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Remember we ripped out half our kitchen a while back? Well there's been not much progress since. We still have no new kitchen and have been cooking in half a kitchen with a plug in hot plate for too long now. But gentle reader, I tell you we're close to finishing the finish line. So, so close.

I'm putting out in the blogosphere that the kitchen shall be ready in six weeks. Yes it will. We're putting it together on a wing and a prayer. Here's the plan.

I absolutely love this kitchen, from here. But the oven, butler sink and cabinetry are a snip out of our budget. What I will take is the layout of a kitchen running along one wall, the subway tiles with charcoal grout and the white painted floor (that we have already!)


Oh the apple of my eye. After much research, deliberation and shopping around, we've almost settled on one of these lovely Ilve cookers.

Unfitted stainless steel benches and shelves from here. We like the commercial benches, not only because they're cheaper than a flat-pak from the local hardware, but also in our eyes they look better and last far longer. And even I can put them together. (pic)


We'll be getting these hospital taps from here, I like the institutional stylin' and again so very durable.

This week the builder is coming to seal up an exterior door so we will have the wall ready to go. The sparky has already been to move some switches. Once the oven arrives, we'll call in the gas fitter. Then we can rip out what's left of the old kitchen and install the new sink. Hopefully (ahem) a small job for the plumber. Easy peasy. Then it's simply tile the back wall. Not sure if I'll do that myself. My neighbour J has just tiled two bathrooms and said she'd so me how. I'll give it a go.

Oh a new kitchen. Can't wait. And then yes, we'll be cookin' with the proverbial gas. Hooray!

17 comments:

  1. Love it Michelle, I have just been looking at stainless benches too for our new kitchen, getting a bit ahead of myself though, need the new house built first. I will be coming to you for some inspiration.

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  2. Can't wait to see the finished kitchen... I love all your choices...It will look fabbo.

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  3. Love it! Both the inspiration and the interpretation.

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  4. Oh I love what you have chosen!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen in 6 weeks time!

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  5. All sounds easy, 6 weeks....no problems (did you get that in writing from the tradesfolk involved?)

    I'll be living vicariously through your kitchen renovations!

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  6. I hope we get our new kitchen & bathroom together Michelle. God knows mine has been a long time coming! Love your choice of oven, anything that's 90cm.wide has my vote. You'll be fine with the tiling, just prepare your surfaces well & live & die by your plumb-bob.
    Millie ^_^

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  7. Ohh exciting times in your household. Those benches look great....thanks for the link. A long time to be putting up with a plug in hotplate, bet you can't wait! I look forward to the finished project.

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  8. I love that first kitchen shot. I think I have seen it before somewhere. So fresh and clean. Good luck getting it all together and thanks for the advice the other night- we have been trying ALL methods to no avail... maybe I'll pop tonight! xo m.

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  9. How exciting - it all looks brilliant. And knowing your superb taste, it will come to life beautifully.

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  10. Hi Michelle I love your style. I follow your blog and am a big fan. You are so talented! I live in Hobart and I wanted to let you know that I have started a blog called http://lifeonplanetbaby.blogspot.com/ and have added your blog to my list of favourites. Come on over and have a look! Jane

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  11. late agin to the party michelle. sorry-LOVE that kitchen SO much.
    like you, have to be realistic about what we can do/afford etc.
    Still, nice to daydream...

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