Before Ray's cancer surgery, he kept busy trying to clean up all the little jobs that had been put off and some big ones. At one time we had talk about redoing our kitchen. All of a sudden, we were making decisions and within a week, everything was set for our 'new' kitchen! The cabinets would be refaced in hickory.
In early June I totally move out of the kitchen. That was a good thing after 25 years. Lots of things went to the garage sale pile and some went to the pantry shelves in the basement. Everything else just hung-out in the dining room.
On June 6, the builders refaced our cabinets and installed new doors, new drawers and new shelves. The lower shelves now all pull out. The cabinets and drawers are all soft-closing. We had to change a bank of 4 drawers to 3 drawers in order to get the raised panel on the drawer fronts. I was concerned about losing my spice drawer so they built me a special insert in one drawer for my spices!
Less than a week later, we had new granite countertops and a huge new egranite sink. I love the size and the depth. The two sinks have a low divide so big pans fit down in the sink.
The following week, the backsplash was in place and grouted. We wanted rather neutral colors but I love the gray/blue in the glass tiles. It really goes with the blue paint. In the future about any color will look great with it.
I moved back into the kitchen and I love it. The appliances will be replaced as needed, probably in stainless steel.
The only problem is that the floor doesn't go with the kitchen at all. Ugh! The first floor of our home is partly an open concept and that means that when you redo flooring, you redo ALL flooring at the same time. We were going to wait a year or two but are now rethinking that decision. We are also trying to figure out what we want - oh, I hate this kind of decisions!