Another kitchen step

A lovely productive weekend making our kitchen whole.

Ty spent Saturday finishing the plastering of the final wall and I spent
Sunday rendering the floor and facade of the old fireplace.

That’s me rendering, first time ever.

Once the render has cured I’ll be tiling the facade and interior, if I can make up my mind on the style.

Slow kitchen

The kitchen renovation has slowed to a grinding pace, but our final appliance has been installed giving the room  a more cohesive look.

We chose to go with a white ASKO dishwasher model #5424.  I love the way it sits flush with the cabinets (which will be more apparent once we install kickboards and our permanent benchtops).

It’s not excessively loud and cleans exceptionally well, it can even remove dried on weetbix without soaking.

We’ve taken the leap and removed the protective plastic from our cabinets so that I can better visualise what to do with final finishes.

Originally the drawers were all to be push to open but these aren’t working as well as I would have like and we are looking in to handles for them now.

With our appliances and cabinets in the most expensive part of renovating the kitchen is now over leaving us to slowly finish the room off one job at a time.

It might be done by next Christmas?

For those of you interested the appliances purchased were.

Smeg 60cm freestanding oven (electric oven gas cooktop) $1500

DeDietrich 90cm Downdraft $2100

Asko Dishwasher $899

Total appliance costs – $4499

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A place for (almost) everything

Not a lot of progress has been made here, we’ve had nearly a week of 40+ temps so it’s hard to move let alone renovate.
But the beginning of our breakfast hide-away/nook is now in place.
An oddly placed linen press in the bathroom has meant that we have been able to steal some space for the kitchen .
Better yet it means that our toaster and kettle won’t have to be out all the time dominating our small benchtops.
There is as always, a lot of cosmetic work to do but it’s functional and all kinds of awesome to be able to just tuck stuff away when we’re done with it.

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There will be a benchtop all the way to the wall when we do our permanent benches.

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We’re also going to be adding a third drawer for the blender to live in.

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The microwave will also have it’s own space in the pantry.

I’m really looking forward to getting past all the functional work and up to the aesthetics.

A place for (almost) everything

Not a lot of progress has been made here, we’ve had nearly a week of 40+ temps so it’s hard to move let alone renovate. But the beginning of our breakfast hide-away/nook is now in place.
An oddly placed linen press in the bathroom has meant that we have been able to steal some space for the kitchen .
Better yet it means that our toaster and kettle won’t have to be out all the time dominating our small benchtops.
There is as always, a lot of cosmetic work to do but it’s functional and all kinds of awesome to be able to just tuck stuff away when we’re done with it.

There will be a benchtop all the way to the wall when we do our permanent benches.

We’re also going to be adding a third drawer for the blender to live in.

The microwave will also have it’s own space in the pantry.

I’m really looking forward to getting past all the functional work and up to the aesthetics.

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With a little help from our friends

I didn’t think we would have progressed any further with our kitchen this year, we only had days to go and it was finally functional. Sure I still had to go to the lounge room to get food from our temporary pantry but I could cook or even make coffee all in one room.
But a little burst of energy and some stretching & sharing of funds meant that the shells of our pantry have been constructed.

Before-ish

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We took out the horsehair plaster between the kitchen and back room. Then Papa constructed the shells using structural pine and whiteboard.

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See how much better it is even unfinished?

We were happy to leave it at the until next week when the budget was refreshed. But thanks to some Christmas funds and helpful friends we now have the food storage side of the pantry installed.

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We chose the ReStored 6 tier pull out unit by Zone hardware and bought it at Bunning’s for $299.

For the moment we have just put some whiteboard on to mark where the door will be.

The left side of the pantry will be a custom build as we are putting in slide out units to house the microwave, slow cooker and blender. This will keep the bench space free for prep work and eating in our small space.

It’s a lovely way to finish off this year, functional and filled with promise for the new year.

New year new kitchen

Okay so the new kitchen won’t be totally finished by the new year but it is finally functional.

A couple of days ago the last major step in our temporary complete kitchen was made and we now have an operational gas cooktop.

So while there is still a huge to do list the kitchen is functional and I’m able to store most of our kitchen things in the same room.

I can’t say how amazing it feels to be able to make a coffee in one room instead of having to gather items from three separate rooms. It’s a simple pleasure but a greatly appreciated one.

Our peninsula with temporary benchtops and blue protective coating still on our drawers (I’m not taking that off until the permanent benches are in).

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View from the walkway

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Range hood on its way up

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And fully extended

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It’s a little but too much fun to make the downdraft pop out of the bench, especially because most people we know have never seen one before.
I do think that it was absolutely worth the money to avoid having a bulky overhead extractor that would have further closed in our tiny room, it’s provided a much cleaner line than I’d even imagined.

Now we are on to making the cabinets
for our pullout pantry. I am really looking forward to having our food out of the lounge room.

Hope everyone else is enjoying their holidays whether they are renovating, holidaying or having to work.

New year new kitchen

Okay so the new kitchen won’t be totally finished by the new year but it is finally functional.
A couple of days ago the last major step in our temporary complete kitchen was made and we now have an operational gas cooktop.

So while there is still a huge to do list the kitchen is functional and I’m able to store most of our kitchen things in the same room.

I can’t say how amazing it feels to be able to make a coffee in one room instead of having to gather items from three separate rooms. It’s a simple pleasure but a greatly appreciated one.

Our peninsula with temporary benchtops and blue protective coating still on our drawers (I’m not taking that off until the permanent benches are in).

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View from the walkway

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Range hood on its way up

20121229-145642.jpg

And fully extended

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It’s a little but too much fun to make the downdraft pop out of the bench, especially because most people we know have never seen one before.
I do think that it was absolutely worth the money to avoid having a bulky overhead extractor that would have further closed in our tiny room, it’s provided a much cleaner line than I’d even imagined.

Now we are on to making the cabinets
for our pullout pantry. I am really looking forward to having our food out of the lounge room.

Hope everyone else is enjoying their holidays whether they are renovating, holidaying or having to work.

Almost cooking

All of our cabinets are assembled and tonight the body of our oven will be working (I’m still trying to get a gas fitter out to connect the top of our oven).

It’s beginning to feel a lot like a kitchen.

Stripped back fireplace

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Cabinets in place (I’m not removing the protective film until we install our permanent bench tops).

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The kitchen side of our island / peninsula

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With drawers

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And the rest of the mess

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The island cabinets need to be bolted to the floor and then there’s a long list of things to do, but at the very least it will be functional before Christmas Day which makes me pretty happy.

Almost cooking

All of our cabinets are assembled and tonight the body of our oven will be working (I’m still trying to get a gas fitter out to connect the top of our oven).
It’s beginning to feel a lot like a kitchen.

Stripped back fireplace

20121218-152743.jpg

Cabinets in place (I’m not removing the protective film until we install our permanent bench tops).

20121218-152854.jpg

The kitchen side of our island / peninsula

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With drawers

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And the rest of the mess

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The island cabinets need to be bolted to the floor and then there’s a long list of things to do, but at the very least it will be functional before Christmas Day which makes me pretty happy.