So here it is! After starting our kitchen refurb project back at the start of December (not sure why we did this just before Christmas but anyway) it’s finally complete! The finishing touches have been ongoing for a few months, but it was worth the wait and we couldn’t be happier. When we first moved into our house in the summer of 2016 we hated the kitchen. It was liveable and to some extent modern looking, but it wasn’t our style and it was made very cheaply. With the help of my amazing dad who literally knocked down the old kitchen & wall with Joe, fitted flooring, sorted out the electrics and plumbing and then fitted the brand new one from scratch we’ve now got a kitchen to be proud of. Here’s a couple of images of the kitchen before:
When we moved in the walls were basically yellow, so instantly a lick of white paint made the kitchen looked better but it was just not wow. Our downstairs is very open plan, basically a kitchen diner with a sort of living room too. So when family and friends come round our kitchen is one of the first things they see. We wanted this space to be somewhere we could enjoy entertaining guests not cringing at the poorly built kitchen.
After a few visits to various different chain kitchen retailers we were not really that impressed by the styles, price or service. Considering we would be paying so much for this kitchen we wanted to make sure the quality would be perfect and for a good price too. So we decided to source everything separately. We came to realise these big kitchen retailers add a lot more money onto the price just for managing it. But hey, I’m an OCD, spreadsheet making, organisation queen, how hard could this be?!
Ordering the Cupboards and Worktop
So I started researching and planning how we wanted the kitchen to look, spending most of my evenings on Pinterest. We started off with the carcuses and cupboards. We found a local manufacturer who had great reviews, so we went to their showroom and told them what we wanted – a blue grey colour. Now if you’ve read my home interiors post you will know everything is very monochrome, so we wanted something a little bit different for the kitchen. Still to be in line with the rest of the house but just a bit more unusual. The navy blue/grey was the colour! We ordered the cupboards and next up was the worktop. Again we went with a local company who my parents had used previously, went to their showroom and there was more marble samples than we had ever seen. It was crazy how different the types of marbles were, but we wanted something which would be quite even all over. This is the Carrara marble and we went for the 30mm work surface and a 20mm end panel.
Choosing the Appliances
Throughout Black Friday I wasn’t shopping for clothes but instead, anything kitchen related. We got a new oven, dishwasher, extractor hood and hob from Curry’s all for a really great price. The oven is a pretty standard design, but Joe wanted the extractor hood and hob to be a big more gadgetty. We opted for an induction touchscreen hob, which means this only heat up if a saucepan is on the ring and therefore saves energy. The extractor hood is also touchscreen, lights up and looks cool too.
Onto the details
I’m very particular with things and the kitchen was no exception. From the door handles to the plinths and things you wouldn’t even think of before starting a kitchen refurb. I had seen cup handles all over Pinterest and knew these were a must for the draws and dishwasher door. The tiles we knew we wanted metro white tiles, and these seemed to be the cheapest from Wickes. The dark grey grout was also a must to draw together the cupboards and the worktop. (BE WARNED: VERY MESSY!!)
We brought the tap online which at first we were worried it would be too big, but it was only £72, a fraction of the price compared to other places. The sink we had to spend a little bit more money on as we wanted the ceramic style and a square smaller shape. Most ceramic sinks are a lot more rectangular. We had to have this before the worktop was fitted, so after the one we ordered online didn’t turn up, I sent a whole day frantically running around every shop to try and find one in stock. I managed to track one down around 15 miles from our house and it fit perfectly!
Statement Bar Stools
Who knew trying to find bar stools would be so difficult!? Our breakfast bar isn’t that high, and we wanted to make sure you would have enough room to put your legs underneath when sitting down. Originally I wanted the mesh bar stools (again seen all over Pinterest) but again it was super difficult to find the perfect height and also ones which weren’t too expensive. After weeks of searching I found these on Rockett St George for a very reasonable price and they couldn’t have been better. The height is perfect, they are actually really comfy and were delivered within 2 weeks! I got these little seat cushions from Maison Du Monde for only £10 each. We will probably change them to some thicker ones in the future but for now they look cute.
Finding the perfect Pendant Lights!
Before we had even moved into our house in 2016 we brought some handing pendant lights because we knew at some point we would be having hanging lights over the breakfast bar. ( Which was still to be created at this point .) When we actually came to look at them they were quite small and flimsy. Another hunt began to find pendant lights small enough to have 3 hanging but also sturdy enough to. Cult Furniture came to the rescue with these! The lovely team at Cult kindly gifted these to me, then all I had to do was to find suitable bulbs. Again another detail you don’t even think about, but it probably took me a good hour to find these filament bulbs with the correct wattage online.
We also needed to change the existing light fittings in the kitchen and living room too. These were a steal at only £32 each from Dunelm!
The Finishing Touches
Now how could I have a brand new kitchen without a Jo Malone candle?! I love having candles in my kitchen and living room to help eliminate any cooking odours. The green tomato leaf candle is perfect for a homely scent. The other decorations throughout our kitchen/diner are from numerous high street retailers such as Ikea, Sainsbury’s, TKMax and The Range. Adding bits of greenery throughout was also a must. The eucalyptus leaves are artificial and were only around £2-£3 from Ikea per stem, where as if you google them you will be paying around £10 per stem.
I hope you love the transformation as much as we do! Now onto the next room….
Shop the Kitchen Accesories
+Pendant Lights – Cult Furniture