4 July 2007

Because you've waited so patiently.

The kitchen renovation story, because you lot were a part of it.

It used to look like this … please pardon my back. Note ugly green laminex and geriatric dishwasher.

turn your back for 1 min

then it looked this,

Building site

and this. For a week.

Building site

Suddenly it looked like this! Still no tiles, and note wires sticking ominously out of the wall, but hey I can live with that.

kitchen

So … we have:

Chocolate brown laminate cupboards and drawers, with pale stone-look laminate benches. I love laminate.

brown and cream

Over on the island bench we have dark stone look laminate benches, with cream drawers underneath, to match the cream overhead cupboards (chocolate brown cupboards below and above would have been too overwhelming).

cream and brown

Shiny dishwasher and oven, already accessorised with kiddie fingerprints …

fingerprints alreadyshiniest oven door in world

Now we have to choose tiles. Remember my favourite colour combination?

tile choice1


I’m leaning towards the dirty blue rectangles rather than the pale blue squares, which of course is the opposite of what I thought when I chose the samples. Amazing how different they look in situ.

tile choice2

My original thought was pale stone look tiles with a border of pebbles, reminiscent of our upstairs bathroom at the old house, but there is a lot of brown and beige and mud in this house already, including now in the kitchen. Cough.

tile choice3.jpg

And look! Remember the plea for help with the op shop scores? I think the answer is staring me in the face – the yarn will be a teacosy and the fabric a pair of new oven mitts.

Possibilities

Thank you to everyone who helped design this kitchen. I really appreciated all your input and suggestions. And it was fun, wasn't it?!

(Mr Soup has no idea that people all over the world contributed to the design and decor of our new cooking space).

33 comments:

nutmeg said...

Love it! Love chocolate brown - love it with cream and I concur - dirty blue rectangle colour tiles. I think we have the same shaped door handles - though mine are somewhat frosted steel. And the fingermarks on the fridge and the dishwasher and the microwave. I find that all the cleaning products in the world are no better than a wipe down with a warm sponge. Spray and wipe occasionally (but this again - may only work on the "frosted" steel stuff?)

meggie said...

Wow Suse! Looking seriously gorgeous. I like the dark tiles too. The tip I saw for the stainless steel - pantyhose! Go & buy some & you can throw away all your cleaning products. They work miracles on stainless steel!

Melanie said...

Ooh, very nice. I too like the rectangular tiles. I think we have the same door handles as you, or very close... our kitchen reno is not quite as stylish, and much more DIY than yours, however :)

Lazy cow said...

I love the blue tiles, both of them. Wish I'd gone for tiles instead of a stainless steel splashback, which is already scratched to #$&@. It's all looking good, and that view is to die for.

tut-tut said...

I think the blue of the distant hills must have worked into you inspiration for the tiles.

Terri said...

I love the darker blue color, but the light blue is lovely too.
I have to ask though, is the brick floor a pain to keep clean?
Happy 4th and congratulations on your beautiful new kitchen.
God bless.
Terri

Dy said...

Your kitchen is looking fabulous! Love the rectangular blue tiles and it looks like you've got a fantastic view out your kitchen window.

Janet said...

Lovely! I like the blue tiles too, especially the square ones, but either would be gorgeous.

judi said...

Oblong tiles are lovely but it means more grout to clean.
..my tip would be chocolate brown grout with whichever tile you chose
pale blue and choc brown are a great combination...

love your outlook

judi said...

sorry I got a little mixed up and thought the tiles were going over choc bench tops...had another look and it may be better to go with cream grout..??

MyUtopia said...

Wow! that is really beautiful!

paola said...

How nice. I was wondering about brick floor cleaning too though...and I love that Italian Bialetti you display there...

paola said...

How nice. I was wondering about brick floor cleaning too though...and I love that Italian Bialetti you display there...

Badger said...

I dunno from art, but I know what I like when I see it, and this is just lovely. I adore the clean lines and the color combo is fabulous!

sueeeus said...

The chocolate is scrumptious and the oblong tiles look fabulous next to it. I don't think I'd use a dark grout on them, though. Maybe a medium neutral. You could consider a row of the lighter blue for contrast amidst the larger sea of oblongs. Then you'd have both. :) Try a few quick sketches to visualize the possibilities! Love the shiny appliances.
I made the mistake of putting my Bialetti in the dishwasher and it got all pocked, so I gave it to the thrift shop. Why are they aluminum, and not Sueeeus safe? :(

Mary said...

It all looks wonderful. I like the dirty blue tiles too. I find the microfibre cleaning cloths that clean without cleaning products (too many cleans in that sentence) are the best for removing fingerprints from stainless steel.

Stomper Girl said...

Your kitchen looks great, and I like the dirty blue too, it suggests tranquility and calm, always a good thing in a kitchen.

Are tea-cosies tricky? I'd like to make one, but I am only a novice.

Elizabeth said...

I'm going with the crowd, the darker blue rectangular tiles.
Love the kitchen so far!
I think "chocolate" has been used too many times and now I'm feeling peckish. Back in a sec...

h&b said...

Fab colours - love the blue tiles ( both of them ). you've done well, and it didn't hurt a bit, right ? ;)

Now I want to do my kitchen .. but we can't, as we're not sure if the kitchen WILL be the kitchen, if that makes sense. I think I need to look over my Archicentre report again .....

oh, and judi is right - small tiles = painful to clean....

Just so you know ;)

herhimnbryn said...

Definately the blue rectangles...a great colour with choc. brown. Did you keep your sanity while the kitchen was done? If so how? Did one company do the lot?
Curious, 'cos we are going down this route next year ( after removing the tiles on the roof and replacing with tin and adding more insulation and new eay clean gutters etc etc). It's never ending isn't it?

shula said...

I love it.

I really do.

And I have a feeling I know who built your house. I'm doing some research.

zephyr said...

really, really nice!!
the dark brown, cream and blue is a refreshing look...i think you'll love living in it

Suse said...

Brick floors, particularly brick floors with deep grooves between them, are hell to keep clean. So I don't.

Tea cosies are easy :)

A cabinet maker did the cupboards and benches, I bought all the appliances, and we used our local electrician and plumber to do the scary bits. Still have to find a tiler. Don't go the ktichen company route - hellishly expensive!

Thanks for comments everyone. We are loving our new kitchen.

Martina said...

Outstanding!

sherry said...

No wonder you are pleased, it's terrific! Though the pictures of the empty, cabinet-less room were scary (I would have been scared, in an oh-what-have-we-done sort of way.) Beautiful results, all the new laminate is lovely.

My float said...

Oh, how beautiful. I love it!

Love that splash of blue among the chocolates.

Thanks for the suggestion of using a cabinet maker - kitchen company prices are outrageous.

Penni said...

Oh deeply lovely.

Kim said...

I am loving your new kitchen very much. I concur on the tile choice, apart from anything else because the pale ones will show the dirt and kitchen grime so much more. But that just reflects my cleaning standards rather than anything else.

willowcaroline said...

Really lovely! It must be so much fun to cook in now. We had an old wall oven in this house when we moved in. The enamel interior had cracked on a seam, and even with replacing the thermostat it would only bake at 450. Not too bad for bread baking, but cookies and cakes were a pain - I would have to stand there and fan the door open and closed. We lived that way for 6 years until I had had enough. I earned some money and bought a free standing range with smooth cooktop, and told teh delivery guys they could put it on my dh's side of the bed - he wasn't sleeping in it until he installed it. I have been in heaven since!

Gotta love old kitchens. BUt then again, making an old kitchen into something warm and inviting and modern looking - gotta love that too. You did great!

bec said...

SO very nice. SO worth the wait. I like the tiles you like, too.

Have you recently tried to bring your sidebar back up to the top of the screen? Because there's a very arty transposition thing happening with it at present!

Janet said...

I'm sure you would have already been tagged or done it before, but I'm tagging you ever so gently and softly for the eight things meme... please only do it if you feel so inclined...

Fiona said...

Looks beautiful! I love the mixture of pale & dark cupboards. You've given me hope that one day soon, our empty shell will be a shiny kitchen too. Have fun breaking it in!

craftapalooza said...

love love love the colours. Really beautiful. Nice space!