Back in the Sunshine State, and kitchen remodel pics.

Yesterday afternoon, we arrived back at our home here in Florida, after two weeks away in New Jersey. I was so happy to see my first “Florida” road sign along the way and to know that our three day journey was almost over.


The drive was good, and we didn’t encounter much traffic, but when we got to Jacksonville, we saw that a truck had jack-knifed on the other side of the highway, blocking the entire road.


The traffic was backed up for literally miles and miles., and I was so thankful that we were going in the opposite direction.


On Wednesday we’d stopped for lunch at ‘South of the Border’, a very colourful rest stop on the border between North and South Carolina.


Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go in and see the Great White Shark.


The weather started getting much warmer, the closer we got to home, and it was great to be back in the land of palm trees, blue skies and sunshine, and as soon as we got in, it was off with the warm clothes, and on with the shorts and flip-flops.

This morning, we both headed for the gym, and did a great workout. We’d been away for almost two weeks, and really missed the exercise. Some of our friends were there too, so there were lots of ‘Happy New Year’ wishes flying around. One elderly lady came over to inform me that she had a new great grand…..wait for it…….DOG! I was in the midst of congratulating her on the new great grandchild, when I heard the word ‘dog’ instead of son or daughter.Β  Different πŸ™‚

When we got home, hubby resolved, with a little gentle persuasion from me, to move the light fitting in the kitchen, to centre it over the island.


After he did the remodel, it was totally in the wrong place. This entailed going up in the roof of course, but he did it, and whilst he was up there, I had two phone calls for him. “Sorry he’ll have to call you back, because he’s in the roof.” I’ve got quite used to saying this over the years, as he has spent quite a lot of time either in or on the roof at our various houses, whilst doing renovations. Finally it was done, and I took a couple of photos to show you the new kitchen. We still have to do some tiling on the walls, and crown moldings around the top of the cupboards, and also install the stainless steel kick plates along the bottom of the cupboards, but that can only be done after we’ve laid the wood flooring which is nicely stacked in the study at the moment. We will start this tomorrow, and there is about 1,200 sq ft of it to lay right through the living area.


Anyway, I did promise to show you some pics when the kitchen was finished, so here are the before and after pics.

This was taken last year, shortly after we moved in, and before all our furniture had been delivered.


This is what it now looks like. Hubby did it all by himself, with a little help now and again from me. πŸ™‚



We leave for a week in Belize next Thursday, so I don’t know if the floor will all be down by then, but we can resolve to try.

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129 comments on “Back in the Sunshine State, and kitchen remodel pics.

  1. oh wow! that looks absolutely amazing – you said your hubby did it himself, with your help of course?

    rude little mexican max south of the border – surprised no-one has made him ruder, lol

  2. Your new kitchen is gorgeous! What an incredible transformation. We’re still working on our little condo kitchen, but we’re getting close. All the best, Terri

  3. What a great kitchen renovation! I’d love for my kitchen to look like that. And I’m super impressed that your husband and you did it yourselves. πŸ™‚

  4. That use of the ladder in the picture is totally improper and unsafe! πŸ˜€
    Ow, someone just mentioned about the “South of the Border” sign on my comments.
    Can he do my mom and pop’s kitchen next?
    Lol @ the granddog. bwahahahaha

  5. Wow…you received a lot of comments! I’ll keep it short. Nice kitchen remodel and I just returned from spending over a month in Florida on Dec. 10th. Loved it!!

  6. Stunning … kitchen … well done – some passion that has gone into it .. and he has done a fantastic job. My only worry is your sink .. had one like that, never again – the things you break when they fall over inside .. and the discouraging, so be careful with what you put inside .. and what you pour out. I really wish I had a big kitchen like that again, but I don’t cook anymore … so wasted on me. My give you a compliment for the position of your ovens – Perfect! You will never burn yourself again.

  7. A perfect kitchen for a beautiful home. I always wondered what it would be like to live in the Sunshine state where you are close to the sea. Perhaps one day, fate will blow me towards that direction. Have a great weekend.

  8. Your kitchen looks so bright and cherry. This could be part of Home and Garden magazine. A very nice job done by your husband. He should get an extra hug for all his hard work. ~~~~~ : – )
    Happy New Year 2013

  9. Vast improvement on the kit rehab – much better flow/ functionality with the island and the french doors. Hope you get to enjoy it, Sylvia.

  10. Welcome Home!!!
    Oh, that’s one sweet kitchen!!! ( I could live in the kitchen itself )
    Almost as awesome as the whole kitchen “transformation”
    ~Happy New Year~
    Great Travel Photos here by the way…I feel like we are virtual neighbors, as my oldest sister lives in St. Augustine, and I live a little over an hour from South of the Border…Happy Travels…

  11. Glad to see you are both home safe and sound, the kitchen looks just gorgeous… out of a magazine….lucky you to have such a hubby who is so handy! This will add a lot of value to your home….

  12. The kitchen looks terrific…I know you must love the change. We will be heading to Florida next month. Hopefully it will be sunny, last year it rained most of the time…the main thing is visiting family and friends.

    • Thanks, Karen. Funny you should mention rain, as it’s pouring down at the moment, which is a bit of a blow, as hubby wants to get his electric saw out on the patio, to cut the wooden flooring. 😦

  13. That’s a smashing job done Silvia. Well done to both of you. Much lighter, more modern and of course, classy! Very nice indeed. πŸ™‚

  14. Beautiful transformation, AD. Well done to your hubby, I guess he does all the work …err, mean physical work:-)

    • Thanks, Cocoa. Yes, you won’t catch me up a ladder or in the roof space. πŸ˜€ I will help lift things if necessary, and I’m great at encouraging and giving advice of course. πŸ™‚

  15. Wow! The kitchen looks beauuuuutiful! Your hubby did a wonderful job. Thanx for the photos,enjoy your trip to Belize. πŸ™‚

  16. It’s funny but I couldn’t see anything wrong with the old kitchen until I saw the new one! It looks fab, very well chosen and built πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Gilly. I think the old kitchen looked better in the photo than in real life, whereas the new one looks better in real life than in the photo. πŸ™‚

  17. Welcome home, dear AD! Shirts and flip flops in the middle of winter sounds delightful πŸ˜‰
    Your kitchen is awesome, wow. So large and spacey, I love it. Compliments to your hubby and yourself. The wood flooring will make it even nicer!

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  19. Lovely kitchen – so light and airy. Good luck with the flooring, AD. I haven;t seen stainless steel kick plates here yet. Excellent idea!

  20. Hi,
    It is always nice to come home after a full on holiday. πŸ™‚
    Absolutely love the job that you both have done in the kitchen, looks fabulous, and plenty of room and cupboards, very nice.

  21. Glad you are home safe and sound. Good luck with get the kitchen completed before you go away. Dave also did light fittings yesterday πŸ™‚

  22. WOW! You are both great team, beautiful change, and very successfully done. Good Luck with your new kitchen. I loved it. I would like to have a cup of tea or coffee there πŸ™‚ Thank you dear AD, have a nice weekend, love, nia

  23. Your kitchen is beautiful…and I love your ladder…I will be looking for one of those at the local hardware store in the very near future!

  24. Awww… so beautiful and light and airy. Great job by both of you! I don’t suppose you’d want to loan your hubby out? My entire house has a tile floor. I am seriously considering replacing it with laminate flooring. That’s what I had at the previous house and I loved it. The tiles are a major pain in so many ways.

  25. You are a slave driver πŸ˜‰
    Barely home and C has to work again πŸ˜‰
    It looks wonderful and so much lighter.
    Well done, C (and AD from time to time).

  26. The kitchen looks great! What an excellent job you’ve done πŸ˜‰

    What’s that thing on the right side of the South of the Border pic – is it a ape in a blue tee-shirt? LOL – or am I just blind?


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