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  1. SilvanaJoanne
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    It’s nice to see you posting again. I hope Elvis is doing better. Best wishes, Silvana

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  2. kathy
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Only two cabinet doors? Why not just have them made by a cabinet maker to pair with the piano?

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    • Yvonne Angus
      September 17, 2015 @ 4:04 pm

      I like Kathy’s idea. Okay, so it won’t be antique…but it could be the next best option. Get the look you want, and be done with it. Paul will thank you, you will thank you, and you’ll have more time to spend with Elvis.

      P.S. Please give her a snuggle for me.

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  3. Kristen
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    Wishing the three of you well, and some peace within the normal chaos 🙂

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  4. Pattie C
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    At least you have to awesome island, that has to count for something. Anyway you really would hate all those open shelves next to a stove, the grease goes everywhere so if you get glass front uppers you can still show off all you treasures. Best wishes for you and Elvis.

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  5. Patricia
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    Ah, reality rears it’s ugly head. Paul will install conventional cabinetry and you can add giant fancy pulls and knobs and cool funky (and sparkly) lighting and accent with your Japanese rice scoop filled with potholders (cause everybody has a Japanese rice scoop) or something else unique to you and it will work perfectly and it will all look fabulous and your one-of-a-kind piano island will stand out as it should.
    And you’ll be done with kitchen remodeling hell. And plotting your next project which will be even more giant and fancy because Paul now owes you big time for giving up on the GFT kitchen cabinets.

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  6. becky up a hill
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    I may have mentioned this before, but that green sink’s cousin was left on my folks pump house, after they had passed and we had spent about ten or fifty years cleaning the place up. My Dad had it secured to the pump house for his cleaning fish sink. We slogged through the big clean up and all of us picked things we wanted and we filled a 20 yard dumpster and had an estate sale. My nephew was hired to finish the job and he filled another 20 yard dumpster. Meanwhile that sink stayed there. I don’t know what happened to it. Chagrined.

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  7. Janice Wilson Stridick
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    So sorry about Elvis, but congrats on giving in to new cabinets. I pushed my husband (another saintly Paul) for authentic standing seam tin roofs and other fancy old details when we restored our 1890 Victorian fifteen years ago, and frankly we would have been fine with the newer composite materials he recommended. Lower maintenance and great look.

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  8. Shannon Walls
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    Prayers for Elvis. Hope she is feeling comfortable. Love all your fancy things ideas.

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  9. Carole @ Emu Bliss
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    Oh thank God you posted. I was thinking about you just yesterday and concerned that your world was completely upside down due to Elvis’s illness, and that perhaps you had spent the past month huddled in a (fancy) corner, not eating or showering and just petting your kitty. Glad to see you are still up to your GFT shenanigans and keeping Paul on his toes.

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  10. Lois
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    Well you know…good for you. You can now put your abundant energy and creativity into something else. Don’t look back.

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  11. Paula
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    So sorry about the death of the dream … darn practical husbands with building skills. I had big dreams of loosing my upper cabinets, or at least inserting an antique wall hung in place of one of them. Nope … practicalality won out. Thanks for the giggles … love your writing! Oh and just started following you on instagram as flea.o.logy.

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  12. Sue j.
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    Piano reinvented as an island — sounds like enough fancy to cover several kitchens.
    Pats to Elvis — wishing you all well.

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  13. liz
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    So happy to read a new post and that all is going well. I know the frustration of having a vision and not being able to execute it only too well. I despise the word “settle”, but sometimes we just have to give in and let go of some of our dreams , and settle – easier said than done. You have a fantastic sense of style, and I am sure your kitchen will be amazing – with or without the BFT!!!

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  14. kathleen
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    I think you should talk to Kristy at 4 the love of wood (Fb ) because she us a master at creating new stuff out of old

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  15. Toni
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    Sometimes a roadblock on an idea takes us in a new direction that we end up being happier with and then we are THANKFUL for the roadblock. I have a feeling this will be true of your kitchen!

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  16. Chris Harris
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    Welcome back! What happened to the piano island?

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  17. Gretels Treasures
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    We still love you Victoria… you have plenty of house to fill with GFTs

    Posting on FB, and G+!

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  18. Loretta
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    That $25 sink – exactly what we had in our family house. I am currently renovating my kitchen and I dream about getting that sink- but it wouldn’t fit anyway. I admire your determination and wish you could have your dream. I had to fight with my husband and contractor just to not have upper cabinets!

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  19. Fl!p Breskin
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:45 am

    Oh Elizabeth! I’m SO glad you still have a bit of time with Elvis. Have you considered finding just some cool sets of cabinet doors to use on new cabinets? That is MY kitchen sink with the high back and double drainboards. Those things are jewels. There is no place for grey slime to grow. We’re about to install a second, matching single-drainboard sink so I’m getting in Zeke’s way when he’s cooking. Good luck with the remodel… Now I’ll go check out the wedding.

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  20. Diana C.
    September 17, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    Paul is a saint. Why? Because he knew the GFT cabinets would never work, and yet, let you explore every conceivable possibility, wasting valuable completed-kitchen time, until you finally came to that conclusion yourself. There, I said it. Of course, I still love you! I would do the same exact thing, but my “Paul” (his real name is Frank) would have been only slightly less patient.

    You see, we just re-modeled our kitchen with (manufactured) white beadboard cabinets, granite countertops, and a stainless single-well farmhouse sink. This came after two years of my desperately trying to re-do, rehab, and refurbish the old cabinets. So you see, we are twins separated at birth. What our cabinets were before would not qualify as “giant” or “fancy”, but I was wanting to save money. I can only console myself for having found the most gorgeous, definitely FANCY, stainless hardware known to man… at a yard sale for $15. This alone saved us $262! I’ll take that small victory after living in an upside-down mess for two years.

    Kiss Paul and cook him something good to eat. Goodness knows he earned it. And ENJOY your new kitchen. After all, you need to rest up… Christmas is right around the corner and soon it will be time to toss some tinsel! We’ve missed you. Glad you’re back!

    P.S. No Navy SEALS were involved in the remodeling of my kitchen, which is the saddest thing of all.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      September 17, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

      P.S. No Navy SEALS were involved in the remodeling of my kitchen, which is the saddest thing of all.

      I am rolling!

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