1.25.2013

the story & cost of our kitchen renovation




i apologize up front for those that are sick and tired of seeing this kitchen but i've been getting lots of emails asking for details so i kinda need to do this.


this first picture was taken the day we took ownership.  you can see larry has already started ripping out the carpet in the living room.

this kitchen cost $14k to renovate.  i'll tell you exactly the price breakdown at the end of the post.
remember, the kitchen is small and only has 3 base cabinets and one upper (w/o doors) so that kept costs down.
another key to keeping the cost relatively low was using the same layout of basic fixtures that was already here.
i tried to think of ways to have a proper triangle working space but in the end it was impossible.
so now when i cook i get exercise too.







another trick to save money was using the baseboard and crown molding as part of the cabinet design.  we ran the 6" crown around the room, wrapping the upper cabinet in.  and then we ripped 4" off the 10" baseboard and incorporated it into the base cabinet structure.
all 3 cabinets have a furniture look to them now b/c of that.  it's one of my favorite things about this kitchen.

















here you can see how the crown and base moldings are incorporated into the cabinets.
i often get asked about whether or not i like having the open cabinets and the answer is Yes.
i love the way they look and i love the way they function.
also, i got used to not having the toe kick really fast.  it is no big deal and again, love the way it looks.











i remember this day so clearly.  the floor was complete and covered with paper and cardboard to protect it and when those cabinets were brought in and the granite was placed on top i think i cried.  yeah, i'm sure i did.  my heart was ready to burst i was so happy.  up until this point i had no idea if any of my ideas were going to really work out.






we started with the flooring in this kitchen b/c i wanted the cabinets to sit on top of the flooring instead of the flooring butting up to them.  see that big old refrigerator?  when we moved it there was a big hole in the floor where it had been leaking.  we knew at that point we were going to have to tile the floor.
we could reuse the kitchen floorboards that were still in good shape in the living room to fill in the large hole that the floor heater left when we tore it out.  so it all worked out nicely.






the cabinets and all the walls and trim throughout the house are painted in benjamin moore's simply white.
(except the office which is ralph lauren mercer)





ahhh, the lovely pantry.
quite scary in there.





i love all the beadboard that the cabinet guy put in.  even the ceiling is beadboarded.

you can see this is where the microwave, toaster and coffee maker is.
it's our breakfast center.



















ok so here is the basic cost breakdown, installation is included


kitchen cabinets (includes all baseboards, crown moulding and rebuilding pantry 4k

countertops (honed black granite) 2k

viking range 5k

kohler farmhouse sink 1k

vintage faucet 300.

backsplash (white subway) 300.

flooring (2x2 hex tile) 1400.
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total 14k


you could easily knock $4 or 5k off this if you used a regular stove and sink.
and even more if you can do tile work.

wait...the price for the subway tile is a little low b/c about a year after being here i had the guy come back and tile the entire wall behind the stove.  i think he charged $200 to do that.
and the bamboo blinds are from lowes - i think they are $20 bucks each.
and the drapes are from target and are $20 a pair.

so that is that.
and i hope this answers your questions.



xo
janet

ps

my dear friend sarah from the blog my yellow house recently lost her entire blog!
she has started a new one and i'd love for you to pop over and say hi.
thanks!

one day


97 comments:

  1. Functional, yet beautiful. Our kitchen needs work but it is going to wait a couple more years. That's fine by me because you enjoy something more when you have waited for it.

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  2. Janet, I am so stealing the trim idea for the bottom of my kitchen cabinets and I really really want your pantry. Am copying it to my dream book so I will have it for next major reno!

    As always, love, love, love your house and style! Great job!

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  3. you are a dream! thanks for showing us the process. that pantry really saves you, doesn't it? lots of space in there for all your things. love how, with the pantry storage, your kitchen can look clean and streamlined. I do love the crown and trim done like that. is it hard not having a recessed toe-kick? it looks so good! donna

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    1. yes donna, that tiny pantry holds a lot of essentials that would normally crowd the countertops. and thanks for bringing up the toe kick. it doesn't bother me at all and i love the way it looks.

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    2. good to know, thanks, janet. I love the way the moulding looks, too, and may consider it for my next re-do! donna

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  4. I love it! The pantry alone is worth 14K!

    Sue
    xo

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  5. Fantastic job remodeling, and not only does it look beautiful, it seems very functional. I'm a fan of no toe kicks, I think they're unnecessary and cabinets certainly look better, more furniture like, without them. Also, no grungy old food found hidden. How do you like working on black countertops? I've heard very mixed reviews about that. Having them honed certainly helps I'm sure, but still curious. Really gorgeous job!

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    1. hi kathy, i really like the black countertops. i use a cutting board so i never chop on them. i set hot pots right off the stove on them w/o any problem. they clean up nicely and look pretty good. i highly recommend them. :)

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  6. Good Morning!
    I found The Gardener's Cottage (years ago) from a picture I saw of your kitchen on another blog and it's been my favorite ever since. I saw that floor and couldn't visit you fast enough. :) I love how it has such a classic look without feeling like a kitchen.

    xo

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  7. Postings like this are the best!

    Your kitchen is beautiful! The commenters before state that it is (very) functional. I am not so sure about that - I mean the triangel is a basic. But as you say: you get your exercise while cooking. And you were a chef, correct? So you definitely knew what you were aiming for :-)
    My partner would not let us store dishes, glases etc in open cabinets because of the grease and dust that happens to set on the dishes as soon as it gets steamy in the kitchen (which happens every other day in the cold season when we cook and can't open the windows).

    Speaking of windoes: Did you cut bushes/trees in front of the windows? More light seems to come in now, compared to before. Cooking + Light, the ideal pair!

    One more question, the last for today ;-) How high is the kitchen?

    May end by saying I miss your recipe-postings, I really got used to them. :-)

    greetings,
    Paula

    PS: your pantry is our corner-cabinet.

    PPS: you know what has to come next: a posting with the title "What's inside my fridge"
    Your huge fridge, the big secret in the gardener's cottage. After that you have probably shown as everything inside your cottage. :-D

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    1. hi paula, yes, i am a trained chef. and there was no way around the basic layout of this kitchen. no there are no trees or bushes growing there. i took the pics in the late afternoon when the sun pours in those windows. the kitchen has 8ft ceilings. and i've already posted what's inside my refrigerator. how did you miss that?:)

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    2. Good question, how could I miss that?!!
      It is never too late, voila:

      http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g40411-d269093-i38392548-Shadetree_Inn-Saint_Francisville_Louisiana.html#38392548

      ah, no, here it is:
      http://thegardenerscottage.blogspot.co.at/2012/03/spring-cleaning-my-diet.html

      It's amazing how little space you need in your fridge when you go vegan. :-)

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  8. Your kitchen is how ours should look! I hate fitted, mitchy-matchy kitchens and yours is just perfect, like a room rather than a utilitarian work space. xxx

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  9. Janet,

    This is one of the most appealing, attractive and serene kitchens I've ever seen. Such a pleasure to see.

    My kitchen cabinets are very much like yours except there is a toe kick. I just went doing around the kitchen and found that my toes don't go there. The toe kick, at least for me, appears to be superfluous.

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  10. It is so beautiful, clean and simple! I never get tired of looking at your home.

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  11. Janet I just pinned the "after" pictures to my Kitchen file on Pinterest. I want to copy your kitchen like a Giant Copycat!
    Thanks for sharing this you're the best. xo.

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  12. Thank you for this post Janet, as we have been doing some work in our kitchen. I have been really trying to clear the clutter and this post is just what I needed. I especially love your pantry and your kitchen is simply lovely.

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  13. Janet, wonderful graphic crisp contrast of your floor (plus the counters and that tea towel). You have another copycat in Canada. While our kitchen will have to last a while, the one spare, needs doing space our condo has is a pantry corner. Breakfast centre brilliant! DH could keep his half-awake morning mess in there. Ideal since you can see our entire main kitchen/ island as soon as you open front door.
    Thank you for taking the time to share all the thoughtful details. Your joy in this room shines through.

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  14. Janet,

    Someday if we ever get around to doing a major remodel to our kitchen, it would look very similar to yours. Very timeless and beautiful. You are so lucky that Larry is so handy. My husband is pretty talented in that department, if he only had more time! :/

    Although our kitchen is old (1948), anyone who has seen it loves it anyway...has a bit of French charm to it. We did make some minor cosmetic changes after we moved in so it's definitely way better than what it was. And it's a decent size so that helps. Lots of storage. Although I would kill to have a pantry like yours!

    I was laughing at the light fixture in the "before" pic. We had that same one in our dining room when we moved in. It took us forever to find a replacement so I think we had to live with it for 2 years!



    Linda
    xo

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  15. Please make the finished picture clickable so I can enlarge. I can't see very well. Thanks

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    1. that's as large as i can get them. you can use your computer to enlarge them though.

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  16. Great Job, Janet...
    Perfect size...
    Perfect fixtures...
    Bravo!
    Thanks for the update on Sarah...
    I enjoy following her blog...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  17. It looks lovely, you have great vision to see that when looking at the original kitchen and pantry. I love the little breakfast center, it seems so homey.

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  18. That's a lovely and charming kitchen. I am a big fan of black and white in a kitchen. My kitchen is 72 years old and still has the original cabinets (white),there is even the old built-in bread box and a narrow cabinet for cookie sheets. We used a marble look for counter tops. It's scratch and stain resistant. Best countertop I ever had. Our copper pipes in the ceiling sprung leaks and the ceiling had to be totally torn out. It was a terrible thing to go through, but after everything was replaced, my hubby put in a wainscoted ceiling and stained it a warm brown color. Lemonade out of lemons so to speak. Next on the agenda is new appliances. I can't decide if I want stainless or white. Black would even work. I've heard some people complain about stainless being difficult to clean. How do you like stainless?

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    1. i find the stainless very easy to care for. i just wipe it down with warm soapy water like i would any appliance. i really don't fuss over them. :)

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    2. Thank you, that's good to know. Now if I can just find a fridge small enough to fit under my cupboards. Thanks again for posting about your wonderful kitchen. I am quite taken with it.

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  19. Arlene In MissouriJanuary 25, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Your kitchen is lovely. It looks so clean and fresh ! Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Hi Janet,

    I am enjoying a cup of tea, the rain outside and your lovely post on your kitchen. Never tire of them... Absoutely beautiful..

    I did come across the below link to RL tumbler- very cool. It is new to me, but I bet you already peruse it. Had to pass it on just incase you hadn't...

    http://ralphlauren.tumblr.com/archive

    Oh one more thing, do you have a list of your favorite cleaning and food products you shop for at Trador Joes anywhere on one of your posts?.. I'm searching and only find them randomly- which I a writing down. :)

    Kindness and Grace,

    Sandra

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    1. thanks sandra, yes i have that link bookmarked. lovely isn't it?

      i do have posts on some of my favorites. for cleaning it's dr. bronners - i use it in the laundry, bathroom, to clean floors, everthing!

      fave tj's food products would include - earth balance, their vanilla soy yogurt, almond milk, earl grey breakfast tea, their organic tofu...these are just a few off the top of my head this morning. i need to do a post on this. thanks. :)

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  21. Your kitchen is what drew me to your blog originally, quite some time ago. I thought it was perfection. I've been thinking of painting my white kitchen grey, but seeing your kitchen again makes me want to keep it white and just save up for those gorgeous counter-tops.
    Thanks for this post!

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  22. We recently remodeled our kitchen and I used your kitchen as my inspiration. White cabinets, black counters, beadboard walls and ceiling and stainless appliances. I painted my walls blue with white trim. I already have hardwood floors but I do love your black and white tile floor. Your pantry is so great and I love that it's not crowded.
    Thanks for the pictures, just lovely.

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  23. I had not asked, but was wondering the same things about your kitchen. So glad you posted all of this. My house is 1860's and the kitchen is pretty shabby - it needs an updated "vintage" look to it. Nice inspirations here.

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  24. The first time I stumbled across your blog I saw your kitchen and assumed you were European! I love how clean and crisp it is, but your pantry is my absolute favorite. I would want to grow herbs under the window.

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  25. Just lovely Janet!
    There is no way I could ever tire of your kitchen ...it speaks to me on so many levels.
    Black and white are my favourite combination of colours. I do like the looks of your range..
    we have our eyes on a new one but not as luxe as yours as ours is having some issues.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  26. Janet,
    Your kitchen is beautiful. Painting it white really makes it brighter and larger. Great job!

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  27. I think I could get down with a life sans toe kick. They are (some days, like today) the bane of my domestic existence. Your kitchen is gorgeous!

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  28. I still think it's amazing you were able to keep the cost so low.

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  29. Love your kitchen. The chandelier is so beautiful too! I have a thing for chandeliers. I even hang cheeky, whimsical ornaments from mine.

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  30. I love your wall of tile. What solution do you use on the tiles to keep them clean and shiny?

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    1. just hot water and soap and if i'm feeling energetic i'll follow up with vinegar. :)

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  31. What I would give for a pantry!

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  32. It's like a breathe of fresh air now! Just lovely! I love your taste! the pantry is adorable, i have always been a sucker for pantries and wish i had one.

    a shame to have one lose their blog, but I hear this happens often!

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  34. Janet - I wanted to tell you that your kitchen photos from last year inspired my kitchen renovation. We went with the Viking all-gas range and it looks just beautiful in our 1875 Italianate kitchen. We had our cabinets refaced and we went with white honed Carrera Marble. Yes, everyone and their brother advised against it since it stains easily, but since we are empty nesters and wipe up after every meal, we are delighted with the results. We also had to pick a new vent hood though and choose the Venezia by Zephyr. Thanks for your wonderful update and for replying to my inquiries last year. We are very happy with the results. Now, thinking about the beautiful b/w floor tiles in your kitchen - so refreshing.

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  35. Such an amazing transformation! Your kitchen is lovely.

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  36. Gorgeous! Great vision you have. I love a white kitchen and personally, I believe it never dates. I like the B/W floor too. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. I meant to mention you've inspired me to give up meat. It's been over 2 weeks. No pork, chicken or beef. I still eat dairy and seafood for now. We'll see how it goes. My daughter has been vegan for 4 years and so she has inspired me as well. Thanks, Janet.

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  38. I love what you've done with your kitchen...what year was your home built? It's very reminiscent of ours...I think ours was a little rougher than yours :) Here's some of our story- http://lamaisonlafortune.blogspot.com/2010/02/our-ugly-duckling-kitchen.html

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  39. Oh, I hope you don't mind, but I Pinned two of your pictures...the baseboard/crown treatment for your cabinets :)

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  40. I'm new to your blog but I am really enjoying it.

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  41. Your kitchen comes together beautifully just like the other rooms in your cottage. The way you combine things is just right- never too little or too much. You have great taste. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I love your kitchen! We are in the middle of a renovation ourselves in our small galley kitchen. We could not afford custom cabinets but are using white IKEA cabinets. It's all coming together very nicely with a beadboard ceiling, wood counters, farmhouse sink etc. and we hope to come in at a little over $4,000. We (hubby mostly!) are doing everything ourselves from plumbing to cabinet installation. What a learning process! I love the restraint that you use in your decorating. I am going to remember that when it is time for the finishing touches in ours. And like you, we decided to forgo a dishwasher. In the small space it looks so much better without one, and I really don't mind washing dishes.

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  43. Dear Janet,
    I never tire of seeing your kitchen. It's simple and classic. I grew up in an old house, and have owned a couple myself. Your kitchen, and the rest of your house, just feels like home. Love it.
    Colleen

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  44. I never get tired of seeing this lovely kitchen, my favorite bit is the shelving above the country sink.

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  45. how in God's own name do you lose a blog???

    I love the transformation. Did you live in the house while it was being renovated?

    Your kitchen is divine xxxx

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  46. Love that pantry! There's just something about an old fashioned pantry that makes me happy. If I lived in your home, I would find myself wandering in and basking in the glow of the warm natural light of that pantry. Also, I feel you can tell a lot about a person by the contents of their pantry. (When house hunting, I saw some pretty bad food in some pretty expensive homes.) So I am curious, on the bottom right shelf, I see three green containers that appear to be some type of spice. I am curious, what the heck is that?

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    1. that is where my jars for jam are and those are jars of pectin:)

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    2. I've always wanted to try making my own jam. If you have a good recipe, I'd love it if you could email it to me. Or perhaps do a post on it. I see beautiful jams and jellies in the grocery store, and they seem so expensive for no more ingredients that are in them. You are so talented, Janet!

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    3. here you go...
      http://thegardenerscottage.blogspot.com/2011/07/orange-marmalade.html

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  47. I did see him at the Hammersmith in June and then again in November at The Alexandra Palace which was brilliant. I managed to get right to the front on both times as well, the second time dead centre in front of him.....so we share a couple of passions then?
    Thanks for replying it was fun to see you had. I had a feeling that you would. How long have you have you been a fan of Jack White? Cx

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  48. Thanks for this post, Janet. I think the final result is perfect! As I was reading through your cost breakdown, I saw "vintage faucet 300" and had to scroll back up to see it. How could I have missed that? I LOVE it! Wall mounted is the best. I also like your tile floor very much. And that sweet painting on the wall to the left of the sink! I like that you left the window in the pantry. Removing it would have given you more storage but the natural light is such a benefit. What a great remodel at a great price.
    Claudia

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  49. I never get tired of seeing your kitchen, Janet. It is so charming and beautiful. It reminds me of Ina Garten's kitchen. Thanks for sharing the costs and your tips! Have a great weekend!
    Deborah

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  50. Hi Janet!

    speaking of kitchen and cooking: Austria's first vegan supermarket is going to open its doors in Vienna soon. :-)
    Whenever I read a recipe here, I realized how difficult it is to cook like you do, without the suppliers. It's going to get easier. The only thing I have to come over is the fact that most of the goods come here on huge container-ships, shipped across the oceans. Not the smallest foot-print when it comes to carbondioxide ... well. Lets enjoy the taste of the next banana/falaffel/whatsoever :-D

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  51. I absolutely love your kitchen. Can you please give specifics on the panels from Target? I'm not seeing anything that looks like it's on drapery hooks like your appear to be.

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    1. yeah, i just checked and see they no longer carry them. i would look at ikea for plain white cotton drapes.

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  52. I am probably in much the same position as you re friends and family not getting it!
    I could talk for years too...lol must have read everything and anything linked to Jack that is possible to find on the internet.
    You see I agree with everything he has said about anything. I share interests too, even weird thing like stuffed animals, I have a collection of Antlers. I love anything about the solar system, a dislike of Tweeting. Facebook. Social networking etc yet here I am blogging. This is now the world we live in. If your business/passion is to reach out there, you need a Website .
    I am a big Vintage Fan but hate Retro! I sew and can make soft furnishings but really could do with some lessons (with Jack only I'm afraid) to learn how to upholster.
    With regard to his website, I have thought about joining. Is it worth it?
    I am envious that you got to see him six times!
    I guess you know all the lyrics? and interpret them too! He wears his heart of his sleeve I think.
    I have been a fan since he appeared on Jools Holland on the BBC. I saw him talking first, he looked different and interesting. He sang with Jools at the piano and both played with such passion, St James Infirmary Blues, loved it. Then he played Freedom 21 and Hip Eponymous Poor Boy, with The Peacocks. That was it, I got hooked well and truly.
    It has been nice to share our passion.
    Keep in touch.
    Carl x

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  53. Hi Janet - Love, Love, Love your kitchen.

    Would love to see even other rooms in your house~ Laundry Room, storage room, basement. I get so motivated by you to declutter!

    Thank you!

    Jennifer

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  54. Janet, just popping in to say (along with many others) - I never tire of the kitchen pics.
    Also like other commenters, I have pinned as many pics of your lovely kitchen and pantry as I can on one of my Pinterest dream boards. I have made sure the photos are duly credited to you and your blog, of course, and hope this is all right with you? If not, please do let us "Pinterest Fans" know. I simply love your beautiful space. And thanks so much for sharing all of this with us.

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    1. thank you and of course it is ok with me. i need to get on pinterest one of these days.:)

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  55. Your kitchen is lovely! I adore all the open shelving and vintage touches :)

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  56. I love your kitchen and pantry! I love your floor, the subway tile and well I just love a black and white kitchen! And your table, I love that too!

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  57. Janet I would NEVER tire at looking at your kitchen and how you put it all together.. A masterpiece - I love it. Am sure I would have cried too when the granite tops went in. Just perfection. XX

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  58. And agree with Anon I get so motivated too by you to declutter - maybe a post or two on this subject? Thank you...xxx

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  59. Hi Janet! I copied and saved your kitchen pics to my personal folder in hopes of one day having a similar kitchen so I will never ever tire of this kitchen or your cottage pics!! I love everything about it but I think what I love most is the lifestyle "feeling" it portrays. Clean and simple is always best.

    Have a happy week,
    Sincerely Jeannette

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  60. Me again! Thanks for posting Sara's new blog link - I was sad when I could no longer find her blog!!
    Sincerely, Jeannette

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  61. This all turned out so beautifully! I love the bead board everywhere.

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  62. Hi Janet,
    Just curious if you are happy with your Viking range.


    Thanks!

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    1. yes i am. you can read about it here...

      http://thegardenerscottage.blogspot.com/2012/03/viking-stove-review.html

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  63. Hi Janet, just popped over from Faux Fuchsia's blog. Love your kitchen renovation, I have always loved those farmhouse sinks, not quite sure that it would suit my kitchen (which is fairly new as we built in 2009) but I think when it's time for renovations (hmm, wonder how soon that could be :)) I will be looking to incorporate one of those sinks!
    Cheers Judy xx

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  64. Hi I have just come across your blog, your my type of girl. Love the sink, my question please is, does it mark easily. I washed the range hood vents in my laundry sink which is porcelain and it left marks, which have since disappeared. Maybe your sink isn't porcelain? xxx Rae

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    1. yes, it is porcelain and i've not had any problems with it.

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  65. This is my first time seeing your kitchen and I just said out loud to no one "Whoa Whoa Whoa". Janet, seriously you have created my dream kitchen. I love old, black & white kitchens and you have done this perfectly! Every detail....love that you kept the same layout and footprint, love that every detail looks "old" and full of charm & character. I kid you not, my heart is pounding a little because I'm so excited to find this kitchen. I'm currently house hunting for a tiny (and I mean tiny!) house in the Hollywood Hills and I hope you won't mind if I copy your kitchen. True love. Beautiful job!!!!!

    Karen
    xo

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  66. Janet,
    Thank you so much for posting the before/after pictures...they help and inspire so much! This is my first time to ever comment on a blog but felt compelled because your sense of style living in a small space. It is so inviting and beautiful! I live in my great grandparents' little farmhouse of 1875 and am getting great ideas from you. I am working on downsizing the stuff and your blog helps tremendously...thank you again!

    Bernadette

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  67. What type of insulation did you use for the interior/exterior walls?

    Having really good interior wall insulation and external wall insulation can make a huge difference in your heating and cooling bills during the winter/summer season.

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    1. none. and this house is surprisingly cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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  68. I could study before and after pics all day! Thanks for sharing. Its a beautiful renovation job and perfectly in keeping with that lovely cottage.

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  69. Wow! This is so beautiful and so fun and so exciting! I am glad that you decided to post all of this because I really enjoyed watching this whole process. We are looking in to some kitchen renovations in Halifax and didn't really know where to begin. It is such a huge job. But I am sure that you are so pleased with the outcome-your story gives us hope! Thanks for posting all of these details.

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  70. Beautiful, clean, simple and perfect. All parts are looking nice but I like the breakfast center more. We can keep all necessary things at one place to make the work easier.

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  71. Seeing pictures like that just make me want to get kitchen renovations in Halifax. It's so fun to see everything come together like that.

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  72. Thanks for sharing. I love your kitchen!!!! I am a new linky follower and can't wait to read about the rest of the Kitchen remodeling orange county ca !!! Looks wonderful! The colors are amazing, can't wait to see the rest!

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  73. I am doing a Kitchen Renovation Project in Toronto. This has given me some great ideas on what to do with my kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

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  74. Stunning renovation, got some inspiration and ideas for renovating.

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