Saucy Girls Kitchen Remodel – The Beginning

We moved to Tennessee about a year ago, leaving behind our beautiful home in Los Angeles. Below are four pictures of the kitchen that we had there, so you will understand why I miss that kitchen so much!!

Los Angeles Kitchen 1

Los Angeles Kitchen 2

Los Angeles Kitchen 4

Los Angeles Kitchen 5

Our kitchen here in Tennessee is a good size, with a nice eating area. Since we’ve been living in our new house for a year we really got a good feel about what we wanted to change, what we could live with, and what we couldn’t tolerate. For me it was hard to wait, because I’m very impulsive and would have changed the kitchen right away. My husband is more of a planner, and I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants….

Well, the time has finally come for the Kitchen Remodel. It’s a much dreaded time, and also a much anticipated time. We have a deadline ~ it must be completed a week before Thanskgiving. Family is coming to Tenneseee for Thanksgiving and we’re gonna have a house full. Guess who plans on doing the cooking!  I have been assured by Jeanine Lasseter, the owner of Cabinets Plus Design that this deadline will be met.  :)

I’m going to share my kitchen remodel experience with you!

Below are some “before” pictures of our Tennessee kitchen. Don’t get me wrong… I’m happy to have a big kitchen, with an eating area, and a place for my desk. No complaining here whatsoever. I’m very thankful.

Kitchen before pic 2

Kitchen before - stovetop

This 4 burner stove top has been challenging for the past year. Some of my bigger pots and pans don’t fit on top well, at least not together. Hey, I’m happy it’s GAS. When we were looking for a house to buy, I was amazed that most of the homes had electric ranges and small kitchens. I think this kitchen was the best one out of all the houses we looked at, and we looked at many.

Kitchen before - eating area

I especially love the big garden window off the eating area (above). We’re having a garden window put in to replace the window that is above the kitchen sink (pictured previously). Waiting on Home Depot to do that. Should be installed by the end of October, but no matter when it’s installed it will be no problem, because they do it from the outside.

Kitchen eating area bay window

I always enjoy the beautiful view out this window.


Here we go… Week One!

Cabinets marked to move to Laundry/pantry room

Cabinets are numbered and ready to be taken out and moved into the laundry room, which is going to be the pantry, too! But meanwhile, the laundry room is going to be my make-shift kitchen while the real kitchen is remodeled… more on this later. Our construction guy is Kyle Hunt of Trust Hunt Construction. And yes, we do trust him!!

Soffet removed, messy desk area

From this angle you can see the soffet above the stove has been opened. As we suspected, the soffet does not need to be that large. The soffet will be made thinner, to accomodate some upper cabinets.

We are not replacing the floor. However, we are going to have it re-grouted with a color that is more like the tile. We’re hoping for a more seamless look.

Through the doorway you can see into the dining room. That is where I have put everything from the kitchen. You will see my OCD has kicked in, when you look how I’ve put everything in order. It’s just so I can easily find whatever I need to cook with over the next few weeks. And no, I don’t have OCD. My husband jokes around with me about it, and even though he may think I have it, he still doesn’t hang the hand towel straight. ‘sigh’

Off to the right is my messy, messy desk. I apologize, but after having to move everything from the kitchen into the dining room, things piled up on my desk. Truth be known, it has been quite messy for awhile. My plan is to keep the new desk, which is going to be built in, very clean with minimal clutter on top. The office is going to be paperless, yep, that’s the plan.

Cabinets out

Below is the laundry room and the soon to be new pantry, too!

The laundry room before cabinetry

This laundry room is just crying out for more cabinets. There were 2 above the washer/dryer, but we’ve taken them down so we can put the cabinets from the kitchen into the room and have them all match.

As you can see, I’ve already started to set up the temporary kitchen in the laundry room.  I’ve got the toaster oven in there, the coffee maker and the microwave. Plus, our 2nd fridge is in there (and we’re using our other fridge, as well). Plus, let’s not forget that we have the BBQ grill outside. I’m all set… this is going to be a breeze!   :)

Laundry Room before cabinets 1

Check it out, there’s plenty of room on the right for upper and lower cabinets. At the end, where the stool is now, we’re going to put 2 upper cabinets only, so that we can have a horizontal pole under it to hang laundry as it comes out of the dryer.

I can’t express how excited I am to have all this extra storage space. Can’t wait for the cabinets to go in. It’s going to be amazing!

Cabinets out of the kitchen ~ ~ and into the laundry/panty room.

Laundry Room with Cabinets

Above is the laundry/pantry room with the cabinets installed. The end of the lower cabinet needs to be finished, the upper small cabinets still need their doors, and the countertop is just temporary. We’re going to pick something out and replace all the countertops in this room, along with replacing the floor.

Box of essentials

This is a box of essentials ~ items I use all the time. However, the way I put the kitchen items into the dining room, I have easy access to almost everything… see below.

Vitamins and alcohol

Vitamins on the top, and alcohol on the bottom. Two important entities. lol  Do you like our red dining room. We just had it painted. Love, love, love it!!

Dining Room with Kitchen items

Here’s the dining room loaded up with all the items from the kitchen. Notice the cookware on the tabletop to the left; crock pot, Cuisinart Food Processor, salad spinner, deep fryer, Zojirushi Rice Maker, Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup Maker, etc. All things I will utilize while we don’t have a stove or oven. The table on the right is covered in food items, as well as the boxes below.

Another angle of the dining room table, etc.

Here’s another angle of the dining room table. I put this picture here so you could all see the sign on the back table. lol

Stay tuned, cause we’re moving right along with Week Two!


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17 Responses to Saucy Girls Kitchen Remodel – The Beginning

  1. Carla Supik says:

    Your kitchen in TN was nice. But it really PALES in comparison to the one in LA. Why did you leave CA????

  2. So excited for you! I can’t wait until I get to do mine. So glad I came over from the tribe. I haven’t got a chance to visit your sweet blog yet. Love it! Have a great week, Helena!

    • Hi Tiffany – nice to see you here from the Tribe. I will be checking out your site today, too. Are you planning a remodel in the future? It’s hectic but it will be worth it in the end. Can’t wait to see my finished kitchen. :)

  3. Ally says:

    This is soooooooooooooooo much fun watching your kitchen morph into a beauty!! I must say you’re darn organized, Helena…I’m totally impressed! And, I can see why you hated leaving the L.A. kitchen…wow, what a masterpiece!! xo

    • Thanks Ally! Yes, I’m pretty organized. It’s made being without a kitchen a lot easier, that’s for sure. I’m lucky to have the laundry room right off the kitchen to use while the remodel is going on. I loved the LA kitchen, but this one will be even better!! xo

  4. What a job! I’d be so excited I couldn’t stand myself. I like middle Tennessee. I went to UTK and lived in Knoxville for many years. My ex is from Shelbyville and I dated a guy in M’boro for a while. I can’t wait for the finished photos!! Please don’t keep us in suspense. :)

    • Hi Maureen – ok, who did you date in Murfreesboro? It’s a small town… It would be so funny if we knew him. My husband grew up here, so you never know. I definitely won’t keep you in suspense. I’m posting as we go and will be updating this post as we proceed. I can’t wait!!

  5. Good luck Helena~I went through this myself recently and it will all be worth it in the end! :)

  6. Betty Spensatelli says:

    I can relate to the food etc in the kitchen that is how we lived for 4 months with rick-everything piled in the dining room but we managed to survive and like you it was so nice when the house/kitchen was finished.

  7. So much room to work with, I can’t wait to see what you do. You’ll love your bar in the laundry room, I wish I had 2 some days with 5 people in the house. I think I need to talk with the hubby about a few more cabinets though. And yes, the Chef is Always right!

  8. Jo Crowel says:

    Finally, I’m looking at this wonderful adventure…….WOW!!!! I knew, without question, you would have everything in order. Love, love, love the red in the dining room. Can you tell me the name of the color? I’m so excited for you. Honey bee

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