Bon Appetit; Kitchen Remodel; Guest
Jason and Anita of Fun and VJ’s have been working on revamping their house and are doing a great job. Check out their perfect new kitchen!
We are having a week-long celebration here at the Sow’s Ear – celebrating our first year in this old house. So I’d like to share with you some of my favourite images from the renovations done in the past year.
As some of you may know, I was not at all keen about buying this place. It was Jason’s romantic notions of owning a Queenslander which led us here. A year on, I’m definitely more at peace about living here but I don’t love this house as much as Jason does. It is actually quite ironic that it’s me and not Jason who lovingly writes a blog about this house (he is my number 1 blogging fan though). I call blogging my therapy and you know what, I’ve become fonder of the house because of it.
Today, I’m showing you photographs of the kitchen wall which was built to accommodate the new kitchen cabinetry. We had a builder do this part of the job – done effortlessly compared to an agonising Jason DIY.
Renovating an older home illustrates how building standards have changed so dramatically. You would never see such a shallow space used for cupboards anymore. They were about 30cm wide! What cornflake box would fit in a cupboard that size!
Also, see how much room from where the top of the cabinets ended to the ceiling – lots of potential storage space!
There was also a small casement window in this area. We believe, the original bathroom would have been in this spot. And that’s Number 2 son picking his nose, I would say.
These renders were drawn by the cabinet-maker of the proposed kitchen. We were happy with these plans and I don’t think we changed anything. This is exactly what I envisioned for this particular space.
We probably could have moved the sink to the island bench to obtain the perfect functioning triangle, but I liked the idea of keeping the sink near the window. Call me old fashioned.
Yesterday, we were showing a friend some before photos of our house (only because they were interested – we attempt not to bore our friends).
Blogging about our renovations has given us a great collection of photos of the house which we otherwise wouldn’t have taken.
I’ve been trying to take after shots in the exact position of the before shots. It is very motivating, especially as we are waiting to do our next large project which is Number 1 son’s bedroom. I can’t wait!
To date, we have renovated the front entry, lounge room and kitchen. This is the first before and after I have collaged together:
>Beautiful! Way to go!
>Wow! I love the cabinetry and can appreciate the work involved. That fridge is so cool, too! Lezlee
>I love the island with the tucked in barstools. Definitely clean and organized. Those windows are really cool.
>Umm…if your stove and coffee maker go missing, it wasn't me. I promise. 🙂
>umm WOW they all look FANTASTIC!!
>Very, very, veeeery beautiful! I love the island, the colours, this window and the shelves! Kisses from Argentina…
>I love what you did and I'm with you on not moving the sink – I think having a big expanse on the island is much more practical.
>Wonderful job, love the island. The cabinets are just beautiful. Congrats on your kitchen!
>WOW, I LOVE your cabinets…the cabinetry is just gorgeous! AND that island…DEvine!
>OHHHH and that bank of windows is fabulous and love that bit of open shelving…lovely! CONGRATS on your feature here!
>What a great change! I really love the windows with the green panels! Looks great! 🙂
>Oh so pretty!
>Sensational job! What a difference – it looks so much bigger, not to mention brighter. Love the cabinets, the style is lovely and just right for your old Queenslander. Love it!
>Love your new kitchen! The countertops, your walls, cabinets, all fantastic!
>Holy Moly! I love it!!!
>Wow! What a great job. Kudos to Jason and Anita for tackling such a big but necessary renovation. Particularly like those windows.