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.
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.
Just look at that flooring. It was beyond disgusting!
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.
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.
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.
When I saw this sink at Focus, I just had to have it. I love how the white contrasts against the brown worktops.
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.
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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