So the kitchen revamp is finally complete! After living in our home for four years the time finally came to tackle one of the most outdated rooms in the house. And like all kitchen renovations it was a pain in the ass! Everything needed to be gutted and the only appliance we were keeping was our microwave! We had also chosen to fit the kitchen ourselves so Phill, his Dad and brother did all the hard labour.
We hired a skip and out went the old kitchen, along with the lowered wooden ceiling and all the floor to ceiling tiles. It was during this time that we realised the kitchen needed rewired. The electrics were in very bad shape. This was the start of the unpredicability of doing up our kitchen. It felt like everything that could go wrong did! From the kitchen needing to be rewired to having to reorder the worktop (don’t ask) and getting a leak when almost everything was complete. It was a headache but we got through it and we are delighted with the end result.
Our kitchen is an Ikea one – Metod cream cabinets with black/brown frame and Ebracken black/brown worktop. The majority of our appliances are also from Ikea…and so far so good. I fell in love with this kitchen when I attended a special Belfast press preview of the brand new Ikea kitchens back in April. Luckily Phill loved it too when I showed him it. Strange that deciding on what flooring and what colours the walls should be took more deliberating! In the end we opted for black slate-effect laminate flooring from B&Q and Dulux ‘Wild Water’ paint on the walls. We’re not one for light colours, instead we prefer rich emotive colours.
Check out my Kitchen Inspiration post to see what our vision was for this kitchen.
Phill did a brilliant job planning the layout of our kitchen online using the 3D Ikea Kitchen Planner. Our big aim was to create more worktop space and more storage space too. One of the best decisions we made was to do away with our tall fridge freezer in the corner and instead get a fridge and freezer built in side by side, allowing us to run a worktop the whole way along the left hand side. This has made a huge difference. Now when I have people over for dinner or am baking up a storm I have tons more worktop space to work with.
On the right hand side we have utilised the space so much better. We did away with the small horizontal radiator, replacing it with a vertical one behind the door. We got (almost) floor to ceiling cabinets and nice pull-out drawers. We love that we still have worktop space on this side – a place to set our coffee machine, bread bin etc. I’m still figuring out where I want everything!
With regards accessories and decorations, we kept a lot of our existing knick knacks like my Orla Kiely homewares. My mum’s friend was getting rid of some fab vintage plates and I nabbed them and promptly went out to get plate hangers to hang them as a wall feature. We also came across an amazing ‘to the party’ sign in TK Maxx for a bargain £14.99. When Halloween came around Phill hung small skull lights around the sign and these will be staying put! We also got a big magnet board from Ikea for all our beloved photos and magnets that we previously had on our old fridge freezer.
So whilst we love modern interiors we are by no means minimalists. We’ve added individuality to our kitchen space through retro accents and quirky objects. I hope you’ve enjoyed this kitchen tour guys!
Black Velvet vintage plates by Hostess Tableware – designer John Russell
Spoon rest bought at Disneyland, Florida