Saturday, August 18, 2012


On June, 1990, we took possession of the Cottage.  This is what the kitchen looked like at that time.  I can't remember how long we lived with the kitchen in this state, but, no matter how long it was, it was too long!

This is where the back door was located. To the right of the long window and the left of the wall separating the back porch from the kitchen.

Where you see the studs, was where the wall, to The Captain's right, in the above photo, was. The door, and a portion of the wall, were taken out and changed to the other side. We now enter and exit through the laundry room. We also took some of this back porch (just beyond where you see the galvanized pipes) and made a walk-in closet off of the master bedroom.

With the wall removed, we had to add another portion of a huge beam to support what had been the bearing wall.

From the very left of the chimney over to the window wall was originally part of the back porch.  It extended the whole length of the house.  The wall was knocked out by former owners and added quite a bit of space to the room.  We just knocked out the end wall and then replaced the door to it's current spot. In doing this it made room for a nice sized pantry.

As you can tell the room was completely gutted from the ceiling down through the floor.

Gradually the sub flooring and the drywall went back up and then came the decision as to what to do for the cabinetry.


My Dad lived in Santa Cruz and we lived in Grass Valley.  A distance of about 209 miles, or a 3 to 4 hour drive.  We sent him a photograph of a favorite piece of furniture that we planned on using in the kitchen, which we have since moved into the dining room, and asked if he could make the cupboard doors look like it.

The only other piece of information he had were the measurements of the space where the cabinets would go. He had yet to see the space.

My Dad was an expert craftsman at everything he did. He was self educated and he built my childhood home, from drawing the plans, to milling the lumber in his own sawmill, putting on the roof and even digging his own well.  Needless to say, a little old cottage, with crooked walls and floors, couldn't defeat him.

Dad built all the cupboards in his garage in Santa Cruz and trucked them up to the Cottage when they were all done, and they all fit perfectly.


After all of that was completed our little cottage kitchen went through a number of time lines.  It may sound like an outlandish number of transformations, but remember a period of about 22 years had passed and nothing had really been changed except a little paint and wallpaper.

TIME LINE #1:  Cream cabinets, red, white and blue wallpaper:

TIME LINE #2:  Barn red cabinets, red and cream wallpaper.
(Sorry, no picture)

TIME LINE #3:  Cream cabinets, light yellow wallpaper.
(Sorry, no picture)

TIME LINE #4:  Same cream cabinets, brighter yellow wallpaper:

All of the above with off-white ceramic tile countertops and cobalt blue checker board back splash.  

TIME LINE #5:  White cabinets, bright yellow wallpaper, Silestone quartz, marble pattern countertops with white beadboard backsplash.

TIME LINE #6:  THERE WILL BE NO TIME LINE #6. JUST ASK THE CAPTAIN!!! He would all like you to take note the difference in his hair coloring between then and now!


Now, the moment you have been waiting for and I hope you will forgive me for the few teases along the way.


When we first started this kitchen redo, I had a head full of dreams as to what I wanted this room to look like. In my mind, I saw a light, bright space with touches of color reminiscent of the French countryside.  A sunny yellow, standing out against a clean white backdrop with pops of black, red and blue and a lot less of the usual fuss and stuff that I normally add to a room, little by little. (Note to self: refrain from using the word 'clutter').

Well, here you have it and it is what it is....

"An Old Miner's Cottage Working Kitchen"...

...and I absolutely love it!



When we meet again, I will fill you in on some of the collections and facts about this and that. This was a long one!

I'm sharing with:


  1. Holy Cow Girl!!!! You really did a total remake on that place. I absolutely LOVE it! It is so fresh and smart looking now. Really great, Judy- I can't wait to see even more- collections coming up? xo Diana

  2. It is just gorgeous. I am a big fan of white kitchen cupboards. Enjoy!

  3. It would be a pleasure to cook in your kitchen.Your dad was-is a clever man.

  4. Dear Judy,
    Hat's off to you both. I am totally taken and in love with your kitchen. I have been dying to see the results..but you have been teasing us): Oh my gosh.. its beautiful. Its a kitchen that i could dream of having.
    The wait has been worth while.
    Your decor is just stunning. You are really talented and have a flair for design.
    Your home is so lovely.. Judy. congratulations.
    Enjoy it all. You have the most beautiful victorian home and garden.
    thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos of before and after. Even the before looked great.
    I do believe, that no one can make kitchen's like the Americans.
    Happy Sunday
    hugs xxx

  5. gorgeous, judy!! i love it all, but, esp. that wonderful drawer section!

  6. Judy,

    It was well worth the wait! It looks great. I love your counter tops, cabinets and decor.

    I love the timeline as well :)
    Amy Jo

  7. I LOVE your Kitchen!! So warm and inviting!! Those cabinets are to die for!
    Love everything you used to decorate it!!
    I have the same floor only in gold which now actually does match my kitchen!!!



  8. Hi Judy! Oh, what a transformation your kitchen has gone through! How marvelous to have had your daddy built your cabinets for you! Your kitchen is just beautiful. I love white homey kitchens and yours is the ultimate! Love every nook and cranny!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Wow, so many transformations and look what a lovely kitchen you have now. What a wonderful Dad to build the cabinets. What an amazing journey since 1990. Congrats on your new transformation.

  10. Absolutely adorable!! I love it all. Your Dad reminds me so much of my own. The love that your Dad put into those cabinets makes it all the more special.

    Susan and Bentley

  11. Oh Judy your kitchen feels like one big hug!!! It is just smiling at me!!! love it love those cabinets your father made. So happy for you! There is nothing like having a kitchen that you absolutely LOVE! Congrats and enjoy!!!!!

  12. Hello Judy
    Your new kitchen is stunning, how special that your Dad made your cabinets very bespoke and personal, I love your touches, they are what make a house a home
    Thea x

  13. Hi Judy!
    Your kitchen is perfect!
    How amazing to see the work and dedication that went into it!!
    How wonderful that your dad could make all the cupboards for you.... lucky, and blessed!!
    (I know if my dad were still alive, he would do the same for me :)
    Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Also... give your hubby a big ol' pat on the back for me. Job well done!!

  14. Judy, your kitchen is so lovely! I love the juice glasses and pitches in the window. I bet they are beautiful with the sun shining through. It's so cozy and will be a joy to cook in! Jean

  15. What an amazing change. What an amazing job!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  16. Wow! Your kitchen is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job!!
    Beautiful cabinetry and I love the brick! A cozy country kitchen. You do have something to brag about!
    We are currently redoing our kitchen. It's taking way longer than I planned. We've hung the new sheet rock, put in a new ceiling, re-wired it, hung all the new cabinets, installed hard wood floors and new stainless appliances. I've done most of the painting but still have lots to do (tile the back splash, install the counters and new sink, hang light fixtures and trim the whole thing out). You have inspired me to keep going. Maybe I will be done by Christmas!!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful new space!
    Will visit again soon.

  17. Judy,
    Wow! Love the transformation along the way! Your father did a wonderful job on the cabinets, so professional! "Today's" kitchen is beautiful! Warm, welcoming, sunny and bright! Excellent job!
    dee dee

  18. Thank you so much for the story about your kitchen. It was so interesting to follow. And to see how things changes as time flies. I used to have a clear yellow kitchen (wallpapers in white with yellow ribbons!) many years ago and I'm thankful I don't have to live with that now, lol.
    Beautiful pictures as always and your kitchen seems to be a real warm and cosy place to be.
    Have a nice evening.
    Love Elzie

  19. Congratulations on finally getting your kitchen finished. It's beautiful! I love how charming it is with the cute sink skirt and all the country french accessories. It's bright and cheerful. I know you must look forward to getting up every morning and having your coffee there.

  20. Your new kitchen is oh so fresh and beautiful! That last shot looks like a movie set. I am full of admiration for all your kitchen has been through. I LOVE your BIG country bench the best! So so cozy!

  21. I absolutely love it too. Gorgeous, you have done a great job on it.

  22. Oh Judy, your kitchen is beautiful! What a lot of work went into this lovely transformation.
    I bet you want to pinch yourself every time you walk in. It is so cheery and and light. Isn't it so much fun to work in such a beautiful space? Enjoy it everyday.
    hugs from here...

  23. Hi Judy,I LOVE it too! I so enjoyed sharing your kitchen over the years. Your dad sounds like such a talented Man.I agree a big 'ole pat on the back for the captain too! Love all your homely touches,the chicken with the eggs caught My eye ;) You do have a great eye for design.Happy week ahead,Love Julie Xxx

  24. Judy, seeing your pretty kitchen makes it worth the wait for us and I am sure you feel the same way since it turned out so great. The yellow color for the walls was a good choice. It makes the room look warm and welcoming and the brick adds a coziness that I love. We want to redo a few things in our kitchen but keep putting it off only because we dread the process. Your pretty kitchen makes me want to get started, almost! Good job!!

  25. Your kitchen is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)
    Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  26. Judy, This is a makeover of all makeovers! What a warm, sunny , delightful, beautiful kitchen. I am just so happy for you. You have made it even more lovely by paying attention to detail and filling it with such beautiful things!
    I wish you would share your kitchen at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS going on now! Your kitchen makeover is so inspirational!

  27. Wow!!!! Everything looks your cabinets and the sink skirt is so charming too! It was fun to see how your kitchen has evolved over the years :o)

  28. The kitchen looks wonderful! Yes, I see the glass jars/canisters! Great idea. I absolutely LOVE the pedal car on top of the cabinet!!!

  29. What an amazing transformation. Your kitchen looks so inviting, the perfect spot to chat and have a cup of tea.

  30. What an amazing transformation Judy. The first photo of what your kitchen looked like before the redo made me gasp. I love the glass doors on the upper cabinets and the sink skirt. My kitchen sink needs one so badly. You can see all of my cleaning solutions under it. Your kitchen now looks so bright, cheerful and cozy. It reflects your personality.

  31. Your kitchen transformation is awesome! I would love it too. I also LOVE how you have decorated it. Can't wait to hear about all your treasures. Congrats on being featured at Yvonne's!!! XO, Pinky

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  39. Judy,
    Here I am again, enjoying this wonderful post!! Yes, I did read this post when it was originally post and I did comment!! You have the same floor that I had only mine was gold...I always wished I had gotten the floor you have!! Your Dad was definitely a true craftsman and your hubby is also quite talented in carpentry!! My Dad built the 3 homes that I lived in as a child!! Unfortunately , Joe is like his father and barely knows what a hammer is!!! LOL!! I adore the brick in your kitchen and I love the lay out!! Thanks for sharing again!! I am off to read the next link in your post!!

  40. Wow, your final kitchen is wonderful! It was interesting to see your changes through the years. We all do that. Thanks for sharing. You are blessed to have such two wonderful woodworking and hardworking men in your life.

    Happy Easter ~ FlowerLady


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