Renovating our kitchen has definitely been a labour of love. It’s been seven months of labour, but we’re completely in love with the outcome.
As is invariably the case with DIY and renovation projects, it’s all taken longer than anticipated. Our original estimated finish time was about two months ago, and although I’m calling this a ‘reveal’ there are still some tiny finishing off jobs to do in the kitchen. The dining area bit (behind the camera) is still a chaotic dumping ground and we’ve only just started on the living room this weekend.
But I didn’t want to wait any longer to show you this bit.
Let’s remind ourselves of where we’ve come from.
In November last year, I showed you how my kitchen looked then. Yeah, a nice shade of 1970s brown, falling apart and pretty tiny to boot.
By April, we’d started pulling the downstairs apart and had moved our living space upstairs, crafting a makeshift living room and camp kitchen out of our two spare bedrooms.
Here you can see the old layout of the house: a through lounge and dining room, and separate kitchen complete with serving hatch. Yep, that’s an original. Seriously, this house had barely been touched since it was built in 1974.
A month later, at the end of May, the supporting wall between the kitchen and dining area had been pulled down and a steel beam put up in its place. We’d bricked up the old kitchen entrance doorway and brought the wall out further to separate off the living room.
By the end of July, we’d put French doors in the back where there was once a window. Still pretty messy though, right?
So you see why it’s been quite a long journey. And why it is pretty immense to us that it now looks like this.
Need to know: kitchen units (base unit doors and drawer fronts are Veddinge range in grey, glass wall cupboard doors are Jutis), worktop, sink and pendant lights all Ikea; handles, Handles4Doors; cooker hood from eBay; white subway tiles, Wickes; walls painted in B&Q Colours paint in chantilly. More coming up on our nick nacks later in the week.
What do you think? Big change?!