All Quiet on the Sewing Front

Say what??

You know it would take something major to keep me out of my sewing room.

For the last few weeks I’ve been distracted by a looming project: a major kitchen remodel. It all started with the decision to replace three windows that look out onto the back yard. The windows were installed in 1985 and while they have held up very well given their age, they are now cloudy.

Replacing the windows would require redoing the tile backsplash around them. Might as well replace the counters at the same time. I’ve been wanting to replace the laminate counters we have now with quartz. And oh yes, the flooring has plenty of dings in it from dropped knives so it’s due for an overhaul. The refrigerator is fairly new but the stove and dishwasher are nearing the end of their life expectancy so this is the ideal time to replace them.

You see where this is going, don’t you? It’s the domino effect.

I had really hoped to keep the kitchen cabinets as they’re only 20 years old. They are made of cherry but the stain has not held up well. In fact, the finish is completely gone in places from too much scrubbing, especially around the knobs. I’m afraid the original stain wasn’t applied very well and I haven’t been careful enough in maintaining it.

I looked into having the cupboard doors sanded and restained but they would not match the rest of the cabinetry, which has darkened over time. Having the cabinetry painted was an option but in the end I decided against it.

Going with all new cabinetry adds considerably to the final price tag but it means we can address some design issues. It also means that everything in the kitchen will be updated at the same time, an important consideration when it comes to selling the house down the road.

Far down the road, I trust. The Dear Husband and I have lived in this house our entire married life, almost 38 years. While I hope we have many more years here, it seems prudent at this stage of our lives to be thinking about what will make our house more attractive to potential buyers. The return on investment for kitchen remodels is quite high — around 80% according to some websites — so the DH and I took a big gulp and decided to go for it.

I’ve been poring over kitchen design magazines and photos on, walking the aisles at appliance stores, reviewing options for flooring, counters, backsplash tile, pendant lights — and lying awake at night thinking about it all. Usually when I can’t sleep my mind wanders to quilt projects. You see how distracted I’ve become.

I wonder how many kitchen remodels start with replacing one thing and end with a complete overhaul. In our case there’s a second domino effect. I’ll tell you all about it soon.





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14 Responses to All Quiet on the Sewing Front

  1. Hi Dawn. I am looking for information on a quilt pattern published a few years ago in Quilters Newsletter magazine. It was called Reach for the Stars and from Pinterest etc., I noticed you/customers had done it. Anyway, I own a quilt shop and was thinking of it as a BOM. Do you own pattern rights or know of designer? Since QN is no longer publishing, I thought I’d reach out to you.

  2. Jo Ann A Janes says:

    Don’t you love it, seems so simple! And yes, one thing leads to another and then another. Enjoy your new kitchen.

  3. Reigh says:

    Very exciting! I’m anxious to watch this project as it progresses.

  4. Nancy Stanley says:

    I was the contractor for the remodel of our home. I love doing this kind of thing. My very favorite thing I did in my kitchen was to put in a one bowl sink. It’s 10 inches deep and allows for washing many items without fighting the middle divider that most kitchen sinks have. Let me know if you are looking for opinions.

  5. Vickie Rooks says:

    Oh my, this is a huge project. Hope you can make it fun on the journey to a new heart of your home.

  6. Linda Enneking says:

    I remember several years ago my husband’s coworker told a story about how they used some brick from his in-law’s house to make a new hearth around their fireplace. His wife wanted it because of its sentimental value to her. That led to replacing the carpet in that room, which meant the paint color needed to be changed. The new carpet made the flooring it butted up against look dingy, so they replaced that too. That led to redoing that room as well. One simple project led to them redoing their entire house…

  7. Diane says:

    It has been so much fun talking to you about this. And, it reminds me of our kitchen reno 5 years ago. It was FUN . . . even washing dishes in the guest bathroom for 8 weeks.

  8. Colleen says:

    LOL! That’s exactly how it goes. At least by my experience working with Dan when he was a contractor. That was one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had – making people’s dreams come true for their home. I hope you have a wonderful time!!

  9. DeeAnn says:

    I feel your pain ‘cause I went through this same project but you won’t be sorry you did it! I’d love to redo my back yard & deck now but think I’d better save a little more $ first. Good luck & have fun.

  10. Marcia Sanderman says:

    Oh yes! Our kitchen remodel ended up touching every room in the house after we got done with all the “while we’re at its”. Don’t regret a thing we did and really wouldn’t change a thing. We did our remodel in 2007 and still looks great. Quality products and a great contractor helped! Have fun with this.

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