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Grrr.  I've been trying to post this from DW but the cuts wouldn't work.
Hope it works better at LJ. *fc*

So, after a year of planning & a month of building our remodelled kitchen is done! \o/

We moved into our home nearly 18 years ago & the kitchen was already installed, so this is the first time I've ever been able to choose & plan everything from scratch. It was a lot of fun (& slightly daunting, at times.) I'm absolutely thrilled with the results, though - it's exactly as I imagined it. :)

First - a couple of pics of how the old kitchen looked (just prior to being ripped out - hence no curtains or anything!)


The sink was very inconveniently positioned in front of a wall. Nice view - not!

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There was so much wasted space with shelves, & the wall cupboards weren't very tall.

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So, here we go...
I wanted to go for a very clean & modern look, so I chose high gloss white units & a darker palette for the work tops.
We had the new sink positioned under the window - so much better! And the dishwasher, washing machine & tumble dryer are all behind doors. I chose red as an accent colour for the accessories (it looks a little pink in the photos but it's definitely a nice, cheery red.) :)

The wall cupboards are very tall, & the work tops are extra deep. Everything was made-to-measure & so we managed to use every scrap of space available. The old boiler used to be in the kitchen, too (another waste of space) so we had the new boiler installed in the loft when that was done last December in preparation for the remodelling.

I love the old style-shaped kettle.

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I love the cooker hood - it's very cool to just have the light from that on at night - it looks very space age! *g* (The flash is reflecting off the splashback, so it's hard to see but that's a lovely shiny black glass.)

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I love my new little pot holders! (hanging on the drawer.) I bought them as a joke - they're like little puppet dog heads - but they work great! Plus, I make little barking noises at Bud with them & he leaps about like a crazy hound! LOL

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Speaking of a certain handsome someone - he got fed up with me taking photos & made his displeasure at being ignored known! LOL

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We had the walls & floor fully tiled. They're really gorgeous & have a smashing texture. (The floor is a dark grey slate - you can see it better in a later pic.)

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Bud test-driving the new facilities! *g*

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A couple of details. *g*

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So, there you go! Welcome to the new kitchen at Chez Buddy. Bone appetit! *g*

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elikiros
I like it! I love the colours so much, red/black/dark grey/white....I love all the details in red too! and ciao to the handsome boy! *hughs and pets Buddy* <3333

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you!
I'm so, so happy with it all. It's definitely made me want to spend more time in there - I'm loving the baking I'm doing. :)

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegrrrl2002.livejournal.com
Oh oh oh, what a happy kitchen you have! I love the palette, very sleek and clean, but still warm and inviting. And the tiles are gorgeous. And hey, we have the same banana hanger! \o/

Your old kitchen, with the sink tucked up against the wall, what was that about? That would have made me crazy too.

It looks like now you have the perfect kitchen for Buddy to prance about in and totally get in your way while you are cooking. :D

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm kind of ridiculously in love with it. :)
I thought that by having the fixed stuff in white/black/grey then I could always change the accent colour if I want to give it a bit of a makeover in a few years. Although I do love the cheeriness of the red. :)

I know - what on earth was with that old sink? Why would anyone choose to shove it up the corner like that. Weird.

Bud has the prancing & getting in my way thing sorted - paws down. *g*

Do give that gorgeous Miss Bang a hug from me please. ♥

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vagabondage.livejournal.com
It's GORGEOUS! I am very jealous, as well as very happy for you guys. You did a fantastic job with the color palette, and I adore all your little accessories. A very happy place to cook, indeed!

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you!
I've only ever had two kitchens to call my own (apart from living with my folks) & the first was in our old flat which was really just a tiny galley kitchen. Then we moved here & the kitchen was already in place, so not really my choice. We've talked about remodelling for a few years but we finally found someone we trusted to do the installation & now I'm just so happy with it all. :)
Now I can't stop baking! LOL

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunachickk.livejournal.com
It's beautiful! I love the colors! Bud looks so happy with it too! LOL

I love those canisters. :)

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you!
I know - I just adore those flowered canisters, too! *g*

Bud's loved the whole remodelling - having so many workmen around all the time (& all of them making a huge fuss of him! *g*)

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunachickk.livejournal.com
He's such a flirt. LOL

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey853.livejournal.com
Wow, that's a huge improvement. Well done you!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you! I absolutely love it. :)

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caffyolay.livejournal.com
It looks really lovely, P. You've done a great job of choosing the new design.

So glad you're feeling a bit better. Hope you're enjoying the baking, you'll be on Great British Bake-off next with scrumptious Paul Hollywood and lovely Mary Berry. LOL.
Edited Date: 15 Mar 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thanks, C. I've never had a new kitchen before & I'm absolutely loving it. :)

LOL I don't think I'll get to GBBO standards but I am loving what I'm doing. It's strangely soothing. :)

Hope things are good with you, P & the family!
*hugs*

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mezzo-cammin.livejournal.com
I love the black/white/red combination - modern, but also cheerful! I'd want to spend a LOT of time in that kitchen! Awesome job!!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you! And that's just how I feel! LOL

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tarlanx
It looks great!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you. :)

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaekayelle.livejournal.com
Your new kitchen looks great! Really love the colours you chose, classy yet homey and cheerful. Very nice. I can just picture you leaning to your right as you did the dishes with the old sink/window placement. *g* That's cool how you have little Buddy embellishments here and there with the calendar and the Bone Appetit! So cute. Enjoy your baking. :)
Edited Date: 15 Mar 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you!
I saw that Bone Appetit sign & just had to get it. *g*

I know - the old sink was so inconvenient. I did used to lean to one side to try & see out of the window! LOL

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Date: 15 Mar 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hilde.livejournal.com
GORGEOUS!!

Love the color palette :) I'm so happy for you!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you, Hilde!
And thank you again for the fabulous cupcake book! Now I can spend even more time in my lovely new kitchen. *g*
*hugs*

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Date: 16 Mar 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gloria1.livejournal.com
Wow, so elegant! I love the colour scheme.

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm kind of ridiculously in love with it. :)
I thought that by having the white/black/grey units, etc then I could always change the accent colour if I want to give it a bit of a makeover in a few years. Although I do love the red. :)

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Date: 16 Mar 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psycho-warbaby.livejournal.com
Your new kitchen is beautiful! Love the decor and especially the tins and jars!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you!
I saw those cheery red flowered jars, etc & just had to have them. :)

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Date: 16 Mar 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xanthe.livejournal.com
Woot! Before and after! Fabulous! It looks so shiny and swish now :-). I love the sink being under the window - that makes so much more sense!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
I can't wait for you to see it! :)
I'm ridiculously in love with it. *g*

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Date: 16 Mar 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] velocitygrass.livejournal.com
It looks really lovely!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you. :)

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Date: 16 Mar 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxrafer.livejournal.com
I really like it! The walls look amazing, and I love how all the colors work together with those splashes of red. The little details are great. I can imagine you're enjoying working in that space.

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you!
The tiles are gorgeous - I just love to run my hands over them as the texture is wonderful.
I'm loving cooking now! LOL
Edited Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)

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Date: 17 Mar 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sonicbookmark.livejournal.com
Very cool!
I love the tiling on the walls. :)

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you!
The tiles have a really cool texture - they just scream out 'touch me'! *g*

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Date: 18 Mar 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springwoof.livejournal.com
what a beautiful, cheerful kitchen! just brilliant!
And I loved Bud's little corner, (and his demand for some of mum's attention).

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
We got that raised feeding station new for the new kitchen. His metal dishes used to just be on his mat & then he'd scoot them all over the kitchen as he was eating (which bashed the cupboards & skirting boards quite badly.) We saw this new feeder & thought it was perfect - plus it totally works with the colour scheme! *g*

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laura-iskra.livejournal.com
wow, I love your kitchen: it is gorgeous and it feels cozy and homely!

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Date: 20 Mar 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm just ridiculously in love with it. :)

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Date: 21 Mar 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] newgrange.livejournal.com
What a transformation, that's just lovely. Well done, you.

Glad to see from your more recent post that days are getting better.

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Date: 21 Mar 2013 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluespirit-star.livejournal.com
Thank you.
I'm definitely making progress - slowly but it's there. :)

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