Before and After: Kitchen


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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!