This is a long overdue renovation update, but here we go, a year later, I can finally show you what the new kitchen looks like. The last update I made was this sneaky peek in the new year 8 months ago. Since then, we have finished the back garden, repaired the front windows, installed shutters, replaced the old back door, painted the side patio decking, and oh yeah, made the spare room a guest room. Basically, there is always work to be done! Let’s walk through the new kitchen…
The new kitchen is actually the old master bedroom. It was the room that had the wall knocked through and extended out by 3 meters to make room for an open plan living room. You can see the Before’s here as the builders began knocking it all down.
Our old kitchen was cluttered and dark so it made sense that I wanted the new one to be the opposite- white, bright and importantly, no clutter! It was also important that we had some clever storage options. We went to Howdens Joinery to design and install the new kitchen layout and bought the appliances and countertop separately. The marble tiling is from Topps Tiles- which is a story in itself.
The biggest lesson I learnt is that you can’t tick all the boxes on your wishlist- compromises have to be made. I wanted a ceramic farmhouse sink, but that meant it would limit our countertop choices. I actually ended up liking the deep, stainless steel sink instead- and it meant we could install a waste disposal too (although the countertop was fitted before a hole was cut for the button so now we have to reach under the sink for it- eh you win some, you lose some)
Given that we had a limited amount of space, we were still able to fit a dishwasher and washing machine- all hidden away from sight thanks to the cabinets from Howdens. I’ve never had a dishwasher before and IT IS A REVELATION.
Below the gas hob, the drawers store the usual cutlery and pots and pans. My favourite though, is the large drawer to the left that hides away both the bin and recycling. Me- 1 Clutter- 0
As building projects tend to do- we got hit by some unexpected costs and problems-which meant that instead of one whole marble backsplash, it was budget friendlier to go with tiles. I picked these large ones from Topps Tiles (they were called Mixara in white) These particular tiles appear to be discontinued now, but there are loads of similar ones to choose from.
So, white countertops.
Are they high maintenance? Only a teeny bit. I have a steady supply of those amazing Magic Eraser sponges, but you know I still love it. I actually think that the wooden countertop we had in the old kitchen was more work- it had to be oiled, scrubbed, and the area around the sink was always a little wet and dreary, no matter how much I cleaned it. So, for me, white granite all the way.
To keep with the space saving theme, we chose a stacked microwave and oven. I am still very much enjoying not having to dive head down into a hot oven every time I need to pull out a boiling hot tray.
Speaking of boiling, we don’t have a kettle anymore. Instead, we had a boiling water tap installed. You slide a button by the sink tap and out comes boiling hot water; this is the sole reason my tea intake has doubled this year. It was super fiddly to install, so if you are looking to have one put in, my advice would be to find a plumber who has experience of installing them before.
Then there’s old faithful, the Smeg fridge we’ve had since 2008 and it’s still going strong. This fridge is my most favourite thing in the world and still looks as shiny and cute as the day we got it.
I spoke about the pew bench in a previous renovation post here, but here it is again! It was bespoke made from an Etsy seller and I painted it in leftover Farrow and Ball paint (Purbeck Stone, the smoothest, coolest shade of grey ever)
The seat lifts up to more storage- mostly boxes of cat food right now- and this bench is where you’ll find Robin most nights, tapping away on his laptop. An IKEA sheepskin throw keeps it cosy and the big old cushion is from H&M Home.
The round dining table is another IKEA classic and I’ll let you in on a secret…that table runner was from last year’s Christmas collection, but I use it all year round. The place mats are a souvenir from our Bali trip earlier this year, from a shop called Kim Soo that I am so in love with (and they’re launching online soonish!)
The black matte metal chairs are from eBay- I was initially going to pick brass ones but in the end went with the black so that it wouldn’t clash with anything decorative in the room.
And there we have it! The new kitchen. It’s hard to picture it as my old bedroom- it’s completely different now. The bedrooms aren’t quite finished yet, but it’s only cosmetic work left. My next update will cover the garden and living room area- we’ll get there!
Past renovation updates can be found here