For those of you who saw the sneak peak, but didn’t see the February March edition of Homestyle Magazine, here is the final reveal of the Blackbird reno kitchen!
Although we were lucky to start with such great bones, like with the rest of the Blackbird Reno, the pennies have been tight. First things first we removed those hideous electric blue light shades ( in fact they came out the second I walked into the house ) and ripped up the faux timber board lino. Then off came the cabinet doors to be re painted in Alabaster by Resene and finished with our signature leather pulls. The new bench top was fashioned by my father out of Plywood. We bought a pre loved goose neck tap off Trade Me, Sink from the local wreckers yard, and tiled our own subway tile splash back. The fridge and dishwasher got a fresh coat of blackboard paint and the walls a bright white of Resene Alabaster. Up went the new lights and a few shelves ( thank you handy husband, I will keep you on. ) So after a lot of elbow grease and out of the box thinking we are done with the kitchen! Hooray!
Next stop Bathroom & Laundry!
Until next time
Squabs and Throw Cushions made by me, Fabric from The Fabric Store | Festoon Lights available from Flux Boutique | Paint is Blue Bark by Resene | Palm leaf and leather cabin luggage and Acacia round chopping board both from Paper Plane | Leather Moroccan pouf from Let Liv | Lime and Coconut soy candle from J.Danes MAKER | Palm available from Paradise Palms, Hawkes Bay | Plywood Crate from The Ply Guy | Enamel Mugs from Father Rabbit
It is warming up by the day here in the Hawkes Bay, so having a little spot to sit outdoors is a must have. And although there are plans for a deck, they are on the horizon still. So in the meantime we focused on the awkward little corner in the back, creating a little spot to sit in the morning warmth and somewhere to toast marshmallows over once the sun goes down. With a few simple ideas and a bit of muscle we made one of our favourite ‘rooms’ in the house.
For the ‘how-to’s’ grab a copy of the latest Homestyle Magazine.
Until next time,
Industrial lights from Kiwi Living | Tea Towels from Mavis & Osborn | Cleaners and brush by Ecostore | Ring dish made by yours truly | Coffee machine by Espresso Unplugged | Leather for pulls from Lapco
Renovating on a budget is hard at the best of times, let alone when you are living in it too. But the perks are seeing the finishing touches. Once again we painted every surface white with Resene, this time opting for Double Alabaster. We also chose to make our own handles again and sourced leather from Lapco. The raw industrial lights came from Kiwi Living, the linen tea towels from beautiful Mavis and Osborn, and I finally got my mits on a a Presso from Espresso Unplugged ( delish and silent, perfect )
So finally it’s done, and with a bit of elbow grease (and the help of our friends at Ecostore) the grime, dust, tile adhesive and paint that gets EVERYWHERE in renovations was gone and we were able to cook our first meal in our new kitchen.
Also, we have a giveaway! A set of napkins from the delightful Mavis & Osbourn and a few goodies from our pals at Ecostore!
To Enter comment below what you would like most from Mavis & Osbourn and what your favourite Ecostore product is!
Full reveal in Homestyle magazine in the new year!
Until next time,
( To see the full article you can request back orders here )
A year ago Homestyle featured our little house in Hillsborough. At the time we were renting a little open plan garage, I was dreaming of being a stylist and just beginning the blog. A year on, I am a regular contributor with Homestyle, we are renovating our first home and I am working as a stylist. Pretty happy about that!
So to celebrate the year and my new renovation segment in the magazine I have a giveaway for you!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, check out our Facebook for the winner
This bangin’ Jamie Kay cushion was featured in our master bedroom peek in the latest Homestyle!
Feather and down inner, tweedy lambswool, what more could you want! Annnnd, she has opened it WORLDWIDE. What a champ!
So here is what you have to do!
1 : Visit the Jamie Kay website
2: Have a gander and pick you favourite item
3: Tell me about it! Comment on this post!
You can score extra entries by commenting on Instagram and Facebook too!
Giveaway ends Wednesday the 2nd October !
Until next time,