A food blogger needs a kitchen

In May, we will be celebrating our two year “we brought a house, now what do we do?” anniversary.

As first time home owners we had a really open mind going into the property market. We knew what we could afford so our expectations weren’t through the roof. We wanted something we could have a bit of fun with, with lots of space (somewhere for him, somewhere for her) but we didn’t want something that was going to be too hard or too expensive long term.

We ended up with a 3 bedroom, 2 lounges, 1 bathroom situated on a 864sqm parcel of land. I believe it was built in the 1950’s. It’s safe to say some days we really feel like we bit off more than we could chew, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re very lucky as first home buyers to have what we have, especially in Christchurch.

Now let me tell you about my kitchen.

Photo prior to us moving in

ITS RED RED RED RED RED. With hints of white, and colour I believe to be “pale green tea” by Dulux, which I actually really like (it’s throughout the rest of the house, but I am not feeling it in the kitchen or bedroom at the moment) Did I mention the bench tops and window sill are tiled with red and white tiles? Whoever did this kitchen must have really loved red (FYI our bathroom is green and orange, more on that later)

I can remember walking into the open home and thinking “oh man, how does anyone not go blind cooking in here?” Fast forward to two years later and I’ve gone mad, brought a sander, some paint stripper and I mean business.

Over the next few months I am going to drag you along through our DIY adventure. I am getting a little bit of help from my partner, but for the most part I’ve made this kitchen my project, because it’s my space.

Here goes…


The sanding has begun



How cool is this? We have big bread and potato bins! I really want to keep these.



So there we have it. My old, red kitchen. The plan? I want to keep some of the older look as it goes really well with our house, but I’ll be painting it white and probably using greyish tiles on the benches (the main bench where the sink is will be white, and I’ll put new taps in, as well as new light fittings above the sink)

If you have any DIY tips and tricks, please let me know! I am going to need them.


2 thoughts on “A food blogger needs a kitchen”

  1. You go girl! I’m hopeless with this sort of stuff. I have a storage unit in the bathroom that I keep looking and thinking I need to sand it back and paint and I haven’t even done that 🙄. It looks like your kitchen has so much storage! Do you have much bench space?


    1. Bugger all bench space. If you look in the OG photo basically what you see is it. I’m thinking about getting a butchers block custom made when I’m done/win lotto that I can move about to the middle and off to the side when I need to. Otherwise Casey’s thoughts was to rip out some of the middle cupboards and add bench there. It has heaps of storage but I’m short and can’t use the top cupboards haha!!


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