Being married to a carpenter has many perks and today I am showcasing one of them. The above picture was my Valentine's present. There is a story behind almost every piece in our kitchen. We have been blessed over and over through out our married life and this one room is home to several of our blessings. The copper hood above, as well as the stove top and cabinets that house the stove top were given to us by a friend of my dad's when she remodeled her kitchen. We used quite a bit of elbow grease to clean the hood and Dear Hubby had to cut it down to fit the space we had. Also, the tile back splash was a find. In one of our recent homes, we found several boxes of these ceramic tiles. I am not sure what era they are from, but they were made in Italy! It took me awhile to warm up to them, but I love them now. I came home after a weekend spiritual retreat to find all of the tile up. I have an amazing husband.
The same lady that gave us the stove top and hood also gave us the refrigerator and slab of butcher block, oh, and also the drawer cabinet with pulls. DH continued the tile around below the cabinets and window to the fridge. He also finished evened out the butcher block that is now attached to an antique wash stand we inherited from my mom.
The dishwasher was given to us by my in-laws, they had updated their kitchen recently and I love having a dishwasher now! DH put in new flooring and counter-tops and sink. I did all of the painting of cabinets and walls with the help of my mother-in-law. I still have some painting to finish and some matching door handles to find, but I am one content lady.
Finally, the cabinetry and wall oven were also a gift from the friend of my dad's. I dream of adding another oven someday, but for now a microwave spot will do. DH is planning to trim out around my microwave so it looks like it belongs until I find an oven. As you can tell, some pictures are a little older than the first one. When you are the ones doing the work, it takes time, but it is so worth it.
I am so thankful for the many ways the Lord has blessed me, mostly for my family and friends, but also for my kitchen. :)
Today, I am linking up to Best DIY projects of March. Please go check out the incredible DIY projects shown there. There are so many talented people in this blog-world!