So today, I am finally doing a tour/reveal of our new kitchen and dining room (it’s about time eh?!) To be honest, it has pretty much taken up until now for it to be finished, but we are pretty much done so today, I thought I’d talk through the process of having our kitchen done. I also thought I’d show you where everything is from and show some before & afters, cause if you’re anything like me, you love these kind of posts! (I’m always a sucker for a before/after!)
It’s crazy to think that this is our kitchen now when I think back to how it was before! When we first bought our house in August last year, we knew we wanted to renovate the kitchen. In fact, we knew we wanted to renovate it from the first time we looked round the house. It almost put me off buying the house, but Henry won me round with the old ‘you could have marble worktops’ line. The old kitchen was very small, and well ahem old. There wasn’t a lot of storage or worktop space.
The dining room was separate and seemed like a waste of a good space. There was also a utility that was attached to the garage but you had to go out of the house to get into, if that makes sense? It was a complete bare room and tbh, whenever I put the washing in the washing machine, I felt like I was doing a bush tucker trail cause of the amount of spiders in there! Gross!
Doing the renovation turned into a bigger job than we ever imagined, but to be honest, I think this is the case with any house renovation haha! We got our kitchen and appliances from Wickes. We did shop around at a few different kitchen brands, but we decided to go with Wickes, cause 1. the kitchen designer really got what we wanted and created a kitchen we could never even have imagined ourselves and 2. they had a huge sale on and sorted loads of offers for us, which meant we got a really good price for everything. If you’re going to get a kitchen done, I’d recommend shopping around and taking full advantage of brands free design service. They will come measure up and design a kitchen for you, for free! We did this with a few companies and found that Wickes created the best kitchen for us and within our budget too.
I have to say Wickes have been great and would 100% recommend them, their customers service was very efficient, everything seems very good quality and hard wearing. So I would definitely have a look at their kitchen range if you are thinking of updating yours soon!
So we ordered the kitchen in August and had it delivered in October. I almost wet myself with excitement when I saw my marble worktops coming off the lorry haha! We then hired two builders to install the kitchen and do the building work as there was a lot to do. So basically we had the whole space opened up, so the wall between the kitchen and dining room came down, we had new ceilings, the walls re plastered, a door way created into the utility, the shape of the kitchen changed round and also a new fuse board. Just a few things eh?
Henry took down the ceilings and the wall between the dining room and kitchen himself, he also ripped out the old kitchen and floor, and the sink too to save us a little money. The builders took about 2 and half weeks to do everything (longest two and a half weeks of my life being stuck in the bedroom with just Frank for company) but the builders were really nice lads and cracked on with stuff so I can’t complain too much (I will just say THANK GOD for Gilmore Girls for keeping me sane.)
I also never want to see another microwave meal for as long as I live.
Once the builders had finished, we had a lot of other jobs that needed doing, we needed to paint the dining room, put flooring down, paint the utility and other little bits like that. The little bits seem to take the longest and this was something we weren’t quite prepared for I don’t think!
I mean we could have worked quicker on some things, but we started work on the kitchen in mid September and it’s only pretty much finished now, but obviously that’s because some weekends we’ve not had time to do kitchen bits, and we could have paid the builders to do these things but you know… money.
There’s a lot of cool features in the kitchen which we love. We’re really happy with the colour scheme of the dark grey with the marble. It’s really easy to clean and seems to be hard wearing when Mr Frank jumps up when he thinks we’re not looking (dogs eh?) We got pretty much all new appliances such as a 5 burner hob, a space age cooker hood and a double oven (which was a blessing on Christmas day let me tell you!) We also got a nice big dishwasher, cause washing up is up there with laundry, as my least fave chore.
We both had our say on what we wanted in the kitchen, it’s got quite a modern twist with some gadgets which suits Henry to a tee, whilst I have my marble (will I ever stop going on about it? Probably not.)
We have this cool radiator too which Henry found from B&Q. It adds a statement to the wall and pumps out some heat, I will sometimes stand by it in the afternoon, close my eyes and pretend I’m like in The Bahamas or something.
I’ve recently added some little accessories around (much to Henry’s distaste haha) and I’ve gone for a gold/copper theme. H&M Home, The Range and Next are all amazing for this kind of thing and I’m super happy with it’s how all come together. I still swoon at our copper cutlery haha! (loser)
We wanted the kitchen to be a social place, even though we’re both two of the most unsociable people ever, but anyways, if we ever decide to be social able we wanted it to be an easy place to hang out. It’s very open which we love, meaning when one of us cooks the tea, the other can hop on a stool and chat away. On Christmas day, it meant people could chill with us, as me and Henry slightly panicked if we’d done enough roast potatoes (you can never do enough in my book.) We’ve also got a blue tooth speaker which I love, and we play music and just chill out. It’s a really lovely space and I tend to spend the majority of my time in here which is great. We’re both really happy with how it’s turned out.
We have been a bit behind on sorting out the dining room as we weren’t sure what to do with it. However after much searching we got table and bench set from Next which was in their ex display sale just before Christmas. It was such a good price and we loved the benches as we thought it fitted well with the modern theme. I do want to get some end chairs in like a grey colour but I’ll get some of those at later point, as long as we have them before this Christmas, I’m not too bothered. Yes I did just say the c word.
We really wanted some hanging light bulbs like you see in those hipster coffee shops. We got ours from Dunelm and the bulbs are called Henry which I thought was quite funny haha. They give off a really nice light and I think they just add a little something.
We recently put some prints on the wall which I feel has really finished the room off. It was such a huge wall we weren’t sure what to do with it., but we thought that five prints would work well. It’s taken me about two months to decide what prints to get (I’m not even joking!) Three are from Etsy and two are from a brand called The House Outfit.
First of all, we have one that says que sera sera one which means ‘what will be will be’ in Spanish. I love that saying and it’s something me and Henry say quite a lot. Next we have this Hakuna Matata one, which is very unlike me as although I love Disney and Disneyworld, I’m not really a Disney decor kinda person, however, I 1. loved the colour of this print and 2. The lion king is Henry’s fave Disney film. However he always makes me watch it with him, (although I find the part where Mufasa dies *spoiler alert* terribly disturbing) but I thought this was quite cute and not too in your face.
Next we have a co-ordinates print, which is the co ordinates from Brooklyn Bridge park which is where Henry proposed to me. I wanted to have a print that had something to do with NYC, but I was very wary to not have something too in your face, as I don’t want to be that couple that has something to do with NYC in every room. So I thought this was very simple and personal, and that’s from Etsy.
Then we have this grey print from The House Outfit again and I loved the grey and the font. I’m a total homebody so felt like it represented me quite well! Also the lovely people at The House Outfit have 1. given me a discount code for their site, use CORRIE15 for 15% off any wall art from their website. Also we’re running a giveaway on my Instagram where you can win three prints of choice from them, this is live right now, so go go go!
Finally I’ve just got this the best is yet to come print from Etsy. I liked the font and thought it was nice. All the frames are from the Range btw.
Then we have the bar cart, the light box is from not on the high street and the bar cart was Henry’s Nan’s which I was very lucky to inherit from her. I have a whole host of accessories from H&M Home and Primark on there, as well as prossesco and champagne which are from 31.Dover.com.
And I think that is everything! I won’t show you too much of the utility cause it’s a pig sty haha, it’s been a bit of a dumping ground for stuff. So we need to sort it out but just in case you’re wondering the dog wallpaper is from B&Q and eventually the room will be Frank’s room – I want to get him a new bed and that kinda thing before he starts sleeping in there. If any of you have any cute pet bed recommendations please let me know!
I still pinch myself every day when I walk into the kitchen, we are SO happy with how it’s turned out. It’s a bit of a transformation eh?
I also uploaded a video of our kitchen which basically shows you every angle of the kitchen, and you can find that down below if you fancy a watch 🙂
But yeah I’m going to go now and crack on with my other jobs for today, but hope you’ve liked having a little look round our new kitchen 🙂 it did cost an arm and leg yes, but 100% worth it!
Onto the next project now… the bathroom!
What would your dream kitchen look like?