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. Different 🙂
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. 🙂
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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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
Thanks, Marco. Yes, he did a great job, and the floor is all done too. He will never employ someone to do a job he can do better himself. 🙂
So very true – would defeat the purpose!
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
Thanks so much. The finishing touches are almost complete, as is the floor. Hubby did a great job. 😀
Wow, the kitchen looks great!! Good job to your hubby. 🙂 I’m sure you’re glad to be home and back into your routine.
Thanks, Cathy. We’re still in a bit of a mess, as he’s redone the floor and is busy with the skirting boards, but it’s looking fantastic. 🙂
I’m sure you’re tired of the mess, but it will all be worth it in the end. 🙂
He’s great at not making too much mess. It’s definitely worth it, and I’m so glad I don’t have to have workmen in to do it. 🙂
Hey thanks for checking out my blog! Wow!! Your husband did an amazing job. Hugs Paula xxx
Thanks, Paula. He’s almost finished the whole of the floor too. 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks so much. He’s almost finished the new floor now, and it looks great.
That use of the ladder in the picture is totally improper and unsafe! 😀
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
Good job with the kitchen 🙂 Wish u a nice day
Thanks so much. You too. 🙂
Your kitchen is stunning. What a pleasure to be in it for you 🙂
Thank, Ruth. I must say, hubby has done an excellent job. I think he’s definitely a ‘keeper’. 😀
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!!
Thanks so much, Sherry. Yes, we love Florida too.
Great kitchen. Awesome. I like white combination in your new kitchen.
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.
Thanks so much, Viveka. Most of my crockery and glass goes in the dishwasher, so I don’t worry too much. I’m a very careful person, and just love my sink. It’s the nicest I’ve ever had. 🙂
It’s truly beautiful … Belfast sink. I’m glad … I will not get the chance to say … what did I tell you. *laughing Enjoy your new kitchen.
😆 I’ll tell you if I break anything.
Brilliant .. and I promise I will not say … I told you so. *smile
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.
Thanks for your lovely comment, IT. Hope your weekend was an enjoyable one. 🙂
Wow that kitchen looks inviting….glad you’re home safe and happy.
Thanks, Jo. Not home for very long. We leave again on Thursday. 🙂
WOW!! What a great remodel !!! Glad you’re back safe and sound in the sunshine state 🙂
Thanks so much, Suzanne. 🙂
Lovely! Very stylish!
Thanks so much, Naomi. 🙂
Kitchen looks beautiful.
Thanks so much, Srdjana. 🙂
Your kitchen looks great. I used to live in Palm Coast, FL. I loved going to Jacksonville to shop.
Thanks so much, Connie. I’ve never stopped off in Jacksonville, only passed by on the highway.
Love, love, love your kitchen!
Thanks so much, Cindy. The floor is going well. 🙂
The new kitchen looks as though it is going to be a real pleasure to invent, experiment and cook in. Congrats to hubby
Thanks so much, Pommepal. Yes there’s lots more space and light. Very inspiring indeed. 🙂
Your kitchen looks beautiful!
Thanks so much, Colline. He did a great job. 🙂
What a transformation! Beautiful!
Thanks so much, Amy. 🙂
Your new kitchen looks fantastic.
We were in England for Christmas and New Year and like you it felt good to return home to the warmth and sun.
Thanks, PiP. It’s always great to get home again, although I do get a bit mixed up with having two homes. 🙂
Your hubby must be a fantastic man – with help from you of course! Beautiful kitchen – I love light and space.
Thanks so much. Yes it’s a huge improvement. I love it to bits. 🙂
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
Thanks so much, Izzy. He gets lots of hugs every day, regardless. 😀
You utilised so much more space in the kitchen and it looks fab!
Yes, it does seem twice as big now, and I have oodles of cupboard and drawer space. 🙂
I’m sure you are happy to be home and the kitchen looks great.
Yes I am glad to be home, but it won’t be for very long. 🙂
Vast improvement on the kit rehab – much better flow/ functionality with the island and the french doors. Hope you get to enjoy it, Sylvia.
Thanks so much. I love the new kitchen. 🙂
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…
Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comment. 🙂 Happy New Year to you.
Glad to see you are both home safe and sound, the kitchen looks just gorgeous…..like 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….
Thanks so much, Annie. Yes, I am very lucky indeed. 🙂
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. 😦
Fabulous kitchen. Enjoy Belize!
Thanks so much, Ruth. 🙂
That’s a smashing job done Silvia. Well done to both of you. Much lighter, more modern and of course, classy! Very nice indeed. 🙂
Thanks, Adrian. Still lots of finishing touches to do, but I really love it. 🙂
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. 😀 I will help lift things if necessary, and I’m great at encouraging and giving advice of course. 🙂
Lovely job! I’m in FL for the winter but Belize sounds far more interesting. Diving?
Thanks, Patricia, Diving for hubby. I’m not a water baby. 🙂
Beautiful kitchen – great job!
Thanks so much. I’m thrilled with it. 🙂
beautiful remodel of the kitchen! I’m sure the fact that you all did it makes it that much more fabulous every time you step in the room!
Super new kitchen AD, enjoy 😀
Yes it is super, Chris. Thanks to you. xx
What a FANTASTIC space for a kitchen!!! LOVE IT so bright and airy!!!! CONGRATS!!!!
Thanks so much, Jasmine. 🙂
Wow! The kitchen looks beauuuuutiful! Your hubby did a wonderful job. Thanx for the photos,enjoy your trip to Belize. 🙂
Thanks so much, matron. He’s busy starting on the floor now. 🙂
Wow! Hubby did excellent work on the kitchen ad, I just love your new kitchen!
Thanks so much, Hopestar. I think he’s definitely someone I should hang on to. 😀 Hugs.
So, when are you having us all over to inaugurate the renewed galley?
You’ll have to buy your own air ticket, Tom. 🙂
I love the new kitchen!
Thanks for the before and after.
Thanks, Tilly. 🙂
Your kitchen looks lovely! I seriously need to steal your hubby when I need a home makeover 😉
Thanks, TA. I keep him far too busy to be lending him out. 😀
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 🙂
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. 🙂
Welcome home, dear AD! Shirts and flip flops in the middle of winter sounds delightful 😉
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!
Thanks so much, Marion. The flooring is underway as we speak. 😀
http://postadaychallenge2011.com/2013/01/05/weekly-photo-challenge-resolved/ when I saw your photo of the wood floors you are doing I am doing this too. New year new look!
Thanks for the visit and comment, Jackie. Wood floors are the way to go. 🙂
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Lovely kitchen – so light and airy. Good luck with the flooring, AD. I haven;t seen stainless steel kick plates here yet. Excellent idea!
Thanks. adee. The flooring is underway. 🙂
It is always nice to come home after a full on holiday. 🙂
Absolutely love the job that you both have done in the kitchen, looks fabulous, and plenty of room and cupboards, very nice.
Thanks, so much, magsx2. Yes I have more cupboard space than I know what to do with, but I’ll think of something. 😀
He did a terrific job of the kitchen. 😉
Yes he is something of a perfectionist. 🙂
Glad you are home safe and sound. Good luck with get the kitchen completed before you go away. Dave also did light fittings yesterday 🙂
Thanks, Tandy. The flooring is now started. 🙂
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 🙂 Thank you dear AD, have a nice weekend, love, nia
Thanks so much, nia. Yes it is really beautiful, and I love being in it. 🙂 Happy weekend to you too. xx
It looks spectacular AD!!!
congrats to hubby on a job very well done 😉
Thanks so much. I’ll pass on your congrats. 🙂
Awesome Kitchen you have here! 🙂
Thanks so much, scrapydo. 🙂
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!
Thanks so much, Jeanne. He really loves this ladder. It’s so versatile compared to the one he has in South Africa.
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.
Thanks, Gunta. If you only knew how many offers of board and lodging hubby has had from my women friends, both married and unmarried. 😆
I can well imagine. Lucky you to have him all to yourself!
Yes I am, and I give thanks every day for him. 🙂
Queensland is called ‘The sunshine state’ in Australia and it is very hot and sunny right now.
Enjoy the heat, Debra. We had some rain today, but the sun is shining again. 🙂
You are a slave driver 😉
Barely home and C has to work again 😉
It looks wonderful and so much lighter.
Well done, C (and AD from time to time).
Hey, that’s Krag’s line! 🙂 He did a great job.Have to keep him out of mischief. 🙂
Dutchmen (and women) think alike.
Apparently so. 😆
The kitchen looks great! What an excellent job you’ve done 😉
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?
Thanks, Dianne. Yes it’s a very humongous ape. 🙂
Welcome home…..glad you had a safe trip!
Thanks. Madeleine. 🙂
Looks very nice and professionally done.