Monday, 11 August 2014

The kitchen - plans for a mini-makeover...

So, after two months of living in the house, I'm ready to start my first room renovation. I've decided to start with a mini-makeover of the kitchen - in the longer term I plan to extend the kitchen with double doors leading onto the garden. So this renovation just needs to make me happy to live with it for the next few years.

My kitchen board on pinterest is overwhelming slanted to white cabinets, carrera marble counters, subway tile, and dark floors.

As this is only a temporary makeover, I don't intend to make any large scale (read expensive) changes - so the marble countertops will need to wait until the kitchen extension.

As a reminder, this is where I am starting... 
...a vision in raspberry, cream and red/orange/pink/mustard yellow mosaic tiles...

The non-changeables are the dark granite look laminate benchtops and the slate floor. The cosmetic changes I am planning include:

  • paint the walls a shade of greige
  • remove the tile and replace with white subway tile
  • paint all of the pine woodwork white
  • paint the cream cupboards white
  • replace the black sink (and probably the tap as well)
  • make a new roman blind for the window
As it is only a temporary fix, I am planning to get the job done for a budget of up to £500.

I had four days of leave from work last week as I had the roofers here repairing the chimney, so I was able to make a start on the kitchen. Here is its current state... all renovations, I'm telling myself that things have to look worse before they look better...