Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Kitchen Transformation


Well this post has been a long time coming! In January I asked Nick when he thought we'd finish the kitchen. He said March, I said May. Here we are in September and I'm finally writing our kitchen transformation post after nine months of work. The thing with doing everything yourself is it always, always takes so much longer than you anticipate. In the first year of renovating our house I wrote quite a few transformation posts, but the kitchen was by far the biggest project yet so it's been a whopping eleven months since I've written a renovation post. So for those of you who are a little newer around here, I'll link the previous transformation posts at the end of this one in case you want to have a nosy at the rest of our house! And you might want to make a cuppa because this will be a long one. As always, the before pictures and the during pictures aren't great quality but there ain't no way to make those pretty anyway!

Before 




When we first moved into our house we hadn't even considered changing the layout of the kitchen because we hadn't quite got our 'we can do anything with this house' mindset yet so we went from just wanting to decorate and refresh it to deciding on a whole new kitchen and a completely different layout. When we moved in the kitchen had a dining area with a bay window, a blocked up fireplace (that was covered in moisture because it hadn't been given any ventilation) and built in cupboards, which although they were original and gorgeous were also old, tatty and slathered in a hundred years worth of paint. Then there was a narrow kitchen space with a sink underneath the window with a narrow porch off to the side leading to a downstairs loo. The porch was so narrow I can't think of any other purpose of it than separating the kitchen from the toilet so it was kind of dead space. The floor was half old dirty lino, half thin faded carpet and it was all wallpapered in a blue pattern that made the room feel quite dark. 

During








I mean, I could probably write an essay about the process, but I'll try and keep it as brief as I can. We ripped all the old kitchen out ourselves, as well as the inbuilt cupboards and the blocked up fireplace. Nick completely excavated the fireplace space so we could have a little feature there. We decided we wanted to change the layout by removing the porch and having a utility space at the end that would lead into the downstairs toilet so moving the door to that in the process. We did contemplate building the stud wall ourselves, but decided that it would be worth paying someone to do it considering how long it would take us to do and how very wrong we could get it. We then had it plastered and also got builders in to put in a new back door and windows to let more light in. At this point we hadn't decided on a layout for the actual kitchen yet, but eventually decided on having units along one wall and then a sort of island but that's actually attached to one wall (hopefully you get what I mean from the pictures!) The island separates the kitchen from the dining area where we have our table that Nick cladded himself. We designed, built and fitted the kitchen ourselves (including the worktops), painted everywhere, tiled the floor and the wall and Nick also did all the plumbing for both the heating and water with help from his Dad and YouTube. We also tiled and painted the downstairs toilet and installed a sink as it didn't have one before. The downstairs bathroom is so small it's difficult to photograph, but it's practically a smaller version of the main bathroom!

After 













I'll probably do a separate post on all the finishing touches because I could probably talk for days, but the kitchen itself is all from IKEA (we didn't really look anywhere else because we knew we wanted something affordable and that would be easy to build ourselves), the walls are painted an off white because we wanted to keep it all fairly neutral and we went with a herringbone pattern for the splash back tiles to add a bit of a feature, but we kept those white to complete the clean finish of the kitchen. There's a lot of wood in the kitchen too - the worktops are wood look laminate, the floor is wood look tiles (although it looks SO real it's crazy) then we've got the wooden table and the wooden mantelpiece which is an old beam that was in the ceiling. We've added a few copper accents, but only with things that are easily changeable in case we want a little revamp in the future!

As promised here are the links to my previous renovation posts: Bathroom, Bedroom, Office, Living room

I'd love to know how you'd decorate your kitchen!

Amy x
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  1. Oh my goodness Amy it is stunning! I can't believe you and Nick did it by yourselves, how incredible! I love those kind of sinks. Going to check out the other renovations posts now and I'm excited :) xxx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, it took such a long time but so worth it I love it :) hope you enjoyed the other posts too xx

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  2. Amy it looks amazing! I literally cant even fathom how you did this all by yourselves - serious kudos, and Nick has done incredibly with all that stuff he did solo! I love the island in the middle...this is so the vibe I want for my future (non-rented) kitchen! Also high five for our matching copper kettles haha xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Thank you Sophie! Definite high five for our matching copper kettles! Doing it all ourselves is why it took 9 months haha xxx

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  3. Wow, you should host a room transformation tv program! Great job again!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Haha that would be a dream! Thanks Rosanna xx

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  4. Wow looks amazing! Love the copper accessories and added touches.

    Anna
    http://www.madeupstyle.com

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    1. Thank you so much, that's the only bit of colour we've got in there haha! xx

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  5. Oh my, this transformation is gorgeous! Can't believe you did it all yourself!! I have a similar kitchen to you, and I love our butcher block counters!
    a life of a charlotte
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    1. They're great aren't they, I'm so glad we went for them! Thank you xx

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  6. I loooved the new kitchen! It is so airy, full of light, so beautiful! A massive renovation, and well, men are like that, I suppose - from March to September, but really a good result! Enjoy it now!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Thank you we're so pleased with it and will definitely enjoy it! xx

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  7. Amy, this transformation is incredible! You guys have obviously put so much work in and you've really pulled it off, this space looks a million dollars! You've clearly put a lot of thought into the decoration and all of the features as well! Seriously impressed at Nick for doing the plumbing, and well done to you on those gorgeous tiles as well, it must've been such a painstaking task! Hope you're loving your new space and get to relax in it now!

    Abbey 🍂 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much, we're so pleased with it! The tiles were painstaking but worth it! xx

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  8. WOW! You've renovated the kitchen so so well! I'm impressed, it looks incredible!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris | https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much, we're really pleased with it xx

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  9. Gosh, it's completely transformed! Your new kitchen looks really lovely Amy - and funnily enough, absolutely suits you. The sink is perfect!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm so happy with it and it's the perfect colour scheme for adding plants haha! xx

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  10. This is AMAZING! Like, jaw dropping amazing haha. It doesn't even look like the same kitchen AT ALL! This is 100% future goals for us. We've never tried to DIY a home renovation like this (probably because we haven't owned our own home yet...), but considering the crazy cost of living out here in Colorado, renovating will probably be a must! I'm so in awe of your guys' work!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. We changed the whole layout so it feels like a completely different kitchen it's great! Yeah it does save so much money! xx

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  11. These are my favourite kinds of posts Amy - I love seeing how other people decorate and style their homes! I love that you've completely altered the space to make it exactly how you want it to be too. We did so much work to our house when we moved in and it was completely worth it x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. I love snooping on other people's homes so it made sense to share my own haha! It's so nice to make a place your own isn't it! xx

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