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.

Life has got in the way recently and delayed jobs getting done, you can read about part 1 and part 2 on my blog if you need a quick update.

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.

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and NOW……




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.

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.
















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    • Thank you, the floor are so cute aren’t they. I wanted something a bit different and I think I got that!

  1. Hi Steph,
    Amazing transformation! I particularly loved the little pull out unit for the cleaning materials and the new flooring! The tiles are refreshing to the eyes and it makes the kitchen look lighter and breezy. Great choice! However, I have concerns with the bee hive wall decoration you installed on the wall along the RangeMaster stove. The cut and the colour doesn’t look quite fitting, what are the factors you considered in choosing that design?

  2. Jane Elizabeth Reply

    What an incredible kitchen transformation – thanks for sharing! The combination of patterns is so unique but creates such an interesting and modern feel. It’s amazing how much more spacious the kitchen looks. Utilising white in any room is an easy way to make a room feel larger and modern. The use of white in the kitchen cabinets has clearly made a dramatic impact on the rooms feel. For spaces like this in the house which are constantly used, it’s a great idea to consult or use a builder to take out the stress of the process and ensure that the job is effectively executed.

  3. Wow, you did a very good job with your kitchen. I’m deeply in love with those mosaic tiles.

  4. Everything Mummy Reply

    What an improvement I love the colour scheme its really fresh looking but still abit girly love it! xx

  5. Great job! (on both the transformation, and on preparing meals for 5 for so long on the little bit of countertop you had before!) You must not know yourself with the new space. Well done on getting it finished and so nice x

  6. ah, it looks fab – love the floor and those splashback tiles are great. Also love the open shelves, i bet you can’t stop looking at it and admiring all the work that’s gone into it. #homeetc

  7. Oh wow, the difference is astounding! It looks like a different place. I absolutely love what you’ve done. Your new kitchen looks bright, full of cupboard space, sleek yet homey. Love it! That floor is gorgeous!

  8. We have just had an offer accepted on our first house, I am so looking forward to having my own place and not renting. We want to get a new kitchen as part of the renovation and picked up leaflets from B&Q today. I love what you have done, and that floor is absolutely amazing! You must be so proud of it all. #HomeEtc xx

    • Oh have fun deciding and designing. It is so much fun getting a new kitchen and putting it all together. We are really pleased with it, and now I have worktop to prepare on!

  9. Brilliant transformation, well done! I love the colour scheme, its very calm and clean. The floor and wall tiles are gorgeous. Is the worktop actual wood or laminate? Looks lovely against the white cupboards. Love the deep drawers, I’d definitely go for those if and when we re-do our kitchen! Xx

    • The worktop is laminate! £87 per 3mtr, but I really pleased with it. Thank you, we are really pleased too.

    • The drawers are such a great addition to the room, I can fill them up with sooo much!

  10. Aaah fabulous Steph!! I know how pleased you must be — I am so desperate to update our horrible old kitchen I know that I’d be absolutely THRILLED to finally get it done!! And re timings — it’s taken us 4 months to get my garden office built so I think you’re doing really, really well!! Not lazy— things just take such a lot of time don’t they? Thanks for sharing 🙂 #HomeEtc Caro xx

  11. What a beautiful room! And congrats on finishing it! I remember opening a bottle of bubbly once ours was complete – such a feeling of relief.
    The tiles really make it for me – both the floor and the hex grey on the walls. You’ve done a great job and will last years. If you ever get bored, a few bright accessories will transform it, so it’s really versatile 🙂

  12. It looks amazing, I love the floor and wall tiles, it all works so well, and the sink is so stylish. We are just looking for a hooligan top range oven I cant wait to get it xx

  13. Oh it is lovely. Such a difference. I love the tiles and the floor too. Really ties it all together. #HomeEtc

  14. What an amazing transformation, I love those floor tiles! I really want to renovate our kitchen but we’re going to need to start saving… #HomeEtc

  15. I am incredibly jealous of your kitchen space. It’s so stylish! You just be very proud to show it off.

  16. Kerry Norris Reply

    It looks fab. Love the flooring and the shelves. Trying yo convince hubby to put shelves up in ours x

  17. Wow such a transformation. It’s like a brand new house. I love your new kitchen. We are moving house in 2 months and I can’t wait to get the kitchen designed.

  18. Lucy Melissa Smith Reply

    Oh my word, this is so beautiful.
    I love the sink and those tiles are absolutely gorgeous (although blooming expensive, wow!)
    X X

  19. Oh wow!!! It looks absolutely amazing. You should be very proud. I love love love those tiles – how great do they look?! And your sink is gorgeous too 🙂 x

  20. The London Mum Reply

    I love it! I love the tiles you used and the flooring too. It looks great! Its made such a difference!! x

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