Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and he came a little early to my house this year. There is little I can say that can convey how thrilled I am about my new kitchen, so I will let the photos speak for themselves. I still have to install the window treatment, so the window is currently bare, but I just couldn't wait to share the new space with all of you who have been following my renovation journey.
In case you are skeptical of miracles, allow me to start with the BEFORE photo. You may change your mind.
(not shown - a florescent overhead light-the only light)
Drum roll please.......
Pull-out Pantry (much needed)
Benchtop (countertop) Detail
This happened in six weeks. There are people to thank. Our cabinet maker, Brad Weis and his wife Sheree, who put up with my many detail changes during the planning stage and assured me the time-line was doable, Steve's brother, Brad Shields, who is the electrical genius in the family and offered up his services at the family rate! Rob Griinke the builder who added a partition wall and seamlessly covered up all the old powerpoint holes in the walls and ceiling - I even forgive the drywall dust that still lingers! Thanks also to our very sweet and kind next door neighbour, Trudie, who provided a few home cooked dinners and volunteered to give the place a once over before I arrived home.
But most of all I want to thank my amazing, hardworking man, master of demolition, tiling, plumbing, painting and project management, Stephen Shields who managed to pull off this job in six short weeks motivated by a deadline, but more importantly, and this I know for sure, his desire to make a dream come true for me...my first ever brand new kitchen designed by both of us and inspired by our favourite kitchen at Kyeema, our Fraser Island treehouse getaway where we have cooked and shared many memorable meals. Thank you so much my darling, my Santa, my love.
Cooker - Smeg (gas cooktop, electric oven)
Dishwasher - Bosch
Fridge - Samsung
Microwave - LG
Cabinetry - B.S. Weis Cabinets
Mixer - Gessi Emporio
Sink - Oliveri