Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kitchen transformations

If you've read my blog before, you'll know that I just love 'before' and 'after' house transformations. And I think many of you do too - it's so inspirational to see what can be done with some imagination, hard work, time and a little (or a lot of) money!


In today's post I'm focusing on kitchens. So many people get put off buying a house because of a dated, dirty kitchen, and yet you can sometimes grab yourself a bargain-priced house if you are prepared to put in the hard yards and renovate your kitchen. And when it is done you can sit back and admire your brand new glistening new kitchen, knowing that you have also increased the value of your home greatly.


Starting off with this stylish white beauty....white cupboards, stainless steel benchtops and splashbacks with a stone-topped island bench.






Now look at it before.....cheap and outdated looking....


Here's another view of the same kitchen after it's transformation. Ikea's Kalcuim pendant lights add a slight industrial edge (and are cheap too!). Love the use of turquoise accessories to add a bit of spark. And look, they've even colour coordinated the little girl with the kitchen accessories! The wooden floor, wicker storage baskets, and custom-made rangehood add a little bit of country.




Take a look at this sad little kitchen: cheap, dated and boxed in....



And now....


Travertine benchtops, industrial light fittings and stainless steel splashbacks make this white kitchen extra special.


And finally for today we have a dark, outdated 70's kitchen, complete with the brown laminate and orange counter tops that were so popular back then.



Here it is today. What inspires me most is that this kitchen makeover cost less than $6000


New doors were placed on the old frames and new splashback and countertops were added, while panelling was added to the island and Ikea pendant lights installed. Then the kitchen was simply tricked up with some stylish accessories. Simple, but effective!

I love the baskets on top of the cupboards. They remind me of this basket:






I love this delicious photo of the textured blankets folded in the basket. It is from the gorgeous Swedish blog dreamhouse. The creator of this blog, Camilla, has the most exquisite taste! I'd been looking for an excuse to put this basket picture in a post, and now I've found it!

Pictures 1 - 5 Australian Home Beautiful, 6 - 7 For Me (no longer in publication), 8 dreamhouse

8 comments:

ness lockyer said...

I am loving your choice in Kitchens Catherine...beautiful. Those silver bin pulls on the drawers had me licking the screen...and the basket is beatuiful. What ever happened to For Me, I loved that mag!!!
Ness xx

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Crisp, tidy, bright - love them all!

citysage said...

Sigh. How wonderful it would be to have a chance to do my own kitchen makeover! The design process would be half the fun---and the other half would be cooking and entertaining in the gorgeous 'after' result!

And I had to laugh at that brown and orange 1970's number---it looks just like the kitchen in "The Brady Bunch"!

Kath Lockett said...

They are all so gorgeous, but I had to laugh at the smug couple in kitchen number three - even their outfits are coordinated!

I agree that buying a house with a dated kitchen is the way to go. That's what we were going to do with our Melbourne house but, luckily for us, the work was done. And you'll be pleased to know, Catherine that it's an all-white kitchen! :)

mondo cherry said...

We are house hunting at the moment and all the houses we look at have horrible kitchens. Your post is just what I need to inspire me to look beyond their grotty-ness and think big (and cheap!) I love the 'afters' you have shown. tHey are all very me.
Hope you have a great long weekend.
Clare

Ruby said...

Wow!! Love this well decorated kitchen with wonderful accessories...

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I love your blog and befores and afters...Thanks!

gabriellebogue said...

These kitchen decor ideas are really great. I'm considering redocarete my kitchen. I think i'm going to buy kitchen islands that i found at Ballard Designs.