It’s over 6 weeks since we’ve completed our big renovation – we had our kitchen gutted & renovated – and floors polished – life has returned to normal – ie. chaos/mess/crazy !
I’ve been hoping to show off some before & after photos of the reno – and have had a few people ASK me – so here goes.
The original kitchen had wooden cupboard doors which we re-painted, and a new dishwasher – and replaced the pantry shelves. The house is from the 60’s or 70’s – we’ve been here for ~12 years now.
With a growing family needing more storage and bench space – and wanting to create a ‘brekky bar’ – we had some plans drawn up – and arm-wrestled the bank manager for more $$ – and got it sorted out !
Top on the list was a new corner pantry – and to move the sliding door near the toilet to create some “space” – the old kitchen cooker was about 2m from the toilet. Also – to remove the old lino – and get the floorboard polished.
I didn’t think to take any BEFORE photos until we started pulling up the lino – and yes, a lot of kitchen ‘mess’ (life, as we known it)…
Pantry, fridge, old doorway to hallway (brown cupboard)
Bench area, and kitchen sink + cooker
Old rear wall to the house – window box turned into a ‘bar’
We had ripped up the lino flooring, and emptied out the cupboards and pantry – and set up a temporary kitchen in the main living area for about a month. We got by with microwave & slow cooker meals – and a trestle table for a bench.
The main parts of the kitchen were gutted & re-fitted in about 6 days – and then another WEEK for the floorboards to be done – we had to move out of home to escape the fumes (polish).
Old kitchen gutted – removed benching, sink, appliances
Building work underway, new doorframe construction
Plastering and main building work completed (door moved)
New brekky bar ‘box’ – dropped the old frame down and re-boxed
We now have an amazing kitchen
- Much more bench space
- Awesome corner pantry with a door-switch light
- Self closing doors/drawers
- Massive big cutlery drawer
- Large brekky bar
- Double sink
- New cupboards in the back family room
- Newly polished floorboards
- New oven, cooker and rangehood
- Glass splashback
- New powerpoints and downlights installed
Here’s a few pics of the new kitchen – it’s like a display home now !
Polished floor extends into laundry + huuuuge bench space
Corner wine rack + cook books, pantry, fridge + other kitchen storage
Corner pantry with roller door appliance shelves
BIG kitchen drawers for glasses, plates & bowls – double sink – and cooker & fancy rangehood
Back family room now has a kitchen ‘brekky bar’ (and new glass door shelves)
Floor boards polished all through, and downlights
Soooo much bench space – and great shelving – and double sink (!)
This kitchen reno’ has been a long time coming, with many plans & ideas for the last few years – and we finally got sorted out with design, colours and $$ – and now it’s DONE !
It’s become a regular part of life already – although I still go to open the wrong drawer – or put rubbish in the bin where it was before – I just have to ask Donna ‘where is it ?’ (LOL)
I joked that my first payslip (after the reno) contained a photo of a “kitchen” – but the truth is that it will take more than FEW of the same payslips to pay for this lot !
But – we’re very happy with it – especially Donna…