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In My Kitchen May 2016

I’m linking my post to the fabulous In My Kitchen forum hosted by Maureen The Orgasmic Chef. Food bloggers worldwide contribute, it’s well worth reading but it’s much better joining in.

April has been a month of renovation action in my kitchen, out with the old and in with the new.

In just 8 working days the old kitchen was dismantled and removed, the electricity and plumbing roughed in, a raised platform floor built and tiled and the installation of the new cabinetry 90% completed.

The kitchen that was

The kitchen that was

Looking at my photos you may be wondering what’s wrong with the old kitchen, why build a platform? The kitchen we removed was developers cookie cutter style flat-pack kitchen that had simply got to the end of it’s life. It was difficult to open one drawer without three opening, the shelves were sagging and the appliances were on there last legs.

Our building is a Heritage Listed Woolstore that was built in 1924. Our apartment was home was admin offices and still has the original hardwood floors. While it’s permitted to sand and re-polish the boards, we are not allowed to remove them or make holes in them. The “old” kitchen stood on the floorboards in a corner where there are quite large gaps between the boards which are considered impossible to fill. It is neither hygienic or  practical in a messy space.

Creating a raised area also enabled us to move the gas, electricity and plumbing away from the back wall. Believe me when I say it’s no fun cooking with your back to the room, your family and the natural light. The back wall of the new kitchens is dedicated to fridge/freezer, wine cabinet and floor to ceiling cabinets, the sink has been moved to the L shaped island bench and the cooker will be on the previously unused wall, opposite the sink.

kitchen reno

kitchen reno

We are now waiting for the engineered stone bench to be templated, cut and installed. Another flurry of activity will follow when that’s done, tiling the splash back, installing the cooker and range hood, then the plumbing and electrical fit off.

Hopefully next month, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to show off my completed new kitchen.

Meanwhile, this is my current kitchen.

temporary kitchen

temporary kitchen

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

59 comments on “In My Kitchen May 2016

  1. beeorganizedwithpamela
    May 28, 2016

    It will be wonderful when it is done. I look forward to following the results.

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  2. Moya
    May 15, 2016

    Looking forward to seeing the finished kitchen 🙂

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  3. My Kitchen Stories
    May 14, 2016

    How very exciting. what a dream ..a new kitchen.I hope it is all going along well and I look forward to the photos

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 14, 2016

      Yes it’s very exciting. The end is in sight, hopefully it will be ready for the next IMK

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  4. Kim Bultman
    May 11, 2016

    Hi, Sandra! I’m joining you much later than your post so I’m hoping your new kitchen is almost done by now. What a wonder it’ll be! Spending so much time in that space, it’ll be nice to have it function the way you need & want it to be. Best wishes!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 12, 2016

      Hi Kim, the kitchen is about a week away from being functional again, yay! I’ve really struggled to enjoy my time in the kitchen since relocating so I’m super keen to get cooking

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  5. Gretchen
    May 10, 2016

    I can’t wait to see the finished kitchen! I’m sure you’re ready for it to be all done.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 10, 2016

      It’s moving again, the stone bench will be installed tomorrow then it’s full steam ahead. Very keen to take possession

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  6. missfoodfairy
    May 9, 2016

    I hear you on not facing everyone while cooking Sandra! I love socialising with people while I cook and having my back to them is disturbing to me – when we build our house one day, I want the stovetop in the middle island. What sort of range hood are you having? Looking forward to seeing all your new appliances too. So excited for you, hopefully not long to go now 🙂 See you at Miss Food Fairy soon xx

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 10, 2016

      I had limitations re choice of rangehood, can’t have an external motor nor can it be vented to the outside. Whispair with an inline motor was the only brand that ticked all the boxes. I’m feeling quite excited, the end is in view

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  7. How very exciting!

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  8. Lori
    May 7, 2016

    Your kitchen reno looks amazing, so shiny white! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 8, 2016

      Thanks Lori, high gloss white seemed to be the only choice for the dark corner where my kitchen is, hopefully it will seem lighter

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  9. how marvellous to have a new kitchen sandra. our “renovated” kitchen is now 18 years old so needs a new face for sure. how i would love an oven that can fit more than one small tray at a time. good luck with it all! tho it sounds like everything is going really well.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 7, 2016

      Yep, so far so good. I’m really looking forward to the new cooker, I haven’t had a lot of joy in my Brissy kitchen, yet…

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  10. Nancy |Plus Ate Six
    May 6, 2016

    It looks like you’re well on the way to having a magnificent new kitchen space. Glad to read you have a dedicated wine fridge – but maybe you need that with the heat and humidity? It’s all about priorities!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 6, 2016

      Definitely need to protect the red wine collection from the heat and humidity. We’ve placed an embargo on buying wine, this is a beer drinking climate, but the champagne will flow when the kitchen is complete

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  11. theninjabaker
    May 5, 2016

    We live in an older (historic) building also, Sandra…But I wish my kitchen was being renovated as beautifully…Bravo to you for organizing the temporary situation so it’s still workable =)

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 5, 2016

      Thanks. Old buildings have their quirks, absolutely nothing is square in ours, but fortunately our kitchen reno people have risen to the challenge. They are doing a fabulous job, we’re very happy.

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  12. Johanna
    May 4, 2016

    I’m sure the kitchen is going to look AMAZING!
    Would love to see you on my blog as well since I just reactivated it after travelling for seven months and there is loads of new content going to come up soon!
    xx

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  13. SeattleDee
    May 3, 2016

    Induction cooking still sounds like magic – tricky to get the hang of it without a proper wand. You sound remarkably calm and organized in the midst of renovation chaos – thanks for sharing the photo update. It’s going to be splendid.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 3, 2016

      Here’s hoping Dee. Cooking with induction definitely is a challenge, I briefly considered it for the new kitchen but in the end decided to stick with gas. A good decision based on my current cooking challenges

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  14. We did a lot of ‘outdoor’ cooking whilst we were renovating our kitchen and washing up in the laundry. I hope it is all going well for you!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 3, 2016

      Thanks Shari, the reno is going smoothly and the novelty of the camp kitchen hasn’t worn off yet….

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  15. Linda Duffin
    May 2, 2016

    It’s going to be fabulous! Can’t wait to see it all finished (bet you can’t either.) 🙂

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  16. Veganopoulous
    May 2, 2016

    I can only dream now of my own kitchen renovation so I love looking at what other people are doing! How much fun it is to stock a new kitchen I say!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 2, 2016

      It was fun deciding how to lay the kitchen out, which surfaces and appliances to choose, which builder to use? Stocking up and working out the best places to store things is a few weeks away yet, but something to look forward to.

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  17. Gather and Graze
    May 2, 2016

    Looking great so far Sandra… can’t wait to see the finished kitchen in a few weeks time. All will be well worth it in the end! By the way, very clever idea to install the raised platform over the boards… I imagine most people in the neighbouring apartments just continue to get frustrated by having to dig crumbs out of the cracks? Hope you’re well. M.xx

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 2, 2016

      Got the clever platform inspiration from Pinterest. I ended up putting down a mat, I was becoming a bit obsessive with the vacuum cleaner. Yes all well here, you?

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  18. Michelle
    May 2, 2016

    Brave woman!

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  19. Sue
    May 1, 2016

    Oh goodness, living in chaos! But it will be worth it!

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  20. EllaDee
    May 1, 2016

    I’m impressed with the thought that has gone into melding your old heritage listed base with stylish and efficient practicality of a kitchen. And with your organisation in the meantime.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 1, 2016

      Thanks Dale. Every reno we’ve done had had it’s own unique constraints. Pinterest helped me heaps with this one

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  21. You have made good progress. It will be such fun to see next month!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 1, 2016

      I hope the superb organization and quality of craftsmanship continues. Very happy so far

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  22. WOW! I have just finished a kitchen reno too and it’s hard work! Your’s is going to look beautiful!
    I came over from In My Kitchen, so nice to find a new website.
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 1, 2016

      Nice to meet you too Julie, IMK ers are a wonderful bunch. Are you happy with your new kitchen? I just wish there was less dust!

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  23. Eha
    May 1, 2016

    Sandra – you seem to have this remarkably under control! I cannot wait to see the end result in which you will glory!! We all know the ‘speed’ at which matters s’times happen in darling Oz!! Actually you seem very much on top and am looking forwards to June 2016 – my birth month!!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 1, 2016

      Strange but true, although I had to have a major clean today, so much dust. Extra happy with how the kitchen’s progressing all the same

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  24. ardysez
    May 1, 2016

    Your current set up is so tidy and cute! But I can relate to how frustrating it might be. Our old kitchen was a stock standard flat pack, too and was never meant for the space so it was highly inefficient, not to mention abused and worn. I can’t wait to see your new one in its entirety. The sneak preview looks lovely. (Second sourdough spelt loaf is in the oven as I write 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 1, 2016

      I have no choice but to keep it tidy, there’s not much room to move. How did your bread go?

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  25. Francesca
    May 1, 2016

    I can now understand why you need to do this. Great explanation of the process and the issues of updating a kitchen in a heritage listed building. That temporary kitchen looks ridiculous- now just go out for a month or two or eat with Leah.

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  26. Lisa @ cheergerm
    May 1, 2016

    Oh, it’s going to look amazing. What tile is that on the floor? Love the colour, I am looking forward to the final photos. In the meantime, your current workspace is small but neatly organised and I am sure that all that is produced, still tastes bloody delicious.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 1, 2016

      Just a tad frustrating learning to cook with induction. Burnt scrambled eggs coz the pan was too hot!. I can look up the name of the floor tiles if you’re really interested, they came from Sydney..

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      • Lisa @ cheergerm
        May 1, 2016

        I found it tricky as well, but it gets easier. (After a few stuff ups…) The most annoying is not being able to put metal down on the cooktop when you cooking or it all goes haywire. I was just wondering if they were stone or ceramic? They have a lovely soft look.

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      • ladyredspecs
        May 1, 2016

        Ceramic tiles with a stippled glaze which really does soften the look. I guess they’ll still be hard on the legs.

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      • Lisa @ cheergerm
        May 1, 2016

        But how cooling in a hot climate. They look super nice.

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  27. malgay651
    May 1, 2016

    Cann’t come to soon…

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