This is a story about a small out-dated creamy cream kitchen that turned into a modern, light and beautiful space.
I don’t know where to start when describing our old kitchen. It was dank and poky. The adjoining dining area was a thoroughfare. And the floors were an unsightly grey-beige lino. Perhaps I’ll let the pictures do the talking. (And bonus, you get a glimpse at our chaos factor too!)
The transformation of this space was the most radical part of our renovations. The plan was to swap the kitchen and dining locations, add a walk-in pantry, move the stairs, and cut out a couple of walls here or there.
Sometimes in life its better to start all over again. Nothing better than a good gutting!
It felt like we had bare walls for an eternity. It probably wasn’t that long, but I equate the bare walls stage with the mice stage and I’m afraid my irrational fear of vermin peaked at an all time high. I got all twitchy at the thought of another night of mice. I confess, I’m still a bit traumatised.
The day we got plaster I was so happy I almost cried. NO MORE MICE.
A new wall went up where the stairs used to be.
Meanwhile the bi-fold doors were installed out to the new deck. And the new dining room (old kitchen) got a bigger window. More light! More light!
The wall between our living area and the kitchen/dining was cut out. Cabinets in, and I could finally imagine the kitchen taking shape.
Walls painted. Sink and oven installed.
On New Year’s Day we finally got to use our kitchen just a little bit. No more cooking in the bathroom!
In January the splashback and the lights were installed. In February the floors were sanded and stained. (And we vacated our house for a week during that time).
Which brings us to now. Today our kitchen is… well, it’s perfect. Perfect for us.
I sacrificed half of my laundry for a massive walk-in pantry. Worth. It.
This is the wall where the stairs used to be. I asked our builder to put a window at the top of it because I wanted the hallway on the other side to get some light. And also because it was going to look fabulous. Of course he said yes! He loved a challenge.
The new space opens up so beautifully to our deck. I love the sweeping views of our garden.
Most of all I love how this has become such a positive space.
It’s amazing what a renovation can do to lift your spirits. All the problems of real life might not magically go away, but a fresh space makes us feel better every morning. And better mornings have a good chance of turning into better days.