WHAT A TRANSFORMATION
I would say this part of the house is the most exciting part to reveal the before and after as it's more than just new carpet, a lick of paint & furniture. This part of the house was the first started and the last finished before we moved in. We could have easily left the room as it was and just give it some love with a paint & new floor like the rest of the house but it was just the most bizarre layout with the old school switch board & alarm on a wall smack bang in the centre of the dining & kitchen (which we had to get upgraded anyway). Also, until we moved in we didn't actually realise there was no logical space to a fridge & a dishwasher without blocking a doorway (Definitely not, not having a dishwasher sorry) so this meant we REALLY did have to open it all up to create some flow and more space for the fridge and a legit sized dining table.
As i had mention in a previous post whilst Mum & I painted the other rooms of the house Dad & Tyler worked on the building side of things with assistance from my Uncle who is a builder himself. We had so many different ideas of how we could open the space up but after realising what was and wasn't load baring walls we settled on a somewhat straight forward plan. The big cupboard in the middle of the room housed the hot water cupboard, switchboard & alarm which was a huge pain but since they were all exceptionally old school we decided we would replace them and move them to more logical places in the house so that we could open up the space. The switchboard moved to the hallway (the entire house had to get required anyway as it wasn't compliant!!), the alarm got updated to a 21st century one with the pin code by the front door... (logical place for it in the first place?!) and we changed to gas water so the unit could go on the exterior of the house. All of these moves were done by the experts but pulling down the Gib, ripping up the Lino, removing the beam across the dining room ceiling, moving the doorway, putting up new bracing, insulation, Gib & plastering was all left to Dad & Tyler. It was a big job which they absolutely nailed!!!
Like the rest of the house, to keep things simple the walls were painted Resene "concrete" and all joinery "alabaster". It would have been so amazing if we had revealed beautiful wooden floors throughout the entire kitchen/dining but unfortunately that was not the case. In the kitchen there was 5x layers of different patterned lino with the last layer being glued down with a million staples in it which made it impossible to rip up. With this we opted for a laminate floor board which was a grey wood tone which was just from good old Bunnings which Tyler and his friend who had all the tools installed. As we didn't have the money to do the kitchen right away and as it was in pretty good condition we just decided to paint the cabinets Alabaster and change the handles on the cabinets & drawers to freshen it up a bit. While the electrician was there we also had him install LED down lights in the kitchen area to modernise it a bit more.
In the dining area I was really keen on having a feature light over the dining table but once again didn't want to spend way too much. I found a website called Tudo & Co which had so many amazing lights that weren't over the top expensive. The light I loved sat in my shopping cart for ages as wanted to make sure I couldn't find anything in a shop where I could see if in person (always a bit of a risk online). After not finding anything like it for a similar price I decided to just do it and luckily when it arrived it was absolutely perfect for the space. In terms of furniture we were very lucky with our dining table as it was run out stock at the Citta outlet store and was exactly the same style as out coffee table and the perfect size! Now I just needed to find chair, who knew dining chairs were all so dam expensive!! After trailing so many different shops, trade me and brainstorming different ideas to get the look I wanted I found the perfect chairs in Early Settler of all places for only $90 each rather than $200 each like most other places. Finally, it was time for some artwork. The year before my parents had a PRADA MARFA Canvas made for me which was the perfect size and colours and just like that the rooms was finished and gosh it is an amazing transformation!!!
4 weeks of DIY and our kitchen and dining turned into an enjoyable place to be in.