White Shirt, Black Pants--993rd post!!

Just about the time my husband and I got ready to do some remodeling in early January, our pastor started a series of sermons on contentment.

 I think his sermon series is in relation to the high number of couples in America who are extremely in debt--no matter how much they earn.

The sermons were awesome and one thing he kept emphasizing was to pray about every purchase.

I was going to replace my old outdated Corian (I like lots of Corian--this just happens to be something I would HAVE NEVER chosen in the first place and on top of that this particular pattern is extremely outdated--) with granite.

We got three different people to give us estimates on it.

We even went so far as to pay the full amount at one store--they will not come out and measure until it is completely paid for........ But I just could not seem to get peace about purchasing it and........ all three companies or people were very late in calling, making appointments with us to measure--I think it was a God thing.

So finally I changed my whole decorating theme (and got my money back) for the kitchen from antique white paint to extra bright white and black paint for the cabinets, from travertine subway tile to high gloss bright white subway tile, from oil rubbed bronze pulls and knobs to brushed satin nickel, from dromedary camel wall paint to gray--well, it was supposed to be gray but turned out blue--an off-white sink to a totally black sink, and kept the Corian black and white and gray speckledy counter tops instead of the giallo ornamental or new venetian gold granite.

And you know what??  Here it is and I really like it.  Please disregard the big rooster.  He will have to crow elsewhere.  He just doesn't fit in this kitchen--well, I guess I could paint him white  and I just might do that.

It is lacking some decorations but wanted to show it to you anyway.  I'll post again later when it looks a little more homey.

I really like what we have done to the house but my treasure is not stored up in these kitchen cabinets.  Or my new pantry.  I'll show you that another day.

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Comments

Rebecca said…
Well girl...I think I may have heard that sermon flying through the air. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel that has been TWENTY years in the making/planning. All those years ago we couldn't see our way OUT of debt and the thought of piling more onto it was pressing upon our hearts at every turn. The timing was never right for the makeover and the answer from the Most High was always a resounding NO. Our remodel was JUST a dream back then but one I believe the Lord allowed to simmer until about 18 months ago. I made peace with my tiny, dated, galley kitchen (with the original 1970's avocado-flecked countertops) long ago and since July of 1992 learned to be grateful for what I had.

So here we sit nearly two decades after moving into our abode and the kitchen remodel dream is finally coming true. It's been worth the wait. Worth the days, weeks and months it took to plan out (and then change a gazillion times) what we wanted. It has all come in God's time. We are doing most of the work ourselves and because of that it means all the more.

In the end we will have no debt while staying true to the calling upon our lives.

Your kitchen is gorgeous. I pray ours will be as lovely~ Thank you so much for sharing~

xoRebecca
Nava said…
I like the rooster--I'll bet you can figure out way to keep him--and keep some of the color in him.
Debbie said…
If you think Corian is outdated, I would hate for you to see my kitchen. I am struggling with the contentment thing regarding that specific item these days, but I believe in my heart that with God all things are possible, and that includes taking away feelings of disappointment for stuff I will never have.

I made a choice 20 plus years ago to walk away from teaching and the second income in the family. God has provided for our needs over and over and over in that time. He has also taught us not to want so much. And still... I'm flesh and so there are times when the face has to hit the floor. My current kitchen is the source of a lot of floor hitting. Then, I notice my awful floor while down there and have to hit the sub floor. UGH, my flesh.

But your kitchen? Ooh la la!!! I love it! You have impeccable taste!
Dianne said…
I am so sorry--I did not mean to imply that I think all Corian is outdated--I love lots of Corian in fact probably like most of it--the Corian we have is very old and speckledy and the little backsplash was not done well at all. You would have just had to have seen it--smile--we took that out and it does look much better with the tile going all the way down to the counter tops.
Dianne said…
Also, we were able to do all of this at a fraction of what it would have cost otherwise. We have one guy at the ranch who was ready for graduation (in fact he graduated last Sunday) and he did most of the work at a very reasonable cost--He is trying to establish a business so it helped him and helped us also.

So the main cost of the kitchen remodel was the paint--have you guys priced paint lately??????? The backsplash was not that expensive--it is the labor that is the most expensive part of retiling or tiling--ours had never had a backsplash--only the sheetrock--
Adoption Mama said…
Just love it. Looks fantastic.
Adoption Mama said…
It looks beautiful. And who you chose to do the work made it even more beautiful...
Sandy said…
Wow! Your kitchen looks like something out of a magazine! Love it all, even the rooster. I'm with Nava, he could stay, white or not. I think most women are unhappy with the current state of their kitchens, including me. Hopefully we can get going soon on some remodeling here. And yes, we couldn't believe the price of paint when we painted our entire house, inside and out last year.
Love,
Sandy
Susy said…
Very nice! And I'd keep the rooster ~ a little red color pop is perfect for black and white.
It is beautiful....love the subway tiles...I had those knobs/pulls in a past kitchen and loved them. Contentment...yes, I am still on that road to learning that, but I hope I am one step closer
Sharon said…
It all look so nice. What a spacious kitchen you have. Great Job!!
Nancy said…
You know when God changes our plans they are always for the better...His ideas go far beyond anything we might or could image. It looks like He pulled out the stops with your remodeling and provided a very beautiful kitchen.... Now the corian looks like it was chosen to go with the rest of the kitchen....and the black sink really pulls it all together....

I am with the rest...keep the chicken...He gives the room a punch....

Great job....
Anita Johnson said…
Beautiful! I always get a kick out of the remodeling shows (and I realize that they are highly edited) but it seems like life is not worth living without granite...people NEED granite to make their life (or kitchen) complete. I like granite too, but I think you made a very wise and beautiful compromise here. Love it, love the rooster too!
Mary B said…
I'm likin' that look, girl!
Karen said…
Diane, I love the kitchen make-over. Subway tile is really growing on me. :)
A girl after my own heart with the lamp on the counter, perfect spot! I have a thing for lamps, from in the kitchen to the bathrooms. Just makes the room more warm & cozy.
Patty Sumner said…
Dianne, I just love your kitchen...You did a great job and if you did it cheaper it certainly looks great! Being obedient to God and cutting costs worked out beautifully. I am following along with you...stop by and visit with me..love your creativity..Blessings!

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