do! Before the Demo

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Before Kitchen

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Old Kitchen Micro & Frig

Old Kitchen Sink & Granite Table

Old Kitchen Sink & Granite Table

Old Kitchen Peninsula & Dining Area with Desk

Old Kitchen Peninsula & Dining Area with Desk

This is the original kitchen built with the house in 1986. The only change we made was to paint the walls to match the blue Formica countertops. It used to have an Impressionistic like floral wallpaper. After peeling that off I vowed to never wallpaper again.

The cabinets are built by the Midland Michigan based Owens Cabinets. They maintained their modern European look with style and resilience. Our new cabinets will also be made by Owens and designed by Bridget Owens.

Notice there is a funky built in glass-like cutting board which I never liked. I only use wood cutting boards. Anything else seems to damage the knives.

The flooring is sheet vinyl and is ready to say good bye.

The garbage can is always right in the middle of everything. Unsightly and soon to be gone.

We bought a French style bistro table from Pier One many years ago. It has a granite like top and a black iron frame. We’ll find a use for this in our sunroom for our plants.

The desk area has become my own work station in recent years as I acquired my own laptop. It will be developed more with the new kitchen.

We bought the solid oak 48 inch round table and chairs at the Midland Antique Fair when we first moved here. We may keep the table and have it refinished and stained a dark gray. An alternative is to buy a new gray table that is made to look old and distressed. Does that make sense?

The 3 solid wood counter height chairs were a gift from my neighbor Theresa Zainea. We have loved these and will use them as the basic style of our new chairs.

Ten years ago we bought an electric smooth top range and Euro style fan. Both of these are Sears Kenmore and have been great.  The small side oven is not a functional size though. We are switching to gas and will have a more powerful fan. This fan looks good, but did not do the job.

The updates will continue as our project moves on. Daryl Griggs is our builder and he is estimating 5 weeks. :)

 

No Bake Nutella Bites

Originally posted on Sweets Eats and Crafts:

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Whoever made Nutella is a genius, it’s one of the most delicious chocolaty spreads I’ve ever had and I’ve been eating it since I was a kid.  I remember before this became the popular food to eat, my Dad brought a jar back from Europe and we would spread it all over our croissants for breakfast. He was a bit of a health freak, so I inhaled it before he could change his mind and realize we were eating dessert for breakfast. These little desserts are like tiny bites of Nutella heaven. They make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. Hope you enjoy!

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Feta and Pistachio with Black Pepper: A Turkish Meze

Turkish Style Feta and Pistachio Meze

Turkish Style Feta and Pistachio Meze

Cheese at the Fethiye Market

Cheese at the Fethiye Market

Sliced Cucumbers Separate These Mezes

Sliced Cucumbers Separate These Mezes

This creamy spread for bread is another meze I discovered in Istanbul. It’s a quick dinner party appetizer too. I never saw the word feta in Turkey; only cheese. Feta means slice, so feta is probably our interpretation. Their “feta like” cheese is always white, but creamier and less tart. When I developed this recipe I added yogurt to a nice quality Bulgarian feta from our local cheese and wine shop, Eastman Party Store. Eastman’s has made the world of difference in our lives in Midland, Michigan. It has more international flair than any other local shop!

You can make this as thin and creamy as you like. A spoonful maintains it’s shape, but it can definitely be spread on a slice of French like baguette. Add more or less pistachio as you like. Have fun with this new combination of ingredients!

In a small bowl combine with a spoon until well blended.

1/2 cup whole milk feta

2 – 4 tablespoons or more cream and/or whole milk yogurt

1 small clove garlic, minced (not too much! the flavor becomes more pronounced in a day or so)

1/2 cup chopped pistachios (a mix of finely chopped and coarsely chopped)

1/8 teaspoon black pepper or more! The flavor is definitely there!

 

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