My new kitchen

4 Oct

Well it has been 9 months in the making, and I’m overjoyed to report that my new kitchen is now finished!

The installers put my mirrored splashbacks in this afternoon, so I spent the kids’ nap time photographing. Let me assure you that taking pictures of a room with prominant mirrors is mighty difficult!

I should probably provide a ‘before’ shot, shouldn’t I? Well here’s one from approximately the same angle. You can see some others here.

So onto some features.

The benchtops are 60mm Caeserstone in ‘Organic White’. The polyurethane is gloss in ‘Vivid White’.

The oven is a double by Electrolux, so I can cook a cake and a roast at the same time. Those mockers who said I wouldn’t use both at once when we bought the last one for our apartment were dead wrong – two ovens is fantastic!

I was convinced by the architect go for induction cooking over gas. I haven’t regretted it for  moment – the control and power of gas without the hassle of cleaning fiddly hobs.

I gave a lot of thought to my solution for spice storage. I keep a lot of spices, and they always seem to multiply.

I ended up going for this semi-custom solution, made up of an off- the-rack drawer insert (by Hafele maybe?), cut to size, bookended by some Blum Orgaline cutlery/utensil drawer inserts. I’m really happy with it.

For the waste drawer I have a Blum Servo-Drive motorised push catch. This helps when you have your hands full of potato peelings and you can just tap it with your knee and the bin drawer opens. Inside the drawer there is a large bucket for recycling and two smaller ones for garbage and bokashi compost.

On the sink I have a Billi instant boiling/chilled water tap. I’m seriously in love with this thing, but it’s bad for my caffeine consumption.

I should really have cleaned the sink a bit better before photographing it!

The pantry is what I have wanted for a long time. It’s huge, and it has drawers. There is even enough room to stockpile a bit because it is so deep.

It’s is going to take me a little while to experiment with where to put everything, but I’m super happy.

For those in Sydney looking for a custom-built kitchen, I’d be happy to recommend my cabinet maker – his attention to detail was excellent and his price was competitive.

Thank you to all the friends who have had us around for dinner while we were kitchen-less. It’s time for me to repay the favour now – absolutely no excuses 🙂

And anyone who has any design flair at all might be able to recommend me some bar stools for the island bench. I’m stumped.

10 Responses to “My new kitchen”

  1. Barbara Good October 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    L I’m not sure I can talk to you anymore, jealousy is seriously taking over here. My kitchen would fit into your pantry and this one is a major improvement on the last one. Oh by the way the number of times I’ve wished I had two ovens is ridiculous so I’m with you on that one. I will think of you and your pantry every time I’m precariously balancing on my step ladder struggling to reach something at the back of my stupidly deep and high-shelved pantry.

    I’m expecting lots of cooking related blogs so I can live vicariously!

  2. Leanne Cole October 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm #


    • L October 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      Sorry, I do realise this post is a horrible shameless gloat 😦

      This will most likely be my one and only new kitchen ever, so I guess I should enjoy it 🙂

      • Leanne Cole October 5, 2011 at 6:40 am #

        Hey don’t apologise, it looks fantastic. I am so jealous. I would really like a new kitchen, but with both of our girls getting braces and one needing dental work and surgery first, well, lets just say there won’t be any new kitchens for me for a while. YOu should talk about it, will look forward to seeing how it works.

  3. ali October 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Oh oh oh oh oh… The pantry… I am IN LOVE with your pantry. I think I could move in to your pantry… what a beautiful, beautiful kitchen you have. I LOVE it. Glorious… more photos please. Lots more – I want detail!

  4. Liz October 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Jealous, jealous, jealous, jealous…….I love my house, but I also love your kitchen!

  5. Robyn October 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Ha! I’m not jealous! [blatant lie] But hey, I spend about as much time in your kitchen as I do my own (possibly true) and you cook for me, so I’m not complaining!

    As for stools, there’s a stool place at Drummoyne? Other than that, I think I’ve helped you enough with the design of that island bench, so you’re on you own… 😛

  6. sydfoodie October 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Totally out of budget and impractical, but I always swoon over these when I see them in the paper.

    Veerle, Allergra, Buch, Lunar… *sigh*

  7. Lilian November 2, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Hmm – really jealous here. I love how you took out the wall to open up the space. Who is your cabinet maker – I’m in Sydney too and would like to know.

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