A few months ago we became the new owners of an old Queenslander. With only two other owners in the past 100 years, it has a pretty special feel – it’s also largely untouched, with most of the original features inside, still intact.
We are fortunate that there are two kitchens and far more bedrooms than we will ever need, so we have started the renovation upstairs, while we live downstairs. The plan is that, once upstairs is liveable, we will switch, and get to work downstairs. Good in theory. So slow and painful in reality!
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, three living spaces, and a porch. Every single room is currently part way through being sanded, painted, stripped of old built ins or re-wallpapered. Every single room has dust and clutter. And because the timeframe has blown out (already!), I have a long list of items in rooms where they don’t belong. There’s a V&B toilet in the casual lounge.. a rangehood and a sink in the formal lounge.. boxes of tiles in the dining room.. the list goes on.. oh, and a range cooker on the enclosed porch. Deep breaths!
The kitchen is starting to take shape, but currently awaiting a plumber, before we can finish everything off.
Last time we renovated, I desperately wanted Perrin and Rowe tapware, but couldn’t justify the cost. This time it’s not negotiable. I’ve gone with the gorgeous Provence set with spray rinse and soap dispenser. My other splurge was on Armac Martin drawer pulls and knobs. They’re all in matching polished nickel. So pretty!
The kitchen will have a bit of a Hamptons twist, but it’s still a Queenslander at heart. The pine floors will be stained a dark oak – the walls painted in a beautiful combination of white duck half and snowy mountains quarter from Dulux (their colour consultant who came out made it such an easy process) – with matching custom cabinetry. We have also installed a large traditional style bifold servery window to let in the breeze and light.
For the splashback we’ve gone with a matt white subway tile. This took an eternity to find, as the quartzite has a honed finish, so anything with a gloss just didn’t work. The lighting was proving another difficult task, until Pottery Barn released its range of Etta pendants. Problem solved. I’m going with two for now.. but that may change once I get someone to hold them in position for me!
This is the work in progress – still a fair bit to go!