We did it! I know you probably wondered when this day would arrive! I have been saying about our kitchen renovation for months now, and please be assured I haven’t just been lazy and not updated you! It really has taken us this long to get it all completed.
So now for the grand reveal, I like to remind people what it was like before, so you can see what we’ve done.
When we moved in 3.5 years ago……..
When we moved in we had to have some worktop space and more cupboards, we are a family of 5 and this was not a kitchen to prepare dinner for 5! So we added in some units and worktops but didn’t change the layout or anything major. Worked with the space we had and did it as cheap as possible.
3 years later, it was dark, small and still not enough worktop space, see that piece of worktop next to the cooker. We prepared, cooked and served our dinners on that for 3 years.
What a difference! We are over the moon with it, it is so much lighter, brighter, colourful, clean, neat, worktop space and cupboard space.
I will list everything at the bottom of this blog post, and where we got it from. I also have created a kitchen tour video, which shows everything.
The main kitchen units are gloss white, with brushed chrome handles and standard height wall units. With a wood effect worktop, in a very light wood. It has grove to it and texture, rather than a smooth flat texture. This makes it look a bit unusual, and I am really pleased with it. I was considering a white worktop but to get a decent one you needed to spend quite a bit, so this worktop wasn’t what I wanted at the time. However I had got so frustrated with it, I just wanted a worktop! Although now it is in, I am really pleased with it and I like it.
Sink was from Rangemaster, I wanted a white ceramic sink and when I saw this design I knew it was perfect. Straight lines, smooth drainer and really good quality. Although don’t get one if you are a bit rough and tough with your washing up. Anything metal marks the sink if knocked against it, I knocked the slow cooker against it and caused a slight damage to it. I had a metal drainer on it, the rust from the feet stained the drainer….grrr!
Little things please little minds they say……well yes they do! I am so excited by my 800mm drawer unit, I didn’t even have a set of drawers in the old kitchen. I had to go out into the next room to get any cutlery, plates and bowls. Please excuse my messy pan drawer, it does need sorting but I have all my pans in one drawer and I’m spoilt!
Also if you notice, I now have my plates in one drawer. I really like this because when we had our plates in a cupboard we had to pile things in front of them, never easy to get out and the kids would struggle. Now they are easy to get to, kids can easily get them and so easy to pick up.
We also got a new cooker, the old one was on its last legs and I have always wanted a Rangemaster range. So I worked really hard on my blog, and thanks to you guys I purchased one myself! I was so nervous buying it, as it nearly cost as much as the kitchen units did and we never spend money like that! However it is perfect, I searched around for the best price and AO.com came up trumps. The delivery time for my colour choice was a few weeks but this gave us time to get the kitchen to a good enough state to have it installed.
The extractor fan is mainly glass, I wanted a glass one so that it didn’t impact on the room too much and stand out. Although hubby keeps banging his head on it! It was cheap, so it is quite noisy but it does the job ok!
We had a little gap to the left of the cooker, so installed a little pull out unit for all my cleaning products. I can place a child lock on it and push them all away. It does pull further out than this photo.
As I didn’t have one of those drawers where you can chuck all those kitchen bits and bobs in, I needed some sort of storage for that. So we fitted some Ikea floating shelves on the end wall, and spotted these little wooden boxes to fill up. No one can see what rubbish is in them!
Also I can use the shelf below for my glass jars of pasta and rice, I quite like being able to see them out on display.
Also next to my cooker I have put in some spice racks, however they aren’t you standard spice racks! These shelves are from Ikea and are usually used for placing picture frames on, or used as a book shelf. I purchased the little jars and name stickers and got rid of all those colourful spice jars.
We also had a large boiler in the kitchen, so this needed covering over. Hubby was really clever and managed to box it in using panels from the Santini range, and now I can use it for storing all the cleaning bits, garden stuff and washing power. I think I will sort this out properly at some point, using boxes and better storage ideas.
I wanted a grey toned paint on the walls but was unsure on what colour to go for, once I chose the flooring it gave me an idea. I took my tile along to the colour matching service at B&Q to see if we could find a paint that matched the grey on the tile. They matched it perfect, and I really like this colour grey. It has a slight purple colour tone to it, which makes it a warm grey, it’s worked really well. We used Valspar Kitchen & Bathroom paint which has a slight sheen to it, but was easy to apply and any splashes wipe off really easy.
As you would have noticed, my wonderful tiles, I wanted something that was really different. Gave me a splash of colour and a wow impact…I think I achieved that! Please have a look at the full review blog post on them to find out more about them.
Also you would have spotted the flooring, different? Wow? Love it? What do you think? I love it! Have a look at my full review of the Harvey Maria flooring, the quality is amazing and I really love that it has turned the room into something so unusual and with a splash of colour.
I hope you like the change as much as we do!
Here is a list of the items included in our kitchen and where we have purchased them, items marked with a * are review items and you can find out more information on them in their full blog posts.
- Kitchen Units – B&Q Santini Gloss White – one of the lowest cost range
- Kitchen Shelving – Ikea £12 pack of 2
- Kitchen Worktop – B&Q Coco Bolo – £87 per 3m
- Kitchen Tiles -Original Style Genau Hexagon Mosaic – £169.95 sqm*
- Kitchen Flooring – Harvey Maria Parquet in Thistle Grey – £42.95 sqm*
- Rangemaster Toledo Electric – Silver – £1380
- Rangemaster Sink – £220
- Shelving, jars and boxes from Ikea
- Spice Rack, spice jars and spice jars
- Kitchen Tap – £37.99
- Delonghi White Toaster £79*
- Valspar colour match paint*
- Extractor fan – £94.99
- Ceiling light – Valuelights £29.99*
- kMix Mixer – From £280
- Bosch Kettle – £70
So here is my before, before and after………
*Some items have been offered to me for review, they are marked with a *. However all words are honest and of my own. Post does contain affiliate links.