The kitchen makeover with before and after

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 

kitchen makeover

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 PlumbingMortar & 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


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    Before Before and After After


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.

Also, don’t be shy if I haven’t mentioned a detail here, just reach out below or on my FB and IG pages and I’ll do my best to answer (besides, I think I’m what you might call a serial ‘answerer’)?!?



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  1. Natalie
    January 21, 2018 / 8:25 am

    So so beautifully simple, practical and stylish. Can’t wait to use this inspiration in my own reno!

  2. January 21, 2018 / 9:13 am

    What a massive difference! Such a great looking kitchen and it’s not easy choosing the right colours (or whites!!) and it all looks absolutely stunning ??It just goes to show you don’t have to have a massive budget to have a gorgeous kitchen ?? Well done x

  3. Kristen
    January 21, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I am so jealous of your beautiful tones – I have the grossest kitchen – but it’s mine – so I’m happy with that for now 🙂

  4. January 21, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    Natalie, those three words pretty much sum up how I wanted this space to feel, so thank you! And good luck with your reno too (fun times ahead, but it will all be worth it in the end!)

  5. January 21, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Pretty crazy seeing the contrast huh?! you are so right about white – the light in here means that so far I’ve needed to use three different whites on different areas but it makes all the difference! Thanks so much, yep smaller budgets make the brain work a bit harder/smarter!

  6. January 21, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Too right! Your place is yours and that’s a big win 🙂 Thank you, I’m somewhat predictable with my colour faves but these make me the happiest so … x

  7. Karyn
    January 21, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    So great! Love the vintage light shades. Just wondering what you have behind the sink to deal with water etc, is it just painted?

  8. January 22, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Thanks Karyn! We haven’t actually done anything special on that piece of wall behind the bench to deal with water but that is primarily because we haven’t had any issues with water building up there (I guess if it were it may be from an overfilled sink etc but the new sink is very deep and generally water wouldn’t get high enough to spill over. The wall is simply painted and we have used sealer too but I guess time will tell but so far so good 🙂

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