Kitchens, Old & New


I was so excited to hear that our old kitchen was included in the fall issue of Kitchens magazine.  I especially enjoyed this particular article since Rebecca Razo included one of my other passions… organization. 






Thank you again Rebecca for the incredible honor!  I have to say it was difficult to go from the above kitchen to this one:


I had to remind myself that it wouldn’t stay this way forever. 


In fact, we ripped it out about three months after moving in. 


The space is now our dining area, and we used this 16x22’ back room of the house for our new kitchen:


The room is open and bright.  We tore down the wall separating it from the old kitchen, making it even more open to the rest of the house:


See us through the window below?  That’s us with our realtor when we first looked at the property.  Little did we know what we were signing up for!


The bookshelves moved to our new school room (in progress).  And the closet next to it came out.  The swan sitting on top came with the house. 


We found him a new owner, much to our children’s chagrin.  They begged to keep it.  Sorry kids.


Being a lover of English cabinetry, I was ecstatic to find someone selling an entire English kitchen on craigslist!  It was designed by the famed English manufacturer, Smallbone.  Here it is in the original house:


The owner of the house was replacing it with a more contemporary kitchen since they were trying to sell the house.  Here it is now:

The house is a mansion in a golf-course community.  I can see why an English country kitchen wouldn’t quite fit the bill.  But something like this would:

Our gain!  Here are some other English Country Smallbone kitchens:




Beautiful, right?  The kitchen was probably worth over $50,000.  We got it for $5000.   An Ikea kitchen would have cost us more!  And an Ikea kitchen would have been our only alternative due to our budget. 

When I saw the kitchen I knew that we could make  it work in our empty space.  Since Smallbone designed the kitchen as individual pieces of furniture, it was easy to mix and match the pieces however we wished. 


It came with the farmhouse sink!


I think we got the craigslist deal of the century.  It looks a bit “old country”, but we are contemporizing it to look “modern country”.  It will look different in our space, and will work beautifully I think.   Here is my hubby measuring for new windows and determining placement of the kitchen pieces:


Can’t wait to show you the finished product! 


  1. Rie,Congrats on being featured.....I did love your old kitchen and I can only imagine how hard it was to leave. However, it seems like you have an even better option! Great buy on that Smallbone kitchen!

  2. Rie, Congrats. Your kitchen was beautiful. My dining room was featured in the same magazine. When I read through it and saw your beautiful kitchen I had to pinch myself. To be featured next to you was such an honor :) You are an amazing talent.

  3. Wow, what a fabulous kitchen! Your 1st kitchen was great your second it going to be fabulous. I would have NEVER thought to look on craigslist for a kitchen, who woulda thought.

    I read on a blog post of yours that you buy your kids tools instead of toys, any ideas for tools for a 4 year old for Christmas? I need help!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours

  4. I LOVE Craigslist...what a score! I can't wait to see your finished product. Those cabinets are gorgeous:).


  5. Oh my goodness! I loved reading about this fantastic deal. I look forward to seeing the new "old" kitchen complete. Your farmhouse is going to be amazing. If you weren't such a lovely family I could be green with envy. :)
    xo Dianne

  6. Congratulations, what an awesome deal!! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  7. very exciting! I can't wait to see it all come together!

  8. Congrats Rie! How exciting for you. Your kitchen is amazing by the way! What a difference from where it started.

  9. How great that your kitchen was featured - I loved it!!

    I can't believe what a great deal you got and I can't wait to see how it all turns out!!


  10. deal of the century is right!! I have no doubt in my mind that you will create a gorgeous kitchen.

  11. Can I just make me smile!! I am so happy for you!! Happy Holidays. Sounds to me that Christmas came early for you.

    You amaze me.

    We love hearing from you. You inspire us all.

  12. Holy cow! I cannot believe your score!! You are so lucky!!! Isn't Craig amazing?? andrea@townandprairie

  13. Love it! I Love a craigslist find! Great Job!! Now, be patient and remember your will look even more beautiful than your last.

  14. What an amazing Craigslist find!! Very lucky!! I love the swan though, I would have been thrilled to inherit it with a house and I'm not kidding!!

  15. Congratulations on the magazine article..And yes that was a steal..Can't wait to see your kitchen finished..

  16. Can't wait to see how it comes together!!! Amazed at your cabinet deal. You gotta love Craigs List!


  17. WOW. It just goes to show you can buy just about anything on Craig.. I heart Craig!!!

  18. Is the flooring in the new kitchen area your Allure vinyl? If so, it looks terrific.

  19. Wow. Wow. Wow. Congrats. So happy for you. I love that your heart is even more beautiful than your former kitchen. Beautiful hearts are sometimes hard to find. xoxo

  20. Wow! How awesome that you found such a great deal! I can't wait to see it when you're done with it!

  21. What an undertaking! I can't wrap my head around such a huge transformation, but I'm so glad you and your husband can- looking forward to the end result.


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