Saturday, 20 April 2013

kitchen mood board

My mood boards for i do it yourself have been so popular, we currently have nearly 12,000 pinterest followers, I thought I'd start doing some interior design ones. So to start with - a plan for the new kitchen:

  • Industrial style lights
  • An big island unit - clutter free
  • Artwork - subway style for all the places we have lived
  • Chalkboard for shopping list and message
  • Antique buffet and hutch
  • A farmhouse sink
  • Floor to ceiling storage with a ladder
  • Butlers pantry / appliance garage - shut the door to hide all the clutter
  • White shaker style cabinets
  • Espresso caesarstone top
  • White subway brick tiles
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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

everything but the kitchen sink

Pic pinterest

Who knew there where so many choices for a sink. I've always wanted a ceramic sink and I call them farmhouse sinks. I thought there were different names for the same thing, but it looks like there is a difference between a farmhouse, butlers, apron, belfast and laboratory sink. I think I'm after a butlers sink. But to under mount or counter mount? The Kitchn has a great little article on under mounted sinks here. It's my preference but it does make the caesar stone $200 more.

Pic Glumber

Saturday, 6 April 2013

kitchen plan

No point in having a new kitchen without a plan, so here it is. We'll be knocking a wall out that runs down the middle to make one big room which will double the size of the kitchen. At the moment we have a big empty space we call the fridge room because thats all there is in it. And we're knocking out the wall at the front to create a big space opening out onto the dinning area.

The back wall will be the oven, range above, with open shelves either side. Two double gas burners rather than one four, spaced out so you can fit more than two pots on at a time. And farmhouse sink under the window. Then currently where we have a little old oven alcove, we'll put a sliding cupboard door in front. When you open it up, you can step inside to a butlers pantry and big bench for appliances. Shut the door and hide all the clutter.

A big island unit in the middle will hold the dishwasher and sliding bin draw. The industrial lights should hang above this. If the bench is two meters across, two lights should do. On the right hand side I'd like to run the cabinets right up to the ceiling.

A window seat in the corner with pull out or lift up storage for all the puppy things like food and toys. This might be a DIY project for later.

Monday, 1 April 2013

renovating an old queenslander

Poor old creative monsoons been a bit neglected of late. But I'll be getting back into it in a big way, I have loads of updates for my artwork that need to be done, and at the end of last year we bought a big old Queensland just crying out to be renovated.

So the first job is the kitchen. The current kitchen is the sort of thing real estate agents call 'authentic', 'original' and 'full of character' - basically really old and falling apart. It seems to be the original kitchen that was built with the house in the 1930s. It's going. And the first big project is going to be replacing it. I've got the design worked out in my head, now it't time to get things finalised.

Over the last couple of months I've been very busy on pinterest collecting all the interior design pics that inspire me. The great thing about pinterest is that once you start collecting loads of images you start to see the same elements appearing, and it really helps to hone in on what it is you like.

Love the cabinet style, the white and the lights.

White, subway brick tiles, high cupboards

White with chocolate brown, farmhouse sink, industrial lights

Floor to ceiling storage

Those silver lights with the white again

Chalkboard paint and a library ladder to reach those high shelves

Industrial lights, white with chocolate brown, cabinet style, subway tiles... tick tick tick and tick

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