Our kitchen renovation is one of my favourite transformations of our renovation and nothing makes this girls heart happier than a good before and after picture! The kitchen really is the heart of the home so we knew we had to get it right. Our renovation started in the November of 2013 and we didn’t get our kitchen until March 2015. We lived at Greig’s parents for a year as the house was completely unlivable and then we had a fun 4 months living without a kitchen! We were newly married had a George Forman, a microwave and a fry pan, we were living the dream!
The kitchen had previously been used as a kitchen diner which is hard to believe because it’s not the biggest space. The previous owners were an elderly couple who used the dinning room as a sitting room.
Nothing about the layout made sense. The oven was right next to the doorway, the fridge was in the middle but one thing was for sure those cabinets were made to last. They took some serious effort to get off the walls.
Like the rest of the house we had to take it back to brick, we had the stone wall sand blasted and started again from scratch.
I knew I wanted a grey kitchen with oak bench tops. I was on Pinterest like a crazy lady pinning dream kitchens left, right and centre, check out my board here. We went to a few different companies to get designs put together and for a little while there my was eye was turned and the kitchen went sage green but I quickly come back to grey!
In the end we went with an Ikea kitchen. They by far come up with the best layout, all of our appliances are integrated which was a big thing for me I didn’t want to see anything other than the oven and microwave and those Sweds know a thing or two about storage. These 2 full cupboards above house out fridge on the left and freezer on the right. I can’t tell you how happy full size appliance make me, I can’t live with a small fridge/freezer!
Our joiner was also really surprised by how easy it was to fit! Don’t get me wrong, we did end up with a few random bits that to this day we’re still not sure where they are ment to go!
For the walls we went with a really light grey. Our kitchen only gets afternoon sun so I didn’t want the room to feel smaller than it already is. Our tiles are the Padstow Ceramic Wall tile in white from B&Q and we used dark grey grout to contrast against that.
I absolutely love our kitchen, I think we have maximised the space whilst making it feel light and airy.
My favourite thing would have to be a toss-up between the Belfast sink and the fact that there are so many nifty things hidden in the cupboards!
MY TOP TIPS FOR PLANNING A KITCHEN
- Go to as many different companies as possible, give them your measurements and get them to mock you up a design. It’s their job and a really big investment, you are not wasting their time.
- Don’t tell them exactly what you want. Sure tell them what appliances ect but let their imagination run wild on layout. This is their job, they might have an amazing idea that you haven’t thought of. At one point we had the oven on the wall, a breakfast bar and no upper cabinets. Let them have fresh eyes on your project!
- Always stick to the triangle rule of your sink, fridge and oven/stove top being in a triangle. It makes your kitchen flow so much better!
Are you planning a kitchen renovation? What are your must haves?
If you want to check out more of our renovation you can go here to see our master bedroom and I have a bunch more renovation posts planned so keep your eyes peeled!