Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Kitchen

With the exception of the baseboards, the kitchen is done!

This is the eating area BEFORE....

This is AFTER...

My mom made the curtains for us. I still need to find some things to hang on the wall but haven't found that perfect thing just yet.

This is the other side of the kitchen BEFORE...

This is AFTER...
Don't the floors look great? Mike did a wonderful job! The appliances were white when we moved in and I really wanted to go with the almond/bisque color. We were able to find a used fridge and stove for a fraction of the cost and they were in perfect condition! We are still on the lookout for a dishwasher. The Kitchen Aid mixer in the corner is a prized possession! Mike bought it for me right before we moved. It makes all the difference with my baking!

Hope you like it!
To Laura, regarding the laundry area shelves--my husband didn't go by any plans, he actually just went by pictures of shelving he saw in another house. He said if you would like to email him, he could respond with how he did it. You can reach him through my email which is in my profile. is the recipe for the Chicken Bruschetta.
1tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp black pepper, divided
4 skinned, boned chicken breasts
Cooking spray
1 Tbs olive oil
1 (8 oz.) package sliced mushrooms
1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chopped plum tomato
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
4 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Combine garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle chicken with garlic powder mixture. Place the chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray, and broil for 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm.
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 tsp salt, mushrooms, zucchini and minced garlic; saute 2 minutes. Add 1/8 tsp black pepper, tomato, onion, basil and vinegar, saute 3 minutes. Serve the vegetable mixture over chicken; sprinkle with cheese.
Makes 4 servings.


Susie Harris said...

Love em'... oh those floors are just beautiful. I bet you feel like you are in a new house. I know I do! Susie H

Anonymous said...

Very cute blog. Just came acrossed it! Love the pictures of your house. Very nice.

Christy said...

Sarah and Mike,
It looks GREAT!!!

Davene said...

It really does look terrific! Way to go, Mike!!!

With the kitchen cupboards, did you install new ones, or redo the old ones? At some point we'd like to update our beloved 70's house (the home in which I grew up), and we need to do something about the kitchen cupboards...but I haven't decided what. I really like the new look of yours though!

Shannon said...

It all looks so great! I wish I could enlarge your pics!! I love that floor and the cream cabinets. Those window treatments are great too! Love it all!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

The kitchen looks great and we put in some hardwood floors last year and really like them a lot. I know yu=ou will enjoy them a lot. The painted cabinets are great. Have a great weekend.

Joy said...

A beautiful kitchen and a good recipe too. I'm very impressed.
The kitchen looks so fresh. That's a great color combination.

Kim said...

What an amazing transformation!!! Both rooms look simply BEAUTIFUL.

Great job guys.


Scrapper Mom said...

Everything looks sooooo good. I love before and after shots. I really liked the curtains in the breakfast room. I have a bayed window area for our table too, with no window treatments. Looking for something simple and pretty to do.

Love It!!

Rae said...

I can't add anything else to what has already been said! Fabulous! How long do it take you to finish re-doing your cabinets?

Nikki said...

Your kitchen looks great! The floors are beautiful!

Bobbie said...

Kitchen is beautiful! Love those floors!

I too am looking for things to put on my kitchen walls... I am thinking of hanging plates. I look for nice ones at Yard sales and thrift stores.

Carolina Mama said...

You all did a great job! It is beautiful. I so love the cabinet switch as well as the floors.

Also, thanks for the recipe! ;0

Jessica Pelt said...

Oh my goodness SaySay!!!

It looks so good... I cant wait to see it in person:]

Love you both!


Carolyn (sea mystery) said...

The kitchen looks bright and cheery and I love the valances on the windows. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe too. xxoo

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I thought I had replied to this...hmm. Ok rofl..the floor looks the contrast of it with the cabs. Everything is sooo bright and airy. Your Mom did a beautiful job on the window treatments. I bet you are sooo happy everytime you go in there. cherry

Annie said...

Wow, what a transformation! It looks great. I love the window treatments, the contrast so nicely with your wall color. Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for commenting on my blog. It's nice to see people stopping by, and saying hello!

Katie said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful! It makes me want to just jump in there and start cooking up some yummy stuff! That, and the nice mixer! hehe! LOVE the floors! LOVE THEM!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Wow, what a difference hardwood can make. It looks beautiful! Also, nice to "meet" you, I just found your blog not too long ago. :)