One of the first things we did to the house as soon as we moved in was to install a new kitchen. Tom isn’t too fussy about interior design, so I pretty much get a free reign with his final approval before I go ahead and buy things. This works really well for both of us, as I get to do all the fun shopping around and searching on pinterest, before choosing what I’d like, and he doesn’t get dragged round shops, and just has to say yay or nay to my choices. Usually, he likes what I have chosen and we are both happy!
A new kitchen is the biggest purchase I have ever made, so I took A LONG time to decide what to go for. The existing kitchen was quite dark but the layout worked well, so really I was just choosing lighter coloured cabinets and worktops. We had to keep the original dark grey floor due to the expense of replacing it, and it does hide the muddy dog prints fairly well!
Here are a few snaps of the kitchen when my in-laws were still living here, taken the day before the kitchen was ripped out:
With the existing dark floor, I decided to go for painted wood finish and a wood effect worktop. I also decided to move the cooker which was in the corner originally. I wanted a range cooker as I do most of the cooking and baking in our house, so more than one oven is a real benefit for catering for large meat and roast veggies, and sometimes even a pudding too if I have the time!
I started looking at kitchens when I was still pregnant with James, as I knew when he came along I wouldn’t have as much time, and originally we were supposed to be moving in when he was just 2 months old. In some ways it was lucky that the move was delayed as it meant we had time to choose a new kitchen and James was a bit older so we were slightly less sleep deprived! In the end I went for a Howdens kitchen, Tewkesbury in antique white to be exact. It is a wooden painted kitchen and is really good quality. I asked our joiner to design a fake chimney breast to sit above our range cooker to act as a feature and also hide the extractor fan. A mantlepiece above the cooker finishes this area off. I’m really pleased with how this feature turned out, as it is a real focal point of the room. You can see the chimney breast under construction in the image below:
The kitchen ceiling is really high, and already had a lowered false ceiling in it, but our joiner suggested adding a cornice to finish off the ceiling and to be in keeping with the style of the house. This was a great suggestion and it was unbelievable the difference it made to the room at relatively little cost.
I’ll share the “after” photos in the next few weeks once I have photographed the completed kitchen. I really love it and can’t wait to share it with you.