Kitchen Tour- Part 1

People have asked me various times,

“Why don`t you do a room by room tour- of your new/old house on your blog?”

I guess the idea is, what are you hiding?

Well, a lot.

See, my first thoughts when people say that are:

1. It`s not that great.


2. Why don`t you show me YOUR house first?

Then, I started thinking about it and decided:

1. It would be kinda fun.

2. It`s a simple house, (ugly in places) sub par to probably 99.9 percent of my readers. but oh well…

I can still share my home with you…

Like I would do if you came to eat and drink with me. Which sounds really fun, btw. πŸ™‚

I didn`t really feature shots of the whole room because I would rather show you little snapshots of my favorite things about each room.

Plus, I have a lot to hide. Taking close up shots will allow me to do that.

Here is my Galley Kitchen- so called because it is teeny tiny.

Itty bitty. Long and narrow.

When I wanted this house- the kitchen was a sore spot for my husband,

“You mean you REALLY want this house with the tiny kitchen?”

He asked me a million times.

Well, yes I do. I`m not a cook. I`d rather have a little kitchen- PLUS my own art room any day!

Ok, let`s start out with a few “befores”.

This is the way the kitchen looked the day the realtor took us through the house.

In the process of moving in AND taking off the cupboard doors to get them painted.

(Before) Oh and did I mention the place was FILTHY?

Well, it was. Not sure if you can really SEE on this faucet pic- but oh it was bad…

(Before) Yes. This is the fridge that “came with the house”.

Oh, wow- generous, aren`t ya?

I still remember the day I called my husband at work, the first day I showed up at our “new” house to clean and told him,

“I`m sorry but we have to burn the fridge”.

But after looking at it further, it appeared to be a rather newish fridge in other wise great condition (besides the filth).

So anyways- I put on some gloves, dumped bottles of strong cleaner into it, cried, used more Bleach.

I ended up tearingΒ  out the shelves, and throwing them into the back of our SUV, and (literally!) sneaking them into the local car wash to spray these shelves with a power washer.

Anyways- a story for another day…

(Before) This is what it looked like for a LONG time.

I have two little girls under the age of 2.

It was a rough time in my life- endurance wise.

Yup, still a long way to go.

Still waiting for the cupboard doors to come back from the painter`s shop.

I`ll show you my “after” snaps tomorrow.

I hope you can sleep tonight with all this suspense.

Love, Jenny

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  1. Aimee says:

    Can’t wait to see your “after” pictures! Your comments always just make my day!! πŸ™‚

  2. Di says:

    Looking forward to seeing the change!! You did lot’s of work, I am sure you feel like you have accomplished a lot. Goooood feeling. πŸ™‚

  3. Christy says:

    Thanks for showing off the sub-par pictures so the ones of us living below :0 πŸ˜‰ you don’t have to feel inferior all the time. πŸ˜€ I realize what a wimp I am when I see DIRTY stuff like that fridge. I would have cried, too!

  4. Hey, it’s tomorrow now!! πŸ™‚ I can SO RELATE with those pictures… A lot of work, vision, imagination, more work, and FINALLY something beautiful starts emerging from the dirt and grime…

    I know what you mean about showing pictures of your house though… What I think it drop-dead beautiful is not always what another person would even call cute. So I know some things jive and others don’t, but that’s okay. This is YOU and your house, and if you like it, that’s what matters. Plus, I know pretty much all of us will like it too. πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait for those “after” pictures!!

  5. Becky Bru says:

    I keep checking back several times A DAY for the after pictures. I’m so hooked on Bailey&Me2 it’s ridiculous… and my mom is an addict now too and I’m spreading the word to others. Thanks so much for posting links to other fascinating websites. You’ve inspired to look for opportunities to make something out of nothing.

    • sorry and thank you! i am a weiner shmitzel (like my hus would say) i have not allowed myself enough time and also didn`t have access to our computer for about a half week now because of my hus having his laptop hooked up to it because he was making a video for the school… anyways- i hope tom i can finish the kitchen afters?? i am so sorry- i don`t know why i said tomorrow– i guess tomorrow never REALLY comes– ha

  6. Kim says:

    Laughed out loud at the fridge story… Probably because my poor daughter-in-law suffered a similar fate when first married and moving into their first house. We’d gone to help them clean/move things over before the big move and she spent HOURS and untold quantities of chemicals trying to clean that fridge. In the end it was consigned to the garage for “overflow” needs and my son bought her a new one for the kitchen.

    Anyway, I always buy Christmas ornaments for the ‘kids’ each year and try to get ones that have some significance for the year. That year I found the perfect Hallmark ornament of a tiny old fashioned fridge! The doors even open and there are things inside. Too cute! And my DIL laughed and laughed and laughed when she opened it πŸ™‚

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