So, after weeks of having a few little snags to to sort out, the kitchen is finally finished, which means a quick before and after post.
As we’ve explained on the blog already, this was the room that required the most amount of work. We spent weeks removing lath and plaster (and nails), moving doors and windows around, rebuilding a wall, getting the plasterers in and having the floor levelled out – all before the flooring and kitchen installation could even start!
So stepping back in time a little, here’s what the space looked like to start with:
A bit grim – half the floor was laminate wood, and the other was what looked like original tiles (but a dirty green colour). The kitchen was falling apart, the lighting was falling down, and the doors and windows were all aluminium.
So we started ripping everything out. Here’s the room changing as we started on the renovation works:
Finally we had a shell to work with and the kitchen started going in:
Then – the final result!
We opted for a two-tone kitchen with dark grey cupboards to the bottom and light grey on the top – our compromise on the dark schemes we liked so much when we were moodboarding. These are from Howdens and are part of the Fairford range.
While we really wanted white quartz worktops, we’re also on a budget so we opted instead for solid oak wood worktops, which came pre-oiled and just required a few top-up coats from us once installed. These are from Worktop Express and while we had our reservations about ordering these online, we couldn’t have been happier with the price, delivery time and quality of the product. We’ve had wood worktops before so were all too aware of the stress that can accompany it. If you’ve never had real wood worktops before, our advice would be to treat it before you do anything at all, and just be careful of water marks. Wipe them away quickly so they don’t stain and NEVER put anything hot or wet directly on the surface unless you’ve had it treated with a sort of plastic coating which acts as a protective buffer.
You can probably also spot a ceramic Belfast sink – something we really wanted in the flat but had to knock out of our plans due to budgets. We promised ourselves we’d get one this time – this particular one is also from Howdens.
We’ve kept the walls pretty simple with just a white Johnstones paint, and for the flooring, after much deliberation about whether to go for natural stone, wood or porcelain, we’ve opted for a white, textured \,large porcelain tile with light grey grouting. Practically, this was such a good decision – it’s easier to keep clean and means less stress if we do drop something, or when we move the chairs around. As it’s a textured tile, we also have the beauty of it looking a little more like stone which we love.
What do you think?