Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kitchen Makeover: Part 2

Yesterday I posted Part 1 of my kitchen renovation. Today I'll show you the end product.

When we bought the house, the kitchen was accessible via a small sliding door adjoining the living room. To make the living and kitchen area appear larger and flow better, we opened up the wall adjoining the two rooms.

Down lights were installed and the cabinets went in. The kitchen is 'L' shaped and quite narrow. We had tall cabinets installed on the left wall and no floating cabinets on the other walls to help open up the area.

I've always loved the look of white kitchens with white bench tops. I choose antique white polyurethane cabinets and matching Caesarstone bench top.

A french style door was fitted which leads out into the garden.


Here is the final product!

We decided against a glass splashback and instead opted for these dusty pink brick tiles which have a slight metallic sheen to them. The house is a cottage home and I felt a glass splashback would look too contemporary. Finances played a factor too.

To decorate, two Tord Boontje 'puddles' appliques were hung on either side of the rangehood.

We also had a breakfast bench installed where the wall used to be. Best decision ever made since we use it a lot to eat casual meals or prepare food.

The cabinets were chosen in a dark brown colour for contrast and to provide some continuity with the dark furniture in the living area.

I was thinking of installing floating shelves above the breakfast bench but I could never keep the shelves tidy so I chose to hang a painting there instead.

This is the view towards the garden. The artwork on the wall is by etsy seller jellybeans.

So that's my little kitchen. I hope you like it.

UPDATE! (11.02.09)

I've since wallpapered the kitchen display cabinet. Check out more photos here.


  1. gorgeous! i've just discovered your blog and you have great taste. Do you have a pic of the wallpaper behind your glasses, and also your cavas you were painting? would love to see!

  2. I liked it, you can find more Contemporary Kitchen from spacify.

  3. LOVE IT! It looks so gorgeous! I'm about to start my kitchen FINALLY next week. Am beyond excited. I have no idea how it'll turn out but considering my current one is falling apart (literally, one cupboard door is sitting on the floor!) it could look ridiculous and still look better! hope little robbie is growing well! x

  4. There is so many ligth!!! Love it!

  5. Thank you everyone!

    Anonymous - I'm struggling to find the time! Must get to it soon though. I promise to post photos once both projects are finished.

    belinda - Can't wait to see photos of your kitchen renovation! Knowing your taste it will look lovely xx

  6. Love it Viv! It's so fresh and pretty.

  7. I've finally managed to finish papering the kitchen display cabinet with the Florence Broadhurst wallpaper samples I bought.

    I'll be posting about it tomorrow. If you get a chance, pop in and have a look. I hope you like it.

    Viv xx

  8. Love your kitchen! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Smart choices all around.
    Love the almost-all-white kitchen.
    The pale dusty pink back splash, keeps it from looking unnecessarily sterile, and the butterfly blue paper pasted to the back of the glass cabinets is the best old trick in the book. Some brilliant moves on you part. Very well done!

  10. I've just discovered your blog via Desire to Inspire and love everything in it!. Love the kitchen, the nursery... ;)

    thanks for the inspiration from Spain!


  11. Just read all three posts (kitchen make-over 1 & 2 and cupboard update), and want to say what a fab job you did! Not keeping the upper cabinets above the stove etc was a great move, as was converting the dividing wall to an extra bench/eating area. From the photos I think you have achieved better continuity from your living area into the kitchen (love the peep out the kitchen window from the living room), while still being able to hide your dishes area (always tricky with more open plan spaces). Great job!

  12. Oh my lord this makeover is just fantastic...congrats!

  13. Your kitchen is fantasic! I love the way you have added personal touches to your design.
    We are in the middle of renovating our house so your inspiration is much appreciated.
    I am going to get my camera out and record the progress once there is something pretty to take photos of .... no gyprock on walls and untiled floors aren't that interesting ;)

  14. it looks beautfil!! such a great result..bet you are pleased!

  15. I really love your blog Viv and all of your projects are beautiful and so inspirational! Your kitchen is so nice, it is very similar to what I had in mind for our kitchen when we bought the place. Unfortunately it ended up going on the back burner. Mind the pun!

  16. Your kitchen is beautiful. I was wondering if you might share the name and color of the tile you used for your backsplash.

  17. I love the wallpaper, isn't it funny how a small thing can really make a space! you have great taste!

  18. Hi,
    i love your entire house - your taste is so my taste as well :)

    i am also interested to know the name of the tile you used. so cute!

    i saw your article in Real Living & thought i just have to see more pics!

    in the middle of plannign my own reno so your entire blog has given me much inspiration :) thankyou.

    also - my laundry looks a lot like yours! same floor tiles - i live in Richmond north west of sydney, id say our house were built around the same time. all the best!

  19. Hi there,

    I love your blog, great for inspiration while renovating. May I ask what tile you used as the splash back in the kitchen?

  20. Hi Viv,
    Im from sydney too and am needing a new kitchen, may i ask who you got to do your?? thanks!

  21. Anon, I'm terribly sorry but I can't remember the style/brand of tile I used. It was from Tilecraft and it is a pink tile with a metallic sheen. They may still have something similar.

    Sam, the kitchen was by Eurostyle Kitchens: www.eurostylekitchens.com.au

  22. Your kitchen is really nice, I like the simplicity , the colours.

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  23. Hello Viv

    Just revising your home ... I love you kitchen and it is really something I will use when sorting my next kitchen - love the whiteness and the lack of high cupboard - so less boxy :) best le

  24. I love it! Love the clean crisp whiteness and it's so easy to change the colour scheme if you get tired of what's there.

  25. Love your blog and your style especially your use of wallpaper. Love it. Fiona

  26. Oh my gosh, this is like the cutest kitchen EVER! Was it SO hard? I would LOVE to know where you got your cabinetry and your back splash AND your stove, LOVE IT ALL! GOOD GOOD JOB!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment, Viv xx







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