Do I have your attention with that one?
I think anyone that has ever taken on a project for a family member can relate to my current situation…
Let me get you up to speed.
It all started about a month ago with a phone call to my dad. I knew that my parents were going away on vacation and I had a big idea that Kent and I could move in… work our magic and give my mom a surprise “BIG REVEAL” T.V. worthy ten kleenex moment.
I pitched the idea to my dad and he thought about it for a few days…
Turns out, my Dad was not sure about surprising my mom. He thought she would enjoy being part of the process… so, we had a meeting with both of them and began planning things out.
That’s when things got… BIGGER.
The net net is that this Friday we are moving in.
We will basically have one week to work with them away…
Here are a few photos of the current kitchen.
It is not a large space, the cabinets are good quality approximately 30 years old but they are dark and similar to the colour of the wood floors making the room feel closed in.
The counters are also very dark.
You can see on this photo that the kitchen opens up onto the dining room.
The paint colour, draperies and upholstered chairs are beautiful in there and I will use that palette to connect the rooms.
This window to the left in the photo will be removed. The other window looking out onto the patio will be replaced with a long window at counter height.
The idea is to build a bar height counter along that window for a serving and eating area.
The new window will also act as a pass through for serving on the deck during the summer.
The most important thing for my mom is to lighten and brighten the kitchen and increase her counter space… so that is what we are going to do!
Here is a photo of the general feeling we are going for.
Kent has brought home the cabinet doors to sand. My parents didn’t like the pitted, distressed look they had so a fresh start was in order… they will be bright and smooth mom, I promise!
What is that saying…
Things have to get worse before they get better…
well here you go, sanded and smooth but not very pretty… yet!
I am really looking forward to this project. My parents are very kind and caring people, they are always there for friends, neighbours and family.
I want them to know how much I appreciate them.
So, stay tuned and wish us luck!
I will keep you posted on our progress…
Oh, and a huge thank you to our sweet friends for pitching in to look after our house … couldn’t do it without you guys!