They Call It Home Part 4

June 22, 2015
This month has flown by and here we are nearing the end of June, I am happy to share with you

the makeover and final chapter in our series They Call It Home, where Amanda and Preston share

their favorite part of their remodel on their beloved home in the Sacramento Valley.


I think one of the best feelings in any experience is to look back at where you came from and savor

in the beauty of where you are now.

I want you to bask in the triumphant glory of a kitchen that no longer has

green linoleum floor with me.

But to bring you to that point, you really have to take a look back at what the kitchen was when we

moved in.


.....Green linoleum 


Knotty pine, Formica counter tops, scratched up sink, poor lighting and a broken electric stove top ...

More knotty pine... 

Over the period of 6 months, we painted away the knotty pine on the cabinets,

 wainscoting, and doors.

We refinished our kitchen table from a white paint turned yellow (the polyurethane's fault!!) to a 

beautiful dark wood.

 Lastly, Preston and I also DIY-ed our back splash with subway tile and installed new hardware on 

the cabinets.


Contractors installed a new sink and faucet, counter tops, gas stove top,  recessed lighting, new light

fixtures, and tile for us.

Whew. It was a lot of work.

But So Worth it...





A few of the details: we put in "leathered" black granite counter tops, in an attempt to mimic the look

of soapstone, travertine stone floor, installed a gas stove top

and a ceramic, apron front farmhouse sink.



When you're in the middle of something hard, it seems sometimes like it will always be hard.

When Preston was away for 6 months is felt like he would always be away, and we would always be

struggling to get along.

When we were working on this kitchen, it felt like I would always have knotty pine cabinets, river

rats and dark, cave-like kitchen lighting.

But when we got to the end of it all, we got to experience victory.

Having the strength to endure through the middle of whatever muck- be it house remodeling,

relationship remodeling, self remodeling- is worth the end result.


I can say now, with pictures as proof, that what waits on the other side of the mucky middle is~


    and beautiful. 


Thank you for following us along in our journey!!!

I've loved reading your comments and encouragement.

I hope you enjoyed see our home transformation as much as we have!

They Call It Home Part 1

They Call It Home Part 2

They Call It Home Part 3

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  1. Dear, dear Jemma! Good morning! It is raining here, but that it great because having spent all day yesterday in the garden, my allergies went wild! I hope this rain washes away any pollen and it certainly will give my newly planted flowers a free shower!

    What a HUGE difference in this kitchen. That knotty pine is so prevalent in many homes, but the white and stone flooring gives such a breath of fresh air and possibility. I love the idea and work of making a house into a home just for you. BRAVO!

    I hope you have a wonderful day. Keep me posted on your plans! XOXO Anita

  2. Hello Jemma, I love your daughter's kitchen makeover. It all turned out beautifully, I like the colors and the flooring! wonderful post, thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, have a great new week ahead!

  3. It's just beautiful and so is this family picture ! I've enjoyed this series immensely! :)

  4. How lovely! I want that style sink too! Everything came together beautifully and so tastefully! Like mother, like daughter--such great taste and sense of style! Their house is definitely a home now and much more to the point: It is their home! They must be so proud of themselves after completing such a project! ....and bye bye to the rats, thankfully!

  5. What a great story, Amanda, and it certainly was worth it. You must have had a clear vision of the look you wanted. I am amazed at the difference and love the finishes you chose. I really like the leathered granite, did not know there was such a thing. I've wished for years that we had chosen honed instead of the shiny absolute black but the leathered is so contemporary.

    The family picture is adorable!

    Jemma, thank you for having Amanda share this with us,

  6. Hi Jemma. this 4 part series has been so special. Love the kitchen and all the charm. It was a lot of work but so worth it for this kind of outcome. Amanda everything is simply magazine worthy, Love your darling family pic. Blessings to you all.
    Hugs, cm
    Thanks again Jemma for sharing~

  7. Ohh did your kitchen bring back memories! Ooops I mean the before shots!! lol I think your kitchen builder and mine were related, or at least born in the same bad decor era. All your hard work really paid off. I bet you walk into that room now and smile.

    I'd love it if you could join me in my link party that goes lives on sunday afternoons. This deserves to be shared!


  8. Gorgeous kitchen! It must feel good to look back on all that hard work and be able to smile now. Oh, to be young and full of energy to get that kind of result!

  9. I have so enjoyed this journey. I almost hate for it to end! LOL! LOVE all the love and beauty that this hard work has produced! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Beautiful! Looks like it is right out of an HGTV makeover show! Love the countertop in black!

  11. Love seeing the kitchen transformation. What a difference. I am so happy for your daughter and family.
    the bought a house and now they are making it a home. Love their energy! xo

  12. Congratulations on a job well done. Best wishes for you in your lovely kitchen (that sink! oh my!).

  13. yaaay, it's finished, and what a wonderful job your daughter and husband have done, Jemma. I really like the kitchen countertops and the farm sink. I can really appreciate this post, as my husband has been in the construction industry for 35 years. Such a cute picture of the three of them at the end. All that hard work, and now it's time to rest for awhile........until the next project, right? hehehe

    Thank you for taking us along on the journey, dear Jemma.

    love, ~Sheri

  14. Is that a sign of relief I hear?? You've earned it Amanda. Tenfold.

    I can only imagine how much work went into this amazing makeover. You brought a dated, impractical kitchen into the 21st century, and you did it beautifully and with a clear vision.

    Now you can relax (well, as much as any homeowner can) and enjoy the fruits of your labor with your beautiful family.

  15. What a gorgeous transformation! I just love this kitchen! I'm going to be reading about the rest of the transformation! I know it is just as gorgeous!!

  16. What an amazing transformation your daughter and her hubby have made on that house with the good bones that they have lovingly turned into their "Home Sweet Home." I was weepy reading the first part when the neighbors showed the new home owners so much love and friendship and shared the story of Joey. Now they have a sweet home and wonderful neighborhood to raise their son and soon-to-be baby girl. Thank you and your daughter so much for sharing this journey.

  17. Such a sweet couple! How happy they must be, it's lovely!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!


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