before and After

This has been an exciting summer at the cabin.

We've been making some really fun changes to our kitchen. And, until
I started pulling out pictures for a post about it, I honestly did not
realize how horribly, colorful our kitchen was.

So I made sure to change that too.


This beautiful vintage wood burning stove has stood in the kitchen
for 40 years. It is a real beauty, and I have loved it so.

There have been a few times over the years, when we used
it for heat during the very early, colder part of the year. And,
I have actually used it a couple of times for baking. Once for
homemade bread, and another time for bread pudding.

But, our kitchen is tiny, and we dreamed of a real stove.


So hubby and the boys went up one weekend, and removed the old stove.

Now, that was both exciting and not-so-exciting. After moving the stove
out, the soot-filled pipe fell to the floor, creating a big, black cloud
that took me several days to clean up. It involved washing walls,
and emptying and washing all the dishes and cabinets.

On the plus side? I know everything is clean now.

Then hubby installed laminate flooring, and my new stove. eeek!


This wasn't a high dollar makeover, but it was a highly satisfying one.

I never thought I could enjoy cooking so much!

btw, the vintage stove found a new home on our back porch at home.

I hope you're having a wonderful summer!

hugs, debi


Junkchiccottage said...

Thanks for finding me and my blog now I have found you. Love your cabin. Thanks for your sweet comments.

Tessa said...

I love to see the Before, During, and After, of a happy make-over. Thank you so much, for sharing all of this, with us.


Tessa said...



I do hope the beautiful vintage wood burning stove, found a new happy home. :-)



Very nice after!!! The kitchen looks bigger!
Deb :)

June said...

I LOVE the make over Debi!!! It looks awesome! How fun to be able to spend time there. I very happy to hear that you kept the old wood stove too. It's a beauty!!!
Have a wonderful week.
sending hugs...

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh my goodness, soot everywhere? ugh! Sorry that happened, but wow, what a nice result for the redo, it looks great. I really like laminate floors, such easy care, you will love it.

Silver Pennies said...

Debi, your makeover is a delight! What a special cabin you have... I can feel the warmth and charm through your pics - enjoy! p.s. what did you do with your woodburning stove?

Cinderella Moments said...

That's too bad about the old stove. It was darling! But you are right- it probably wasn't practical. Love your floor and that wood counter top. The brick is so cute too. Have fun cooking!

Claudia said...

I love it, Debi! You did such a wonderful job on the kitchen.


sonia said...

So homey and cute!

Marlene said...

Hi Debi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your cabin, so shabby. Beautiful job, what a difference.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh that was one fabulous stove...But, I understand it has too cook, not just look good. Your kitchen looks like it has everything you need......And it's clean lol!


Anonymous said...

We visit many homes here in rural Co and they still use those beautiful wood stoves in the winter for heat and cooking. Actually there are a few homes that it is there only cooking stove. I had to laugh that you could count the only two times you used this beauty for cooking! Do you use your microwave for most of your cooking? I love to cook (but not clean up) and an old stove like that would be so much fun!

Your kitchen looks great- love the way your hubby enclosed the water heater and now you have that cute little shelf area for display. The floor is so nice too! My pink 50's tiles are coming up so we are going to have to do a redo soon! Hope it looks as cute as yours!

bee blessed