Welcome to Part 2 of my Kitchen Renovation series. As you’ll see in Part 1, I decided it was better to break up my kitchen renovation posts into parts for various reasons as outlined within the Part 1 post.
The kitchen renovation involves taking out the original 90’s kitchen (which you can see in Part 1) and replacing with a new kitchen. The footprint of the new kitchen will basically be the same as the old, with a few little tweaks along the way.
Before it all started, the contents of the old kitchen cupboards had to be cleared out and packed up. I decided what we would need access to and moved that to our makeshift kitchen in a corner of the family room. The rest got packed into boxes and stored in a back room. We also took the handles off the original kitchen cupboards as I quite like them and think I might re-purpose them.
Buckle up and get that scrolling finger warmed up and ready. This post looks long but it’s mostly photo’s. There’s a fair bit of scrolling ahead! All photos are phone photos. Please excuse some of the poorer quality ones – grainy and dark – generally taken in a hurry and often on dark, cloudy days in poor light. If I had my good camera and tripod out the tradies would have thought me quite mad, not to mention the clutter and trip hazards that were everywhere. Better quality photos in future posts – promise!
Here’s some snaps of our makeshift kitchen which was set up in the corner of our family room. It actually worked quite well. Washing up was done in the laundry tub. In the third photo below you can see the large clear plastic container where we would put dirty dishes, mugs, glasses etc to be carried to the laundry for washing up twice/day.
So let’s look at how the schedule has been around here lately!
Day 1 (Friday)
- Delivery of cabinetry & appliances.
- Demolition + Disconnect by Electrician and Plumber
Day 4 (Monday)
- Install of new cabinetry and bulkheads
Day 6 (Wednesday)
- Plasterer does the new cornicing
Day 7 (Thursday)
- Tiler tiles the new gap created by widening the fridge space as well as a gap created by slight change of footprint in dishwasher space.
Day 8 (Friday)
- Templating is done for Caesarstone Benchtops
Day 14 (Thursday)
- Caesarstone benchtops installed
These are not very good photo’s. They were taken quickly with my phone on a dull and cloudy day. In these photo’s the benchtops are covered in a plastic film and are dusty! I will take some photos with my ‘proper camera’ for future posts and you will see them in their true glory! In the meantime, I can reveal that the benchtops are Caesarstone Oyster. You can see it at the link in the sentence before this one or pictured below (a sample from the Caesarstone website). The colour actually looks different depending on the light. I didn’t want an all white kitchen as I felt it would be too stark for our house which is not a brand new modern home. I wanted to add some warmth. I love the concrete look benchtops that Caesarstone has now but they are expensive and also their low reflective matte surface finish is more susceptible to showing everyday marks and spills meaning more regular cleaning maybe required, SO I felt that this lovely Oyster was a fabulous alternative! I am picking up on the darker flecks in this stone and incorporating black accents in the kitchen which you will see as we progress through the reno posts.
Day 15 (Friday)
- Reconnect and Install of appliances by Electrician and Plumber. Kitchen becomes functional but not complete.
Day 18 (Monday)
- Templating for Splashbacks
Day 28 (Thursday)
- Install of Splashbacks
From Day 16 we started to move back into the kitchen. We were partially back in the kitchen and partially in the makeshift kitchen for quite some time. On Day 30 (Saturday) we moved the fridge back. We are now fully moved back into the kitchen, though still have some boxes to sort through and upack. I am putting a lot of stuff aside for my daughter to go through and what she doesn’t want I will be giving to charity.
Within the next 2 weeks we have:
- A painter coming to paint not only the new bulkheads and cornicing but all of the kitchen and dining room areas, including the ceiling. We will have to move the fridge back out, not to mention all the other furniture that will have to be emptied and moved out of the dining room as well. Chaos again, but hopefully only for 2-3 days this time.
- A tiler coming to fix a floor tile that got broken through the process.
For the next post I’ll run through all the new appliances and reveal what they are, including the gorgeous new kitchen sink, the tap that I adore, the oven, cooktop, rangehood, dishwasher and my new pendant lights!
Right now though, I’m going to enjoy my new kitchen until the painter comes and chaos will reign again!
Ciao for now,
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