Our New Kitchen

Seeing as I've been banging on about it for what feels like forever, I thought that now was as good a time as any to give you a little peek at our new kitchen.  You will have to forgive me for as they aren't staged or particularly fancy but then, neither am I so that seems only fitting.  Please also forgive the rambling!

This was our original kitchen:



Those cupboards? Also included a small fridge and for a family of four, it wasn't enough. We were so short of space that at one point we had food in the hallway cupboard and shelves in what was our boiler room, along with the freezer and another small fridge as a backup.   


We hated the kitchen.  As you can see, the previous owners were keen on tiles - as we have found throughout the house (who could forget the hideous bathroom?).  Can you believe we managed to do a Christmas dinner in here for 6?!  We were so tight for space, we had to fill up a plastic tub with hot, soapy water for all the dishes to soak in!  

For the size of our house, the kitchen was small and the previous owners had made it smaller by adding those patio doors.



The above photo was taken on the day we looked around the house and shows one end of the garage that was accessed through the hallway.  We knew it would be perfect converted into a kitchen and that was the plan from the moment we moved in.  To the left of the photo, the room that backs on to the wall was known as the boiler room.  D has increased the size of the room, taking some of the space to make the boiler room bigger.  To the right of the photo, is where D has created a new room which is our pantry.   Once the pantry was completed, it meant we could move all of the food into one place, along with the washing machine and tumble dryer, which made a huge difference.  

Other than the electrics, plastering and moving the boiler, D has done everything himself and is feeling proud of what he's created and rightly so.


When we first started to properly plan the kitchen, there were a number of 'must haves':

1 - A plumbed in fridge-freezer.  Our previous fridge was terrible and we wanted something that had plenty of space as well as ice and cold water readily available. It was absolutely the right decision. For the first time ever, I can do a food shop and still have plenty of room left in the fridge.  The girls are able to help themselves to a drink and love having ice when they want it.

2 - Storage. Storage. And more storage.  As mentioned above, the previous kitchen was severely lacking in storage. And now we have gone from one extreme to the other. Not that I'm complaining, you'll understand. We decided we would rather have too much storage than not enough.  The girls have their own cupboards to keep their lunch boxes and special cups in.  It also means that there is very little left on the worktops, which I'm loving. 

3 - I knew that I wanted a ceramic double sink and left the specifics to D!

4 - Nice flooring.  Initially, I was keen on patterned tiling for the flooring. But then I thought about it and decided against it because since we have lived here, I have been wanting Victorian style tiles in the hallway.  As the hallway leads onto the kitchen, it would have been too much.  The heringbone fitted the bill perfectly and despite D's grumbles, because he had to cut it all to size and lay it, he's pleased with it too.

5 - D decided we should have two ovens because the oven we had previously was so small, we never had enough room if we made something like a roast dinner. 

6 -   Colour! This was more important to me than D, I suspect, but I had visions of it being a bright and colourful room, allowing some of our personality to shine through. Whilst it looks nice in some homes, I wanted to avoid the greys and neutrals that are always so popular.

7 - D wanted to move the boiler out of the backroom (which will become my workspace) into the kitchen, hiding it in a cupboard. This has worked out perfectly because the old boiler wasn't big enough for the size of our house and as it was floor standing, it has now freed up significant space in the room.

When we first started even talking about the kitchen, I had set ideas about how I wanted it to look.  I wanted a country style kitchen with blue cupboards and thick wooden counter tops with patterned floor tiles and a large table in the middle.  My tastes have changed a little since then and I've been more conscious about keeping it simple so that it doesn't age too quickly.  


D researched where to buy the kitchen from, eventually opting for DIY Kitchens. Whilst I was tempted by a lighter colour, I opted for darker because I didn't want to be conscious of every little grubby mark that might pop up.  When the kitchen was delivered, it took them almost an hour to unload everything and the boxes filled up almost half of the kitchen.  It has to be said that although D was doing the hard work of putting it all together, that was a daunting moment.  

 

We were very lucky that we had such a large space to work with.  In the middle of the kitchen we have a large table that was originally in the living room.  It fits perfectly and has made all the difference to the room, although we might change the colour from cream to grey. 

So far we are all enjoying sitting up to the table with the radio on whilst we eat.  Mealtimes are far less stressful with no arguments about who sits where or what we watch on the TV, because there is no TV in there for them to watch!  I have memories of sitting in my Stepmum's parents kitchen, at the table whilst we talked and watched them cook and I think it's a nice memory to recreate.  From a practical point of view, it also means that I have somewhere to sit and prepare food if I am having a hard day with pain. 

Walking in to make a drink or to prepare dinner still feels like a bit of a novelty at the moment.  Just having the space to move about, going in to a cupboard to get something without other things falling out as you open it.  And, I must say, I am loving not having the cats in there.  The old kitchen was in the middle of the house and because the cat litter tray was in there, we were unable to shut the cats out of the kitchen.  It meant it could be a little whiffy and we had to be careful not to leave food packets out on the side as the cats would always manage to get into them! 

So there we have it, a very quick peek at our new kitchen.

6 comments

  1. OMG THAT IS GORGEOUS!!! Love, love, love.

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  2. Oh wow! That looks amazing! What a difference! I do love the flooring especially x

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  3. Wow your kitchen is beautiful X #twinklytuesday

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  4. It looks absolutely gorgeous - well done guys! Our house is a new build but there was hardly any storage in the kitchen either (why oh why?!?). So we have been gradually adding bits in. Its so much nicer when you everything has a home to be put away. Enjoy your new space #TwinklyTuesday

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  5. Wow that is a transformation! I especially love the floor. #TwinklyTuesday

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