It’s time for our long-awaited Kitchen Remodel Reveal! From Handan’s initial design in the spring to an all-summer build, it’s been one hell of a ride, but it’s finally finished, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
I remember the first recipe that I created myself. I didn’t read it from a book or from one of the stained and annotated recipe cards my mom kept in a green metal box by the sink.
The recipe formed somewhere in the murky depths of my pre-teen brain. It was the culmination of years of tasting this and smelling that and putting all those flavors and aromas into a mental file that would someday form the foundation of culinary skill.
The dish I made – and I remember the morning clearly, though I was only about 11 years old – was a masterful fusion of country and cuisine.
It was breakfast time before school – I had to have been in 6th or 7th grade – and I was bored to tears over the same-old same-old cereal. If I had to look at another Cheerio, I swear I’d hurl. I was so sick of those soggy little rings! Grody to the max!
I had already ventured into peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but even those lost their allure after a time.
Ditto, peanut butter and Fluff, aka The Fluffernutter. By the way, if you’re not from the Northeast, you have no idea what you’ve missed out on your whole life. Go online and buy some from the company – you won’t be disappointed! When I lived in San Francisco, I ordered a case, so I could make Fluffernutters for all of my California friends. Most were thrilled, but it being California, there were some freaks who didn’t like it. Some people are just beyond help.
Anyway, it was morning, I was hungry, and I wanted no part of cereal or sandwiches.
But what about eggs? You may be thinking.
To which I say, kudos, madam! You’re on the right track!
Because the thing I wanted – the thing that had apparently been percolating in my subconscious, the thing I created when the notion leaped into my brain, fully-formed like Athena from the brow of Zeus – was a pepperoni pizza omelette.
That was the day I took my first step on the long and tasty path to becoming the world-famous chef I am today.
[Bahahahaha! Yeah right, my babes! – Handan]
Okay, okay, fine! So I’m not world famous.
But I am renowned in every room of this house!
Anyway, throughout all the years between that pepperoni pizza omelette and today, I had a dream that someday I’d get to cook in a big fancy kitchen. A kitchen like you’d see in one of those fancy magazines that write articles about Perfect People.
I had a dream, but I didn’t have a plan.
Until Handan came into my life.
She made me a promise 7 years ago.
She promised me that one day, I’d have the kitchen of my dreams.
Now, my babes has made me several “big” promises like that.
And you want to know something?
She’s made good on all of them.
I’m so happy and so proud to present to you my new kitchen, a dream designed and given life by my babes and a small group of skilled and dedicated cabinet designers, contractors and craftsmen.
Debbie Caballero from Home Depot translated Handan’s original design into a gorgeous KraftMaid dream. She was a joy to work with, and she helped us out without question (as did KraftMaid) when we ran into a few small problems along the way.
San Tang installed the cabinets and lights with artistic precision. That one man can do so much so perfectly just astounds me. I am in awe of his skill.
Our stone was cut and installed by AA Marble & Granite, a company that does their stonework with passion and finesse.
Tony Noutash and his crew from Atlanta Custom Finishes did a flawless job installing our backsplash tile.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our Kitchen Remodel Reveal…
Let’s start with the breakfast nook. Here’s how it looked when we moved in.
And here it is now.
We bought the Pier One table and chair set in early spring when Handan was still living in the studio apartment in Atlanta. She found it on Facebook Marketplace for $500, including an outdoor umbrella. What a steal!
In our recent DIY Floating Shelves post, you saw the dog-feeding station that we built from a standard bathroom vanity from Lowe’s.
In a future post, I’ll explain how we did it and show you how to turn the attached top panel into a functional drawer.
Okay, enough potato, let’s get to the meat!
Okay, enough of the before and afters. Let’s carry on with the afters! And more specifically, let’s focus in on that beautiful 48-inch range!
This range is a dream to cook on. ZLINE has managed to build a dual fuel range of exceptional quality with all the features of a Sub-Zero or a Wolf or a Viking for one third the price. I look forward to years of good cooking with this thing!
I absolutely love the look of the range and hood against the backsplash tile! My babes did a great job picking that. Come to think of it…she did a great job with the whole kitchen remodel!
I’m keeping all my pots and pans in those 4 big middle and lower drawers. I’ve filled the two upper drawers with spices. I made some drawer dividers from scrap wood to keep things neat.
The two cabinets flanking the range have appliance garages at their bases. These things are fantastic!
Moving across to the island…
The farmhouse sink looks perfect against the Rocky Mountain Sky island cabinets.
To keep myself from destroying that beautiful fireclay, we bought a sink grid for the basin.
And that quartzite island! Oh, we just can’t get enough of it! (Hmmmm…what’s that area in the background?? Guess we’ll have to wait and see!)
That is one enormous piece of rock – actually it’s two pieces. At 12′ 3″ long, this island is bigger than any one slab of stone you’ll find in any of the rock shops.
Have I mentioned how much we love these pendant lights? The kitchen is such a huge expanse, and this light curtain really helps break up the empty space.
We have a small seating area for two – perfect for Baris and Handan to sit and keep me company while I cook! By the way, those stools were bought for the bar-height island in our old house. They were much too tall for this new counter-height island, but I came up with a perfect solution to make them smaller. You can find that post here!
I love the new faucet – I can turn it on and off with a simple touch.
Here it is in action!
Next to the sink, I have a slide-out garbage can on the left.
And a slide-out cutting board/tray holder to the right of the dishwasher.
Moving over to the perimeter cabinets…
This is the coffee station. It gets used about 5 times a day!
The drawer microwave is so cool! I had no idea these things existed before Handan put one in her design!
This is the corner cabinet above the stand mixer. The rotating shelf is just awesome!
In the lower cabinet, Handan found a great solution for the blind corner dead space.
I love the two-tiered cutlery drawer.
This is the command center next to the fridge. We keep all of our vitamins in the upper cabinet.
Back to the range…
You may be wondering what’s hanging from the hood. He’s my culinary mascot – we bought him in Cape Cod during our honeymoon.
Penny and Pepper love the new kitchen too!
Caught in the act!
Here’s the shot I was taking above.
Here are some night shots. I installed dimmer switches for the ceiling lights and the pendants. Makes a huge difference at night!
Okay, that’s it for the “official” photos. If you’d like to see some pics of the first meal I cooked in the fully-finished kitchen, please click Next to carry on to page 2.