Progress in the Kitchen

We’re making progress! The hole is bigger now. The bead board is up. Just need to work on some trim. I took a cabinet door off from anther area to create an open shelf and I was going to use that door. Then we decided it might be better to hang on to that door for future owners. So we picked up a new door at the Restore the other day. We actually got 2 for $2. It’s the lighter one leaning against the wall.

hole copy

Even just swapping out the old plugs and plates make a difference. We reused some of the corner trim. That will all get painted. And see that outlet on the wall above the doors? That placement bugs me. Why is it there?


We also replaced the pantry door. The old one was just a plain hollow core door that was stained like the trim. It had a hole it in from banging up against the corn of the counter. Even though it’s not painted it makes a huge difference in the room. I can’t wait to do replace more doors. Here’s a shot from the realtor when we looked at the house to show you what the plan is on this side. It’s a disaster zone at the moment.

kitchen plan copy

Even though my kitchen is a wreck it did not stop me from making these little pieces of heaven. I found the lava cake recipe at Pioneer Woman’s site. It's not the best shot to show off the warm gooey goodness but I was trying to hurry because they were fresh from the oven and my whipped cream was melting and it was calling to me to hurry and eat it. The boys had theirs with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Heaven I tell you. Easy and fast too.

lava cake 2 copy

So, that's where we are now. Can you see it lightening up? I sure can. More to come.

see ya,


  1. Anita, I am so excited for you! Your kitchen is going to look fabulous. I can't wait to see more!

  2. Loving watching ur kitchen transform! And as much as Im loving ur kitchen, I'm loving that cake pic too! Like I REALLY need some of that cake!!!

  3. That cake did it for me. Oh my god, that looks heavenly.

  4. Your kitchen is looking fantastic. Remind me to tell you sometime about my pantry door. It's one of my favorite things in my kitchen.

    And I am trying to be a good girl. I haven't even opened up the box of chocolates my hubs bought me yesterday. That cake is to die for! I am frothing at the mouth as I eat my veggie pita.

    Hope all is well. I've been closed up in my writer's cell. It's good to get out and breathe in some bloggy air.

  5. Looks great Anita! But I have to tell you, you wrote 'panty door' hehehe ;)

    xx Karen

  6. You are going to love your kitchen. Those lava cakes look delicious, too. I'm new to your blog. I just started one over a month ago. Gave me something to do in all this cold weather.

  7. Your kitchen is going to be so pretty! I love the bead board!
    I'm guessing the outlet is there for a cordless phone. Maybe. Who knows?
    Lava cake. Mmmm~that looks good!

  8. It is looking great! What a huge project to take on, my master suite drove me nuts, can't imagine a kitchen.

  9. Wow, you are making great progress. Looks wonderful so far. Hugs, Marty

  10. hi ya! stop by my neighborhood to see who got an award! ;)

  11. Hi Anita!

    Love the beadboard and your plans for the kitchen. I think opening up the middle cabinet is brilliant! Can't wait to see all the changes you make in the kitchen. I'm getting inspired!!!

    You just have to say, "chocolate" and I'll make it :) Yum! Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!
    xo, Michelle

  12. The kitchen is coming along quite nicely and I bet your so rerady to see the finished product... as for that socket at the end of your cabinet.. I have one just like that and I love it.. plug in the vacume and maybe the hand mixer...I just don't have enough plug sockets around the kitchen.
    I'll be back to see how the kitchen is coming...

  13. how exciting, anita!!! the cake definitely looks like progress to me. :)

  14. You guys are really making progress. Can't wait to see the big reveal.
    The cake certainly looks wonderful. It's easy,huh? I just may give it a try this weekend.

  15. I love the beadboard. Can't wait to see it finished. That cake is to die for.

    Lisa x

  16. Love what you are doing in the kitchen...construction and baking!!

  17. How does the old saying go....?

    You can't stop progress! hurray for that right!!!!

    it's coming along nicely!
    and I'm sure you'll be glad when it's all done!
    everything, even the chocolate cake looks terrific!

    ciao bella

    Creative CArmelinA

  18. It's looking good girl! And so is that cake! :)

  19. I love what you are doing in the kitchen. I would be using that extra space for dishes, LOL. I want to put bead board on my island but my hubby hasn't given it, YET! Looks great.
    I am your newest follower, I want to see how the kitchen comes along. Grabbing your button also. Hugs, Ginger

  20. Your kitchen is going to look great! I love what all you are doing to it and that cake oh my goodness it looks delicious!!

  21. I keep seeing you come up on blogs when I'm posting a comment and thought I'd come over and say hello. I'm loving your blog and can't wait to see your kitchen makeover, it already is looking good. And that cake- yummy! I love Pioneer Woman, but only found her a month or so ago. I'm a new follower! :)

  22. Great progress, can't wait to see the final product. Glad you can still cook/bake in there :) That cake looks yummy!!!

    Tks for your nice comments on my pillow.

  23. Love the beadboard in your kitchen!! I can't wait to see the whole room finished! And the cake....mmmm mmmm good!

  24. Ok, the kitchen to start with is really nice!! Strong and sturdy. Looks like good bones to work with. LOVE the counter tops too! Did you say if you were painting all the cabinets? Sorry, I got that memory loss thing too!! It will look so wonderful! Can't wait for the after shot of you and hubby dancing around the peninsula!!! hehehehe!

    We removed almost all the panels in our kitchen cabinets and replaced with glass. Friends who come in ask us if we re-did our kitchen! That's to show how such a simple change, opening up the space, can do for the aesthetics! If we were going to stay in this house I'd paint all the cabinets off white. I'm afraid if I do that now, I won't want to move. And I really want to move.

    LOVE it!!!!


  25. Oh, yes I can see it lightening up! Can I have a bite?

  26. That is fabulous Anita...I am glad we are getting to see the progress as you go along. Now that I am drooling over that cake...

  27. Hi Anita~

    Your kitchen is looking so pretty! I am loving that beaded board, too! Removing the middle cabinet door is such a great idea as well. :) Oh, and the chocolate cake looks so heavenly!


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