January 6, 2013

Another recycled kitchen!

It's been a while between posts, but our trip to Europe has inspired us with new and creative ideas for building from recycled materials. But first, I wanted a finished kitchen!

When we moved into the house two years ago, we put in the minimum of kitchen to keep us going - just the shells with some dodgy fronts - while we finished important things like the earth walls, and the new cottage.

For Christmas Russell promised me kitchen door fronts - or at least some of them! We've always used Ikea carcases for our kitchens. I realise melamine is not the most eco-friendly of materials, but their system is so practical, and Ikea have a few eco credentials.

Recycled hoop pine drawer fronts

 The main cupboards and drawers have been faced with recycled hoop pine VJ (wall panelling from old Queenslander houses), part of the stash we've squirreled away in the past for just such projects.

Recycled pine on dishwasher and cupboard

Russell has done his standard handles made from old silver forks, used in both the other cottages - a theme running through the place!

Fork handle inspired by Edvard Munch "The Scream"

Silver forks make great handles

Next up will be the island bench, with a bench top of solid wattle from our property.