Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ktichen Reveal...............

Warning LONG post.(make a cuppa)
Below is the kitchen before, way before as it  still has the yellow trimmings.
 Above now,  you can the see the stove is gone and the island bench is in the middle as it should be. I have a shelf for my cookbooks and the big bench has been moved to the stoves place.
 My new chandeliers are installed, now you may think me crazy fore having chandeliers in the kitchen but I love they were not expensive..I also have done away with the table in the middle of the kitchen.
This wall before.

This is my main meal preparing area.
Same bench different place before it was a wasted bench as it was only ever used for coffee making and lunch making in the mornings.... Now it is earning it's keep.
I did and still do love the open shelves but a change was needed.
The kitchen sink before.
Nothing at all has changed here except the walls are painted and doesn't it look so much brighter and bigger.
This wall before

This wall isn't finished yet, this is where I am getting a unit built all along this back wall.
There will be a bench with wall cabinets above. It will look like one very big Kitchen Dresser. The wall cabinets will have glass doors so you will be able to see all of my china.
So until they come I am stuck with boring....The chairs will stay as in my kitchen this is were every one ends up, and it is nice to be cooking while chatting...
Now your probably wondering where the stove is....
Where a stove should be in the stove recess.
I am so happy with how this turned out. Now it took a lot of thought to take out the wood heater as in winter we need it. But I also know this is where the stove needed to go. As for the wood heater it will get a new home in the lounge room, I couldn't do with out it through Winter.

The meat safe fits one side and along the other Bruce made a bench to fit, I had 2 down lights put in here as well as a fan extractor which you can't see.
Bruce lined the whole back wall in pressed metal and we left it in its raw finish. I would have liked to take the 2 windows out and have one long window but that would have been major building due to the support beams, never mind I love looking out the window while I'm cooking.
Above is a close up of the pressed metal and also the tap Bruce put in for me to fill the kettle and big pots, this is the best idea ever.....
This layout works so much better I am in a smaller area working and it is not a walk way arranged this way. This is the main reason for redoing the kitchen, I was always tripping over some one.

 I am standing in one door way and you see now that traffic flow goes around the island and into the dinning room, not through the middle of my preparing area. Much better idea.
I kept my black board door.
 And behind blackboard is the butlers pantry with the fridge, coffee machine, dishwasher and all the other crap that one has....:)
Through to the dinning room. All one colour now and all just flows together.
And Harrison thinks the new kitchen is good cause Grandma has things he can play with...
I say it is a new kitchen which it is but I have used what I had....
Same stove that was moved and same benches which we moved, Bruce made the other bench out of a table we already had.
New things I got was
2 Chandeliers $240
2 Down lights  $40
I extractor fan $25
Pressed Metal $700
Painting $1200
Electrician $350
He had to move a light and install 3 new,
move phone plug,
 move 2 lots of light switches and fan switch,
 install extractor fan
Wire in stove
The rest of the work Bruce and I did..
Total Price $2555
Not bad for a new kitchen.
Yes I still have to get my long bench and floor covering these will be a big expense...But so far so good....
What do you think????
I'm linking up with
Linda from Coastal Charm
So drop by and visit..


  1. I just happened to be sitting at work with a fresh made, what a lot of work you've put into the kitchen. It looks fantastic! I love the pressed metal splash back, it ties in so nicely. You are one clever lady!

    Um, those bowls and dishes won't last long at that level with babies about! Ha!

    Cheers - Joolz xx

  2. Wow I love that pressed metal what a beautiful effect.
    I still have your vintage material here waiting to send to you if you want to email me your address

  3. WOW Mandy, it's all so much more open and lighter. Looks absolutely fabulous. Bruce's pressed metal is gorgeous and gives an amazing effect. I love the idea that you are able to hide all your "crap" as you so delicately put it in the butlers pantry! Love it, wish we could hide ours. And the chandeliers are to die for!!

  4. Looking fab and oh so fresh. I love that buttercup yellow. My whole house is the same, so it flows from room to room. I was told it was restful when we picked it. Pressed Metal is so unusual these days, youve made it a real feature. Why not have chandeliers in the kitchen. Is it not where the Queen of the house spends most of her time?

  5. I love what you have done its such a transformation. We used pressed metal in our laundry and bathroom I love it as its so easy to clean.

    Why not have chandeliers wherever you want. I want a couple on our back verandah which we are yet to build and my husband is still shaking his head. I am drawn to the black and coloured ones. I'm thinking a couple on the verandah will look great. I like the modern ones that have to shade around them to.

  6. it looks great and the white walls make it all look so fresh and fabulous!

  7. WOW Mandy, I am truly impressed!

    Great job, great price.

    Doesn't the white change the whole look of the kitchen? Love it :)


  8. Beautiful kitchen! Just found your blog and can't wait to browse!

  9. I also love the pressed metal. I don't think I have seen that before. What a good idea! Your kitchen is looking very bright and cheery. Good job!

  10. Oh it is lovely; so welcoming, light and airy.
    I see you have a thermomix.....

  11. Thanks Ladies the colour is Antique White I love the way this colour changes in the light. Yes I love my thermomix and can say I use it every day at least once.
    I also have pressed metal in our bathroom Louise-Jane and I find it so easy to clean.
    Welcome Julie....
    Blessings Mandy

  12. What wonderful changes you've made to your kitchen! I love the light, bright, airy feel and the rearrangement of the work triangle. I also envy your butler's pantry. You've done an amazing job with very little expense. Well done, Mandy and Bruce!

  13. Lovely! You and Bruce should really be proud with the outcome of this project. You’ve done everything nicely: from cleaning, refurbishing, to repainting the final results. And you managed to stick to your budget through all these. Congratulations!

    Fred Richardson @ SGK Home Solutions, Inc.