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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Dream Kitchen. Finally :)


its been more than 2 months since we moved into our current house :) but apart from my beautiful dream kitchen (to me of cos) and half painting job done, thats it. we just don't have the time. the last time we had weekend to ourselves was probably 4-5 months ago. i miss staying at home without clearing boxes, spring clean everything (if i clean on saturday, sunday boleh rileks sket). i miss going out to the malls without any intentions to buy anything. taking my time going through each shops, trying out new clothes, eating out without constantly looking at the watch. no, im not talking about my single life. im talking about quality family time. but im relieved now that most things that was on my to do list has been sort out bit by bit.

one of the thing that i am busy with was the renovation of MY our kitchen cabinets. we appoint azhar as our contractor recommended by cikgu's friend who is renovating his house. the old kitchen cabinets from the previous owner is still there but the corner of the sink has damaged due to water leaking. the tenant kept quiet about the leak until we came to see the house before they move out. dah nak roboh baru bagitau...at least if they inform us sooner we cud prevent the leaking from damaging the cabinets kan... 


this is the old cabinet.small but oklaa...


the water leaking from the pipe and meleleh ke corner tuh...it form a pool and lama2 kayu tuh pun kembang...under the pots tuh dah rupa apa dah...


and this is under the sink. *facepalm!!!*


the upper part of the cabinet is still in good condition just some of the shelves dah melengkung.


entrance to the cooking area


the cooking area pun ok coz the counter top is brick and tiles unlike the countertop at the cabinets.


initially i plan to tear everything and make a new one from scratch. and then bila fikir we cud reuse some of it and just add in things we need, azhar came up with this plan.

- totally make over the cooking area from vertical to horizontal to make room for the hood.
- maintain some cabinet on the upperpart. change the doors and make the left cabinet as same size as the rest.
- add in covered cabinets at top to fully utilise the space and make no room for dirt.
- totally change the lower part. make it stretch from end to end. to make room for the new build in oven, we have to put the fridge elsewhere.

and then after much thought, i maintain the cooking area and go on with the rest of the plan. and since its vertical and facing the window, we cudn't install the hood and now the hood is open for sale at rm800 negotiable. totally new, still in box, brand faber. can email me at luv_arlene@hotmail.com for further details :)


they remove the old lower part, and start making frames for the countertop.



i have this as my inspiration. love the colour, the clean lines, simple yet elegant doors. the shapes are synchronized from top to bottom. i dont like so many different type of shelving. semak mata memandang. classic but not too traditional i can say.


and then we go shopping for our tiles kat jalan ipoh... do you know there are like dozens of tiles shops there? forget white horse factory...sini pun ada white horse...


bring these 2 kids along. on saturday. the shops are crowded. why suddenly semorang nak buat rumah nih? big mistake. we only lasted about 20 minutes before sorang mintak susu, sorang mintak turun nak berlari in between the tiles...eeekkkk...dah, jom balik...

i take halfday the next day and went back with cikgu and the contractor. aman...


berkenan yang ini...dulu everytime tgk magazine mesti tunjuk kat cikgu...nak macam nih tau...tapi kalau nak penuhkan backsplash area sink with these, mahal gilers ok...sekeping camni, about 8x14inch is about RM30 sekeping...SEKEPING ok...i want to be realistic...memang nak buat dapur idaman but this is just an apartment...i cud rent it out when we got ourselves a bigger house inshaaAllah...so tak perlu nak mahal2 sangatlah kan...sayang kalau tenant tak reti jaga nanti...


suka jugak yang ini. comel, affordable tapi cikgu tak setuju pulak...pintu cabinet dah putih, dia kata takkan nak putih lagi...well, i like my kitchen to be bright and wide...


another option coz this one look a little masculine...tapi hati sudah lekat sama bunga2 tadila..


in the end dah pening2 we choose yang bulat2 kaler light brown tuh to be the backsplash at the sink and border. and the rest yang plain same kaler at the bottom tuh...


my tiles all in place...i choose wide granite tiles as counter top...dah cakap nak uli2 aidilfitri nanti...nak tebar tepung, nak potong2 sayur kalau takde chopping board...


we bought our oven, hood and hob from sen heng earlier before they start coz they wanna measure the size before making the frames of the cabinets. we also ask for new shelves in the cabinet to replace the bent ones.


my cute kitchen from a far.


TADAAA!!! (ok, sorry for the tilt picture. dunno whats wrong with this blogger upload)...i purposely ask for frosted mint green glass to add a little color to my white kitchen...that yellow wall will be painted mint as well...love love LOVE my new kitchen. i cud sleep here!


i bought these underlayer mat from DIY shop. they make my inner cabinet a little brighter and fun doncha think?they have so many pattern. of cos this madam pick her favourite colour and pattern. now i can arrange my plates instead of keep it in the box...

im still surveiying to make my kitchen cozier...i wanna mount some plates on the wall. some artwork and flowers will bright it up, right? baby steps, alin...baby steps...

now, apa citer ngan my hall and bedrooms? hmmmmmm....

2 comments:

Farah Izza Shafik said...

which diy shop? nak beli jugak plis.. :) please leave your comment in my blog.. tq!

arLene said...

hi farah, i tried to click on the link tapi tak boleh. maybe you could leave your url?

anw, alin beli kat mr.DIY kat AEON Big Wangsa Maju (dulu panggil carrefour) depan nagoya..but alin beli banyak coz 1 roll rm2.90 tuh x panjang sangat...alin beli 10 roll terus :)