Fire Drama Kitchen Ideas

Adding Texture with natural wood and wicker in a neutral decor.



Happy New Week sweet friends.  We are getting ready to leave this nest and go to our new one in just about a week and half from now.  I am so ready to get this show on the road!!!  

We had a little drama a few days ago that threatened our move!  Terry and I were watching TV the other night and we get a text message from a friend that is a firefighter in the town we are going to be living.    He said his fire department is on their way to the building that our new condo building is in for a fire.  WHAT?!!!!!  

Yep the building our condo is in was on fire.  I have been being pretty calm and really feeling good about how smoothly this sale and move has been progressing up until this news and I lost it!  I began to freak out thinking OMG where are we going to live if the old Mansion that houses our condo is burning to the ground.  

This is an old mansion converted to lovely condos.  We will never find another one like this!!!!

So many things were swirling in my head!  

Well being married to a fire chief helped.  He said calm down and said it is a "full still" which means there is something going on but it is not a box alarm yet.  Apparently Box Alarm means big fire and lots of fire departments responding.  

Ok I could take a deep breath!  Then Terry said I will go there in my fire chief vehicle that will allow me to get to the building and see what is happening.

When he got there of course he knew all the firefighters and they let him in on things.  There was a fire in the condo across the hall from us.  This old building has a mansard roof and apparently the guy was smoking out on his balcony and some of the ashes got underneath the roof line and started a fire that went up into his attic and ceiling.  They were able to put it out quickly with a whole lot of damage to his condo but nothing to any of the other condos.

To make a long story short.  Nothing happened in our condo to be.  

The owner is so sweet and had her insurance company adjuster out to make sure all was well with her condo.  They will go up into the attic above our condo and replace all the insulation to make sure there is no smoke damage.  They also will come in and clean the whole condo from top to bottom to make sure there is no smoke smell.  

There is not but I will take the cleaning if they are offering.  

They did have to kick in her door because she was across the hall from the condo on fire and they wanted to make sure it did not travel into her condo.  She was out to dinner when this happened so they did have to kick in the door (sigh).  

They are ordering us a brand new front door.  So in the end of this story all is well.  We are moving toward closing and the guy across the hall is giving up smoking!!!  He will be out of his place for 4 months while they redo his condo.


Now onto better things.  We are going to shiplap some of the wall in the new condo.  Where there is wallpaper now that wall will be shiplapped and the kitchen upper cabinets are coming down to have shiplap and open shelves put in.  I have been pinning and having several ideas swirling through my head.



Where you see the wallpaper now in the condo will all be replaced with shiplap.  Walls will be painted with the color Twinkling Lights from Behr.  It is in the white family with a little more cream undertones.  Wish us luck with covering up those dark burgundy walls!!!!




The upper cabinets will all come down and shiplap will go on the upper wall.  The bottom cabinets will be painted and new hardware applied.  All new appliances are coming in to this kitchen too.



The following pics like this one above are my inspiration pictures.  I have four sets of corbels that will hold open shelves where we take down the upper cabinets.




I will add texture with wood shelves to my white corbels.



My TV armoire will be built into the kitchen where the sellers has a table and chairs.  It will be converted to a pantry.  That will be helpful for food storage since we are taking down all the upper cabinets.

Wishing all of you a great new week ahead.  I cannot wait to close and get in this place to replace the floors and start painting and shiplapping and fixing this sweet condo up for us.  I hope you will be patient with us and come along in just a few short weeks to see the progress.





44 comments

  1. Am so excited for you! How scary about the fire. Have a great week as your moving time grows near!

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  2. Yikes!!! How very scary! I'm glad your condo is OK ~

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  3. I'm so glad your new condo did not have any substanital damage from the fire!!!! I can't wait to see all the improvements, I know it will be just as charming as your current cottage is. Good luck!!!
    ~Des

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    1. Wow that fire was too close for comfort! Thank god it didn’t travel to yours.. gosh the smell after a fire is awful.
      Well, on to your move coming up! Best wishes for a smooth transition!

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  4. I am expecting the pictures of your new decoration in the new condo!
    Good week , work well!

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  5. I am so happy that nothing happened to your new place and glad your neighbor will give up smoking. I love how big the living room is and how you are going to decorate it with the shiplap. I know it's going to look beautiful once you are done decorating it.

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  6. What an exciting new adventure you are heading off to Kris.
    All the best sweetie x

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  7. My dear, dear Kris, happy SUNDAY! Another day to go toward getting into this new space so you can ENJOY! Your ideas are marvelous my friend. I know you and Terry will be doing such a fine job of totally renovating and that shiplap...oh yes, you nailed it. That is going to be amazing.

    Well my dear, first of all, thank you for coming to my absolute last blog post. I'm done posting but I will still follow you on your journey of beautifying everywhere you go. LOVE!

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  8. What!?! Are you kidding me?? That's crazy! I'm so glad that it all worked out well, but wow, scary stuff! And I'm glad your neighbor is quitting...thank goodness!! xo

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  9. Boy, oh boy....that was an exciting bump in the road, Kris!! You'll be in your new place, and working your head off quicker than you can imagine! You and Terry always do such a remarkable job redoing houses. The ideas you have shown are all just wonderful! Enjoy your week as you prepare to move. xo

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  10. Whew! That was a close one, but glad all's well that ended well. Hopefully your new neighbor does quit smoking. Nothing good ever comes from smoking. So excited to see what you and your hubby do with your new condo. I know it's going to look amazing!

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  11. Oh Kris! I would have been beside myself! I'm glad all is well. Love your ideas for the kitchen and for covering up the wallpaper. It will be so pretty. Fortunately too, paint nowadays has primer in it so covering the burgundy won't be too difficult. I can't wait to see the changes. Please show lots of before and afters! I'm missing redoing spaces as most of our projects are done so I have to live vicariously through others! Lol.
    Hugs, Cecilia

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  12. Yikes! How scary! I'm glad that the fire happened before you moved in, that nobody was injured and that there was no damage! Your decor plans sound lovely! The inspiration pics are beautiful and I can't wait to see it all done! Good luck with your move! Hugs!

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  13. I know I will love it!! Thankful you had no damage other than the door..

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  14. Oh my mercy! How frightening Kris. Good thing Terry was so calm. Praise the Lord it wasn't any worse than what it was done and you had no damage done. Oh I know you are ready to go on with life here and get the show on the road. Wishing you the best and excited about seeing future pictures. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  15. Of course, Kris, it will be gorgeous...such lovely spaces...and ROOM...small is cozy...but this has so much airy space! Hugs, Sandi

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  16. Oh my word, I was nervous reading this post. So relieved everything's okay with your place.

    Your inspiration is gorgeous and I can't wait to see it all. The armoire will look gorgeous in the kitchen.

    Hugs,

    Cindy

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  17. Wow! Your inspiration photos are gorgeous, Kris. Adding wood and wicker to a neutral room is beautiful. Your place will be stunning. Now to the fire. I had to laugh out loud when you said the man gave up smoking. Uh, yeah. I mean, this is no laughing matter, and my first thought when I read about the man smoking on the balcony was "gosh, I hope that's the end of his smoking." And, of course, it is. So that's good. He's so fortunate that he didn't cause the whole building to be set on fire. Whew! Have a great week, my friend. You're almost there! Hugs.

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  18. Oh my goodness! So happy there was no damage to your condo. Good thing Terry could find out what was going on. xoxo

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  19. Our city has an ordinance of no grills on apartment/condo balconies. Probably for this very reason. Well you get a cleaning and new insulation and a new door out of it. I don't know where you get the energy to redo house after house Kris.

    Carla from Kansas

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  20. Thank goodness your new condo was not involved in the fire! I hope your neighbor does give up smoking. Love all your your ideas. So here is a tip about painting red/burgundy walls. Use a primer that is tinted gray, instead of a white primer. It helps a lot!

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  21. Oh, wow! I did not know where this post was headed. Than the good Lord that all is okay! This could have been horrific. I too would have been ballistic. I cannot wait to witness yor progress on the "new" place.

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  22. Lots of places don't allow smoking anymore. But I suppose if you buy it, you can do what you want. Regardless I don't think they should allow smoking in buildings where more than one person lives for the safety of others. I know he was outside, but he should have been out of the building for safety.
    Brenda

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  23. Kris, how scary. I am so happy that all is well. If that isn't enough to make someone give up smoking I don't know what is. So glad I live in a smoke free apartment building. Can't wait to see all of your changes. xo Laura

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  24. Oh heavens, how scary. Thank goodness Terry was able to check on it and let you know what their code names meant and what was going on. I can't wait until you guys move in and change things, looks like a lovely place.

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  25. Morning Kris,
    Oh My.... I guess you would be freaking out.......so glad to hear all was fine, and sounds like a nice bonus: a new front door, new insulation and a good cleaning. Awesome!! Very handy to have a fireman hubby for sure.....
    All your plans look wonderful.....am so looking forward to seeing all your future plans as they come together. Wow, only another week and a half.......and you will be painting your heart out....lol.
    Have a great week hon, and thanks for coming by to say hello.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  26. I bet the paint color is beautiful because I love the name of it! ;P

    Your inspiration photos are so pretty....you need to post a link to your Pinterest Board so we can ooo and ahhhhh.....

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  27. So lucky your place was not damaged. Have fun remodeling.

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  28. Kris, so excited for you and can't wait to see when it all happens. I heard you screaming all the way in California!! That must have been so scary and glad it wasn't more serious. I love all that you have planned. I will be very envious and Happy Birthday BTW..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  29. So pleased to hear that your new home wasn't in danger Kris. A new front door will be good and also the new attic insulation too. The thorough cleaning will be an added bonus. Loving your new ideas, and will look forward to seeing those happen in a few weeks time. Hugs, Gilly

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  30. Oh my goodness, Kris, so glad to hear there was no damage (other than the door) to your condo. You must have been beside yourself while waiting for some news.

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  31. I think I missed something Kris. Why are you moving just as you finished that beauty of a cottage? I am glad your condo was not damaged!🙏😃

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  32. What a scare! I’m so happy the end of the story was good. Love the changes you have planned. I can’t wait to see💗

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  33. Goodness gracious. I know yall did not need that drama in your lives right now. Blessed for yall and all that there was minimal damage and no one hurt. Glad that neighbor will not be smoking anymore(we hope ;0)...on a positive note..lets say glad yall were not living there already..would have been more frightening..wow. Can't wait to see the new kitchen and living area redo..sounds so pretty. Hang in there..I know yall will. :0)!!

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  34. Wow, so scary Kris. I am relieve there was no damage. Your new condo is going to be fabulous when you and Terry finish it. How exciting. It looks so large. You can finally have a dining area. I am so wanting the very best for you. xoxo

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  35. So scary about the fire! I am glad that no one got hurt and that your condo was spared! I just know you will make this condo look fabulous. You and Terry are the greatest re-do team! We have at least made a couple of decisions regarding our kitchen re-do...as you know, we are incredibly slow, lol! And we are not DIYers, so we have to hire out. We've only gotten one quote, so far. Still working on finding another couple of contractors. Have a good week!

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  36. Hi Kris! I'm so glad the fire story had a happy ending! My goodness, I would have had a heart attack I think. Onto brighter days and moving into your condo. It looks lovely already, but I know you will turn it into a masterpiece! Our home went under contract yesterday, so we are super excited! Our new home in KY is under construction and moving along quickly! We haven't moved in over 20 years, so we are far from the we experts you & Terry are, lol. Phew! It is a lot of work! Jane

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  37. Hello Kris,
    I would have been going crazy too. Oh goodness! Already memories are being made and you have not even moved in.
    Good luck and I am praying all will go well.
    Love, Carla

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  38. Hi Kris,

    First of all when I sat down to read your blog I couldn't believe what had happened! I am so glad that Terry was able to share his knowledge of fires with you to settle you down a bit! I would have been a wreck also. Best of luck with all of your renovating, as usual I LOVE your ideas and cannot wait to see them come to fruition.

    Ron and I have been in Chicago for the past week and I was channeling you! Our youngest daughter just purchased, and renovated a row home in Bucktown. We were there to assist with the move in and I was there for the decorating!!! What fun we had.
    Take care my friend....no more surprises. You and Terry are in my prayers always.
    Kathleen

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  39. I guarantee you that we'll be coming along in this journey to your new home!

    Oh Kris, I was so scared for you while reading the story! Thank God it was no worse that it was and that your husband was so able to calm you down and reassure you.

    Those kitchen pictures you posted are gorgeous! I can't wait!

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  40. So happy that you were able to find your new home. Any place that you and Terry moved to will be a show place. Both of you are so talented. God always directs our steps so the move will be successful and for the right reasons. Blessings.

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  41. Kris,
    Thank Goodness everything worked out and you did not sustain any fire damage in your new place!!
    Looking forward to following your transformation which I know will be amazing!!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  42. That would have been terrifying, so glad everything ended well and nobody got hurt and that Beautiful Historic Mansion didn't get destroyed. *Whew!* May you now have a smooth transition, your remodel sounds like a fabulous transformation will be taking place.

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