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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

EXCITING HOMECOMING

After spending three weeks in Sydney we were sad to say goodbye to family but very excited to be coming home because we knew we would have a brand new kitchen when we arrived. We have fantastic neighbours, Joanne and Keith. They have a kitchen manufacturing business called "Kitchen Magic." Earlier this year we asked them if they would renovate our kitchen while we were away. We spent a few days together planning and choosing appliances. We also wanted the floor fixed and relaid. It was not level and squeaked. Keith organised someone to to do that for us as well. Before we left for Sydney we emptied the kitchen cupboards into cartons and put them in the back room. I quickly took some shots of the 20 year old kitchen before we left.
Keith and Joanne picked us up at the airport. (How kind is that?) They were excited too as they wanted to see our faces when we saw the new kitchen and floor.

Wow! We were very happy with it. They had cleaned all the dust out of the house too.
Before
After

Before

After
We have to paint the walls now. I'm thinking of a soft grey to match the stone bench tops and kickboard. Any suggestions are welcome.
A big thank you to Joanne and Keith, the best neighbours, who looked after our house and renovated it while we were away, and ferried us to and from the airport.

22 comments:

  1. Diane, just love the 'new' look. The white is very modern and the design appears to be very practical.
    You will have renewed enthusiasm for cooking these days. Enjoy!
    Thank goodness also for wonderful neighbours.
    You are truly blessed.

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  2. What a wonderful transformation! And that servery will be sooo useful. I like the clean low look and those colours are wonderful.

    Do you think grey might be too ... too the same? There is a lass in Victoria (Letty) who has a blog called 'Freefalling' who has a wonderful eye for colour. I will sool her onto you ... She is very retiring but great fun.

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  3. Whuuuuttt?! I want those neighbors. I will even buy them a house next door to me. :))) What a great blessing to you. I love the new look but hey...I even loved the 20 year old look. I'm thinking I would love your house judging from photos you've taken of it in the past. And now.

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  4. What wonderful neighbors! Your new kitchen is a lot different, eh?

    My son did some painting recently and did a gray with a bluish-purplish cast to it which is very lovely.

    Enjoy. Wonder if your food will look different in the new white background? Hum!

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  5. Wow! The transformation is amazing. I just know that you will enjoy it!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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  6. Wow -- is that perfect or what? Getting this project all done and even cleaned up while you're away having a wonderful and exciting time welcoming the baby.

    A beautiful reason to be gone, a great reason to be back! Love the renovation. Your neighbors are great at their job and so nice too.

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  7. Oh wow, I wish you neighbors lived near me. Beautiful job and what a wonderful homecoming! Please excuse me now so that I can go back to oggle and envy :)))

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  8. What great neighbors and friends you have!

    Your new kitchen looks very sleek and modern and easy to keep clean too. I like all the storage space and how it is arranged.

    We all have our own color preferences...I gravitate toward the warmer colors myself....

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  9. Wow, do I envy you more your new grandchild or the new kitchen? ...well, both! And your neighbours too. Warm grey is a very trendy colour - would need some zingy accesories too I think ...pink? orange?

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  10. Coming home to find a beautiful new kitchen... how great is that!!! Looks like you have a lot more storage space too. Indeed, you have some terrific neighbors!

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  11. What a beautiful new kitchen to come home to!!!

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  12. WOW! All I can say is WOWZER!!!! Wonderful and what amazing neighbors!So glad you are home safe & sound, although I know you miss Little Fox - be happy and be safe:-)

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  13. Diane, it looks amazing! Would you mind if I nominated you for a blogger site called better after? The address is http://betterafter.blogspot.com/ I would love to send a picture or two to her to post on her site, really the change is fantastic! You must be so happy.

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  14. How marvellous!! A new kitchen and none of the dust and dislocation that usually goes with it. Your neighbours are angels!

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  15. Ddiane...The old kitchen looked good. The new one is white, I gather from the photos. The walls would look lovely in an almost white pale blue.

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  16. Diane...I had another look at your kitchen and suggested almost white walls with a pale blue tint. Blue blockout blinds would be lovely as the colour would reflect giving a lovely pale blue here and there.

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  17. Wow, what an amazing change. I love the clean modern lines and the white. I did my kitchen in white with pale bluish gray walls and I love the colors.

    Could I maybe borrow your neighbors for awhile I need new counter tops and cabinets!

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  18. PS: ...forgot one ingredient...chopped fresh cilantro. You might know green onions as spring onions?

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  19. WOW! A total transformation! Looks great!

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  20. Goodness, please call me if you need extra hands!

    Lovely new home.

    You can now invite your blogger fans to come to see Queensland! Grinning from ear to ear!

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  21. What a TRANSFORMATION!! You lucky ducks!

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