Saturday, August 18, 2018

Weekend Cooking:The Great Kitchen Reno of 2018

When I first moved into this house nearly 13 years ago, I knew that at some stage I would have to do some updating because it is a very 1970's house. You can tell this by the mission brown skirting boards and door frames, the green kitchen, the bright green bathroom benchtop. I've even got a chocolate brown toilet in the ensuite.  In fact, the only thing missing from the classic 1970s colour palette was really the bright orange, but luckily I bought that with me in the shape of orange vinyl dining chairs.

When I started seeing the sous chef, we talked a bit about plans, but it was more pipe dream kind of plans. Earlier this year though it became a serious conversation. We had a kitchen planner come in and give us some idea (and then he quoted a fortune to do the installation so we didn't go ahead). Gradually though, we took all of our ideas, SC did some research because he loves that kind of thing and so we arrived at the point where the cupboards, oven, etc had been purchased and it was time to actually get this done.

The SC is actually very handy. He loves any excuse to buy new tools and to use them, to research things, to think about how to fix a problem. He's been very good for me as well as very good for my house. I think in a way this reno process has also been good for my son. He's had to spend some time not locked up in his bedroom playing Xbox and doing some handyman things that he would otherwise not have had exposure to.

It's funny. I never really thought my kitchen bothered me, but the closer we got to getting a new kitchen the more I realised that there were things that were kind of annoying. Lets hope I don't find that gradually with the new kitchen as well.

I did decide to make one last cake on Friday night, but I think the oven must have caught wind of the fact that it's days were numbered as it took me 5 attempts to get it started. But I did get it going in due course, and then 3 hours later it was disconnected and then the next day out on the back lawn!

One of the things that we didn't expect was finding out that we have to get all our gas pipes replaced. It's not really part of the reno but the timing means that it happens to fit nicely in to get the gas plumber in to connect the oven, redo all the pipes to the cooktop, the hot water system and the underfloor heating.

I must say a kitchen reno feels like a very grown up thing to do. I mean, what next? Buying a set of matching glasses instead of just using the old jam jar glasses and freebies from Macdonalds?

We are not quite done yet. After we have recovered from the unexpected expense of replacing the pipes we will put new flooring throughout the house but for now, the kitchen is done and I am super happy with it. There are some cool little things like lighting in the cutlery drawers, and the under cupboard lighting, I love the drawers instead of cupboards, and I LOVE the benchtops. You can't see it in the photos but there are little specks of silver embedded in the stone so that it catches the light as you move around the room. So cool, and I don't think it will ever get old.

One of the interesting things we did was used adhesive peel and stick tiles instead of tiling and grouting. We think they look great, but the test will be in how they stand up to regular kitchen use. They cost a fraction of getting tiling done, so if they last a few years it will be worth it, and then later we can do a glass splashback or proper tiling or whatever we decide.

Here are some before, during and after pictures

















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17 comments:

  1. What a difference! Looks great!

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  2. Looks terrific!!

    ENJOY, and thanks for sharing.

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    1. We are really happy with it Elizabeth

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  3. A job well done! And looks great. One of these days (maybe) I'll get mine updated.

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    1. It was worth the effort Claudia

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  4. It looks great, Marg!
    I used peel-and-stick floor tiles when I did my first kitchen renovation here (really just a paint job and a new oven and cupboard knobs) and they lasted for years and years.

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    1. I'll be happy if they last a few years Lisa!

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  5. The difference in style between seventies and now is impressive! Interesting that you chose a range with cooktop & oven rather than the separate wall ovens and stand-alone cooktop you had before. Happy cooking!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I really wanted the large oven and by moving away from the wall oven it opened up the space a little bit

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  6. Well, I am hugely impressed! It looks amazing, and I love the backsplash! Well done y'all!

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  7. Love it. Our house was built in the early 80's and some parts are so very dated. Since we'd like to move away after retirement we probably won't do as extensive a remodel as if we were staying. Just the requirements.

    I like the range you selected and that back splash is gorgeous.

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    1. We are really happy with how the splashback looks

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  8. It is gorgeous! I love what you did and the colors. Someday I will redo my tiny little kitchen. ;-)

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    1. Thanks Deb. I still find myself looking at it in amazement

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