Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The never ending kitchen remodel has ended!

Kitchen Before, day of home inspection

When we purchased our home, we knew that the kitchen was going to be a MAJOR project, especially on a tight budget. I mean, look at the before picture...how 80's can you get? (What the pictures don't show, is that not only was there a yellowish, pillow tile floor, green and off-white tile counters, almond cooktop, black appliances, but originally there was pink...yes pink wallpaper! And lucky for us, the previous homeowner painted one coat of cheap white, flat, builders grade paint over the lovely pink paper!) The appliances were top of the line...if you didn't want to cook! I remember the inspector saying that it would be quicker to heat water on the cooktop than in the microwave. Why you may ask? Well, on the electric cooktop, every setting produced high heat, and the microwave, only, took 8 minutes to heat a cup of water to boiling! But now, I am pleased to announce, that the kitchen is complete, done, finished, fini. And here are some after pictures.

Kitchen, June 2005

Now I get to start decorating little baby Shanahan's room!

I-171H Update: Two weeks ago today, our home study and I-171H application were received by USCIS in Atlanta; at 7:04 a.m. We are still within the supposed 4 week wait...but just in case, I check the mailbox often!


  1. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Wow! That is gorgeous! Those stainless steel appliances are beautiful. Is that granite on the wall behind the stove? Looks great!

  2. Thanks Julie,
    The counter tops are granite...my favorite, blue pearl. The backsplash is made from 1"x1" square slate tiles.

  3. Sexy. Okay. That's just the only word for it. It's a damned sexy kitchen. Glad you had the home study first, because... well, that kitchen is just way to hot for any department of social services to handle.



  4. Anonymous4:37 PM

    Lisa, you HAVE to come and work your magic on my wreck of a kitchen. You did a fab job! Can't wait to see the baby room. Will it have a giraffe?

  5. Anonymous4:41 PM

    The pictures don't do it justice, it is soooo much better in person. It was wonderful seeing you again. We will have to get together more often, and I'll even let you cook for me in that new kitchen. No excuses now!

    Love ya,

  6. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Cute, cute, cute. When's the party? :-)

    I am sending you big strong powerful wishes for a speedy 171H. And if they don't hit that 4 week window, show up in their office and yank it out of their sweaty grimy hands. I'll help you, just call if you need backup.

  7. Anonymous8:23 PM

    Lisa, is the kitchen a giraffe free zone? I can't believe that to be the case. Tell me it isn't so, I'm having palpitations! It looks lovely, all your hard work has paid off.
    L & P M.

  8. Beautiful kitchen! I love the floor and stainless appliances!!!

  9. I really love the back splash....Very nice! We are still living with the baby blue formica counters that the previous owner looked all over CA for...go figure.

  10. Whoa! What a gorgeous kitchen! So big and open and it looks great for parties!

  11. Hi Lisa:

    Thanks for your good wishes comment on my blog.

    I am in the process of redoing my kitchen due to a flood. Yours looks awesome.

    Here's hoping for a speedy I-171H!!


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