Sunday, April 22, 2012

No man is an island...

But I know a man that can build one!

As you all know, Mr.La Bella Vie and I have been in the midst of a major
kitchen remodel which feels like its been going on F-O-R-E-V-E-R !!! 
We actually started the process in January so it hasn't been that long, it just feels like it when you don't have the use of a full functioning kitchen.
We've made a lot of progress and Mr.La Bella Vie has worked like a dog to get it done (and out of his hair!) and we're almost there so I thought I'd post a little of the progress thus far...
The island has been one of the most challenging as far as custom "furniture" work. We took the old existing island that was open on one end with a glass shelf for display, which you can't see in this picture because we had already ripped that baby out and the empty hole was being used to hold supplies.

Closed it in all the way around...

took off the old doors and installed the new ones...

removed the old marble and tile top.

And closed in the opposite side where the old bar stools used to sit...right in front of the refrigerator which was a huge problem. 
Whenever anyone was sitting on one of the bar stools, I couldn't open the fridge door because it would crash into whom ever happened to be sitting there!

 So to make better use of what would have been wasted space, we added a built-in book shelf for my cookbook collection and relocated the sitting area on the end of the island facing into the kitchen.

 Then we added bead-board to the back of the book case and custom corbels that the hubs made 

wrapped bead-board all the way around the outside...

 then added a granite topper and installed an outlet for under cabinet lighting and a shelf across the middle. I didn't get pictures of that yet but will when this bad boy is done and painted...which by the way will be 
"Oil Rubbed Bronze"

to perfectly blend and tie in with this little sweetheart...
stay tuned for more of the pretty stuff in the coming weeks...

Joining Susan's party today at Between Naps On The Porch
for another Metamorphosis Monday 


  1. Terry-It looks wonderful. You guys are doing a great job an I know you will be happy to have it finished. You have the same granite that I will love it! xo Diana

  2. Wow, great minds think alike when it comes to granite!

  3. Looking good!

    NV Bonus Mom

    1. Well hi the NV Bonus MOM!!!
      We're getting there...3/4 of the way is tile selection!
      love you!

  4. I love what you've done with your island! I'm going to have to show these pictures to my husband. We can't afford to have new things, but a make-over we can do. I love how yours looks.

  5. I am in LOVE with your island!!! The beadboard, the granite, the corbels... oh my! But the bookcase is awesome!!! What a smart idea!!! I can't wait to see it all done! I know you are ready!

    1. Hey there Kathryn,
      You better believe I'm ready...enough fun already!

  6. Just gorgeous! Your hubby is so clever:) Looking forward to seeing the end product. God bless x

  7. I love the look!!! I think we'll just have to make a trip out west to see the finished product :) Love Ya!!

  8. Is that you Aunt Patty!!! Please come for a visit, we would love it!

  9. Terry, what impressive progress! I can't wait to see it when it's done! Mr. Terry is an incredible guy to be able to do all of this work!

    Love ya sweet lady! Have not been around in a while, happy to see your blog is coming right along!


    1. Hi Nancy girl!

      Sent you an email...been missing you!

  10. Oh yes, that is me!!!! I agree with Nancy, that hubby of yours is an incredible guy!! We keep going back and forth with, should we take a trip out west or not? We'll let you know when we make up our minds. Please keep us posted on your kitchen project. Love Ya both, Aunt Patty

    1. Aunt Patty! Hi there!

      We'd love to have you come for a visit, how about in the Fall (Betty's birthday?) Mark is done with Cycle Oregon the 3rd week of September...if you come before that you won't get to see him because in between all the kitchen stuff, he's living on a bike :O)

      Lave ya!

  11. We are looking at taking the month of Sept. to travel, so thank you for the heads up on Mark. We could do all of our visiting and sight seeing on the front end of our trip and be in OR the end of Sept. Becuase we would be driving we have to think about snow in the mountains.
    I'm looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen...keep the pictures coming. Love Ya!

  12. Aunt Patty, we would love that and the end of September would be perfect! We could correspond via email prior and come up with a plan.



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