May 4, 2011

The Ugly Duckling Files-Kitchen Update!

by Shelly

We are in full on crazy mode right now!  We have just about 3 1/2 weeks left before we need to move in and of course we still have TONS to do.  This past weekend our beautiful new kitchen cabinets went in.  Originally due to our limited budget I though I was doomed to being able to only afford Home Depot cabinets.  Our neighbor (who is a FABULOUS woodworker) kept urging us to check with cabinet makers before settling on anything.  He was convinced due to the sad, sorry state of the economy and the lack of construction jobs going on in Southern California, that we would find someone who did beautiful cabinets at a very reasonable cost.  Now of course I have a guy who I use for my design clients, but even he wasn’t affordable enough for us to use him.  I ended up finding a cabinet making, father and son team that has gone above and beyond my expectations!  Here is their gorgeous work….

I DREAMED about owning a farmhouse sink...let alone a SHAWS one!

The large breakfast bar. Still need to add decorative corbels to the underside for stability. That far wall will eventually be tiled with the Walker Zanger Asbury tile.

And last Friday the new windows and doors went in! I LOVE the french doors. They totally update the space.

And did you notice something else????  The ugly lava rock fireplace is gone!  We are SO glad we didn’t keep it and try to reface it.  Without it that area of the room in so much more open.  And since that area in front of the french doors will be where we place our dining table, it makes even more sense to not have that big clunky thing there.

The marble is just now getting fabricated and should be installed at the end of next week.  Also, our cabinet guys are working on the bath vanity and tiling in that room will start Monday!   I cannot WAIT to show you guys that room.  Its going to be so cute!!!!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea Howe May 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm

wow! it’s really coming along. can’t wait to see it


Shelly May 6, 2011 at 5:31 am

Thanks! I can’t wait to see your backyard too!


Shelly May 6, 2011 at 5:32 am

We have an AMAZING contractor who is just a joy to work with! He is now my go-to for all my projects…personal or design clients.


Melissa May 9, 2011 at 2:45 am

LOVE the cabinets…gorgeous! I would love to get the name of the father and son team you used. We are in the process of deciding whether or not to refurb ours or completely replace them. So we are getting quotes and looking around. And if yours were on a budget, I’ll definietly need to give them a call!


Suzanne Barnes May 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Can’t wait to see your creation. You are something else.



Emily June 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Love your kitchen update! Great job! Do you mind telling me what color you ended up using on your cabs and walls? :)


Shelly June 21, 2011 at 5:20 am

Certainly! The cabinets are the same color as all the trim and doors in our home…Ben Moore White Dove. The walls are BM Bleeker Beige. The wall color perfectly pulls out the gold/tan veining in the marble!


Jill June 23, 2011 at 5:03 am

Found your blog through Little Green Notebook and I’ve loved seeing your remodel! We are also close to you and I would love the name of the cabinet maker you used. Will you share? Looks gorgeous!


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