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The Finished Product

So, we did it! We could not have done it without my husband and his tireless efforts.

Is my husband a contractor or a plumber? No, he is not. What he has is experience with plumbing during his time in the Navy, as well as with electrical and electronics. He is a very smart and very strong man. I am a lucky girl.

So, without further ado, here are our afters:

A working kitchen!


I love all of the white.


*Note: the cabinet doors above the coffee maker close completely.


Our side porch exit.


Okay; so here are the realities of this kitchen.

  1. There is very little countertop space. However, it hasĀ notĀ been a problem for me. I’ve cooked complex dishes, too. Standing in the corner spot to the left of the fridge and the right of the stove while I chop, dice, and mix has left me with plenty of room.
  2. There is no dishwasher. This has also not been a problem. However, I should add that I am married to a man who does not mind doing the dishes. He and I also grew up in houses devoid of dishwashers (and now our son will, too, lol). It really isn’t hard to keep up with keeping the dishes clean.
  3. This is a small kitchen. This, for us, is a plus. Sure, I look at pictures of my friends’ kitchens and I see the comfort that they provide. However, I don’t need so many feet of countertop space. I also don’t like to see all of my kitchen appliances on the countertop.
  4. Our dining area is minuscule. There’s no two ways about that. However, it is only my husband, my son, and myself that live in our home. That’s three chairs. We have another one in the guest bedroom. Also, our table has leaves to it. If we need it to be bigger, we’ll move it to the center of the kitchen and extend the leaves.

The most important reality here is that this kitchen works for our real life. We love our real life.


Cyndia Rios-Myers


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  • Reply Jacquelyn Fought June 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I love it! It looks great! Are those Ikea cupboards?

    • Reply Cyndia Rios-Myers June 30, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you! And yes! You can follow the hyperlink on a previous post. They are Ikea cabinets and an Ikea countertop. The appliances we got at Lowes; the floor at Home Depot, and the pulls we got through Lowes online (not available at the store).

  • Reply Jasmin Culbertson July 1, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Looks good & it is perfect for your family’s needs. That is all that matters. I can’t wait to see what your other projects will be. BTW. I LOVE white cabinets!

    • Reply Cyndia Rios-Myers July 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thank you!! White cabinets make a room feel so much larger!

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