What about when the clients are your Parents…

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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.

kleenex It  was beautiful… in my imagination.

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.

parents kitchen before 1

 The counters are also very dark.

parents kitchen before 2

 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.

Parents kitchen before  

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.

window to be replaced

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.

inspiration for Kitchen reno This beautiful kitchen can be found on my Pinterest board Kitchens , it is from Virginia Kitchens via Houzz.

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!

cabinet doors sanded

 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!



  1. Carolyn says:

    Cynthia & Kent: What a special gift you are creating for your Mom & Dad. It will look beautiful. Carolyn [friend of Mom & Dad].

  2. When will you post some photos of the update of your parents kitchen which is currently underway?
    Pete from Sedona, AZ

  3. I’m sure it’s going to look beautiful when it’s done Cynthia!

  4. It’s going to be beautiful because you are so talented and you are doing this with so much love! Can’t wait to see the ‘after’!

  5. I bet it will be a great collaboration!

  6. Ah, that is the sweetest undertaking. I hope it all goes smoothly from here. I can’t wait to see how it turns out…that inspiration photo is gorgeous and you’ve done some great things. (I love looking through photos of your work!) :)

  7. This will be a stunning transformation. Did you say 1 week? Really? I can’t wait to see the after.

  8. It’s going to look great! We have cabinets with similar grooves in them, and one thing our painter did was caulk the lines. Not so they were 100% smooth faced, but because otherwise the grooves would be dark and stand out too much. It was a good call on his part, and how they look finished and so much brighter. Your parents are going to love it, and I’m looking forward to seeing it as well!

  9. Mom and Dad says:

    We are humbled by your generous gesture, and we have total faith in your and Kent’s ability to work miracles.
    Much love and appreciation- Mom and Dad

  10. Dianne Gingrich says:


    Good for you guys to do this for your parents. They will love it and I know it will look beautiful!
    Can’t wait to see the reveal.
    Good luck.

  11. What a sweet story! I can’t wait to see it when you’re all done.

  12. I know the finished kitchen is going to be just lovely. It’s so sweet of you to do this for your parents. I’m looking forward to following along and watching the progress.

  13. I can’t wait!!! I’d like to be a fly on that wall when you and Kent work your magic! Wait, that sounds weird…you know what I mean!!! I’m positive you will make your parents proud. Have fun!

  14. wow! what a huge task! I bet it look fantastic.

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