You may have read my previous blog post on our farmhouse kitchen, and seen the “before” shots. Today (and I’m sure you’re all itching to see them!) I thought I’d share the after photos. Ta da!
One of the hardest decisions I had was choosing the tiles. By this point I was exhausted from the move and caring for a 4 month old baby, and this decision just seemed too much for me! I must have spent around 4 hours in the tile shop with the very helpful owner who was very understanding of me coming in and asking to see pretty much every tile in the shop, all with baby James in tow! In the end I went for a subway style tile, with a high gloss finish and our tiler fitted them in a slightly offset fashion which I love as it is slightly different to a lot of the brick style layouts that are popular at the moment.
The flooring is karndean flooring, which I don’t love but it is of very good quality. I’m not a fan of the dark colour, and the tiles never look properly clean no matter how hard I scrub. They are grey and black mottled, and I feel the grey part always makes them look a little grubby. However it would have been extremely costly to remove and replace them on such a big scale, so they’re staying for now. You might notice next to the cooker there is a white strip going at an angle, this is because the old cooker layout was at an angle. Our joiner tried and tried to lift that one tile to alter it for us so that it wouldn’t look so out of place, but he couldn’t lift it without damaging it or the surrounding tiles. So we have left it and painted the concrete in the corner so that it is less obvious. I think it’s probably only me that notices these things!
Paint colour was an easy choice for me, I wanted a soft pale green to lighten the room and keep it fresh, so Dulux’s Jurassic Stone was an obvious choice. Due to the walls being really rough, we had to wallpaper with lining paper first and then add two coats of paint, as well as three coats of white on the ceiling and several coats of white gloss on the doors. This took us around a month to do as we had to work in the evenings once James was in bed. I finished painting the window sills on Christmas Eve as I was desperate to get it finished for Christmas Day! Unfortunately since completing the painting, water damage from our leaking roof and gutters has made its way into our beautiful new kitchen, and damaged the wallpaper. I wept. Actually wept! We had spent *so* long choosing our kitchen, fitting it and working every evening for weeks while James slept to complete it and it is needing touched up already. We hadn’t realised just how bad the leaking valley gutters were, or that the water was now making it’s way down two storeys. The gutters have been leaking for the best part of a decade so have caused some serious damage, but it is in the process of being fixed (you may spot scaffolding in the windows!), and hopefully by Christmas it’ll all be done and dusted and we can continue decorating the rest of the house. Ho hum
One of my favourite features in the kitchen is the fake chimney breast which I designed and asked our joiner to build to hide the extractor fan. I don’t think Tom was terribly convinced by the idea, but now that it’s finished he loves it too, and can see why I got them to do it. I love the clock sitting above it, and the little mantlepiece. I think I’d like the mantle to be a bit chunkier and more rustic, but we have no plans to change it at the moment.
I love my kitchen now, and I really feel that it is heart of the home. It’s the first room that you come into from the farm, and I think it is light, homely and welcoming. As James grows, I have plans to make a big pinboard to display his artwork on, but at the moment, I love the Tamsin Thomson print my sister gave me for my 30th which hangs at the end of our table. I have a few trinkets hanging around too, but not too much clutter as it’s easier to keep clean. The fabric heart is one of many I made for our wedding, the wee glass lantern was my Granny’s, and Tom bought me the wooden duck a few days before James was born to cheer me up as I had always admired them at the Highland show and I was a big hot mess by then!
The pendant lights are from John Lewis, and we went for spot lights and under cupboard lights too, which make a big difference in the winter. I’d planned on making my own Roman blinds, but now that I’m back at work, that idea quickly went out my head when I realised I basically have no spare time for such potentially frustrating activities. I ordered some roller blinds from blinds2go in the end, which were reasonably priced and I’m pleased with the final look. Roman blinds would have been classier but were double the price and when I considered the amount of work needed to the rest of the house, Roman blinds were a sacrifice I could make!
When the roof and valley gutters are finally finished, I’ll touch up the areas of the kitchen that are water damaged, and then I’ll be done in here for a while. Thank goodness. What do you think?