The Many Lives of Our Kitchen

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Our kitchen as it looks after our recent redecorating frenzy– July 2014

While I wait for inspiration to cook and take pictures of food again, I thought it would be fun to chronicle the changes we’ve made to our kitchen since 1991 when we bought this house, built in 1979. I love to redecorate almost as much as I like to cook.

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Circa 1997  —  Best picture I could find

I wish I had a picture of the kitchen when we took possession. The gold floral wallpaper, heavy curtains and gold/orange brick-patterned vinyl floor didn’t last long before we changed to what you see above.

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2002 — Granite countertops, new tile backsplash, black sink, new window treatments, faux wall finishes, and new oak flooring


red cabinets, new back splash, new microwave

Painted cabinets red in 2004. Although you can’t see it, popcorn was removed from ceiling as well as box lights in favor of strategically-placed can lights.


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2010 -Removed some cabinet doors for open shelving look. I loved them — my husband not so much. Not seen is an added fan which makes cooking more tolerable during hot Texas summers.


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2012- Changed wood flooring (sorry, you can’t see it in this pic) and also installed cabinet doors with windows to make my husband happy although I really like them now, too. Windows over the sink were replaced and the walls were painted a shade of white.


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2014 — Painted cabinets white, new white subway tile backsplash, painted walls with clone of BM Tranquility and installed new wood window sill. The wood floor is covered with an indoor/outdoor area rug for easy cleaning.

Wow! Quite a few changes in the last few years, but now I’m done for awhile. Really, honey, I am. (wink, wink) If you would like to see more before and after pictures of our recent redecorating project in the rest of the house, check out this blog post on Maria Killam’s blog, Color Me Happy. I already had lots of ideas from reading her blog. But before I started this latest project, I hired her for a phone consult to get her professional opinion about paint colors and things that might need a change or update.  

Thanks to David Roseberry, our contractor, and his painter, Mario. Both are very detail-oriented, professional, and experienced. I can’t recommend them enough if you live in my neck of the woods.


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Vicki August 20, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Paula, your kitchen is absolutely beautiful! I’m swooning! It is worthy of being featured in a magazine! I love the white cabinets and all the other touches that you did. Although I am a BIG fan of red ( I have it both in the living room and bedroom), I must say I like the white kitchen vs the red. I have oak cabinets, which I would LOVE to paint white, but never got up the nerve. But you sure have me thinking about it. You have shared so much time, energy, and terrific recipes with us. I am so glad you have this beautiful kitchen to work and entertain in. Good for you! 🙂


Puteri August 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

It really amazes me how your kitchen changes overtime, Paula, and oh really loving the 2014 look! It’s pretty!


Erica August 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Beautiful kitchen Paula. I am also a fan of open shelving.


Debbie July 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm

All I can say is WOW!! Beautiful!


Paula July 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

Lots of changes over the years but this latest remodel of yours is the best! Love the white. Crisp, clean and uncluttered. You must love working in your kitchen 🙂


Susie July 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm



Maria Killam July 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

Love this! How rare to have such a series of pics with the same angle! Great post, thanks for the mention! xo Maria


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