Kitchen reveal: Enter to win the most ahhhmazing faucet in the history of ever

Kitchen reveal: Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

I have humongous reveal for you.   Wait.  That sounded a bit dirty.  Ha ha!  I can’t spill all the deets but it rhymes with kitchen schmenovation.  Holy batman! Brace yo’ self for awesomeness.  Shimmery gold ahhhhhmazingness….


Remember when I mentioned the kitchen renovation all casual like, as if it wasn’t a big deal?  And it wasn’t. Until it was.

Have you ever felt such overwhelm during a renovation that you think…

"OH JUST KNOCK THE WHOLE DAMN HOUSE DOWN AND START OVER?!"

It happened.  I ended up at the corner of overwhelm and erhhhmergerd.  It was a tough five months annnnnnnd I may or may not have been watching too much Dexter.

It was a shitastrophy shit storm.

Want to know what happens when your contractor abandons you when you are waist deep in a kitchen renovation?   I lived with a vodka filled hip flask and a constant stream of popcorn for dinner.  Kidding.  Not kidding. The struggle was real.

You may remember this blog post when we started planning our kitchen reno.  I wrote it way back when I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (what exactly does that mean??! ) Right after that, the kitchen went to hell in a hand basket.

It’ll take 48783057435345436534 posts to share the entire renovation.  The good, the bad and the messy middle.  PS. the middle was super-duper-fragilistic messy.

Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

 

The new kitchen is WHITE. Obvs.  Hello, have you met me?  I know I’ve mentioned about four thousand trillion billion times before, but I’m super into white .

I love white and the staggering simplicity it brings to a space.

Let’s be clear on this right now: If you invite me into your home and try to convince me that brown is where it’s at, I’m not falling for it.  You can drug me, and I still won’t have it.

The new kitchen has a walk-in-pantry.  We even hid the refrigerator behind panels in the pantry. Didja see how I slipped that in there?  Yup.  Hid. The. Refrigerator.

Boom chick-a-wow-wa… it’s hiding around the corner in this photo…


Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/
Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/
Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/


Here’s the pantry before//after.  Need a barf bucket?  Technically, the refrigerator is also hidden in these photos, but I promise it’s in there. Why did I just confuse you like that?  Sip.

Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/
Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/


Wanna see that again?  Before & aftaaaa…

Get great ideas for a kitchen renovation with these before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/
Get great ideas for a kitchen renovation with these before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/


You can see a pinch of the refrigerator, up there ^^^ on the right.  The pantry isn’t complete yet. It should be completed by 2096, right after I see pigs fly.

Dang, things got crap-tastic.

I have to tell you something.  All the photos are a sparkling rendition of what really happened.

The kitchen was the worst renovation experience in the history of ever.

Normally, home renovation is one of my very favourite things on earth. I thrive on it.  T.H.R.I.V.E.  Weirdo, right? Not this time.  This time, I had to find joy in the little things because the big things weren’t happening.


I worked for a YEAR towards the ahhhhmazing opportunity to have our kitchen featured in Chatelaine Magazine.  That was the hardest work and the best work, all at once. A year of planning and then ….

Our contractor put it all together with bubblegum & hot glue.

On the day of a photo shoot, the kitchen LOOKED somewhat photo worthy, but we didn’t have running water, parts were hot glued in place, things were unfinished & mismatched, countertops weren’t sealed, cabinet doors were falling off, drawer handles were missing and the dishwasher panel literally fell off.  Nothing truly functioned, compliments of our super unreliable contractor.

Cue stress.

This is what our kitchen looked like, the day before the shoot…

The day before.  <— I screamed that.
 

Get great ideas for a kitchen renovation with these before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/


Are you making a face that slightly resembles this—> ?!?!?!?!!!!!.  Yeah, me too.  Sip.  

During the same time, my hubby Michael was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Quite honestly, I didn’t think life could get worse.  We had been living with a sink in the basement and eating meals off our laps for 5 months.  I’m sure my family was prepping a straight jacket for me and a nice little rubber room (hopefully with white walls)

Depressing much?  Plans this weekend?  Besides deleting me from your blog reader?


Getting swung by the tail

Pretty much everything that involved our contractor was chaos.  I’d rather move to another country and change my phone number than have a really scary, honest conversation with somebody that wasn’t doing their job.  I want everybody to be friends and I want everybody to be kind.

For 5 months, he basically went AWOL.   He went everywhere and anywhere, except our kitchen.  When he was occasionally present, his presence and workmanship sucked all of the fun out of the room.

Not cool. Not cool. Not cool. Not cool.

We lived with a demolished, non-existent kitchen for what felt like f.o.r.e.v.e.r.    It was an eternity, in kitchen years.  The whole nightmarish experience would best be described as a Stephen King novel.  A horror show.  It took a long while to feng shui that evil out.

And you peeps wonder why I drink.  Haha.


Beautifully whitewashed kitchen renovation ideas via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE || Lynne Knowlton

 

Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

The five month experience was so bad, I cried.  A lot. Annnnnnnnd I’m a professional.  Go figure.

It burned me out to a crispy crisp.  Charred.  Frayed at the edges.  Gonzo.

The kitchen was quite possibly the most trashed up thing you’d see this side of the border, but somehow it managed to get from here….to here….

BEFORE photos (and great AFTER PICS too) on DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE || Lynne Knowlton
Beautifully whitewashed kitchen renovation ideas via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE || Lynne Knowlton


Well that’s it. That’s all.  Nope.  I have soooooo many great kitchen DIY’s and ideas to share with you, but I’m trying to control myself and not blurt it out all at once.   Okay.  One more sneak peek …

SHOP THE POST

 

SOURCES

Shop the entire kitchen here … it’s full of Wayfair goodness and a kitchen Q & A too! |  Champagne gold Faucet, towel barvanity tray c/o Delta Faucet Canada  |  Reclaimed barn board flooring:  Antique Wood Flooring  |  Pillows & roman blinds c/o Tonic Living  |   Linen Curtains  Not Perfect Linen (AMAZING!!) |  Concrete counter top DIY with Buddy Rhodes Concrete !

If you want to back up the bus and see where it all started, you can see the original kitchen in this blog post here. You can also see the progress here on Instagram {where I not-so-secretly stalk a bunch of people that I want to be my friends.}

This is your moment of glory. Tell me your kitchen story.   What are your biggest kitchen challenges? (besides drinking vodka from a hip flask?)  I would never evah everrrr do that.

PS. I love you. That is all.

Lynne

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  1. Dana Simeunovic

    January 19th, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Gorgeous kitchen and amazing sense of humour! We also did a kitchen reno. Also, all white! It also lasted about five months. Also, ate a lot of unhealthy food. Gained a few pounds. Cried a lot. Then cried some more. Super ugly cries. But, just like yours it all somehow worked out! Now onto renovating every single other room in the home…laundry room could possibly be next or our bonus room (with a wet bar, hence the entering of the contest 🙂 thanks!

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:15 am

    You have a food baby belly too, Dana?! I dream of days that I could cry with a super model face instead of the ugly cry. LOL.

    You are doing a laundry room next? Dreamy!! I actually think a laundry room would be FAB to renovate. Really fab. Have you cruised Pinterest yet? I’ve been pinning some if you need some inspiration….

    https://www.pinterest.com/lynneknowlton/laundry-room/

    Congrats on being the FIRST entry into the contest. Sooooooo awesome!!

    Lynne xx

  3. Nicole

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Stories like this are why I live with my not-very-functional kitchen layout instead of starting the renovation my ex and I planned for… in 2002. Also, none of us were wondering why you drink. Instead I was wondering if there was some sort of kitchen reno drinking game. You know, the contractor doesn’t show… take a shot! Something gets installed upside down or backwards, take two shots! Something is discovered that will cost you oob scoobs of money to fix? CHUG!

  4. Nicole

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Also, I adore your list of things you’re handling well. Your writing makes me want to go back to blogging regularly.

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Ahhhh shucks Nicole.. thanks for saying that. It is super duper hard to be consistent with blogging sometimes, isn’t it? I always say… life first, blogging second… but at the same time, it never leaves my mind. It’s like having a baby. It’s always attached to you. haha.

    PS. I just LAUGHED OUT LOUD with ‘no one wonders why you drink’ ROFL

    Lynne xx

  6. Caleigh Melanson

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Holy crap! This faucet is the most gorgeous thing!! I would love that!!! <3

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:22 am

    It totally is, in real life too Caleigh! The love is real 🙂 Thanks for the nod on gorgeousness!
    Lynne xx

  8. Denise Kauffman

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:35 am

    LOVE your white kitchen! I really enjoy your blog! Great faucet!!

  9. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Thanks Denise! Cheers and best of luck with the contest!

    Lynne xx

  10. Kathryn

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:41 am

    The result is gorgeous. I downsized from a four bedroom townhouse to a two bedroom modular home. I thought I had purged (the big house was practically empty — there were whole empty rooms). When the moving truck had filled up the new house I said okay, just put everything else in the garage. Luckily, the truck emptied just as the garage was full (to the ceiling and door). My fantasy was that anything that didn’t fit in the kitchen would go in a garage pantry (right outside the kitchen door is the back door to the garage. I’m hoping by the end of this year to be able to open that door. Inside, the house is new and shiny, and the kitchen is tiny but pretty, and the stove is wonderful, but the faucet sucks. Please give me this one.

  11. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Hi Kathryn!

    You are a trooper! The garage was full ? Oh boy. That gives me anxiety just thinking about it. haha. Our basement was FULL to the brim and we recently emptied it out and painted the sucker. It felt soooooooo good. I was thinking about writing a blog post about it… There is hope. LOL!

    Your new kitchen… tiny, pretty…with a lovely stove. That sounds ahhhhmazing!

    Cheers and thanks so much for entering the contest.

    Best of luck!! Lynne xx

  12. Jenny

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Absolutely LOVE your kitchen and your blog!!!! Oh, and the faucet is fabulous!!

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Cheers Jenny and thanks for the love! Best of luck with the ab fab faucet contest. Lynne xx

  14. Jen

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I have been in LOVE and NEEDING this faucet ever since I first saw it on your blog….love your beautiful new kitchen, and your fantastic blog! Your sense of humor and strength is awe inspiring!

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:58 am

    You are the sweetest. Thanks Jen! Yes, I have been lovin’ on this faucet for forever. So cool of you to notice! :)))) I have 2 of them in my kitchen sinks, one in the basement kitchenette and one in the airstream. I may need to a 12 step program to get rid of my addiction. LOL! Lynne xx

  16. Jen

    January 25th, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Hahaha……your airstream AND treehouse are what my dreams are made of!

  17. Susanne

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Love the gold! Beautiful Reno!

  18. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Much appreciated Susanne! Lynne xx

  19. Helen Marioncu

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Looking for a Kohler white enamelled sink for our next kitchen reno. This gold faucet would sure look nice together!

  20. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Hi Helen!
    Where are you looking for your white enamelled sink? I need HALP finding a replacement sink. Mine already cracked. Like me. LOL. You’re right tho, the gold faucet looks ahhhhmazing with a white sink. Dreamy! Lynne xx

  21. Sara

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Lynne love your website and wicked sense of humor! This faucet would replace the current leaking one in our kitchen and I would show it off and brag about it to all my family and friends.

  22. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Sara, we could be besties. I thought I was the only person who showed off faucets to my friends. haha. The faucet turns on when you kiss it too. Wait. That sounded all wrong. ??

    Lynne xx

  23. B Tarajos

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Those floors are seriously to die for.

  24. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Thanks! They are actually barn boards that we purchased from a local flooring company. They arrive with chicken poop and all on them. LOL. We lightly sanded them and coated them. Boom 🙂 Lynne xx

  25. Pam G

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I feel your pain! Our contractor came back 9 months later to finish the kitchen. Needless to say I had quite a few sips/gulps!

  26. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Oh Pam, you did it! Good for you. Nine months is a looooong wait. You could have had a baby by then. ?

    Sip.
    GULP.

    Lynne xx

  27. Cathy

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I’m so sorry that you had to go through such a perfectly awful time! My kitchen had been functioning well since we built our home 23 years ago, but it’s getting worn. We need a new floor…new countertops…a new sink…and yes – a new faucet!

  28. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:12 am

    You got this Cathy! Our kitchen was functioning well too but I hear ‘yer pain with the worn thing. Ditto.

    You know, we used Buddy Rhodes concrete for the countertops. They are a DIY concrete counter. Best.Decision.Ever. So good. So so so good. I need to write a blog post about that. OMG. I’m never bored. These are my current problems. ha.

    Best of luck with the contest! I’m sure a gold faucet would look smashing in your new kitchen. 🙂

    Lynne xx

  29. Janelle

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Love, love the kitchen remodel!!! We did our own Reno about 2 years ago and I feel like every remodel has its own little hotter story. We had our share of them for sure, but in the end we love the final product, too!

  30. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:27 am

    That’s so great to hear Janelle. There is hope! Phew. Sadly, our kitchen cabinets look good in photos but they have soooooo many functional problems, compliments of our contractor. We had a quote recently to fix them. Guess what? They suggested it would be more cost effective to just gut it and start again. Erhhhhmergerd. #ThisIsWhyIDrink

    Lynne xx

  31. Mia

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    we lived and are still living a similar nightmare with our contractor. Finally we went to court hoping for the best and after a very nervous racking three years, our lawyer informed us last December that we won the case. Unfortunately we won’t get what the lawyer requested but at least (when we get the money) we can start the kitchen renovation works in the guest houses and hopefully there will be enough money left to rebuild our house as this is the biggest disaster, not only the kitchen (read: the heart of the house) could have been much better but the entire front building (we live partly in a cave and partly in a front building) has to be knocked down and started over. White is also here the dominant color, makes the spaces extra big and can be combined with everything. Bright, simple, zen. I recently discovered (yes, this is the correct wording) your blog and can’t stop reading it, your sense of humour makes me laugh every time. Your writing is very inspiring. What a difference with most bloggers, glad having found you! Big hug and keep us making happy!

  32. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Ohhh GAH Mia, that sounds so gross. You poor thing!! Thankfully, there was some light at the end of the tunnel. Phew!!!

    Great choice on the white… but I may be biased 🙂

    Thanks so much for the blog love! I really appreciate that!! There’s so much noise out here in the interwebs//tons of blogs// so that is why I only write blog posts when I have something epic to share AND when I need a good laugh too. xx Keeping it simple, ya know?

    To many more laughs together online…
    Lynne xx

  33. Karen Stubbs

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    We’re just in the planning stage for a kitchen redo and now I’m not sure what to put at the top of the planning list:. Should I check references of the contractor or spend the time stocking up on alcohol. Wipe away the tears and enjoy your beautiful kitchen!

  34. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I think you should check references AND stock the liquor cabinet, Karen. You can never be to cautious. haha.

    Lynne xx

  35. gema kochovski

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:28 am

    What a deluxe, beautiful faucet!! Your kitchen is stupendous.

  36. gema kochovski

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:29 am

    What a deluxe, beautiful faucet and a stupendous kitchen!!

  37. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Thanks so much Gema! xx

  38. Suzanne Kruger

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Just beautiful!

  39. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Cheers for the love Suzanne!

    Lynne xx

  40. Amanda Zarzycki

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:29 am

    LOVE your kitchen!! Someday I’ll have the kitchen of my dreams as well 🙂 I have high hopes lol I absolutely hate my current kitchen lol there is this fake stone wallpaper around the wall under my cupboards and everyone likes it but me. My counters are blue and the cupboards are white… which isnt so bad but not my idea of a nice kitchen lol the best part about my kitchen is the cupboards… there’s a lot of them and I love that! I’m hoping that we can start fixing it soon but with 7 kids running around… timing is everything 🙂

  41. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:56 am

    First of all, Amanda… seven kids? You are my HERO. I have four kids… and wow… they are the best thing that ever happened in our life…and yet.. I get it.. holy batman, life is busy. Seven. Wow. You are incredible!! You go girl!!

    Lots of cabinets are GREAT to work with. Woot woot for that!!! Best of luck in contest.

    PS. You are my new super hero.

    Lynne xx

  42. Angie

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Sorry to hear the process was such a nightmare, but the final result is absolutely delicious! You already knew that though! Can’t wait to see more juicy pics. I too am dreaming of a white kitchen, but alas it is a far off dream. I’m currently dealing with faded maple cabinets, shiny black appliances and brown laminate counters that are pealing at the seams. Since a complete redo is not in my near future, I’m trying desperately to come up with a plan for the lipstick solution. My gut says paint it all black to match the appliances but the thought terrifies my hubby, so there’s that. Sigh….

  43. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Angie,

    Lipstick solution… GREAT WORDS, by the way. I may have to steal those. LOL.

    All black could be super dark… so I dunno. I may have to side with your hubby… are you going to punch me in the shins?

    Actually, black could MAYBE work too, if you used the right paint. Have you ever checked out fusion paint? It’s beautiful for cabinets // furniture etc and has a gorgeous finish too. That could be just the perfect finish for you!

    Here they are here: https://fusionmineralpaint.com/ and their customer service is incredible. Jennlyn is so super helpful. She could even help you with colour selection etc. The colours are divine (in case you didn’t go with black LOL)

    Hope that helps!
    Lynne xx

  44. Sue Purdy

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This looks absolutely fabulous!!! I’m so sorry you were plagued with a horrible contractor, but it really did turn out fabulously in the end because of all your hard work. Love it and I love your blog.

  45. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Awhhhh dang, Sue. Thanks for the love. *blush*

    Lynne xx

  46. LindaFabgirl

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:59 am

    OMG, absolutely stunning!!

  47. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    It is… unless you open something. Like a cupboard. Then boom. It falls off. LOL! And.You.Think.I.Joke.

    Lynne xx

  48. Brenda

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    The kitchen is beautiful! Love the faucet!

  49. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    It’s a total stunner in real life too! Ahhhhh.

  50. Dee Dee Mozeleski

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I get soooooo psyched when your blog posts arrive in my inbox. Such a gorge renovation. Now, about that faucet…

  51. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Ahhhhh phew ! I swear, I hit the send button and then run for the hills. haha! It scares the poop right outta me. The larger my email list gets, the more frightened I become. I’m a dork like that. Thanks for the vote of confidence!! You made my day.

    SMOOCH!
    Lynne xx

  52. Joanne mikiel

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I love your home! Even though you went through a lot with the contractor, everything you designed is lovely. I especially love the clean, white everything, you pulled it all together beautifully, you are truly talented. I have an ok size kitchen, took the fake 1970s brick, sanded walls put a list of spake sanded sanded and more sanding. Hubby put in recessed lights and put an island in middle oif room, I store all my pots and pans in the island which are really tall cabinets with corian on as a top. I did paint molding and island wood white. Also closet door to my small pantry. I am slowly getting there. I am going on and on…… I do love your blogs! Keep them coming, you are so refreshing, love your style.

  53. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Joanne,

    You go girl! It sounds like you are on an epic roll! You also sound like you did a bonk ton of sanding. I usually end up with drywall dust in my underwear when that happens. Don’t ask me how. I think I need to stand farther away from my work space. ?

    Lynne xx

  54. Sarah

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I am so ridiculously in love with EVERYTHING you do- right down to your fun personality in your blog posts!! I can’t get enough of your work; if you could just design/ model my entire house that would be a DREAM!!..For now I’ll just enjoy some serious inspiration from all posts !!

  55. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    If you live in Barbados in a beach hut Sarah, I’m on my way ? …

    Lynne xx

  56. Tara

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Gorgeous space!! I’m entering to win for my sister. She could definitely use a new faucet 🙂

  57. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Tara! You are so nice to your sister! I think you should be my sister ? Lynne xx

  58. Karen

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I read a lot of blogs and look at a lot of design books….you rank right at the top for your style! I love it and I enjoy your fun spirit and sense of humor that you bring to all your blog posts…. and I love the faucet….looking to do my kitchen this summer !

  59. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Be careful what you say, Karen. I will smooch you. And on the lips.

  60. Karen

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’m hoping to buy my first home this year and will def. be using your site for inspiration:) Lynne, i just love your vocabulary…. I WILL use “shitastrophy” in a sentence today.

  61. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Shitastrophy is my middle name. If you use that in a sentence today, we will definitely be twinning.

  62. Marie

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Your “after” pics are my inspiration!

  63. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Whaaaaaat Marie? Not my BEFORE pics? hahahahahaha. Girlfran, I don’t blame you. I may still need a barf bucket for my before pics. Sadly, even my AFTER pics still gut me. We only have one drawer that works properly. This.is.why.I.drink.

    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

  64. Donna Switzer

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:35 am

    OMG you poor thing! That sounds like a cray cray kinda time. You bring so many smiles to my life with your awesome humour- it just seems so wrong that you would have to put up with that crap. You are one strong sorta puppy! Throat punch if ya need to and keep that flask handy dandy. Beautiful kitchen….take care ?

  65. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Donna

    I have throat punched him a gazillion times, but only in my head. I really should bring it to reality. Does that count? haha.

    Lynne xx

  66. Debbie Baker

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:43 am

    This faucet would be beautiful in Opal, my Airstream I’m redoing for a tiny house!!!! Of course she’s painted all white. I’m so glad I found your blog, it’s like talking to myself! 😉 Plus also, if I win, it will be my awesome Happy Birthday present, bc my birthday’s on the 6th! 😉 Hope you are well, praying for your family. <3

  67. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Debbieeeeeeee ! I used the same faucet in my airstream, and I can one billion percent guarantee that it is stinking beautiful in an airstream. Actually, you could put a frog in an airstream, and I’d still think it was beautiful. I just love them!

    Thank you for the love and prayers. xoxoxoxoxoox

  68. Debbie Baker

    January 20th, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Yes indeed Doll! I found your Airstream pictures and splattered them all OVER my Pinterest! Such a beautiful job you did, I absolutely LOVE your style!!! Opal and I are still in the “ugly phase”; I actually just got the bathroom out last weekend, so we’re 95% gutted. I WAS going to keep the kitchen, and the bathroom, but the more I tore things up, the more I got inspired and decided I really might as well make her exactly what I want. I was also having some serious trouble parting with some “furniture” pieces (mostly stuff I built or dug out of the trash and painted white! lol) and with the way I’m redesigning her, I can use ALL of them!!! WINNING!!!! <3 <3 <3 Sip sip…. (the second was celebratory and necessary)

    I think your kitchen floor is my favorite thing in the whole room. lol I love anything that looks like it could have been in a barn for 100 years or so. 😉 All of it just works together beautifully!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!! xoxo 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  69. Mary Kalk

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Lynne, you creative woman, you!
    I really admire your joy.

    Thanks for this opportunity to win a great faucet.

    Currently my husband and I are renting and the faucet in our terribly tiny kitchen has emotional issues. Some days you gently move the handle and it sprays you like a fire hose. We’ve become accustomed to its bi-polar nature, but our poor guests always end up with a shower from the chest down if we don’t notice them make their way over to wash their hands. It’s a problem. (Sometimes a hilarious problem…. with the exception if you’re late for work, are wearing a cute new white blouse and you’re filling the kettle for tea…. ugh. The drenching has happened at the most inopportune moments..)

    Thank you again!

    Glad you’re enjoying your new kitchen!

    How was hosting your after-Christmas Christmas dinner?

  70. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Mary… not gonna lie… I totally just pee’d my pants laughing about your faucet with emotional issues. You crack me up!!

    The dinnahhhh was amazeballs. Thanks for asking! However… the food baby that came after it may be stuck to me on a permanent basis.

    Big love!
    Lynne xx

  71. Mary Kalk

    February 2nd, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for the reply!

    Well, if you’re ever in Newmarket, and laugh SO hard you do actually pee your pants… just turn on my kitchen faucet for two seconds… NO ONE could tell the difference. Trust.

  72. Kevin

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Lovely kitchen, Lynne! I hope you really enjoy it!!! Looks very inviting!

  73. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Kevin!

    I have slept on the sofa in the kitchen… so that definitely makes it comfy. #WhenIEatTooMuchDinner hahaha. Food baby problems.

    Big love,
    Lynne xx

  74. Joann @ Woman In Real Life

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Wow, Lynne, I’m sorry you had to go through all that! I’m sure you’re like me and can’t stand when everything is out of place for an extended period. Well, everything looks amazing now and I love, love, love what you’ve done with the pantry! The kitchen is so clean and open too. I’m not sure where my family would pile all their papers, hair elastics and assorted bits of plastic…

  75. Marsha Mundstock

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Yo……….ur kitchen turned out fantabulous anyways!!!! When it rains it pours, and u got a double dumping. Hugs for all of u ?

  76. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Soooooo stinking true Joann… it makes me bat shit crazy to have stuff all over the place. The refrigerator in the living room didn’t help the situation either. LOL!

    Ohhhh we pile our stuff all over the place too. When the pile gets too high, I just sweep it with my arm into a drawer. Kidding. Not kidding. 🙂

    Lynne xx

  77. Shelly

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I too had a kitchen transformation several years ago . . . from wedgewood blue laminate counter-tops (remember wedgewood blue laminate?) Ewww!. . . and a brown tile floor. Double Ewwww . . . to limestone countertops, custom cabinetry and stone flooring. Huge kitchen attached to sun room overlooking the back yard and pool. We LIVE in it now but at the time we had 2 teenagers, 2 great danes and a cat all eating in the living room. Whatever we could make from a toaster oven and washing dishes in the bathtub. Triple Ewwww.
    Your kitchen is simply gorgeous. Hope I win the faucet!

  78. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Ohhhh Shelly… that’s a quadruple ewwww… you poor thang. I can totally relate.

    If you hung on for a few more years, wedgewood blue laminate may have come back in style. teehee.

    Congrats on the reno!!! Good luck with the contest!!!

    Cheers!!!
    Lynne xx

  79. Shelia

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Kitchen renos are soooo hard! We started our first one the month after we were married – way to test out a brand-new marriage!!
    Your reno is stunning – may you have years of good meals and much laughter in your new space.

  80. Debi

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Lynne, I love your blogs! You always brighten up my day. You have been through so much crap lately, my insignificant little problems seem very tiny in comparison. Praying for you and your hubby.

    I love your style and your way of getting back up when life knocks you down yet again. You inspire me. I might even get out of my P.J.s today. I know, pretty pathetic, right? But you do seriously inspire me to keep on kicking butt even when I get down. I wanna be like you when I grow up.

    I love your new kitchen and hope you really enjoy it. Also I hope things in general get WAY better for you and your family. Hang in there and know that LOTS OF PEOPLE are pulling for you. Those kinda good vibes have to count for something.

  81. Amanda

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Just moved into our new home this spring. So far we haven’t done much in the kitchen by reno, but we did replace the one ceiling fan with a tiny 40watt bulb with 6 beautiful and dimmable LED canned lights.
    Hoping to do more to our kitchen (and home) as we have time and *ahem* money. 😀

  82. Brenna

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:12 am

    My kitchen is original from when it was built in 1979….talk about barf. I have been putting it off but it really needs an overhaul!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  83. Jenny

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I love it and all things rose gold….swwoooooon….

  84. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Gold is d’bomb dot com, isn’t it Jenny? LURVE.

    Lynne xx

  85. Robin R

    January 20th, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I absolutely love your stove! Where did you find it? Great makeover!

  86. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks Robin! We found our stove on Kijiji. It’s a 1950 Moffatt Electric stove, and we bought it for $700. Perfect for our budget 🙂 It needs some updating/fine tuning.. but we really love it too.

    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

  87. Kathleen

    January 20th, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Lynne,

    What you’ve gone through sounds horrible, but the results are STUNNING!,! I love your sense of humor and will be studying your kitchen for weeks….that stove!

  88. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    If you study my kitchen for that long, Kathleen.. I think you better come over and drink wine while you are studying it 🙂 For the win. haha.

  89. Lor

    January 20th, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Kitchen renos are always hellacious – but yours sounds as if it takes the prize. Truly gorgeous result though!

  90. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Ohhhh it was hellacious with a big fat burning cherry on top. Thanks for the gorgeousness tho. GAH. I survived. { BARELY } Lynne xx

  91. Debbie Bashford

    January 20th, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    It’s freaking spectacular!! I am so sorry you also had to deal with an A1 arse. I did my floors a few years ago and if the neighbours hadn’t seen HIM arrive I would have needed the Coles version of How to dispose of a body for Dummies. He was horrible, rude and nasty and seriously did a crappy job. I want to do the walls in my kitchen and would love to install some more built in cabinets and paint the existing few that are in there.
    You are a gifted designer and your sense of humour is wonderful.

  92. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    How to dispose of a body for Dummies. hahahahhahahhahaahaaha…

    I would buy all the copies on the shelf. I can see it now… you and I sprinting for the book.

    Big love,
    Lynne xx

  93. Courtney

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I neeeeeeed this faucet. Not to sound dramatic. But I need it. Yep, I do.

    My husband did a fantastic job remodeling our kitchen before we met and I moved in. I love it all…but the faucet needs to go. This shiny gold, beautiful Delta faucet is JUST what our kitchen needs. Be still my heart, it is beauuuutiful!

    -Courtney

  94. Sheila

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I hâve recently been thru a major renovation and my body and marriage survived. The constant surprises and extra costs all add to the adventure. Things turned out beautiful and good things come to those who wait.fortunately my husband was the contractor and created everything I wanted.. I also went white (just a little tiny bit of color in the curtains) and resalvaged wood,awesome. Thanks for your blog,it’s lots of fun to read. The faucet is exactly what my daughter wants for her kitchen Reno that my husband is about to undertake.

  95. Auntiepatch

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/225813368796226805/

  96. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pin ! Big love to you girly!

  97. Auntiepatch

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    My SIL is still waiting 1 1/2 years after her porch was started. The guy put in her windows “temporarily” and that was the last she saw of him. She’s now looking for someone to finish his “work”. I would have done that about 1 year ago!

    Good Lord, Lynne, what more could go wrong? Give the Big Guy a hug from me!

    Blessings on you and your family.

    Love – Auntiepatch =^..^=

  98. Brenda Giesbrecht

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    No personal reno nightmares (more than a few construction horror stories, though). If misery loves company, you might enjoy a book called The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story by food writer Julia Reed. There is a fair amount of alcoholic solace in her story (wink).

  99. Kerri

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    The end result is beautiful – especially like the use of the wood stove; somehow it ties everything together.
    Now to attack my kitchen redo and see how if the results in reality are what I see in my mind

  100. Amanda

    January 20th, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    You and your kitchen are so inspiring!! My kitchen reno is moving at literal snail speeds partly bc of budget and also partly bc we live in a 200 sq ft camper that makes all projects take six times as long and cost six times as much. SO FUN RIGHT?! I’m in the process of painting our cabinets and every blog I’ve ever read about how much it sucks is right, it totally sucks. It’s nice to hear that even with a contractor things are still stressful. (Is that actually nice or am I evil for being comforted by that?) Anyway I love your spirit and sense of humor and am sending all the positive vibes and well wishes to your husband. You’re a strong woman and there are so many that you inspire ❤

  101. Evelyn

    January 20th, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Love your blog!!

  102. Tina K.

    January 20th, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I love your style and your wit! I believe I need you to renovate my place…ah when the stars align. ?
    This faucet is everything! ? Thank you for the opportunity. Keep doing you cuz you rock! ?

  103. Kim Beaulieu

    January 20th, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I’m so sorry your contractor was such a complete asshat. You deserve a contractor as awesome as you are. I can’t even imagine the stress.

    My heart breaks for you guys over Michael’s diagnosis. I owe you an email. And a visit.

    We renovated our whole upstairs ourselves before we moved in, while we moved in, and while we lived here. It took about 3 or 4 months, I’ve blocked out the actual timeline. We basically ordered pizza every single night the entire time. We decided it would be fun to landscape the yard ourselves at the same time because we’re nucking futs. I’ve never been so tired in my life. Most days I thought it might have been easier to burn the house down and start over.

  104. Kim Reid

    January 20th, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I love your kitchen renovation and would like to re-do my kitchen in this amazing style!

  105. Blake Owen

    January 20th, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I love the floor and keep your chin up. I love your energy and passion.

  106. grace

    January 20th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    that sounds like a nightmare but your kitchen is beautiful!

  107. Cindy

    January 20th, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    We’re getting ready to build a new house! Yeah! Yikes! What am I thinking!! Your love of white has rubbed off on me and I want an all white house too!!

  108. Meagan

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Love love love the way your kitchen reno turned out. We have an outdated kitchen where the previous owners put zero thought into the utilization of space. It’s a relatively large space, and we have a huge weirdly shaped island and NO storage…WHAT??? It becomes a dumping ground of all mail, flyers and school papers. UGH. Can’t wait to tear it all out.

  109. Ann Rooyakkers-Thomson

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    My husband and I have always been big on DIY projects and in our previous house we pretty much redid everything and were quite happy with how things turned out. It is getting a little dated now, but we have since moved into a larger home and are presently renting the other out. Our renovations in our new home have been a very slow process. I am thrilled with our new bathroom as long as I can keep my kids out of it, but other than that we have only really renovated our basement into a rec room. My kitchen here is tiny with a den on the other side of the wall that will be a huge pain to remove so I can have an actual full sized kitchen. It looks like it came out of the 50’s and I want to change it but of course money is always a set back. I feel your pain with the hassles invovled with hiring a contractor, but I do have to say I would never have considered gold in any part of my house, but it looks absoluttely stunning. I just replaced my old broken fridge with a black stainless steel one and am already working through in my mind how I can make the gold work. I am pleased to say that I have an amazing idea and the gold will definitely work. Your kitchen looks stunning and I am amazed at how soft the gold fixtures look in it. I would have thought it would be overwhelming, but it really does work. Anytime you would like to invite me for coffee so I can get an even better sense of the serenity I’m in. Love it. Congrats on finally getting throughit and best wishes to you and your family. xxx

  110. Courtney

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    We are in kitchen limbo right now too! Luckily the house we moved into last year was a duplex and we are converting it back into a single family home. So we have been able to use the “second kitchen” while we demo and start work on our new one.
    Very excited to finally get moving on such a big project, and I’m totally with you on the all white kitchen! It looks gorgeous with all the brass hardware and fixtures!
    I have been obsessed with the Delta Trinsic faucets for a while now and love the champagne finish!

  111. Gillian Delledonne

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Love your new kitchen! I love the size of my kitchen but I’d love to love all of it…..all in good time.

  112. Carissa Doré

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the pick me up today! Your Friday emails always bring me a smile.

  113. Charlotte

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Well your patience paid off! Your finished kitchen reflects careful and creative planning, despite personal hardship that I can’t begin to grasp.
    Magazine and life worthy!

  114. Hanh

    January 21st, 2017 at 2:23 am

    OMG!!! I love your kitchen and that faucet is to die for! I love everything about it. So fresh and airy! Can I move in with you?

  115. Julia Blythe

    January 21st, 2017 at 7:36 am

    My husband and I flip houses. We finally got smart and decided to not hire contractors any more and be our own GC. Smartest move EVER! We like to put out an excellent product and this way, we can do our own quality control. Believe it or not, life is now so much easier!

  116. Karen Zerilli

    January 21st, 2017 at 8:22 am

    We just renovated and I love my kitchen EXCEPT the faucet! I love the rose gold!! I shared the link for the contest but did not get extra entries but I don’t mind because I love your blog!

  117. Bre Douglas

    January 21st, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Contractors can be buttheads.. (My ex-husband is one). I hired one once, ex-husband couldn’t be bothered with his own house, and from that experience have since learned to do everything myself. Not only does it save some serious $$ but I don’t need to deal with the buttheads (except for ex, unfortunately).
    I am planning out my spring kitchen remodel and think I may be in love with that faucet.. and your stove too (gorgeous!).

  118. Coryna Blasko

    January 21st, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Your space is glorious, and your blog is such an inspiration. I used to love darker colours, but have been converted! Currently living in a renovated church where everything is painted white. The floors are natural maple and the furnishings are light birch or white. Red is the accent colour in small amounts. Have the tiniest kitchen area in the world, so there is room for improvement… a dishwasher would be like heaven… but a good kitchen faucet would be a grand start. Ours is prone to leaking and plumbers are scarce in these parts. Namaste

  119. Sonya Morris

    January 21st, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Beautiful pictures! We are in the middle of updating our kitchen with a new sink, countertops, and adding a few more cabinets. It sounds simple enough, but since we are doing this ourselves it has been over a month since we started! I will be so glad to see it finished!

  120. jeanne

    January 21st, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Your kitchen is so gorgeous! I would love the faucet for my avion trailer reno. We could be twinsies!

  121. jeff rothrock

    January 21st, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    getting my grime build up removed ,and your pics,,, wow !

  122. Denise

    January 21st, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    So sorry about the contractor. However the kitchen sings now. Hopefully the doors don’t fall off anymore. I would love the faucet. Thanks

  123. Cathy W

    January 21st, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    The only kitchen reno going on right now involves seriously removing the crumbs that fall out of our toaster onto the counter below! Saving up for new kitchen someday. Thanks for the chance, if We won I could just squint and see only the sparkly new faucet and nothing else!

  124. Kellie Watson-Smith

    January 21st, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Love. Love. LOVE!!!! your remodel. Simply put – it’s gorgeous!

  125. Karen Propes

    January 21st, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    We set up to do our kitchen ourselves, but it just seemed so overwhelming. I just drew out where I wanted the cabinets and Island. In the end, our Island was too large, well the top was. We can barely get into our pantry. When you open the pantry door, it hits the bar when it’s opened too far back. We are going to replace the top of the bar with a smaller top later, For now, we are just trying to get everything set up the way we want it. I’m disappointed because I wanted the kitchen to be this big beautiful work of art and we have what we have. I know we can fix it somewhat. Trying to improve by changing out the faucets and cabinet handles. I love your creation, but it does feel like it can’t be done, I understand. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  126. Karen K

    January 21st, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Love your home.
    Love the faucet!
    Love YOU!!!

  127. sylvia waters

    January 21st, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I have many kitchen challenges, first of which is it is 100 years old this year! Nice if it would have been kept up, but it wasn’t. My second challenge is that while I am 5 ft tall, the cabinets were built for very tall people – All the way to the 12 foot ceilings (true story). Third thru 29th challenge is slanted floors, old ugly linoleum, mismatched appliances, etc., I would love to have something pretty to give me inspiration and winning this faucet might do it! Oh, and I love love love cooking thank you!

  128. Sue

    January 21st, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Love your kitchen Lynne, just love the white. I don’t think you can beat it!

  129. Stephanie

    January 21st, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    My kitchen story is that my kitchen is SO small for our big family. I have a very difficult time decorating our kitchen and making it more modern. I would love to add this faucet to our kitchen! It would be the perfect touch!

  130. leah

    January 21st, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    wonderful post – thanks for showing the real side of renovation…and it all turned out beautifully!

  131. Heather W

    January 22nd, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I’m so sorry about your reno trouble, and more so about your husband. My heart goes out to you all. As you know when you live in the country field mice can be a problem in the winter, so at our previous home this was true for us. We were woke up in the middle of the night to water gushing everywhere because a mouse had chewed through out water inlet hose to our dishwasher. Kitchen floor ruined, basement was raining. The basement was an old dirt floor basement so it dried out with the dehumidifier, but when they ripped up our kitchen floors decided they needed to repair the subflooring and left us with sticky pressboard for almost a week (over Christmas time). The floor was so sticky you couldn’t walk on it, and our dog got stuck a couple of times. We ended up putting cardboard down in paths (which the dog quickly learned to walk on) but we had to host a big family christmas dinner with our home looking like that. Broke my heart.

  132. Dianna Davis

    January 22nd, 2017 at 12:02 am

    OMG!!! I love all the White– I am working on my kitchen and Bathroom in the whites, and having brushed nickle and blacks are the back up pop colors; Yours is so beautiful –thanks for sharing gives me more ideas

  133. MARLENE BRADY

    January 22nd, 2017 at 10:03 am

    OK, so this is one heck of an awesome giveaway! Why? Because you have made it a joy to enter, the faucet is super duper great (am coveting) and……….I get to vent! By vent, I mean whine a little. I’m 70 this year! What??? Boy, to say that out loud is unreal. I don’t feel it, well, my bones do, but I am really happy. Married to my best friend for absolutely ever and we are still going strong. So, life is good. Mmmmmmmmm, cept my kitchen sink. I HATE my kitchen faucet. Seriously, not making this up. This opportunity could not have come at a better time. Of course we could get another, but every time we plan on it, “life” happens. Garage door broke, needed new tires on the car, had to get a new toilet, all 3 major appliances decided to die around the same time, medical bills, surgeries and, this week’s adventure is a leak in our roof in not one, but in two places. I swear I am not making this up. So, back to the faucet from hell which I tend to let all my frustrations out on, including talking to the damn thing. I’ve considered a video because I think it is possessed. Sometimes it sprays where it is supposed to and other times “look out”! Even our dogs go the other way when I go to do dishes. So, if I win I will post a video of me doing a dance of joy and blog my heart out in gratitude. If I don’t win, I will still be the happy old woman who lives with the faucet from hell. Wish me luck.

  134. Lois R

    January 22nd, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    The definition of Awesome according to Webster is: Lynne. Ok, not Webster but she is in my book!

  135. Heather Oberg

    January 22nd, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Lynn, We just purchased our retirement home and are going to be remodeling the kitchen, for 25 years have have had oak cabinets and this time I am doing white cabinets and I am so excited! I love your kitchen, your treehouse, your whole home and your humor. I would be over the moon to win this beautiful faucet!

  136. Sara

    January 22nd, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Love it!!! Your kitchen Reno and the gruesome stories that go with it!
    My fiancé and I spent 5 years living in and renovating out first home all on our own- and it was a total gut job. So I know and feel your pain. We got very used to living with a layer of dust on everrrryyyytthing. Plus glamourous plastic drop sheets hanging everywhere. We are currently working on doing the same at our second home and would love this gorgeous faucet!!. I have documented some of our adventures at @saraashleyhome & @saraashley3
    Fun times in that #renolife !!!

  137. Joanne Hefford

    January 22nd, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Lynne,
    I love your kitchen and I’m also quite fond of white walls. I don’t have a kitchen Reno story YET, but we are about to demo our fixer-upper cottage and I’m sure it will get interesting. Of course a delta faucet would be lovely!
    Thanks for the inspiration, Joanne

  138. Amber

    January 22nd, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Loving the faucet ?

  139. Cat b

    January 22nd, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    We are about to embark into kitchen renovation land. The unknown awaits!!! And so does wine.

  140. dani@lifeovereasy

    January 22nd, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    My kitchen horror story is that I have been living with my “before” kitchen for far too long and it’s about dang time I do something about it. That faucet might just be the thing to start me heading toward my “after” kitchen.

  141. Kathi ziolkowski

    January 22nd, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Oh god we are about to start our reno and now i am more terrified than ever
    It looks amazing
    But hell girl

  142. PL Packer

    January 23rd, 2017 at 12:08 am

    I listened to my Mom, for over 50 years, point out the things never quite completed after every renovation. My daughter is now in the same house, complete gutting and renovation (much like yours) and the stuff that isn’t completed even drives ME nuts! ME…..well I am buying another brand new manufactured home that will be set up and completed ready to move in to in 90 days! did it 6 years ago, I’m selling it and doing it again! Easy Peasy Lemon Breezy!! The worst thing about my kitchen……I have acres of counter top and I am one of those horrible people that just tosses stuff on an empty surface and walks away…..Keeping a kitchen clean is my nemesis!

  143. Cathy Schroder

    January 23rd, 2017 at 2:30 am

    It is simply stunning!

  144. jennifer

    January 23rd, 2017 at 3:24 am

    absolutely stunning kitchen love love love………………….

  145. Kathy scott

    January 23rd, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  146. BlessedTA

    January 23rd, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Beautiful

  147. Donna C.

    January 23rd, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I love the kitchen…..mine is dark (reminiscent of the 1990’s) but I need light just not sure how to get it….Thanks for sharing.

  148. Kari Bennett

    January 23rd, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Lynne,

    Your Blog is fantastic! Keep going!
    After all of the crud and crap, you have a beautiful, calming, and relaxing space! 🙂
    Love and Hugs!

    Cheers,
    Kari

  149. Alisha

    January 23rd, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Absolutely love your white!! I recently got married and moved into my husband’s very brown house. We have since painted the walls and changed some lights and hardware to make it brighter and much lovelier! That gold faucet is amazing and it would look fabulous in my newish kitchen!

  150. Carmen N

    January 23rd, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Once upon a time …. we built a house. That was almost 13 years ago. It was the best, and most challenging thing we’ve ever done together. I remember working full days, coming home to our 5th-wheel camper, changing clothes, working on the house until 9-10pm, grabbing a sandwich (usually pbj – no cooking required), collapsing in bed, and then starting all over again the next day.
    Part of me would love to do it again, but we’re *ahem* older now and have a 6-yo that probably wouldn’t appreciate the chaos. 🙂

  151. Jacki

    January 23rd, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I love your kitchen. We are planning to renovate our 1970s kitchen soon and you are giving me some good ideas. Kind of scaring me too, I will try to be super careful about choosing a contractor!

  152. Jan

    January 23rd, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    It took us 25 years to renovate/build our kitchen in our old schoolhouse. Now it’s almost time to redo and rethink the whole thing. It’s a neverending cycle!!! But I love the white, scandinavian look. How do you keep everything so clean?!!!!

  153. Nadia Petrungaro

    January 24th, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Love, love, love this kitchen! We are going to start a complete kitchen Reno in the spring and have gotten great inspiration from this blog! Thank you!

  154. lisa gilmore

    January 24th, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Love love LOVE you! That reno mighta been rough but boy oh boy is it beautiful now!

  155. Carissa B

    January 24th, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    We had just bought our dream fixer upper home and tackled the kitchen it was a rough Reno but we got it done! Less than a month later we had a major flood and had to rip out our just finished kitchen! It was an absolute nightmare. Almost a year later it still isn’t complete as we just got completely exhausted from it all!

  156. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Ohhhhh no Carissa. I recommend wine and a lot of it. 🙂 No really tho, best of luck with making the magic happen again. Lynne xx

  157. Michelle Alberdi

    January 24th, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I have the second ugliest kitchen in Hawaii. Next to my ohana kitchen (which is a cottage behind our house on our property). Not kidding. And I am declaring this the Year of the Kitchen remodel. Because I can’t stand it any longer. Oh, and I also love white. And brass. So I’d love to win the most beautiful faucet ever. Mahalo, Michelle

  158. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I would be willing to take the FIRST UGLIEST kitchen, if I lived in Hawaii, Michelle. hahahaha.

    I have an idea. If you win the faucet, I should definitely come and hand deliver it. teehee. A girl can dream.

    Lynne xx

  159. Michelle Alberdi

    January 29th, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Haha Yes!! Whether or not I win the faucet you should come to Maui. Ugly kitchens aside, it truly is the bomb-diggity. I have a cute little room in my ohana with your name on it and I promise I’ll only pick your brain about kitchen design a little bit. 😉

  160. Katrina

    January 24th, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    My kitchen is likely the smallest ever! It has so many issues including cupboards unreachable and fridge door opening into things. We really need to capitalize some space from somewhere else and get creative and add some beautiful touches here and there to make our lives better, that would include this faucet. My sister has it – it’s beautiful – jaw dropping, mouth on the floor kind of beautiful…and well I’m completely jealous!

  161. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Hi Katrina!

    Your sister must have great taste 🙂 … and hey… small spaces … make for creative thinking! It will be so worth it in the end. I love the challenge of a small space (that could explain my treehouse, airstream and cabin LOL!). They are all teeny weeny.

    If you search treehouse, airstream & cabin on my blog, you may find some coolio ideas for your kitchen too 🙂

    Big love,
    Lynne xx

  162. Janice Cournoyer

    January 24th, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    My kitchen challenge is basically getting started. A 70’s island kitchen with light oak cupboards. It will be a huge undertaking, so all these ideas here are inspiring.

  163. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2017 at 10:59 am

    So happy to inspire Janice!

    Lynne xx

  164. Crystal

    January 25th, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Well, the last kitchen reno I did involved exposing an old brick chimney, but unknowingly also exposing an entrance for approximately a bazillion ants to enter my kitchen every spring. Oh, and my husband/contractor/amazing guy also found panties in the wall. Like, behind the drywall. That was interesting! Now I’ve got my eye on my current 80’s golden oak kitchen. Should be fun!

  165. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Oh man, Crystal… the ants came marching in?!! I would have moved. LOL.

    I once had a problem with mint taking over my garden/backyard/life… and the advice that my friend gave me to get rid of the mint… MOVE. HAHA.

    The wee undies story is hilare!

    Lynne xx

  166. Cheryl

    January 25th, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I absolutely love your floor!!

  167. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Thank you Cheryl !

    It’s amazing what a barn board can do 🙂

    Lynne xx

  168. Kristi Olio

    January 26th, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    SOOOO….I love what you did with your kitchen. Seeing success stories like yours is seriously the fuel we rookie-what did we get ourselves into-home renovators need to keep us going. AND WINE. LOTS OF WINE. Now for my sob story, we purchased this fun, mid century, XL house for our growing family (while I was pregnant) and got to work right away, painting and painting and painting. Carnival blue walls and purple baseboards (gasp) were transformed into a heaven of BM Simply White. OC-117, yes, I now know the color code by heart. Things were fine until I was sitting on the sofa eating pizza and pickles, because don’t forget I was really pregnant at that point, and couldn’t ask (yell) at my husband loud enough in the kitchen to bring me another slice. So, what happened next? I decided the wall between the kitchen and living room MUST be taken down. WHY!? Anyways, that quick wall removal turned into a royal nightmare since it ended up being a load-bearing wall and then everything spiraled out of control. Now we’re totally redoing a kitchen and house that was A-OK to begin with, but knowing that it could turn out as beautiful as yours is light at the end of the tunnel, sister! Thanks for the inspirations and dare I say, hope!

  169. Kristi Olio

    January 26th, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    BTW, how did you get the countertops so white?!? Did you use Z Counterforms or Quikcrete? Or some other mythical gravel???

  170. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Hi Kristi!

    We may be twinning. I always say… if a wall can come out… knock that sucker out (but technically not a load bearing one LOL!) xx

    Countertops: I can’t wait to write a blog post about it, because I used Buddy Rhodes Concrete countertop for ours… and they are one of my fave things about the reno. They are STUNNING in real life, and their customer service is d’bomb diggity.

    I hope that helps!
    Lynne xx
    Lynne xx

  171. Vickie

    January 29th, 2017 at 1:10 am

    OH goodness I can relate to the shitstorm and the hop flask of vodka or tequila!
    We are just starting our whole home gut..of my folks smallish 60s split ranch.
    I could write a novel..everything needs done..people say we should knock it down..but, I have to many memories of my family home to dominant.
    Both of my folks got cancer and the house took a back seat..naturally..so things were happening..bad things.
    Two weeks f the worst were leaks behind the wall between the kitchen and bathroom,
    Falling tiles..fallen floors, cabinets..rot..that went undetected for a couple years due to a leak.
    The worst of all was the leak ran under the stove..I was over fixing their supper and noticed the stove was slightly in level..sure enough..the floor was rotten underneath and about to fall through..stove and all..talk about scary..especially using an electric stove!
    On and on it goes.
    I hope ours turns out as gorgeous as yours as I’m going white too.

  172. Kathy

    January 29th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    You don’t know this, but you’re my new best friend! I hope that makes you as happy as it makes me! Okay, that’s sounds like I’m a stalker, I promise I’m not, but I am following you! I came across your site after seeing your beautiful knitted throw and after reading some of your blog, I was hooked! Love your site, blog, and your stories. I could tell you about my kitchen remodel, but I don’t have a barf bag in range.
    I’m so sorry that the B%$@#h (Cancer) is affecting your family and I send my prayers to all of you. I was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer almost 3 years ago. After chemo, surgery, and intense radiation, they were finally able to remove it. But I am still in the middle of reconstruction and still dealing with all of the hell cancer has left me with and everything it has taken from me – physically, mentally, emotionally, even relationships. As you know, cancer puts a huge strain on everything and everyone it comes near and unfortunately the relationship I had been in for 6 years, did not survive. I haven’t been able to read everything or even watch your video concerning “Cancervive” because I’ve met my emotional breakdown quota for the week, but I promise I will in the future. Again, my heart goes out to you and your family and I pray for strength for y’all to kick cancers ass!

  173. Michelle C

    February 2nd, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Hey! There’s nothing like using the toaster oven in the dining room and washing dishes in the powder room sink. Or calling local appliance stores asking for a 36″ induction cooktop that can be picked up today, because that’s all the notice given by the contractor.
    Been there. Several times. Vodka is your friend.

  174. Lynne Knowlton

    April 4th, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I knew I liked you Michelle. haha. Oh my….. I feel your pain sista. It’s nuts isn’t it? Hello vodka in the desk drawer. LOL!

    Big love,
    Lynne xx

  175. Cheryl Lindsay

    February 3rd, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Holy crap it’s Feb 3 and I’m just seeing this blog post and contest TODAY!! So, I’m entering anyway, because I love, love love the white, the photos and the blog! Sip (coffee now, sip sip wine later.
    Can’t wait to read more about photography-thx for breaking it down!
    Cheers!

  176. Kathleen

    February 3rd, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Dear Lynne,
    I love the results of your kitchen renovation. I’d like to know what the countertops are made of? They’re just beautiful.
    Just said a prayer for your husband too.

    Thank-you.
    Kathleen

  177. Lynne Knowlton

    April 4th, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Hi Kathleen,

    Sooooo sorry for my late reply… but yes…. the countertops are concrete. It is a DIY that we did and it happened to be one of my fave things in the kitchen. The concrete is from a company called Buddy Rhodes. It is most excellent !!!!! LOVE.

    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

  178. John

    March 17th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Excellent Blog

  179. Sue S.

    June 5th, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    HI Lynne!
    We haven’t talked before (I’m a noob) but I love you SO much, for so many reasons but tonight’s (yes, I’m doing this in bed – ha!) is your wonderful gift of:
    YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A REAL KITCHEN WHEN …
    3. Dirty strangers bring filthy dishes into the kitchen in the middle of the night and
    leave them everywhere. The gruby little turds leave a disheveled mess. Dirty
    bastards.
    I lol’d. A lot (well, it may have been hysteria, but who can tell?) because that happens to me ALL the time.
    Luckily, IF I let someone else into my kitchen they probably won’t notice the dirty dishes because their eyes should be tight shut against the rest of the horror.
    Y’see cupboard doors, cornices and plinths (not to mention new, intact worktops, light switches and plug sockets) do not exist in my kitchen. They disappeared soon after I decided to commit renovation. In 2009. But although quite a bit of Old Kitchen went out and New Kitchen was there, ready (well, in pieces, but ready in principle) the new one never went in.
    I could never understand why until now. The same grubby little turds who keep bringingdirty pots and dishevelment also keep buggering off with bits of my kitchen. And they’ve never bothered to replace them, even though everything they need (including hot water and washing up liquid) is right there!
    Thank you for giving me this moment of clarity. You are a witty, perceptive and oh-sooooo-wise woman. Cheers ;0)

  180. Izidora Cirjak

    March 26th, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Hello Lynne!
    Love, love, love your Blog and your style. You really really are gifted. And thank you for sharing all you know with us! I know your favourite white is Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Is that also the color of your kitchen cabinets and walls? Or do you use other white colors as well?

    Thank you in advance,
    Izi

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