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My own Industrial Country Kitchen Renovation on a very tight budget!

It’s not everyone that can say their mom set their kitchen on fire. I can! For months I persevered with a totally burnt-out range hood, three stove hot plates that didn’t work, an oven with a broken thermostat and lastly, a slightly charcoal coloured tone on my previously white kitchen cupboards. I postponed the kitchen renovation, as my first initial quote to redo my kitchen to the style and design I really wanted, worked out to be $45,000. It took me three months just to recover from that shock. I mean, my kitchen is 3m x 3m.  As our budget didn’t allow for  a “kitchen of my dreams” at this stage, I decided to accept the challenge and see how I can get a unique look, with a very limited budget, but still something that reflects my style. So I ripped everything out, and $12,500 dollars later, I had a kitchen. (Excluding appliances)

I didn’t realise I would feel so confused when I did my own Kitchen Renovation… Oh the pressure! When I told people I was renovating my own kitchen, everyone said: “Oh I can’t wait to see what you will install in your own kitchen!”  The pressure was on, and the budget was non-existent. So today, I will share with you my new little kitchen. I feel very exposed!  Here we go… Of course it all started with a very clear budget and a style board:

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From $15 Kmart pendant lights, to bargain Industrial ALDI barstools. I did splurge on a proper oven & Caeserstone bench top with a waterfall! My unusual statement tiles are from Beaumont Tiles in Castle Hill. I love these funky patterned tiles, at it gives the otherwise neutral kitchen, an interesting and eye catching backdrop and ties in with the colour scheme in my dining and lounge area.  I made sure the cupboards are a combination of neutral white & timber doors, which adds extra warmth to the grey concrete stone bench top.  With such a neutral base, anyone can now add their own touch. (The budget did not allow for the 30mm thick bench top of my dreams!)

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My somewhat unusual splash back. To me, it’s artwork in the kitchen!
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It’s all in the presentation and accessories!
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$15 Pendant lights from Kmart, with vintage globes from Bunnings hard ware store.
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Black handles on the widest drawers ever!
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My $9 Kmart tray, IKEA placemat & IKEA plant, $12 Howard Storage Containers & $8 Target Timber Container.
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Who can say no to a blue, vintage, half price, Delonghi, floor stock toaster?
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I splurged on a waterfall benchtop. The extra few dollars was so worth it to me.

I guess we all have at least one regret after every renovation. Mine was to let my husband talk me out of using professional painter and tell me he will paint the walls. I am still waiting…

As you can seen, if you are clever with your accessories, you take the attention away from your neutral cupboards and small layout. It’s fun to play around.

Oh yes, in case you wanted to see the BEFORE photos:

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My old kitchen. I am now very happy to have a bin inside my cupboard.
Eriana kitchen before stove
I am very happy to be rid of all the old-fashioned cream colours.

Anyone else who wants to share their matchbox kitchen reno on a budget?

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

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Eriana – 10 things about me you did not know…

Recently Lyndie shared with you 10 things about herself that you did not know.  Now it’s my turn. I feel a bit scared and exposed…

Most of you know that I was born in Cape Town, South Africa and we emigrated to Australia 6 years ago. Here are 10 other things you might not know about me:

  1. I suffer from Themeklophobia

There is no such thing, but there should be. Let me tell you why: If you don’t want me at your party, make it a theme party. I have an absolute phobia for dress up parties.  Where did it all start? When I was at University, we had to dress up and sell stuff at traffic lights as part of  fundraising. I dressed up as a clown. While the traffic light was red and I was standing at someone’s car window, another car drove over the red light and hit me. I rolled over the car, broke off the side mirror, cracked the front window and fell on the road. There I laid, in the middle of the street, in my clown suit… lights out. With a huge red plastic nose, a red curly wig and a bright blue dotted clown suit with Ronald McDonald size red shoes. My white LOOK sunglasses were even still on! Thank goodness there weren’t mobile phones or Facebook yet… Instead of helping me, my friends were just standing in the street, laughing uncontrollably at the clown that just flew through the air. Yep, I still have the scars to remind me of that day. So forgive me if I don’t want to drive anywhere again while dressed up in some stupid suit!

  1. I broke my own nose with a beer bottle

One night at University we were in a pub drinking beer. My open bottle of beer was standing in front of me on the table. Someone told a joke, I threw my head back and laughed out loud. When my head came back forward I hit my nose exactly on the top of my open beer bottle and broke it. My nose… not the beer bottle.

  1. I ran naked through flames at a day spa

On our 12th wedding anniversary we booked in to a day spa among beautiful vineyards, with a huge stone building and a thatched roof. There were about 100 guests. During our full body massage (yes, the one massage where you have almost nothing on), we suddenly heard noises and screaming. Our masseuses suddenly ran away and we never saw them again. When we peeked out the door, the whole building was on fire! No time to put on gowns or clothes, we literally ran through flames to safety on the lawn outside. The spa burnt down in 20 minutes. Absolute chaos, and very uncomfortable when 100 guests all stand half naked outside. Some with no clothes, some covering their bits with tissues and others hiding behind trees and lamp poles. Yes, we got our money back but not our ego’s.

  1. My veil caught fire on my wedding day

At our wedding reception we had long beautiful candles as part of the decorations. They stood on the floor, and were each about 1 metre high. I was standing talking, when I suddenly heard “whoop!” and smelled something burning. I stood too close to one of the candles and it literally burnt out my veil within one second. Gone! The only thing left was the outside wire…

  1. I had a blue dog

When I was in High School, I got a white Maltese Poodle for my birthday. I loved running cross-country, but was scared to run alone. So I often dyed my dog blue with food colouring and took him for a run with me. Best guard dog ever…no one wanted to come near me.

Eriana Bredenhann

  1. I can dictate weather forecasts with my thumb

While backpacking in America, we drove on the wrong side of the road in San Francisco and our small car was involved in a head on collision with a huge American SUV. I could actually write another 2000 words about all that followed the rest of that night (involving bikers, tow-trucks and a serial killer) Today I can still tell you when it’s going to be cold, as I crushed my right thumb in the accident and therefore lost the proper use of the knuckle in my thumb. I can feel cold weather days ahead! Painful I tell you…

  1. I played elephant polo in India

I love travelling and have been on every continent except Antarctica. There are many highlights while you travel, like flying in a 6-man airplane over the Grand Canyon in Nevada while everyone except the pilot is vomiting. One of my best overseas experiences was when I played in an elephant polo team in India. Was amazing, except that elephants fart a lot. Especially when they are “running”.

  1. I spent the 2000 Millennium New Year’s Eve in a hospital ICU

The morning of 31st of December 1999, I was admitted to hospital with incredible stomach pains. Long story short, I had an ectopic pregnancy that went wrong. It led to enormous internal bleeding. I lost 3,5 litres of blood, got a blood transfer and had a flat line during the emergency operation. So yep, while everyone was partying into the new Millennium I laid in ICU creating my own fireworks.

Eriana Bredenhann

  1. I was the only girl in a gay hotel on a holiday trip to Paris

My husband and I wanted to go on a romantic holiday to Paris. So we booked a hotel online that seemed to be very reasonable and close to all the attractions. Our first impression was: “Amazing decor!” But from a bright pink front door it slowly developed into leopard skin furniture, black and pink striped hallways and finally with the full version of the Kama Sutra painted on the tiles in our bathroom. Yep, I was the only female guest in the hotel. Well, we’ll always have Paris…

  1. My life is too short

My life is way to short to try out all the careers I am interested in. I have been an Accountant at a Bank, a Commerce Lecturer at a TAFE, had a Framing Business, qualified as a NSW Estate agent, became a Master Barista and completed my diploma in Interior Design. I can also see myself as an Architect, Full-time artist, Graphic Designer or Photographer. As an Interior Designer I get a chance to be a little bit of everything!

Eriana Bredenhann

I hope you all understand me better now. (Well I don’t, so I won’t blame you…)

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann

 

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Ten things you didn’t know about me – Lyndie

Eriana and I decided to take turns and share a few personal things about our human selves (not internet/email/FB/Instagram and the like) that only our closest friends and family know.  So here goes…

1.  At school, I considered myself as one of the “cool” kids, because my fringe was peroxided, I wore a huge army jacket, mismatched boots at times (not by accident), a feather earring in one ear and “snow washed” jeans I made myself, with bleach.  How little did I know back then…

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2.  I earned my nickname Bles, (“baldy” in English) at school, because of the copious amounts of hair on my head.  My friends, family and even teachers called me by this name.

3.  If I paid more attention in class while studying, I would have been an excellent office administrator today.  Phew, so glad another vocation found me!

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4.  I’ve slept on a bale of hay in Israel, in a treehouse in Oludinez, in the desert in Egypt, on a roof in Kusadasi, in a cave in Cappadocia; and in jail in Stratford upon Avon – but only for one night (long story, and not nearly as sinister as you might think).  Basically, what I’m trying to say is, I like my sleep and can do it anywhere.

5.  While travelling, my swimmers resembled something my Grandmother would be more comfortable in.  Wish I had them today.

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6.  As a young backpacker living in London, I shared a 3 and a half bedroom house with 21 people – it had only one bathroom.  Today, I share a bathroom with one person and it’s already too many (bathroom is very small, I might add…)

7.  I stole my brother’s best friend and married him.  Water under the bridge… We are talking again.

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8.  I’ve fallen off a moped, a horse, a camel and been chased by an ostrich while riding a motorbike.  I was dead sober on all occasions.

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9.  Before I had kids, I fearlessly bungee jumped off Victoria Falls, white water rafted down the Zambezi and hitch hiked through Zimbabwe.  Today, heights petrify me and I can’t ski because I’m scared of going too fast.  That’s also my excuse for not taking up running as a sport.

10. Even though I’ve seen a bit of the world and had wonderful experiences, I consider my most precious moments, the ones I spend with my family and close friends.

Cheerio ’til next time!

Lyndie

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HOME DESIGN Magazine features a profile of Vanilla Slate Designs!

Who would have thought that two friends, with their heads filled with a 1000 ideas, can see their dreams come true! Yes, even though it’s 9am, we are drinking champagne and enjoying our 5 minutes of fame. Truth is, that’s what it is. In today’s busy digital life where everyone is reaching and stretching to be seen… you have to enjoy the few seconds that you get in the sun.  So here it is: A profile on us in this month’s HOME DESIGN magazine! Now available in your local News Agency.

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Thank you HOME DESIGN Magazine for making us look as if we know what we are doing!

Most of the images in the Magazine Article were taken by the lovely Yvette from Martinette Photography. Thanks Yvette!

Eriana & Lyndie

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