Wednesday, 17 August 2016

My New Kitchen

It's now time to reveal my new kitchen - YAY  !!!  The tiling was completed today and I've just given them a wipe over.  We are still waiting on our second oven which is being made somewhere overseas right at this moment.  We've been told it will arrive in Victoria sometime in the first week of September.  I couldn't wait that long to show you the kitchen I've been dreaming about for over 20 years.  Darren has some painting to do around the door trim and on the new cornices but he's having a little rest after working so hard on the new skirtings throughout the house.

So here it is -

My soft apple green splashback tiles
The entire kitchen


Double sink 
Pull out tap
In sink drainer
We've ditched the cupboards and gone with drawers


Fisher and Paykel stove top
New kettle
Side opening oven ( one of them )
Caesar stone bench top
New phone connection.  It was up on the wall on a shelf before
Oh so new and shiny
The fridge has a more fitted look.
Slightly wider bench top
Drawer handles
Cupboard handles
New bamboo flooring and skirtings.
The old kitchen

Stay tuned for follow up posts on -

How to survive a kitchen renovation     and

How to plan a kitchen that works.

72 comments:

  1. Beautiful Wendy, just lovely. And I'm glad to see the fridge fits :)

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    1. Yes, I was a little concerned but the kitchen company assured me the fridge would fit.

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  2. Dear Wendy , wow!, your new kitchen looks beautiful, I love the apple green tiles. It will also be great for you to have two ovens , think how great it will be to be able to use two ovens at once . It just looks so great. Well done Wendy and Darren. Love Barb W

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    1. Thanks Barb. Baking bread will be easier.

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  3. Oh Wendy it looks amazing! What a great job was done by your tradies. Love the drawers I miss mine, but in a few years I'll be doing my kitchen.
    It looks so lovely and fresh Enjoy!!!

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  4. Congratulations it looks amazing

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  5. Wow it is so nice! The green tiles are pretty and unusual. Tell me, what are the main benefits of a side opening oven over a pull down? Thanks Tania

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    1. The main benefits of a side opening oven are that you never burn yourself on the door. It's also much easier and safer to put heavy pans / dishes in the oven. For example - a lasagne dish. No bending over a hot door. My old oven was a side opening oven too.

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  6. Wow - just wow - totally gorgeous - i am in love with all your choices - the cupboards, the gas cooktop, the handles for drawers, the apple green tiles - I love every single bit of it. Enjoy!

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    1. Thankyou Lisa. Hopefully you'll get to see it soon.

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  7. I just love the soft green and white in the kitchen. We are planning building our next house and I had already chosen the same colours - always looks nice and clean. You both must be so pleased with the result. Worth all the mess I'm sure. Julee P

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    1. Thankyou Julie. The tiles were either going to be cream or green. I'm a bit over cream and we have too much of it in our home. Green makes me happy.

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  8. Wendy,I just love your new kitchen,and the tiles,you will want to spend more time in their cooking :) well done to you both.

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    1. Mel, I've spent lots of time in the kitchen just looking. Hoping to bake bread shortly.

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  9. you must be so happy! you've worked so hard for this, you certainly deserve it! :)

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    1. Thankyou San. It's taken us almost two years of hard saving to see our dream come true.

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  10. Hello Wendy, your kitchen is lovely, where will your microwave go. I noticed that it is very high.

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    1. The microwave is in it's final place. Before the renos it was on top of the fridge. Now it's a little lower. I'm used to the height. I didn't want it taking up precious bench space. The opening below it is for the second oven.

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  11. That is just lovely, can't beat a new kitchen.

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    1. Yep. Especially when it's colors you've picked yourself.

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  12. This is absolutely gorgeous Wendy and Darren. Apple green with envy I think!! Love it and love that two great people get to enjoy this blessing. Love Kathie Pierce

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    1. Thankyou for your kind words Kathie.

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  13. Really lovely. I'll bet all the dust and inconvenience was worth the end result.

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    1. Yes, it was worth it. So much dust though. It might take a few weeks for it all to settle.

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  14. Well done Wendy- your new kitchen looks a dream. Your green tiles are really lovely and suit your country style so well. Your colours, cabinet profile and benchtop are just what I would love. Darren has done a great job on the skirtings- being white makes a huge difference. I'm sure your whole family will enjoy your beautiful, new room. Congratulations

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    1. Thankyou Lorraine. We were very glad to get rid of the old skirtings. Now we have stylish ones.

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  15. So fresh and soft. Love it.

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    1. Thankyou Barb. You know I love my green.

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  16. Oh Wendy, I just love it! Love the green apple splash back and I have never seen a side opening oven, fantastic. You deserve it, love, enjoy.

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    1. Thankyou Fiona. Side opening ovens are not always on display in electrical stores but are available. The Block show quite often has them in their kitchens.

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  17. Lovely, I can tell a lot of planning went into this reno. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    1. Thankyou Norma 18 years of cleaning other people's homes has given me a real idea of what works and what doesn't.

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  18. Congratulations Wendy and family. Wow wow, so beautiful, I love everything. Almost too nice to use now. I bet you can't wait to get cooking, xxxx

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    1. Thankyou Maureen. I need to bake bread but I'm so tired. Maybe my new kitchen can bake it for me.

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous. And, well deserved. You can definitely tell a lot of years of planning have gone into your choices. I can envisage many happy hours of cooking in there in the coming weeks. Well done!

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  20. You so deserve this - it is truly lovely in every way.

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  21. Wow wow wow is all I can say. It is gorgeous. Well done Gower household. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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  22. It looks beautiful Wendy, what a delight to cook in something so pretty and functional.

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    1. Thankyou Cheryl. I keep going in there and just looking.

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  23. Beautiful. Hope you have many years of happy cooking in your kitchen. My mum has that oven and loves it enjoy...

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    1. Thankyou. It's good to hear your mum loves her oven.

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  24. How lovely everything looks! Having two ovens is such a great idea. My friend wants to put in new flooring. I told her you chose Bamboo, so will be watching with interest to see how you like it. (She is concerned about moisture seeping in from spills with floating timber or laminate floors).

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    1. Kaye, let your friend know that you can use microfibre mops but not steam mops on bamboo flooring. The mop cannot be sopping wet.

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    2. Kaye, we will be putting down bamboo flooring. We asked that same question to the shop assistant especially kitchen & bathroom. He said definitely not in bathroom & laundry, kitchen should be OK as long as no kids around lots to spill drinks etc.

      Wendy love the new kitchen, enjoy

      Have a great day
      Sue

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  25. I LOVE your new kitchen Wendy, it looks so nice and fresh looking. Cooking will be so much more pleasant in your new surroundings.

    Much love,

    Tania xx

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    1. Thankyou Tania. I'm still getting use to the new stove and oven.

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  26. Have been out of signal range so have just seen this. Wow! Simply stunning! I just love the green tiles as they make the kitchen so unique in such an easy manner. Enjoy. Have to say I'm so envious but my 30 year old kitchen will have to battle on for a few more years yet.

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    1. Your time will come for a new kitchen Jane. Use this time now to get ideas.

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  27. Fantastic job Wendy....what a wonderful feeling. We redid our kitchen 10 years ago and I love it (it is my Karma to always be stuck with electric when I love gas!) And the side opening ovens are an awesome concept...you may have started a bigger trend than the Block! Heather XXX

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    1. Thankyou Heather. I'm suprised more people don't have side opening ovens. I haven't had anything else.

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  28. What a lovely fresh kitchen and the soft green really accentuates the freshness. Enjoy. Thankyou for sharing and continuing to inspire us with thrifty ways to save.This certainly is a great reward.

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  29. Wow Wendy, I love that green! That was worth waiting for wasn't it? Well done!

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  30. Just beautiful! I love the green tiles, I thought about doing a similar look in our kitchen here, and very nearly did though went with a darker colour because of the wood even, kids and dogs. I figured white would be perpetually dusty in this place, though I do love it so much! Green is underused I think, so fresh, and peaceful! I hope you enjoy it. :)
    xx

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    1. Yes I don't think many people go for green in their kitchens. I'm not a fan of the trendy red splashbacks that are too much of a statement and will date very quickly. The green goes with my accessories and tea towels anyway.

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  31. All gorgeous, but my favourite is that divine green. Seriously beautiful.

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    1. Thankyou. I knew what I wanted. I just had to find the right green which was a challenge.

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  32. New kitchens are great aren't they - Congratulations on your hard work! My kitchen is almost exactly the same layout as yours - where you've put your dishwasher in the corner and then the drawers next to them, have you got a cupboard to utilise that corner space with an access door on the opposite side (behind the stools)?

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    1. Yes we do have a corner cupboard. And yes, the access is behind the stools. We've always had this although now the door has a magnetic opening button.

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  33. What a wonderful transformation...I love your apple green tiles! I imagine you'll love cooking and baking in your new kitchen. Meg:)

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  34. Hi Wendy,
    What a wonderful transformation! All your hard work is well worth it.
    Keep up the good work.
    Kind regards,
    Andrea.

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  35. Looks lovely. We had that exact cupboard profile in our last house. I loved that kitchen. Our new house is awesome but the kitchen is that melamine and starting to lift . uggh. Congrats on yours. Lisa

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