Here is our finished kitchen, well apart from a few little annoying jobs. I am so happy with it. We were worried it would feel too much like a corridor but it’s light and airy and works really well as a space. The only problem we’ve had is the bathroom couldn’t wait it’s turn and has started leaking into the new kitchen ceiling! We have reluctantly re-plumbed, resealed and retiled the bath temporarily until we can afford a new bathroom, it’s still leaking from somewhere though. It’s driving me mad!! Anyway back to our lovely kitchen which I can’t believe is the same size room as before and it feel so much bigger, just goes to show how much difference you can make by changing to layout as opposed to extending.
I’m so glad we went for the tallest cupboards, again we were worried about the corridor effect, but the storage space is amazing. We still have some empty shelves as we had to really cut back to make sure everything fit into our last kitchen. The two taller units by the door house the boiler on the right, and then the fridge and freezer on the left. There is also a washing machine and dishwasher hidden away on the right and a handy drawer under the sink for the bins.
My mum kindly made us the blind out of some fabric from Ashley Wilde called Tabitha spring, that I found on ebay much cheaper then buying in store. I have the matching stripe fabric to make a door curtain out of, the track has been up a while and I need to get on with it!! I have based the colours around the blind. We were going to keep the walls white and only put a splash guard behind the cooker but it was all looking a bit plain so I got the tiles from B&Q and love them. They draw your eye out to the sides so make the room seem wider.
You can see the leak from the shower in this picture, it breaks my heart after all the blood, sweat and tears we put into building the kitchen. Not long though and we can repaint it and cover the stains. I’m holding off until the bathroom is done as we will only end up repainting again I’m sure.
One of our big regrets is not spending more on the extractor fan. We actually thought it looked nicer than the more expensive ones, but it sounds like there is a lawnmower in the kitchen. It can be easily changed in the future though. Looks like it needs a clean already from this photo. Might do that today!! We had considered a fitted microwave but in the end it came down to cost, it was more expensive than the oven. When ours dies we will replace it with a stainless steel one but for now it does the trick. The glass cupboards are lit from inside and there is lighting under all the cupboards. It looks great at night and I’m so happy we did this as it makes the whole thing look more expensive.
So there you have it, our very nearly finished kitchen. Now time to get saving and sort that bathroom out before it ruins the kitchen!!