It was two years in the planning but we finally installed our new dream kitchen. The new design which makes the most of the view, the space and our love of cooking, eating and entertaining.

black kitchen with grey bench

There are so many elements to consider and decisions to make but we couldn’t be happier with the final outcome. We desperately needed to improve on storage and functionality. The old kitchen had an absolutely tiny pantry cupboard and those hideous corner cupboards (you know the ones… that place where Tupperware containers go to die). In general cupboards are a thing of the past when it comes to kitchen design and we are over the moon with our lovely new draws. Having a large pantry in the new kitchen also allows for me to store all my portable appliances in the kitchen and not packed away in the laundry or garage.

black kitchen with grey bench

After being recommended Planit Kitchens in Erina by friends we met with Natalie who was completely on the same page as us with regards to our proposed new footprint and our own eclectic aesthetic. Our house is a 1980’s Australian suburban classic and we had to be quite careful about what style of kitchen we decided on. Anything too modern would look odd, we aren’t quite close enough to the beach to go with a coastal theme, we are nestled in the bush but our house if far from being a “country house” so we decided on our own unique aesthetic which blended, modern, country and industrial.

We have a glorious bush view from our living/dining/kitchen area and the old kitchen bench had a high bar back which significantly obstructed the view. The kitchen’s footprint was confined and left a horrible poky space for the dining table which was also on carpet (yuck!).

First step was to pull up the old scuffed and water damaged wooden floor and the very tired mission brown carpet in the dining area. And this is where things first went “off plan”. The kitchen has previously had a tiled floor which had been removed with a jackhammer and had significantly damaged the subfloor.

Then the kitchen removal itself which sadly revealed more damage to the subfloor due to water damage. So our next step was to completely replace all the subfloor in the kitchen area.

The day the cabinetry was installed was a very exciting day and things rolled along quickly from there. After the cabinetry came all new waterproof vinyl flooring, all new lighting and power points, installation of the oven and gas cooktop. Our bench top went in next along with the Butler Sink. The plumber then plumbed in the sink, the gas and the range hood. The kickboards went on next along with the tiled backsplash and custom built open shelves.

Cabinetry – Polytec WOODMATT black, classic white

Handles – Kethy

Bench – Quntum Quartz – graphite matte

Butler sink – Turner Hastings

Tap – Grohe

Oven and gass cooktop – Westinghouse

Rangehood – Belling

Dishwasher – Smeg

Fridge – LG

Subway Tiles – Tile Cloud

Shelves – backets from Tradco and Blackbutt timber from Midcoast Timber

Accessories rail – Ikea

Stools – Early Settler

Dinning Chairs – Freedom

Pendant Lights – Beacon Lighting

Tasmanian Blackwood table – wedding present to my grandparents