Our dream kitchen
Well, after 9 and a half weeks of construction, our dream kitchen is complete – and I don’t mean that to sound completely corny, but it’s true! I can’t believe it’s finished. It’s like someone else’s kitchen in our house haha! It has taken us a little while to get things in, and there are still a few bits to do, but I’m so excited to finally be sharing it with you.
If you saw my ‘before’ post, then you’ll know that we had a lack of space in terms of storage and worktops. Not anymore! We’ve probably got more workspace next to our new cooker than we had in the whole of the previous kitchen – it’s mad but brilliant! The kitchen we chose is from Howdens (who were brilliant) and it’s Glendevon in flint grey. We loved the curved corners and I’m so pleased that we decided to splurge on getting these, as it works particularly well on the bit that goes around the corner from the ‘old’ kitchen to the new bit.
I’m really pleased that we chose to match the floor with the worktops – it works so well. This is American pecan wood-effect laminate flooring and worktop. I love the look of real wood but we couldn’t afford real wood flooring! But it doesn’t matter at all – this looks just as good. We’ve got an area where we’ll put a table, and it will be really good to be able to eat in the kitchen. When it arrives we’ll be living in here I think! This is where it will go (you can just about see it – the light wasn’t great today as it’s pretty gloomy outside!):
I’m standing at the front window looking at where the garage used to be for this next photo. You can get a sense of how the old garage and old kitchen have been combined – it’s such a big space!
It’s lovely and light with the window and door. We haven’t got blinds for the back windows yet, mainly because we couldn’t find what we were looking for. We’ll have to get them put up soonish though, because it’s a real sun trap at the back! In the old bit of the kitchen, the sink has stayed in the same place, but the washing machine has been moved in there and we also have a dishwasher (yay!). Not that we’ve worked out how to use it yet, because we keep forgetting to buy some dishwasher salt…anyway, this is working out well in this area. We’ve got our cutlery canteen over here because it didn’t open fully where the upper units are. We got one of those pull-out larders, which we would highly recommend if you’re redesigning your own kitchen! The boiler has been boxed in here too, so it looks much neater.
Please excuse all my washing up here! 🙂
The units are really good quality, and it’s so lovely to have more storage space. We had forgotten about so many things that we had for our kitchen, and it was great to unpack them all. We also discovered that we have quite a mug collection!
Although I love so many things about our new kitchen, our cooker has to be my favourite part. I have dreamed of having a range cooker for so long, and it’s amazing. We chose a Cookmaster by Leisure and it’s really easy to use, and with 7 burners we should have enough cooking space now! It took us a while to decide what to do about tiles, as we had seen these lovely mosaic tiles that we wanted to have. After much thought and discussion, we decided to have an upstand around all the worktops, with the tiles as a splash back only. This was a good decision – having these tiles all around the kitchen would have looked a bit weird, especially in places where the space isn’t very deep (like around the sink). I think the tiler was pleased too – it would have been a nightmare job for him!
We are so lucky to have been able to complete this project, and are so pleased with how it has turned out. It still feels really surreal to be honest! I can’t wait to get trying out new recipes and to get the final touches done. Here’s to fun times in our new kitchen!
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Looks fab!! What colour is on the walls?
Hello! I’m not sure exactly what colour it is as we matched it to a colour chart from a trade catalogue that our painter had. We were trying to match it up to a colour called ‘picket fence’ which is a B&Q’s own paint – it’s pretty much the same so you might want to give that a go! Clare 🙂
Beautiful kitchen!! I’m looking at the American peacan worktop and floor. How have you found the wear etc. Would you still recommend? Thanks xx
Thank you so much! 🙂 Yes, I’d definitely recommend it – the quality is excellent. We’ve been really careful not to put hot pans on to the worktop directly, so it’s worth investing in some nice trivets! If you do that then it should last – ours still looks like new a couple of years later! Clare 🙂
Hi there, I’m getting my kitchen done at the moment and being told that I need a 5cm gap between my freestanding cooker and my worktops (unless they are granite, which they’re not ). Which would look ridiculous. I notice you have a very small gap between yours and wondered if this is an issue your builder raised with you. Thanks. Helen
Hi Helen! That sounds like a huge gap – is that to leave an inch either side? We didn’t have anything like that with our builders. When they first put the units up either side, I must admit that I was worried that there wasn’t enough room! But it fits perfectly. I guess you could argue that it might be a bit snug (I have no idea how we would ever pull it out!) but personally I like the look better. Might be worth having a chat with your builder. Good luck! Clare 🙂