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Kitchen makeover: installing a brand new kitchen

Kitchen makeover

When we moved into our house, we urgently needed a kitchen makeover. As is pretty obvious from our before photos, the kitchen needed completely ripping out.

Our first home. Kitchen before

I would have liked to have been able to save the units and just update them, but they were in such a bad state that they had to be ripped out and thrown away. Some of them didn’t fit properly and half of them were falling apart. There also weren’t any units on the other side of the kitchen and we wanted to put units there, so we decided that we really had no choice but to start from scratch and buy everything new.

Not to mention that everywhere was completely filthy, and I mean filthy. The house had been empty for a long time before we purchased it and it was in such a bad way.

We knew that we basically needed to start again. So that’s what we did.

Kitchen before

Just look at that flooring. It was beyond disgusting!

Kitchen before

There was dark wooden panelling all along the left hand side of the kitchen, which made the room feel even smaller and dark and gloomy. We took that off the wall too, as you can see.

Kitchen makeover in progress

We replaced the old units with a completely new kitchen, choosing cream-coloured units and wooden worktops from Focus (which sadly no longer exists). We thought that units in a light colour would help to make the kitchen feel a little bigger because it’s a small space.

Kitchen makeover

We wanted some colour in the kitchen, and we found the square tiles at a clearance price, so we decided to get 3 different colours – cream to match the units and 2 different browns to complement the wooden worktops.

My Dad taught Dan how to tile when we tiled our bathroom, so he was able to tile the kitchen. It took him quite some time but he did a really good job.

Kitchen makeover

When I saw this sink at Focus, I just had to have it. I love how the white contrasts against the brown worktops.

White kitchen sink

Kitchen makeover

Dyson vacuum

Without a utility room, we need somewhere in our small kitchen to store our ironing board and vacuum cleaner. The ironing board fits perfectly against the fridge behind the kitchen door. We bought a small cordless Dyson that also fits perfectly in such a small space.

I highly recommend getting a cordless Dyson, as it’s so space saving and it’s so much easier vacuuming the house without having to keep plugging it in as you go.

Kitchen makeover

Kitchen makeover

As we don’t have a utility room, we don’t have a good space for the litter tray, water fountain and bowls for the animals, so we created a breakfast bar and put them under there so they’re out of the way a little. Having the litter tray in our kitchen is in no way ideal but we’ve had to deal with it!

We replaced the awful dark and ridiculously sticky flooring with laminate. Dan laid it throughout the living room and kitchen, so the flooring flows through the whole of the ground floor.

We’re really happy with how the kitchen has turned out. Getting good deals on many things and doing a lot of work ourselves also means that we were able to install a brand new kitchen for a low cost. We’ve managed to get a good amount of storage and worktop space out of a small room and it works well for us.


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  • Reply
    revert life
    26th June 2016 at 21:10

    Oooh I absolutely love kitchens stunning well done!!!

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    Rach DiMare
    28th June 2016 at 13:08

    That is some serious makeover! Your kitchen looks awesome!


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    28th June 2016 at 17:10

    Thank you! Oh me too – I spend way too long looking at them on Pinterest ๐Ÿ™‚

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    28th June 2016 at 17:11

    Thank you! I can't begin to describe how awful it was when we moved in!

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    28th June 2016 at 19:13

    We desperately need a new kitchen as ours is almost 20 years old! I love shaker style cabinets! ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo April | April Everyday

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    28th June 2016 at 19:58

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so nice to have a new kitchen!

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    28th February 2018 at 17:54

    This is such a transformation! You have wonderful interior design ideas. I’m not usually a fan of browns but those tiles look amazing. Both of you should be proud.
    Kind regards
    -Amy x

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      2nd March 2018 at 11:19

      Thank you! We’re doing our best to work with what we have x

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