F luoro lights and a smelly leaky sink. Old kitchen, I will not miss you …
Our old kitchen finally has a new look.
Technically, it had it’s new look before Christmas but I was newly pregnant, heavily tired and feeling like touch-ups and tweaks were a light form of punishment, so naturally I took the Summer break to have sneaky siesta’s and try to track down my misplaced enthusiasm.
The kitchen is not completely brand-spanking new as a lot of what was there is still there (under licks of paint and plywood surfaces) but it feels like a new space; a new space that is finally singing a capella with all the other spaces and therefore it is a really pleasant and vibey place to be.
Here is the ‘new-look’ kitchen (including a before pic because who doesn’t love one of those!)
Benchtop via Cabjaks | Ply pegboard wall made by my clever father-in-law Charles
Vintage fan via Ebay | White Plinth via Trade Me
Art print by Mark Antonia in General Eclectic frame | Light shades (vintage) by Dijkstra via Etsy
On the shelf a mix of Trade Me finds (salt shaker, pepper grinder, coffee maker) | Incense holder via Walk in the Park | Small dishes by Holly Houston Ceramics via Paperplane | Mugs & tumblers crafted in Raglan via Needle in the Hay
Floor was repainted in Resene Stonewall *new fave* (a cross between Khaki and soft brown) | Feature wall (right) is painted in Resene (Karen Walker) Grain brown | Cabinet door fronts were upcycled and resprayed in Resene Triple Sea Fog | Appliances all new by Fisher & Paykel (a long overdue splurge!) | Right hand shelf nic-nacs are a mix of Trade Me wooden bud vase and ceramic salt dish, mugs and bowls via George Sand and Weck jars via Tony Sly Pottery
Concrete pipe stools via Trade Me but I’ve also spied these via Alex & Corban | Plywood panel bench fronts to tie in with the pegboard wall. Note: As this isn’t the big-picture reno it made ‘cents’ to work with the original fixtures where possible like the shorter-than-average bench height (which I kinda dig except that Costa can now reach everyyything!)
Pantry walls painted in Resene Black White | Half-moon pantry door handle via Auburn Woodturning | Mini Daily Roller (paper dispenser) via George & Willy | Laminated ply bench top installed by Charles to replace the previous one
Black granite sink and tap via Burns & Ferrell installed by Elite Plumbing | Mortar & pestle and candle holder via Trade Me | Door handles via Handles & Brass | Real World Lemongrass & Citrus dishwashing liquid (NZ made and great on hands) via Real World NZ
Before/After – Kitchen
Mind the mess of the kitchen ‘before’, clearly newborn life and moving to a new home had well and truly owned me at that point but still, it’s nice to see how far we’ve come. Not just in terms of having a lovely kitchen to enjoy but life in general…Costa is nearly 2, a lot less co-dependent and a little more independent. We have a dishwasher now (revolutionarrry) and the progress we’ve made and are making to our home (post-reno burnout of course) is surprisingly reinvigorating.
If you saw my most recent Instagram/Facebook posts you will have seen that our home is currently gracing the pages of the new (Feb/Mar 18) Homestyle magazine which is not only incredibly cool because I lurrve Homestyle but it feels like an unexpected and very grateful nod to all the work we’ve done so far so thank you Homestyle mag for seeing what we see in this place and thank you to anyone who has sent a kind word (or supportive emoji) throughout because I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, your kindness and enthusiasm does not go unnoticed. It keeps me going!
Also and perhaps better still, there is more to come from me. More style, more life, more expansion, specifically a new family member and more blogging (because I’ve missed this)… so I hope you’ll stick around to see what I’m up to next.