Before and After: Kitchen

Here I have some before and after photos of our kitchen remodel. The previous kitchen was still quite functional, but it was dated and dark. I had always dreamed of an all-white kitchen with a farmhouse sink next to a bay window, and so I’m very happy to report that my wish came true.

As you may have seen in my previous post about the dining room, the kitchen was closed off from dining and lounge room.

We opted to keep a small wall above the counter and a little L-shaped return facing the family room, to keep the kitchen contained rather than completely open plan. Open plan is great for people who don’t make a lot of mess and don’t really cook. We are not those people.


We opted for an all white colour scheme with light blue accents. I like that when we tire of this colour it’s very easy to update the look of the kitchen simply with some new counter stools and dishes.

I opted for cabinets rather than open shelving above. I think the glass fronts keep the cabinets feeling light, whilst providing lots of storage and keeping the dishes clean and dust free.

I would have loved to have a Butlers Pantry as we have a lot of kitchen appliances, however we didn’t have the room, nor am I likely to ever have a butler of any kind! So we made the bottom shelf of the large double-door pantry a dedicated appliance area – where juicers, blenders, sandwich presses and so forth could be permanently used without being on display. Continuing the Silestone counters into this area makes clean up easy.

The kitchen bay window looks out onto our kitchen garden, full of herbs and vegetables. We replaced a solid door with a glass one to help feel that the garden was easily accessible, and to allow the morning sun to stream through.

One other thing we did was to continue the kitchen cabinetry around the corner in the living room, with two small shallow cupboards.  I don’t know where open-plan people keep all this sort of stuff, but I knew we needed somewhere to store all the clutter that ends up in the kitchen. I am so glad all these hair clips, tissues boxes and pens are not on our counter top!


And there it is! I hope you approve.

This post has 5 Comments

  1. Jac on June 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous Chini! xx

  2. Johanne on June 20, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I more than approve. It’s perfectly lovely. And clever. Especially those wraparound cabinets. Your sink and bay windows are adorable. Where’s the mess?

  3. Bek @Just For Daisy on June 20, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I love it! THe white is fabulous! 🙂

  4. Kate on June 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    My dream kitchen. You’ll have to come and help me with my kitchen one day. I’ll pay you in wine and blue hydrangeas xxx

  5. chini on June 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Deal done Kate!