Sunday, 8 October 2017

Little Corners of My Kitchen

After my kitchen transformation post (here) which spoke more about the actual process of renovating our kitchen, I wanted to write a post going into more detail about the different little aspects of the kitchen - this definitely doesn't cover everything, but I didn't want to write an entire essay so for now I've narrowed it down to three of my favourite little parts. 

Tea / Coffee Station





On the end of our island that's attached to the wall (I realise that makes it not an island, but I'm not sure what else to call it - a breakfast bar but with cupboards?) we keep our kettle and coffee machine and there's a little shelf above it where we hang our favourite coffee cups and keep our coffee pods. In what I suppose is a fairly 'safe' kitchen in terms of the colour scheme and style (purposefully so it'll hopefully be quite timeless) I feel like this is the corner with the most character. We could easily have not tiled this section because it didn't really need a splash back, but I'm so glad we decided to as it just makes it a real little feature. With the addition of our copper kettle and the greenery it's almost Pinterest-worthy.     

Table 



I LOVE our table. I can't take any credit for it whatsoever apart from the fact that the original table was given to us by my parents when we moved into our first unfurnished flat and has been in my life since I was born (is it weird to be slightly sentimental about a table?!). Anyway, it was a very old table, it was pine which is a bit too orange-y for our taste and it was scratched, worn and in much need of a re-vamp. Nick had the idea to clad it with wood in this herringbone pattern. The wood was actually pretty cheap stuff from B&Q made to look nice with stain and oil. The sides are also cladded, but painted white along with the legs and the chairs (I can take credit for the chairs woo).

 I just love sitting and eating breakfast at our table now especially as the light streams through the window when it's sunny. In terms of the tabletop we try to keep it quite simple so it doesn't get too cluttered. Nick banished the couple of candles I'd snuck on there (he is forever banishing my 'tat' as he calls it) so at the moment we just have this fake plant from IKEA displayed on a sample tile I bought when we were trying to decide on wall tiles. Now, what else can I get Nick to make...

Fireplace




I'm so glad we knocked the fireplace through because it makes such a lovely feature and it gives the kitchen a real cosy feel especially in the evening when the fairy lights come on inside it. The wood that's made a mantelpiece comes from an old beam we removed and we have more beam left to potentially do the same in the living room. 

The old stove was given to us for free by my friend's mum - it doesn't work as there's a crack down the back, but I'd mentioned that we were on the hunt for something decorative to go there and she just happened to have this sitting in her shed! All we did was clean it up and re-spray it black. The little caddy next to it was also free as someone on our street was getting rid of it (seriously good luck for us on both of these as imagine how much they could cost from an antiques shop). We bought the mirror from Homesense, which is somewhere I'd not really been before but oh my it's my new favourite place. 

I might do a part two to this post so let me know if that's something you'd like to see! 

Amy x


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  1. What a beautiful kitchen! I really like the copper kettle and the pods in the kilner jar!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks so much Rosanna! That's probably my favourite corner of them all! xx

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  2. Not at ALL weird to be sentimental about a table, how lovely it's now in your home with your partner! You've done a fabulous job with your new kitchen, it looks so fresh and inviting.

    ps. tell Nick you don't want to have to choose between him and the candles ;)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Haha I'm glad you don't think it's weird and I'll have to tell him that! xx

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  3. I've really love the style of your kitchen (so definitely would like to see a part 2 :)) and your tea/coffee station is my favourite! I mean obviously I love that we have matching kettles, but the tiles look lovely there and it's just such a pleasing little set up. V.impressed with what you've done with the table and the beam too xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie, yes to matching kettles! That's the only part that could possibly be Pinterest worthy haha! xx

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  4. I love the looks of your kitchen!
    Isabelle x
    Instagram: isabelle.izzy_
    Twitter @izzy_elli
    Blog: www.isabelleelli.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, I love it too :) xx

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  5. Your kitchen is most DEFINITELY Pinterest worthy, wow! I love the little fireplace, the burner is the perfect fit for that space as it doesn't overwhelm it, and it's great to re-use things that would otherwise have been thrown away as well! Being able to incorporate furniture like the table which has been in your lives for such a long time is lovely too, its new facelift with the cladding looks wonderful and very inkeeping with the rest of the interior design! Gorgeous photos as always!

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

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    1. Aw thanks so much Abbey, yes it was meant to be when it fit perfectly in that space! And I am glad we've managed to give the table a facelift so we could keep it :) xx

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  6. So nice to get the stove, it's decorative and for free! I like things that come from family and friends! Your kitchen is not almost Pinterest worthy, it is totally Pinterest worthy! I loved it!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Yeah it was such a great thing to get for free! Thank you Denise! xx

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