FINALLY – The Kitchen is done !! Get ready for lots of photos of our kitchen Make-Over (Budget-Friendly) – I’ll try to keep my usual ramblings to a limit….
***One thing before we get started – the point of our make-over was to spend as little money as possible and to re-use old things for a new purpose and also rather to make things ourselves rather than buy new. The only item I REALLY splurged on.. yep, the glass mosaic tiles.***
First pic top left – open counter to the laundry/dish washing area
Pic on the far right(top) – two end (top/bottom) cabinets to be removed and the steel shelf used to store all the small appliances to move to laundry
Pic on far left(bottom) – old storage area for spices, under the breakfast bar!
Middle pic (bottom) – tiny island to move up against the wall where the fridge are now
Bottom far right – Fridge to move to the area in the pic right above (where the 2 cabinets will be removed and together with the steel shelves move to the laundry)
This is the view when sitting at the breakfast bar or when passing in the passage – I left the Grocery Slider a little open in this shot
1.) We kept our old light – I like it as one can direct the light whichever way it is needed
2.) Just a cute “Kitchen Rules” wall ornament I picked up at Crazy Store this morning!
3.) I Love my “CHEFS” collection – this hangs above the breakfast bar (on the kitchen side) – The breadman is standing tall next to the bread bin and the chef with the menu board as well as the one holding the toothpicks are on the breakfast bar.
4.) The lights above the breakfast bar
1.) A Framed brass collection of our Big 5 – we won this in a raffle (not really my taste, but it goes with the curtain etc fabric..) and the ticket only cost five rand.
3.) Above the extractor fan, over the electric stove, is a wooden fork/spoon set – also a five rand raffle prize.
4.) I used to grow parsley on the window sill, but decided on Violets this time – the little tea-pot is a Red Cross Store find. My Wire-hen always has eggs in her tummy .. but the Fruit bowl is, unfortunately, not always packed…
1.) Take-Away condiments and all sorts of sauces ! Yes, I keep them, one never knows who is craving what restaurant’s sauce or salad dressing (I even keep the little packets of sugar and salt – many a time we’ve run out, usually in the morning, and then they come in handy). I used to throw them into a drawer, but that started to work on my nerves, so, I took a glass jar, some velvet ribbon around the neck and an old “Rose” shaped perfume cap (
stolen from Cheri’s room) and glued that to the top. Perfectly good to have as an original “LINDA” ornament, don’t you think?
2.) I know those little glass cloches are for jams etc, but I like to keep mints and other sweeties in there – the knife block which I spray-painted – go HERE to see how I did this (a paper towel holder and a cup holder as well).
3.) Ah, my KITCHEN COOKBOOK SHELF – I am so glad we made this, it looks lovely and keeps my books out of the way, but within easy reach … but above all CLEAN as I used to keep them on the counter near the prep sink.
4.) A little collection of tea-light holders, together with some votive candles I bought ( I might need to re-spray them, the sun has faded them a bit…)
Hope you enjoyed this post and will find some inspiration in re-using goods, and also to have faith that if there’s a will – there is a way! First take a look at something you want to buy, and then make sure you can’t make it yourself.