An Update on My Parents Kitchen…

Happy April!

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend… we had a wonderful dinner Easter Sunday.

It was nice to relax and catch up with family… and eat of course!

So… about the update…

 A few weeks ago Kent and I moved into my parents house while they were gone on vacation.

We redid their kitchen in a whirlwind one week blitz.

parents kitchen before 2


                                                              It went from this…




                                                                     To this…


Kent and Spencer taking a break before removing counters...


                          With quite a bit of this in the middle…

If you missed the two posts on the process you can catch up here and here.

Many of you have been patiently waiting for an update so here it is…

The one thing we did not get completed in the week was building the kitchen bar.

When we got home Kent began making it.

He started with some oak stock that he had in his shop.

A large thick board was cut into two pieces to make the legs.


making legs for kitchen bar


He used the router to make a thumbprint detail down the four edges then also routered a horizontal banding at several places for interest.


making kitchen bar


The bar was designed to be secured to the wall under the new window.

The idea being that they could also build another bar on the deck side and use the window as a pass through for summer entertaining.


kitchen bar ready for tile


Kent took these photos as he built it ( with his phone… sorry about the quality)  

The amusing thing about this picture is that he used the old clunky island that had been in my parents kitchen to hold the new one as he built it…

Is there such a thing as furniture karma?

We  painted the skirt and legs and tiled the top to match the cabinets and new counter.


kitchen bar


Transporting it was nerve-racking but all went well. 

We waited and grouted after installation. You can see the slight haze still waiting to be polished off.

The final step was  installing the roman blinds.

ideology 315 from kravet for romans

 The fabric is a stunning linen from Kravet called ideology…

I love the pattern and colourway.

A few of you have wondered if you can order fabric that you see on the blog and the answer is…

Yes you can! We can ship throughout North America, just e-mail me for a quote.


Kitchen Bar


The barstools were sitting in my parents basement if you can believe it… they are over thirty years old but I think they work very well.

I wanted my mom to have several options to dress the bar up so I had a runner made.

It can be used here or on the other counter.


kitchen bar slipcover


I also had my fantastic workroom make a fitted three sided slipcover for when she wants a more formal look.

I love  this new bright kitchen… the flow is greatly improved and the light bright space feels bigger and so fresh!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments and e-mails with regards to this project. You have been so supportive and kind! 

Kent and I had a wonderful time working on this, I knew it would feel good to do it for them but I had greatly underestimated how fulfilling it would be to see the look on their faces at the big reveal!

 Have a wonderful week!

 Sharing this project over at DIY Showoff  




  1. I love the tile on the bar table, and then you go and cover it up with a table cloth? ugh. LOL

    • Cynthia says:

      Marie Roxanne… LOL!! I had the slipcover made to give my mom the option for a more formal look. You can see the kitchen bar from the dining room table and I thought it would be nice if she could dress it up for when she is having a dinner party. That said… I have never seen her use it… she likes the tile exposed just like you do!

  2. Wow! This all looks so great! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers.

  3. Dianne Gingrich says:

    Wow, beautiful, love the finishing touches.


  4. Mom and Dad says:

    It was a pleasure preparing Easter dinner in our bright, fresh and functional kitchen. The new bar and window and door treatment is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks again for your hard work and attention to details.
    Love Mom and Dad

  5. I think that island is perfect. And the fabric you chose is so pretty! You did a great job.I wish you could come do mine!

  6. Thanks for the update. The bar and blinds finish the project beautifully!!! Great work – it looks fabulous and I’m sure they are loving the new space!

  7. Holy beautiful! I cannot believe you guys did all of that in a week! That kitchen is stunning – the white cabinets totally make it seem brighter and bigger. And I love that you guys added the bar in – genius to put it by the window to use as a pass-through. I’m so glad your parents loved it because you guys seriously did an amazing job. That kitchen is going to be gorgeous for another 50 years.

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Rachel,
      Iwas really excited about the pass through too…I think it will be great for summer entertaining! Thank you for popping over today!

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