The BIG reveal – THE kitchen makeover

Finally it is here – my NEW KITCHEN

I first blogged about our plan to redo our kitchen in January, but in reality I have been planning this since we bought this house 10 years ago.

So, without further ado…..


Now for some more of the details.

I had not initially planned to have a built-in breakfast bar, but am so glad now that we do.

The bookcases at the far end, and the turquoise painted wall both really please me!

Love my sink!!I have two of these narrow pull-out drawers on either side of the range cooker, and are great for all those cooking ingredients, and of course the tomato sauce!Speaking of our cooker, I LOVE our Britannia range. It has a gas hob, and 2 electric ovens.

Originally we had a glass splashback, but after boiling a pot of potatoes one night it cracked! We had it replaced with a brushed stainless steel one instead.

Finally, we have our fridge/freezer with ice (it took the shop 3 attempts to get it right!)

To help explain just quite how thrilled I am, here is a little reminder of what it looked like before

Note the broken oven door below – I cooked our Christmas turkey with a brush shaft jammed against the door to keep it closed! We had that door repaired numerous times, but it always gave problems.A few of the wee details that make it home

My extra special lighting – also known as the airport runway look!

How I feel right now, that it is almost over (a few light fittings and storage boxes still to be sorted)……
Thanks for joining me today for my big kitchen reveal. I would love it if you could leave me a comment, especially if you have never commented here before. I endeavor to reply to all comments and visit your blogs too.

Maybe you will even subscribe to my feed.

I will be sharing this post with the following blog carnivals
Friday Show and Tell at There’s No Place Like Home
Hooked On Houses (I am hooked on my new kitchen!) and
The Inspired Room (Beautiful Life – finding beauty in my kitchen – sad!!!)

If you want to see MORE – below is a slideshow of the before/during and after of the makeover.

61 comments on The BIG reveal – THE kitchen makeover

  1. Leanne
    11/06/2009 at 7:22 am (6 years ago)

    JM, it looks fantastic. You must be so glad to have it all finished now. Its so light and airy, I could happily spend a day in there:) Its the little details that make a kitchen a nice place to be.

    I’m itching to do something with mine now!

  2. Barb
    11/06/2009 at 10:41 am (6 years ago)

    That is FANTASTIC! I love it, and I really want your range cooker! Big time! I’d never leave the kitchen if I were you :-)

  3. dawn inskip
    11/06/2009 at 11:22 am (6 years ago)

    OMG Jan – loving your kitchen – very jealous LOL

  4. Tara
    11/06/2009 at 11:29 am (6 years ago)

    Wow!!! I LOVE it!!! I don’t think I’d ever want to leave my kitchen! And oh, the STOVE. Very nice. You know I expect lots of yummy meals and recipes now, right? :) :)

  5. Denise aka wererich
    11/06/2009 at 12:41 pm (6 years ago)

    WOW! It’s stunning. I’m coming over for dinner! And I’ll be happy to take your range home with me, LOL.

  6. Bev
    11/06/2009 at 1:18 pm (6 years ago)

    that is one stunning kitchen! Enjoy!

  7. Stacey
    11/06/2009 at 2:08 pm (6 years ago)

    WOW – what a transformation!!! I LOVE your new range – very awesome. Everything looks totally fab!!

  8. Joan
    11/06/2009 at 2:22 pm (6 years ago)

    What a wonderful kitchen you have now! It looks fabulous!

  9. Julia @ Hooked on Houses
    11/06/2009 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Congrats on your new and improved kitchen! How exciting. It’s so much lighter in there now. Love the special “runway” lighting, and the range is gorgeous!

  10. Bethany
    11/06/2009 at 3:04 pm (6 years ago)

    I found your site through Amanda’s blog. Love the kitchen. I’m especially in love with your new range. Two ovens would be my dream. I love to bake, and I’m forever trying to time the baking with all the other oven stuff. *sigh* Someday. Hope you enjoy finishing up the final touches.


  11. TragedyScrapinAnne
    11/06/2009 at 3:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Stunning kitchen a girls dream!!!

    I rode the DST blog train today and am stopping by for a visit.
    Happy Scrapin’ Kat

  12. jen@odbt
    11/06/2009 at 4:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I think you did a great job with the design and decorating. Love all the details and the runway lights give it the extra something something. Enjoy!

  13. JEWEL
    11/06/2009 at 5:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Beautiful! Just gorgeous!

  14. Emily
    11/06/2009 at 5:04 pm (6 years ago)

    It looks so good!!! I love the photos of all the fun details. Isn’t it wonderful to finish a big project like this?

  15. Claudia@DipityRoad
    11/06/2009 at 5:41 pm (6 years ago)

    VERY very nice.

    The look is clean and crisp! Simply lovely.


  16. Phillips Phamily Mama
    11/06/2009 at 7:11 pm (6 years ago)

    As we say in the southern US, YOU DID GOOD! Love how it is all so beautiful and new, but still seems like home! Worth the wait? Yes, I think so! Congratulations and enjoy!

  17. IkeaGoddess
    11/06/2009 at 10:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I love your new kitchen. The stove/oven is to die for.

  18. Susie Homemaker
    11/06/2009 at 10:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh JanMary…you must fell so wonderful everytime you step in your kitchen! It is absolutley gorgeous!


  19. Debra
    12/06/2009 at 3:37 am (6 years ago)

    Wowza!!! It’s amazing! I just love it…congratulations!! I’m so glad I was here for the big reveal! Your range is just awesome!!

  20. Hootin' Anni
    12/06/2009 at 9:38 am (6 years ago)

    Wow….you have really made a dream kitchen!!! It’s beautiful.

    My post is published now. All about some glass pieces I have. Won’t you consider dropping by for a visit? Have a great Friday!!

  21. Richie's 2ts Inspires
    12/06/2009 at 10:56 am (6 years ago)

    WoW! your kitchen really got an extreme make-over.
    Fantastic beauty now. It really feels relieving if your project come to an end w/ a perfect outcome, isn’t it?

    Have a blissful w/end.

  22. Becky K.
    12/06/2009 at 11:40 am (6 years ago)

    It is beautiful. No wonder you are so happy. The appliances are amazing!

  23. Creative Junkie
    12/06/2009 at 12:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I was waiting for this post!

    OMG – I love it! Love that range and those skinny drawers and that backsplash.

    What a world of difference!

    Doing the happy dance for you all the way across the world!

  24. ~Sandy~
    12/06/2009 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

    You are blessed!!!! It is beautiful:)

  25. Zippizip
    12/06/2009 at 1:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh what I would give to be able to cook on a range like that! The runway lighting is a nice touch – it must be great for those late night snacks!

    Stan at Scrppers Workshop

  26. Love Bears All Things
    12/06/2009 at 1:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I know you are excited about the new kitchen. It is very modern looking. We’ll be expecting lots of wonderful food dishes to be shared from that gorgeous stove. That looks like the same frige/freezer that I just bought. It sat here for over a week before I could use it. They’d forgot to hook the icemaker to the water tube inside the freezer at the factory and water ran down the back inside wall instead of into the ice cube tray.
    Love all the little personal touches. The bar is beautiful and I know you’ll enjoy using it.
    Mama Bear

  27. Amanda
    12/06/2009 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

    AMAZING!! Beautiful!! You have great taste!

    I LOVE the details… are you an interior designer??!!!!

    What a wonderful post… I could come back to this everyday and look at the pictures!!

    God bless!

  28. A Hint of Home
    12/06/2009 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m sure you’re thrilled to cook in it now. Looks great! Love that stove.

  29. The Stylish House
    12/06/2009 at 2:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Lovely kitchen and that is one wonderful looking stove! I am sure it was a bit disruptive to go through the remodel process, but it certainly turned out beautifully.

  30. Gina
    12/06/2009 at 6:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Beautiful! What a transformation! I love the apron too.

  31. Liz@Violet Posy
    12/06/2009 at 8:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh wow!! It’s looks amazing!! My kitchen makes your before looks good, I can’t wait to get mine done too. Enjoy your new kitchen you’ve done a wonderful job :)

  32. Jane
    12/06/2009 at 9:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing. I very much like your turquoise accents. The little cups with the hearts on them are very cute.

  33. Mrs. Teapot
    12/06/2009 at 11:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow, what a blessing. Your kitchen is fantastic. I absolutely love the range. How great to have bookcases in there as well. May you and your family have many happy times, great meals and wonderful conversations in your kitchen.

    Mrs. Teapot

  34. ChrisB
    13/06/2009 at 8:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow your kitchen is fantastic, I have total envy.

  35. girlie
    13/06/2009 at 9:31 pm (6 years ago)

    hi janmary!!! sorry for posting later….i am having trouble accessing your site (i don’t know why!!!) i love you new kitchen…every detail of it!! oh how i dream of having my own kitchen and just doing it the way i imagine it…. i know someday i will.
    anyway..congratulations really!!

  36. bentonflocke
    14/06/2009 at 8:26 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh Janmary – it turned out really, really great!! Wonderful new kitchen!! It must be a dream to cook and eat there!
    Have fun and enjoy your new kitchen!

  37. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
    15/06/2009 at 1:24 am (6 years ago)

    Great kitchen redo! Love your Britannia range! This would be an awesome post to link to for Metamorphosis Monday! Mr. Linky just went up so come join in the fun! Susan

  38. Martha
    15/06/2009 at 8:31 am (6 years ago)

    What a great kitchen redo — I know that you are so happy with your new kitchen.

  39. Shelia
    15/06/2009 at 12:46 pm (6 years ago)

    How gorgeous! How stunning! I know you’re thrilled with your new kitchen! I sure would be and thank you for sharing.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  40. niartist
    15/06/2009 at 3:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Beeee-u-teee-ful! Gorgeous! I love love love that new range! WOW! My dream come true in an appliance! :) LOL! Really, great job!

  41. Ashley@AshleysBusy
    15/06/2009 at 9:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow, that is GREAT update! omg, those counters are amazing!!

  42. Anna
    16/06/2009 at 3:03 am (6 years ago)

    I love your kitchen! The countertops look amazing and I am jealous of your appliances, espcecially the fancy fridge!

  43. gabs
    16/06/2009 at 6:02 pm (6 years ago)

    OMG Jan Mary – it looks like from a magazine – simply gorgeous! WOW

  44. Kellie
    17/06/2009 at 4:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Jam Mary! Its beautiful! I love the steel and the blue, and the natural wood. I love the glass and the lighting and the sink and fixtures (that is probably the most fave part of my new kitchen too!

    You did a fantastic job!

  45. Traci
    22/06/2009 at 7:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Your kitchen looks fabulous. I can certainly understand why you are so excited when you compare it to the “before” pictures! It’s so much more bright and cheerful. I love the stainless steel appliances too. It’s probably like Christmas every time you use them!

  46. DesignTies
    23/06/2009 at 2:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m a bit late commenting, but I just have to tell you that your kitchen makeover is fabulous!! I love everything about it — the turquoise accent wall, the wood, the faucet, the range…. and all the little details that really finish it all off so nicely :-)

    Enjoy it!!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  47. Erika
    26/06/2009 at 7:36 am (6 years ago)

    I’m dying! Wow. I love love love your kitchen.
    Thank goodness you linked me to it.
    I’m drooling here.

  48. Dan River Mama
    18/07/2009 at 10:15 am (6 years ago)

    Goodness, it is amazingly beautiful! The pics look like the ones in BH&G. Color me jealous! Stopping by from SITS

  49. Dreamgirl
    18/07/2009 at 11:15 am (6 years ago)

    I love your kitchen makeover. May I ask? Is it Ikea? Well, it looks awesome and that range.. oh, my God

    My favorite part… the part that made me go get my husband just so he could see it… THE LIGHTS IN THE BASEBOARD!!!! WHAT A GREAT IDEA! I WANT THAT (TOLD MY HUSBAND)

    So Happy Saturday Sharefest to you and thanks for sharing;) Please visit me at Sweeter Living

  50. PetalsYoga
    19/07/2009 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    That kitchen is GORGEOUS!!! I love your style.

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  51. Robyn
    02/01/2010 at 12:43 pm (5 years ago)

    so gorgeous! Such a great,lovely redo!

  52. Brighton
    03/01/2010 at 1:06 am (5 years ago)

    Beautiful! Love all that you did : )

  53. Marcia (123 blog)
    11/02/2012 at 8:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I love, love, love your kitchen. I would love to come bake in there – so much space.

    I have about 1 m of counter space (no joke) and it’s SO DARN frustrating but somehow I don’t do anything about it – hey! Just thought maybe I should get someone to come build a cupboard along one wall – there is space… :)

    LOve your little details and the pops of colour!


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