It’s been just over 3 months since we got the keys to our new home, so I thought I’d start sharing updates. We’ve made a few changes since we moved in and there’s so much more we plan to do over the months ahead. Today I’ll share the kitchen progress we’ve made so far.
As you can see from the before photos, the kitchen was in pretty good nick to begin with, compared to what we started with in our last house.
A fully functioning kitchen was certainly an easier start than the kitchen that was in place when we got the keys to our last house. Funnily enough, the units and worktop of this house are very similar to what we had installed in our last home.
So, let’s see what progress we’ve made since we moved in.
I’ve finally managed to organise the insides of all the cupboards so that everything can be put away. This is the tidiest the kitchen has been so far and I finally feel like we’re getting there. A tidy, functional kitchen is a good start.
We’ve put stools at the breakfast bar and pictures on the walls, which has made it feel a lot more like home. The little black mat you can see on the floor under the breakfast bar is for the cat’s litter tray. Not ideal to have it in the kitchen, but at least it’s pretty much out of the way in the far corner.
We’ve added blinds to both windows. A venetian blind at the side gives us privacy, as the fence between our house and our next door neighbour’s is rather low. A roller blind in brown to match the tiles can be completely open during the day for views of the garden and closed in the evening. Plus it’s great at hiding the ugly extractor fan! We’re still hoping to replace that window so we can get rid of the extractor fan.
As you can see, there wasn’t a space under the worktop for our tumble drier. For the time being, it’s just sitting in an empty space. At some point, we need to either extend the counter over the top, or preferably replace the worktops altogether. Upgrading the very basic sink and taps is also on the list. The very long and ever-increasing list.
Next to be done on the other side of the room is changing the hob and oven. Cooking on the current hob is a bit of a challenge, as it’s nearly impossible to see which hob plate is being turned on, as the symbols are barely visible. Thankfully, we’ve got a new hob and oven ready to be installed. They look much more modern, so I think they’re going to make a real impact on the look of the kitchen.
All walls in the house need re-painting and the kitchen walls are no exception. We’re waiting for the weather to warm up a little for that, so we may be waiting a while!
It’s so nice to look back at the photos I took when we first moved in to see the progress we’re making. It’s going to take a while, but it’s such a fun project. I’ll try to share how we’re progressing with other rooms soon.