The kitchen was at the top of out ‘to do’ list when we moved in. It was by far the most dated room in the house and needed a lot of attention. I have seen people completely transform their kitchens just by painting cabinets and updating handles, and if your units are still in good shape then lucky you – go get the paint out! Unfortunately there was no saving ours so our only option was to rip it all out and start again.
OUT WITH THE OLD…
…AND IN WITH THE NEW
As it’s a fairly small kitchen we decided that we would knock down the wall separating it from the dining room to create an open-plan and more sociable space . If you have been considering doing this but are worried about the level of work involved, I really recommend going for it. We popped out for the day and by the time we got home the wall was gone. Already we could see that it made such a difference, the kitchen felt so much lighter and both spaces seemed bigger than they had as two separate rooms. (Sorry about the poor quality image)
Over the next few days all of the units were ripped out, as well as the hideous built in extractor fan. Every night we got home from work, we couldn’t believe how much had been done – it seemed to be moving so quickly.
Before we knew it the new units were going in and our kitchen was starting to take shape.
I had originally decided on the Metod kitchen from Ikea and in the weeks leading up to the work I spent every spare minute using their online 3D kitchen planner – but I found it impossible. I couldn’t measure anything before the wall had been knocked down and none of the units seemed to fit where I wanted them. By the time the builder was ready to start I had made no progress at all – thankfully he recommended we take a trip to Howdens.
They had a fairly similar design, albeit in a lighter grey but I was willing to make the compromise knowing that at least everything would fit. Or even if it didn’t- it wouldn’t be down to my dodgy measuring! We were really impressed with their service, we went back and forth with the (very patient) designer several times until we were completely happy. Eventually we chose Burford Stone which we paired with oak worktops, and I finally got the belfast sink that Ikea wouldn’t let me have in the corner! The hardest decision I found was choosing handles – I couldn’t believe how much they could change the look of the kitchen.
Before we decided on anything else, we knew we wanted a Rangemaster and so treated ourselves to one of their smaller models the Elan 90. It is definitely the feature of the room. Just incase it didn’t stand out enough already we choose to back it with dark blue/grey tiles which matched the colour of the dining room.
I decided to leave one corner free of units and have some open shelving, which our builder very cleverly made from the leftover wood from our worktop. I bought some iron brackets from eBay to use with them. Although I’m still searching for the perfect bits and pieces to display on them as I don’t feel they look quite right just yet.
Overall we’re pleased with the final look. I was quite nervous throughout as this was by far the most major bit of work we had ever done – and there are just so many decisions to make. But our builders did a great job and we were very lucky that the whole project turned out to be completely stress free, everything was completed in just over three weeks.
Have any of you completed a kitchen makeover, how did you find it? I hope you found it as stress free as we did! I’m also really interested to know whether any of you managed to have any success with the Ikea kitchen planner, was it just me that found that impossible?