Kitchen makeover: white kitchen wonder

An airy modern renovation and extension has totally transformed a pine-heavy kitchen
Sue Stubbs

Now a vision of understated loveliness, the kitchen of this 1930s semi-detached Sydney home was definitely in need of a rethink.

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The dated pine needed modernising, and with plenty of outdoor space to capitalise on, adding a four-metre extension presented the perfect opportunity to change the whole space. 

The old panelled cupboards have been replaced with cabinetry in a flat-fronted modern style, wrapping around two sides of the open-plan space. New ceilings were installed, with a skylight in the kitchen area and downlights throughout. A Caesarstone benchtop in Ocean Foam and 2-pac cabinetry in Dulux Natural White give a clean, understated backdrop, with a splashback of Italian porcelain tiles by Bon Ton (from Di Lorenzo Tiles) adding subtle texture and pattern. A sleek Electrolux fridge provides a striking counterpoint to objects on the shelf beside it: dinnerware by ceramicist David Edmonds, teapots by Catherine Tate and vintage number-shaped cake tins.


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Extending the kitchen has delivered masses of storage in a tall bank of cabinetry, which also conceals a European laundry. Blum internal fittings help to utilise every inch. Large square Teranova floor tiles in Discover White give the light quotient in the newly renovated room a boost.

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The bank of kitchen cupboards stops 800mm short of the wall, leaving space for a useful computer nook. It features a ‘Venus’ office chair from Freedom and a ‘Micke’ desk from Ikea. 

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The finished room is large enough to accommodate a handsome dining hardwood dining table by Mark Tuckey and vintage chairs from the Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre. Shots of blue come courtesy of the wall in Porter’s Paints Dew, a ‘Funnel’ pendant from Sokol and a vintage Royal Doulton pitcher. The prints are by UK artist Nick Walker.

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