Our Kitchen Renovation

Our Kitchen Renovation

A very photo-heavy post today, but one I am SO excited to share with you- one half our of kitchen/dining space is finished! 

After 3 weeks that turned into 6 due to our dodgy floor (and another 5k spent, gulp), we are back in and thoroughly enjoying our new kitchen. 

When we bought our house in October last year, we knew there was a lot we wanted to do with it, despite us being fortunate in that it already had the decent bones of an extension, built in the form of an extended kitchen and dining room. These rooms were brilliant in that they were both unusually wide, but our ‘issue’ was that although you could walk round from the kitchen to the dining room, whoever had built the extension didn’t knock the main wall down in between two rooms. Kind of making it one same room, kind of not. 

We’ve knocked that main wall down and created one whopping room for both kitchen and a dining/social area, as well as open up the doors at the back with bigger bi-folds, as the previous patio doors were tiny.

As the room is East-facing it means that this room can be quite dark. By opening up the room, and making the opening to the bi-fold doors bigger, the room feels SO much lighter and airier. We also carefully chose our kitchen with creating more light at the forefront of our minds. I love the current trend for dark grey and navy kitchens, but I knew deep down that this wouldn’t work in our space. We decided to go for a Howdens ‘Burford Grey’ kitchen, with oak work surface for our middle island, but we wanted something different for our main work surfaces. On our builder’s recommendation, we sourced our work surfaces from Leyton Stone (geddit?!) in Essex, who were really cheap in comparison. We went for a Quartz work surface, in ‘White Storm’ to reflect the light, and I have to say I really think it’s worked. I was nervous about white work surfaces, but we absolutely LOVE them!

To break up any ‘too white’ blandness, we made sure our tiling went up to the ceiling and we used dark grey grout for interest. I also wanted open shelving to create a spacious feeling, and to showcase some carefully selected pieces of crockery/glassware, and our recipe books and jars. I’ve had SO many compliments and questions about where we got the shelving from, but the truth is it only cost a grand total of 34 quid for two scaffold boards (cut down to size) from Travis Perkins! Then added some cheap-as-chips grey brackets from Screwfix.

In the middle of the kitchen is our island and pillar, something I wasn’t sure was going to work initially, but we had no choice but to keep as it would’ve cost a further 15K to take this out and have a steel ‘picture frame’ inserted in the build instead. As it happens, I actually LOVE this as a feature, and I’m so glad we didn’t waste so much money getting rid of it. We’ve added a charging station to the pillar, and it means I can hang pictures and our notice board on it. 3 bar stools from ace store Cult Furniture complete the industrial-yet-airy-vibe we’re going for.  

I’m going to write a post soon detailing the costs of all the work we had done, to give people a ballpark idea of what to expect when carrying out work like this. Before we started I spent ages googling but couldn’t find much around to give us an idea, so I’m hoping at least one person out there might find it useful!

In the meantime, what do you think? 

I’m so happy with the space, I’ll often come back in before I go to bed just to stare at it #saddo and I hope I never get bored of it. 

Just need to sort the other half of the room now with storage, a new dining table and pictures/prints, and then I’ll be be able to show you this. At the moment it’s a bit of a room of doom! 

Here’s a video tour of our new kitchen:

Becky x

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24 Comments

  1. Stacey Sheppard
    March 16, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Wow, what a lovely space you have created. I like that pillar island actually. And the shelving is lovely, what a bargain. You must be so happy.

    • Becky
      Author
      March 23, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Thank you Stacey, I really am over the moon with it!

  2. March 16, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    It looks fantastic!! I am so pleased for you and cannot wait until ours is finished. We definitely went for the pricier option but your pillar island looks awesome. We might be getting the same stools as you too – and we have the same units! x

    • Becky
      Author
      March 23, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks Donna, I love it so much, and you of all people totally get the relief and satisfaction when it’s finally finished! x

  3. B
    March 17, 2017 / 7:17 am

    What a beautiful kitchen! I love the brick tiles and the centre pillar. Our units are very similar to yours but with a different top. Enjoy using it, I love a newly decorated room!

    • Becky
      Author
      March 23, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks you so much, we’re so pleased with it!

  4. March 19, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Oh Becky, it’s amazing!!! I absolutely love it. The mix of cupboards and open shelving is inspired. You must be thrilled to bits with it x

    • Becky
      Author
      March 23, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks lovely, we are SO chuffed to bits with it, I have to keep pinching myself that it’s all ours! x

  5. Victoria
    March 21, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    The finished look is fab! We’re in the process of having the same kitchen installed from Howdens (only in Burford stone) and also chose a quartz worktop in a local equivalent of White Storm!! How weird!!!! Can’t wait to have it all finished now. xxx

    • Becky
      Author
      March 23, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Ooh you won’t regret the look at all, I’m so pleased we went for the white surfaces now after a bit of a wibble, they brighten the whole space up! x

  6. March 23, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I can’t believe that shelving is ‘just’ scaffolding boards, it looks incredible! You must be over the moon, I love everything you’ve done. I know what you mean about stopping to take a look, I did this with our home office pretty much every night for about a year after we finished it 🙂 Enjoy! X

    • Becky
      Author
      March 27, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      I really am so pleased Lins! Your office space is lovely, I would be doing lots of staring there too! x

  7. March 24, 2017 / 5:57 am

    I can’t say enough how much I love your new kitchen! It is amazing and you must be so pleased with it. Congrats!! So exciting having a big part of your new home all done xx #HomeEtc

    • Becky
      Author
      March 27, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      It really is Julia, I’m so over the moon! x

  8. Mackenzie Glanville
    March 24, 2017 / 11:32 am

    some really clever ideas here! I totally love your choices, such my taste. I have to say I am completely jealous of your fridge and your sink!!!!! The tile choice is spot on and the open shelves look stunning! #HomeEtc

    • Becky
      Author
      March 27, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Ah thank you, and thanks so much again for sharing on Twitter! 🙂 x

  9. March 27, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Absolutely LOVE what you’ve done, the shelves and the jars have got to be my favourite things! Looks stunning, well done lovely!

    • Becky
      Author
      March 27, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks Kate!

  10. March 27, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    It looks so stunning! Bright, simple and very enviable! #HomeEtc

    • Becky
      Author
      March 27, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Ah thank you Lizzie! x

  11. March 27, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Oh I just love it, we have those tiles but with white grout I love the grey. We have a black kitchen which can be so dark, I love the light and brightness. xx

  12. Fionnuala Zinnecker
    March 28, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Wow Becky! Your kitchen is fabulous. I love everything about it. You were right to keep the pillar. It adds a bit more character and is a feature, as you say. I imagine you are absolutely delighted with it.

  13. Sarah Graziani
    August 31, 2017 / 1:35 am

    Hi Becky! My husband and I are thinking about purchasing a SMEG fridge. How long have you had yours, and are you happy with it?
    Thanks for your feedback 🙂

    • Becky
      Author
      September 2, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Hi Sarah, we’ve had ours for 5 and a half years now and absolutely love it! It holds so much and looks great, would definitely recommend you invest in one.

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