My Country Kitchen Dream: A Renovation

Almost a year ago we sold our four bedroom modern house and bought a 3 bedroom house built in the early 1900’s. As soon as we walked into the house, we knew exactly what we were going to do with it, the main thing being a new country kitchen. We were quite lucky that we could move straight in and didn’t really have to do any renovations straight away because the previous owners had done some work, so although it’s nearly 100 years old, it’s in good nick.

I’ve never had a great ability to imagine things when it comes to design, I am always amazed at interior designers and contestants on shows like the block that seem to be able to imagine things from absolutely nothing. But amazingly in our house, I was able to imagine things with such great clarity, probably because I love the house so much, it completely suits my style and taste of country living.

Our priority is renovating the kitchen and putting a deck on the back of the house. This will involve pulling the current kitchen out (below) and swapping it to the other side of the room. The wall the kitchen is currently on as shown, faces to the back yard and will be ripped out and replaced with bi-fold doors which will open onto the new deck (also part of the renos).

I’m all for keeping the colonial and country feel of our house when we renovate. I’m not a fan of putting ultra modern kitchens in a house of this age and want to keep with the country look. I’m also a fan of shabby vintage and so have a few little things around the place to give it character.

This is what I would imagine the bi-fold doors to look like.

This is the side of the room which we will be installing the new kitchen. The IKEA kitchen below 
is the one we love. Can you just imagine it in that space? As I mention on the photo, we will be removing the window (it’s an odd size and won’t work) and we will put the oven, stove & range hood on that wall with gorgeous pressed metal splashbacks . 
Country Kitchen Renovation

Image Source: IKEA

Considering the space, we’re definitely going for a galley style kitchen with the bench that will face the dining area and out to the deck. I love the breakfast stools at the bench.  I’m imagining a butlers sink and hanging pots too.

The pressed metal splash backs which we would like behind the stove will mirror the look that we have in the front of our house with the traditional pressed metal ceilings in the lounge room and front bedroom, a typical feature of the era.

Country Kitchen Renovation with Pressed Metal Splashbacks
Image credit: Pressed Tin Panels

And lastly, we came up with an idea to make our house a 3 bedroom + study. When we decide to have baby number 2, I will be left with no office space so we have decided to convert the back patio which is currently off the kitchen area, in to an office!

This country kitchen is my dream kitchen! It is still a dream and soon to be a reality. I can’t wait! What do you think? Do you have any home renovation tips I should know about?

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. April 30, 2014 / 4:08 am

    Great minds do think alike. I looooooooove your new kitchen. I am a country style nut and love that style. I have already told Cam that Im doing pressed tin splash back in the kitchen when we move out to the farm. A cousin put it in her kitchen and it looks amazing. I have lots of time to dream about my renos at the farm though in the meantime. Today I just went and picked some floor tiles to fix our old retro bathroom and its bloody good fun. Cant wait to do it on a big scale. Looking fwd to seeing the progress.

  2. April 30, 2014 / 4:11 am

    Oh, how exciting, I love chatting with people who share my taste! I’m so excited about the ronos, I can really clearly picture the end result and it’s fab. I adore the pressed metal tin and it’s so great we already have it in our house so it wont look out of place. I wish I could just pick my house up and put it in the country. I’m not in the city but it’d just suit it and I’d love to have pigs and cows. I have plenty of room for chickens but am still convincing the hubby. One thing I find hard is tiles, have fun fixing your bathroom!

  3. Lisa Berriman
    April 30, 2014 / 11:47 am

    ooooh it sounds fantastic. I have no tips as we have never had to renovate. I am hopefully getting a whole house built soon. Although the builder is making most of the decisions which I am happy about. I look forward to hearing how it all goes.

  4. April 30, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    What a DREAM!!! Definitely keen on seeing how it turns out and how it all comes together. Keep us posted!

  5. Sarah Mac
    May 3, 2014 / 8:10 am

    I have a long galley style kitchen so I’m very envious of your space – love the idea for the doors leading out on to the deck. Mine is a country style too with shaker style units in cream a butlers sink and hanging rack for pans (mostly for space saving) but it’s not quite finished, not quite there. This is going to look so amazing when it’s done.

  6. Kaz @ MeltingMoments
    May 3, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Oh, how exciting. I can’t wait to follow your progress.