Only a quick post today, but I’m making up for it with lots of photos – get ready to scroll! When I moved into my house two years ago the kitchen was my least favourite room in the house. I think kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest and most expensive to renovate, generally every other room you can just paint to give it a complete face lift. But if you don’t like the tiles you have, and I HATED my tiles then you’ve got a big task on your hands. Tiles are not easy to get up – especially by yourself if you’re trying to save money, and that’s what we did. Despite the pain we went through it was so worth it in the end. I re-designed the entire plan of the kitchen. I knew I wanted lots more storage space and I knew I wanted a breakfast bar. The kitchen previously had absolute minimum storage as all the units were under the windows which meant there were no wall cabinets. If you have read my Dining Corner Tour, the old kitchen used to be in the corner that the dining bench is now in (photo at the bottom of this post). Basically, the kitchen was a huge job because I had it moved to the opposite end of the room, which meant radiators had to be moved, the water pipes had to be moved, lights had to be moved, my ceiling had to come down and there was a lot of plastering involved.
If you are planning on getting your kitchen done, be prepared for your entire house to become dirty – I have no idea how it does it but dust travels through walls somehow. I remember my ceiling being taken down and being sat in my bedroom which is the next floor up and the opposite end of the house and I could see dust particles in the air. Baffled. Someone explain how?! Anyway… it WILL go everywhere and you will be constantly cleaning it up. The day my kitchen was finished and I finally had the house to myself without builders (they were great but they don’t understand clean do they? haha) I gave it such a good clean and it was so satisfying knowing it was done. No more dust.
So here it is, finished, and nearly a year old now but still looking great and probably my best investment yet. I hope you like it!
p.s. that plug socket under the breakfast bar is ugly so don’t look at it… I definitely need to get a copper plug socket!
There is a photo of the kitchen before right at the bottom of this post should you be interested to see it – it was gross, I know! Gross!