Monday, February 10, 2014

the kitchen renovation: progress report


Guys, I have a new kitchen. And I'm thrilled. It's not quite done - the windows are sitting in the boot of my car (do you not keep your windows in YOUR boot?!) and there is a whole lot of newly plastered walls screaming out to be painted, there is no rangehood yet - or even wall to put the rangehood on - and my fridge is still hanging out on the wrong side of the room. BUT. I have a dishwasher, and sink with running water, lights complete with a dimmer installed, a cooktop that is magically fast and so much better than I thought it'd be (I just went with the look of it, but it turns out the function of an induction cooktop is pretty tops too) and handles (opening the cabinets and drawers without handles became quite the competitive sport) and a beautiful slab of Quantum Quartz on my three-metre island bench. I love how it's coming together - want a peek? Just ignore the chicken breast waiting to be chopped and the general crap that is hanging around - I just took some snaps while I actually thought about it.

I painted the island the other day (British Paints Rhino Grey) and it's made a huge difference to the space and really tied in the black cast iron hardware and matte black lights to the grey flecks of the benchtop. I really need some stools, but the kids are not going to let the absence of higher seats stop them from sitting at the island - they just kneel on the chairs! 

 I'm still undecided about the colour of the cabinet doors and whether I need to paint them or not. I'm leaning towards not as they don't bug me constantly and it's only certain light that it looks pink - I'll wait till it's completely done before working that one out! In these close-up shots, they look totally fine!
 I really love the knobs. They're from Restoration Online and for just $4.50 each, they're heavy cast iron and great quality and I am so glad the Ikea handles I was going to get were not in stock and I was forced to search elsewhere.


The lights from Wayfair are another fave. And because our house is so open to the street (we have a big window which will eventually be replaced with a whole wall of glass doors and windows), we knew we'd be in a bit of a fishbowl so installed a dimmer switch on the lights just to tone down the "HELLO HERE WE ARE"ness of the space. Yes we could close the blinds earlier, but we much prefer the open feel and the kids are always outside until the last possible second before bedtime anyway! We centred them over the island and one is pretty much smack over the centre of the sink, which I was worried would look weird, but all is good. I love the slight industrial feel, matte black coating and especially the chain over the electrical cable. 

One day the view from this angle should be really nice - white subway tile splashback, two windows flanking a rangehood, some timber shelves and nice stools.... One day!

And now.... painting! Whoo hoo. I have lots to paint - including the bathroom still. Might make the undercoat a Wednesday job when there are no children in the house to "help" me! The walls, doors, ceilings and architraves will be Dulux Lexicon quarter strength like the rest of the house, but I'm planning to do one wall Dulux Domino (the same black I used in my old bedroom). And slap a nice big gallery wall above my Parker sideboard that is currently home to some of my clothes in our bedroom. I'll show you some inspiration for that tomorrow. And in other exciting news, the kids are in their proper rooms (Zak has his own room and the girls are sharing) and we're feeling much less cramped and - dare I say it - slightly more organised for the first time in months! Such a foreign feeling! Now if I can just sort out some clothing storage (no rooms have wardrobes and we no longer have a linen cupboard either. Eek) I'll be even happier!




20 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous Belinda, loving the style/colour scheme. Soon Ill be posting pics of YOUR house on my Pinterest page :) Marnie

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  2. We got those same doors and I'm still on the fence about painting. I think I will eventually though, the pink drives me nuts. We chose the same counter for ours too :)

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    1. twinners! i also wonder whether the slight whitewash on the doors will be too clashy with the whitewashed floors (they will eventually be whitewashed like the bedrooms). will have to wait a little longer before deciding x

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  3. looking great! i'm about to embark on my own kitchen reno soon..I'm nervous and super pumped. Where is your faucet from? I love how nice and tall it is.

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    1. hi Jenn, the tap/faucet is from Ikea. It's the Elverdam mixer tap. we got the plain one but there is also a version with a pull-out end http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/60211575/ good luck with your reno! it's messy and loud and takes twice as long as it is meant to, but totally worth it!!

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  4. Wow looks great Belinda. It all ties together so perfectly, well done!!

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  5. I really like it a lot. Here I do not see the pink you are talking about and it looks white and fresh and airy.

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    1. thanks mila! it does look fine - just at certain times of the day or light it has that pink tinge, but i think it is going to be fine! x

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  6. I can totally envision that someday picture you described looking towards the range hood. Dreamy! Thanks for sharing your progress. It's so inspiring that you are doing this with three kiddos underfoot (and one under-belly!).

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    1. well that's just called craziness! haha but we're surviving and there is an end in sight. although we're already planning new roof and loft - can't imagine that being very non-disruptive either! x

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  7. Oh my goodness, your floors! So stunning - thank you to housetweaking for bringing me to this prettiness!

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    1. the floors are COVERED in plaster! it's awful! hoping to get the sander soon - they will be whitewashed like in our bedroom. thanks for popping by x

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  8. Lovely!! We are just starting to design our kitchen redo. Love the lights.

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    1. thanks emily - happy planning! that's the cleanest part!!!

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  9. New follower here, just popped over from House Tweaking! Amazing kitchen, I bet it feels nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel! We demolished our kitchen this morning and have a sink, cooker and a wallpaper table for a worktop and that is it! But I don't have children yet and think you are amazing that you have not one, but three and another on the way! Jenna, islandbluebird.com

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    1. oh good luck! we had to use the bathroom sink for a couple of weeks!!! having a dishwasher installed made up for every annoying second spent washing up in there!!!

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  10. Looks fabulous. I'm glad because our planned kitchen colour scheme is very similar. Wood floors, white cabinets, slightly grey counter top, black pendant lights. Though I've nervously selected grey gloss subway tiles and I'm wondering if I'll wish they were white later. I've been checking out the number of pendants above kitchen benches lately. Can you tell me the length of your kitchen bench, since your two pendants look just right?

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    1. i think the grey tiles would look lovely - I actually debated continuing the benchtop quartz up the wall as the splashback too, but the price was getting up there so we're going with subway tile now. plus, it's such a small area to do, i think i'll be able to manage it again! our bench is 3 metres long and the diameter of the pendants is 36cm. three would have been too much i think, though i was debating it at first, but glad I just went with two. also, installing a dimmer switch was a godsend - not sure where your island will be but ours is all open plan so when we sit on the couch and the light is on, it can be invasive at full light, so we turn them down and ahhhhh. perfect! good luck with your kitchen - i don't think you can ever really go wrong with greys, white and blacks! x

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