Happy new year!
While 2016 globally may have been a tumultuous one, for us it was a year of huge change from getting engaged to continuing to transforming our home. Possibly the one room renovation that has made the biggest difference to our lives has been our kitchen which we begun in July last year, and finally completed in early December. Cooking and hosting people has always been something that’s been important to me and working around a grubby and dated kitchen meant that I never felt like I could really open our home to people. We didn’t even have a proper floor for a year, as the linoleum floor from the previous owner, was so stained and dirty that it was far better to walk on concrete than to keep it.
The kitchen then
The utility then
Having done the best we could with a shabby kitchen for a year, when it came to deciding what we wanted for the new kitchen, both Matt and I were in agreement. We envisioned a light and bright functional space with glossy units, wood finishes and a very modern feel. Counter top space was a priority as was storage. Thanks to the handy kitchen design tools on Wren kitchens, Matt spent weeks designing the layout to get it just right, making our dream kitchen possible.
I’d like to say that I helped with tearing out the old kitchen in preparation for the new one, but barring moving appliances out of the cupboards and into the garage, this stage was all Matt. In the year and a half that we’ve been renovating, he’s picked up some handy DIY skills and is very hands on. Just don’t ask him to fit lights. Our electrician is still laughing at the last attempt.
We kept the layout the same but replaced the kitchen units, counter tops, sink and oven unit and moved the fridge under the counter. The previous gas stove was replaced with an induction stove, which makes cooking quicker and there’s less mess to clean up – winning!
The house’s neutral colour palette was maintained with white bevelled subway tiles, which I’ve always loved, and a shade of soft warm grey paint on the walls. We chose the walnut laminate counter tops to add some bring some warmth and dimension to the room.
The original shelving unit from this corner of the kitchen was removed and we instead added a breakfast bar to give us extra seating and counter top space. The eames chairs were another great find from My Furniture. Turns out even our fat ginger cat is a fan of them!
The new utility
The utility is our all purpose room. From storing cleaning appliances, boots coats, and the cats paraphernalia, this room needed to be functional with space saving storage. We replaced the existing sink with a larger stainless steel bowl and a pull-out spout tap to make it easy to clean muckier items like boots, cat litter trays and large pots and pans.
I am so chuffed with the final result as it’s a far cry from the dated and dusty kitchen that we inherited. It’s a light and bright space that’s also functional – the perfect balance of style and purpose.