As some of you who follow Childhood 101 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram know, we decided to add a kitchen renovation to our long list of things to do before baby. It is something that we have wanted to do for a while but when it came down to the actual doing…the decision was made and the builders arrived much more quickly than I had anticipated. Although it has been tough timing wise, I still think it is better that it is
all mostly done before we are also managing the needs of a newborn.
Let me back up a little and introduce you to the old kitchen. These photos were taken when we were in the process of buying the house…
… although the room is large, combining kitchen, dining and living space (one of three living spaces), the kitchen was jammed into one corner. It was an odd, angular space with little in the way of practical storage, and what I am sure was the most awkwardly shaped pantry in the world. The stove and wall oven were tiny (and the wall stack a complete waste of space).
And the colour scheme interesting – bottle green cupboards, black, imitation granite bench tops, a brown stone sink and maroon wall tiles! Needless to say, it felt small and dark.
The decision was made to take it all out, swap the full height window for a smaller, above bench one and run the kitchen along the whole wall, adding an island bench, and also bricking up an opening between our lounge room and the revamped kitchen/dining/living area to improve the usefulness of the space. And so it began…
Number of days from start to
almost finish: 28.
Number of days without a functioning kitchen: 16.
Number of tradesmen who have seen me in my pyjamas: Many (what is it with them all starting work so early???)
Number of mornings spent working in cafes whilst Immy was at kindy: 9.
Number of meals cooked in our laundry: More than I care to remember!
Number of appliances that I am forever thankful to: 4. The BBQ, microwave, toaster and electric frypan were all on high rotation. I thought we would use our slow cooker too but didn’t, probably because it was warm weather and we would BBQ meat and eat with salad instead.
Number of visits to the emergency room: 1. Dad 101 burnt his thumb quite badly when cooking a roast on the BBQ one night. We cook roasts regularly this way and are both still at a loss to explain exactly what went wrong this time!
Number of times we hid out at my parents because we were tired of the dust: 4.
Number of kitchen storage drawers: 13. Woot!
Number of new kitchen features I am in love with: Many. But the massive cutlery tray, floor to ceiling pantry and long, sparkly bench tops are pretty high on the list.
Jobs we still have to do: We still have to finish patching and painting (the white you can see on the rangehood is a protective coating we won’t remove until the painting is done), sort the flooring (which has turned into a bit of a headache that we didn’t anticipate), add more lighting and choose stools for the breakfast bar.
Despite the dust, mess and inconvenience of the process, we are all in love with the end result. It has made such a difference and I can really see that this room is set to become the heart of our home rather than the depressing space that we previously tended to avoid as much as possible. Let’s just hope we can sort out the floor and finish the painting before the baby comes!