Mary’s Big Remodel – Part 17

They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words. That’s good because I don’t have the words to describe just how happy and grateful I am for this amazing transformation. Even more amazing, we’re under budget with only trim around the window and inserts in the drawers left to purchase.

I didn’t know a person could be as grateful for a sink as I am for this:

And this ….

Just in case you forgot what this 40-year old kitchen looked like last July, here’s a reminder ….

Our work is not done … we still have to clear and clean the patio where we’ve been staging, storing and building stuff and then finish and furnish the family room or, as I like to call it, the rest of  my new Great Room 🙂


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  • Fran

    Thanks for sharing all of this with us, Mary. We’re happy for you.

  • Looks awesome~I really like the tile you chose~the hardware is really stunning too! You did a great job & under budget! That’s a miracle in itself!

  • ewb

    Congratulations, Mary! You have worked so hard–thinking carefully at each step of the way–and your new kitchen is lovely. Enjoy this blessing!

  • Simply stunning. I hope you will have many happy family meals, laughs, and love shared through food and drink. Congratulations. It was so exciting seeing week by week the transformation. I looked forward to your episodes every week or two. What an elegant and functional kitchen. Enjoy eating in or serving take-out. Love it. Too bad that now you are now out on the road. Merry Christmas, hopefully you can have a yummy Merry meal or two before year-end.

  • Joan McDonagh

    What a beautiful, functioning kitchen. So happy you and your husband can now share all the things you do well in ministering to others using this “great room”. Joan

  • Julie, Ohio

    Wow – it’s fantastic! I am super happy for you & your husband! Julie, Ohio

  • What a great remodeling adventure!!! I really enjoyed following your quest to get best deal for your money. The final reveal looks great. Really like how you created the sitting area for eating and visiting

  • It’s gorgeous!!! (You must be much more graceful than I-I keep feeling the bruises every time I see those sharp corners on your countertop!)
    Your new kitchen actually sparkles! Do you find yourself staring at it and smiling much? ;-D

  • Deanna

    This is beautiful! I can’t decide what I like best! It’s classic, warm, inviting, and functional. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

  • Where is your oven? I’ve looked at all of your pictures and cannot figure out where it is located, but… your new kitchen is STUNNING! It’s truly a dream kitchen! I know you will enjoy it for years to come and I thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Carol

      The oven is to the right of the sink in the top picture (to the left of the refrigerator).

  • Carolyn

    Beautiful! Congratulations on such a lovely kitchen…under budget even! Good job!

  • Ruth

    Gorgeous! Congratulations Mary!!

  • Anne

    Beautiful, enjoy. Warm and comfortable looking. Taking the partial wall out really opened up the space.

  • Bev

    I have followed your remodel story along with my own. Our kitchen was finished the Monday before Thanksgiving … just in time to cook a fabulous holiday meal! So grateful to you for giving us the tools to live a debt-free life and make this remodel possible. It feels great to live within our means and to have been able to save for things such as this new kitchen. Enjoy your remodel for many years to come!!

  • Marlo

    Beautiful kitchen congrats! Mary please tell me that’s just a filtered water in the small faucet and not a reverse osmosis system.

  • Suzanne

    Please remember to wash,lightly dry and separate the grapes before freezing. Frozen grapes are delicious as well as useful!.
    When washing hamburger under the tap: that amount of not-good-for-consumption grease will not clog the drains because you clean the drains regularly with vinegar/baking soda/hot water.

  • Katie F.

    Wonderful, Mary. You have worked hard and deserve every bit of it. Enjoy.