Just in time for the arrival of our little Albie, we undertook and completed a full kitchen renovation (as well as a facelift of the living room, master bedroom, hallway and nursery). Here’s our before and after photos of the #sagereno kitchen edition:
We wanted (or rather, needed) to modernise our cold, dark kitchen that required wearing a puffa jacket to cook in it through the winter. It was important to us to keep an element of the 1930’s character of the house, just as we have with the rest of our home and garden.
Cabinetry with a ‘shaker’ profile matched the wall of cupboards we had to remove from the original kitchen (unfortunately they weren’t salvageable) and the panelled doors that we have throughout the house. After tossing around ideas for a moody black or grey kitchen, we settled for going with white cabinetry, a white acrylic benchtop and white tiles (matching the ones we used in our bathroom) to combat the minimal natural light that the space draws. We added the recycled Rimu shelving to save the kitchen from looking like a house in the Hamptons, and they also tie into the rest of the house which has original Rimu and Cedar windows, doors and floorboards.
The wall colour is Resene Double Black White, to compliment other variations of Black White we’ve used throughout the house.
A special shout out has to go to my darling husband who sanded, filled and sealed the floorboards in the kitchen and both hallways – some with a floor sander, but a fair chunk of what couldn’t be reached with that was done by hand. He wanted those floors to look damn good, and that, they do.
And while I’m on shout outs: For the kitchen, we had help from a team of builders so we could meet our impending deadline (there was no way we wanted a half finished kitchen when our newborn arrived!) – the guys at Building Environmental Needs (B.E.N) are the bomb. And our usual suspects: Rob (Winchester Electrical), Stephen (NZ Plastering Company), Shane (Bourke Plumbing) and our mate Lionel.
Next up: We’re currently in the process of renovating our laundry/second toilet and back hallway – the second to last room in the house to be done. Boy, am I looking forward to having a functional laundry, considering the amount of time I now spend doing washing!
’til next time,