Friday, May 1, 2009

Show Us Where You Live- The Kitchen

What fun I'm going to have with this post! Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is hosting a new, fun "carnival" of sorts on her blog called and today is the inaugural post! It's called "Show Us Where You Live Friday" and each Friday she will choose a different room of the house to feature. Well, this week she is featuring Kitchens! What's that you say, since I'm a renowned kitchen designer who never makes mistakes and always has great decorating a girl who is learning the art of kitchen designing and making a career of it, well then this ought to be right up my alley, right?

That's what I thought too.

Until this happened.

YES that is a hole in my ceiling.

YES that is major water damage on my ceiling.

YES that is subfloor exposed due to wet carpet. (see below)

So, since I'm keepin in real here on this blog, as we
Cruise Through Life with the Collins' Family....

Please allow me to show you what my kitchen currently looks like!

Let me catch up a bit.

Last Thursday after picking up the kids, I came home and was locked thought I was locked out of the house. Aaron was turkey hunting 3 hours away. I said a quick prayer. "Please let the back door be unlocked"...and guess what- He answered my prayer and the door was unlocked.

I came in, feeling relieved, and saw this. (And please pretend my kitchen was clean when this happened- had it been, it would've made things much easier- work with me!)

Underneath, was very wet carpet. From the foyer, water was running down the walls onto the hardwood floor.

Our toilet in the upstairs hall ran over. All day long. Like for 9 hours!

I called hubby and he rushed home stayed and shot a record size turkey and thought I didn't figure out it took him way longer to get home!

So...after a long, hot weekend of water restoration fans and dehumidifiers, I present to you



I found it intriguing how many of the gals, and maybe some guys- (I didn't read them all)- that posted links to blog posts about their kitchens- had obviously tidied up before photographing their . Unless of course, their kitchens look like showhouses all the time, which some may- I mean mine has that potential seeing as it is not used much :)- anyway, I thought....

well ladies....and gentlemen, I can't make mine look good right now- it's just not possible, and not worth it right now! So, above is a picture looking in from our family room. I decided it could just be fun to be real!

How many of you can say that you have a duck call laying on your kitchen counter....and on the microwave...and on the refrigerator....and.....who knows where else in my house.

Looking closer at the top of the stove...we have a mismatched halloween sock, a spelling test (100%-go Harrison!), a CD, applesauce, and a cheap little whisk broom I found in my van!

In one corner you see my collection of cookbooks. There are more in a cabinet. Not sure why I have so many- as they are seldom used :) One day.....

This, as you can see, is my sink full of dirty dishes because the dishwasher is waiting to be unloaded. Oh, and my sink is dirty too!

And now we take a closer look at the far corner- the corner where lots of "stuff" gets stuffed. In this corner you are likely to find bread turning green and moldy. You also see a stack of baseball clothes. I was trying to be all prepared for the game tonight- which was cancelled because it's been raining now for 40 days and 40 nights. Lucky for all of us, the "cup" was not on the counter (and I'm not talking about a drinking cup if you get my drift) .

Below is a close-up of the outside of my refrigerator. I do enjoy these magnets that are given out at childrens church. They each have bibles verses on them. I usually try to keep Harrisons' spelling test up through the week. When company is coming...I clean off the refrigerator so it's nice and clear.

And this is the inside of my refrigerator. Let's take a look.

Oh wow! We have jello jigglers that I made April 8th and forgot about for Haydens' birthday party. There is a bowl of boiled eggs, boiled late on April 10th so that they could be colored for Easter....never got it done! Surely, my children will be scarred for life! And, you can't tell it- but the shelves really need cleaned! Am I the only one out there with a messy refrigerator???

This is the desk in my kitchen. We never should have put it there! I really need the cabinet space. I'm seriously considering taking this out and replacing it with a pantry style cabinet. The scary part is that it looked even worse yesterday. This is the place where everything that needs to find its' place gets piled when I am cleaning the kitchen. You'll find bills, school papers, Christmas cards never sent, a "to-be filed" folder, and a file for my husband that he never looks at. There's obviously lots more on that desk! Above is a little cubby that keeps the bills, postage supplies, notepads, and a whole lotta crap!


This is a view into the dining room from the kitchen. doesn't always look like this. Let me explain.

When the water restoration folks came in, we had to clean off the kitchen table, the end table, the bar counter, etc. and it ALL landed on the dining room table. Add to that all the "stuff" that needed put away from Haydens' birthday party, my husbands video camera equipment, and once again who knows what get a really cluttered dining room table.

However, we are considering selling our table and hutch (that I love) and converting our dining room into a "command center". Homework, crafts, toys, etc.

The thing is...I have an issue with being able to see all that- or at least not be able to close it off. I saw on some other posts that other gals have done this so I just need to get over it!

This picture is of the microwave cabinet area. Since it's not a "built-in" microwave, hubby uses it as a "storage" place for all his junk! Lovely! I am determined to get a "trim-kit" so that he can't continue as it really bugs me!

And just for fun...Hayden is showing off new uses for the dishwasher! Silly girl!

When clean, my kitchen is really nice. I have custom hickory cabinets. Not what I'd choose if I were starting over, but they are really nice. I'm looking a new paint color- any advice? We have boring laminate countertops...I long for granite, but someday will re-do my kitchen, so I'm not going to make that costly change. Our flooring is fairly new- tile looking laminate- installed by the handy hubby and his trusty partner- me!.

So, there you have it. Kudos to all you that have it more together than me and could post pictures of your beautiful large, sometimes cute and quaint, kitchens.

All I have to say is...Kelly, can I please have a do-over?

I really wish I could've really participated in the way Kelly intended. It would be such fun. But this week, it just wasn't meant to be. But that's just life, right? (Judging by the looks of the place, I'm not feeling real confident next week will work out either!!)

If you'd like to join Kellys' fun, check out her blog and join in- or just read other peoples posts and look at pictures!
One good thing....I really needed new carpet. Guess what?

I'm getting it...and it's not costing me a dime! (and no, I didn't clog the toilet on purpose!)


  1. Your post was great. I sometimes feel like Im the only one who has a messy kitchen sometimes. :) Your kitchen is beautiful and I love all the space you have!

  2. Great post!Anyone with small kids,has had their kitchen look like that,and my sink was full of dishes too,I just shot at an angle where you could not tell!(ha)Since we don't own a dishwasher,and that task falls on me,there is always dishes to be washed.We know all too well what water damage can do,we were living with my inlaws when their washing machine leaked,all.night.long.Water was flowing out the lights on the main floor(laundry room was upstairs).Your kitchen is great,lots of space!Thanks for sharing and being real!

  3. You poor thing! I know how you feel--my hubby left the sink running one night and I walked into my living room with water dripping everywhere. I did get a new ceiling and a great paint job out of it!! You made me laugh with your "real"post (especially about the cup-it's amazing where those end up!). With 5 kids, my kitchen looks like yours most of the time...I straightened it for my pics. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Thank you for posting a non Martha Stewart approach to your kitchen. I did a before and after picture of my kitchen. It doesn't look as messy as it was in the first two pictures, and I finally had an excuse to clean it. If you check out my blog, take a look at what my bed room had been looking like for the past four months and you will feel MUCH better about yourself:-) Thanks again for the post.

  5. By FAR---your post is one of my top five favorites of this linky! Thanks for showing off your real kitchen and not sugar coating things! You make me feel normal! I didn't even post mine because I'm too lazy to scrape all the crap off the cabinets to take the pics.
    Snow White

  6. Yes I have to say I have duck calls all over my house too! My husband duck hunts everyday of the season and even goes to other states when our season is not open yet or closed. My son who is almost 3 months has a RNT mini in his room. So yes I feel your pain!!! HAHA!

  7. haha I have to admit to cleaning up my kitchen before I did my post. But thanks for keeping it real. My kitchen tends to be a clutter zone. My husband asked me why the kitchen was so clean when he came home yesterday! What I will do for the sake of my blog!

  8. I love your kitchen! I laughed out loud when I saw the duck call. I only laugh because I have one in my "junk drawer." Thanks for being brave enough to share the inside of the fridge, too! Have a great weekend.

  9. Hi I love your kitchen, it looks a lot like mine! I have duck and turkey calls (my husband's) and fishing poles in my kitchen too!
    A big thank you for keeping it real!! :-)

  10. Now I know people live in the places I see in the Land of Blog...thanks for being REAL. Our house always seems to be one disaster after another. But, lucky for us, my husband can fix most anything.

  11. Okay, now I can smile again. Looking at perfect kitchen after perfect kitchen in this linky I was beginning to feel a bit underwhelmed. I love your kitchen and feel like I could sit there and actually have a real conversation.:)

  12. Finally, a kitchen that is truly genuine! After looking at pic after pic of perfect homes,your kitchen is like a breath of fresh air! Thank you for sharing your kitchen!