Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reno Cottage-kitchen update.

The Reno Cottage kitchen is almost finished, the doors are on and most of the powerpoints are in. We decided to add a panel of spotlights above the bench and sink for extra lighting. The funny little box for the pull-out rangehood has the power connected above and is strong enough to use as a shelf. I'll admit when I saw it up I thought perhaps we should have made it enclosed all the way to the ceiling, but neither of us wanted to start again. We didn't want overhead cupboards making the kitchen seem smaller and maybe it would be a good spot for an ipod dock or better, a vintage radio. White skirting boards have been fitted under the nook spot.

We have added a wall mounted rack for the microwave next to the pantry, to free up as much bench space as possible in this tiny kitchen. It is adjustable for different sized microwaves and cost $50(for up to 50kg).

We made some open shelves with a plate groove for display, the brackets cost $8 each.

Mr CH used these "Easy fix door and drawer templates"to drill holes for the handles in the kitchen cupboards. If you've spent $60 on your doors you don't want to drill in the wrong spot. I think they sell for around $6 each. They would be handy to use for furniture restoration also.

The doors (only) came with a plastic wrap for protection, which we've left on until everything is finished.

Still to do- plumbing the sink, 1 powerpoint and the sub board has to go in the kitchen as well, shelf above nook window to be added(pic 1),pine kickboards have been varnished with tung oil (in pic 1 sitting on the sink)and are to be fitted, few bits of quad to be nailed in the corners. A bit of painting here and there. And we are yet to decide what we are going to use as splashbacks.

We are pretty happy the kitchen looks much better than before.

Don't you think so?


  1. It looks fantastic. Huge improvement is an understatement! xx

  2. No question. Your reno'd kitchen looks way better. I love your display on the open shelf...very funny!

  3. That kitchen is looking so much better, can I ask what the wall colour is? I am looking for something similar to paint a hutch. melx

  4. Thanks for the motivating comments! The wall colour is Aspen Light in Wattyl, though we had the colour mixed in British Paints-wet areas which is low sheen unfortunately.It would look lovely on furniture. I forgot to mention the door handles and the hinges came with the cupboards.

  5. Hi Simmone, The kitchen looks gorgeous & I love the colour too. Looks so fresh & very inviting. Love the open shelves. KP


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