I’m so excited to finally share some photos of my new kitchen with you. It’s been a long time in the making. There is still some work to do – fun stuff like choosing art and getting some shelves built for my (many) cook books – but the heavy lifting is done. Hurrah!
Just in case you didn’t read my before post a few months ago, let me refresh your memory. This was not a simple kitchen refit. The project required the ground floor of our house being converted from a garage, utility room and bedroom into a kitchen. Here are the before pictures I posted in September.
It was remarkably hard finding a builder to actually do the work. I don’t know what this says about the London property market, but I must have had at least seven builders over to give me a quote but only heard back from two of them. Thankfully the builder I used was brilliant.
It was always my dream to have a pantry. I have a lot of kitchen equipment and I wanted to keep the kitchen itself as clear as possible. The pantry is brilliant for hiding all my crap away. I used a cheaper Ikea kitchen in here and a wooden worktop. There is lots of storage space and the door is painted with blackboard paint. It also meant I could be a bit more experimental with my subway tile design.
You may also remember that back in May I won £5k of kitchen appliances from AEG. I am finally able to use my fancy oven and hob. And the amount of space I now have in my fridge is life changing (never one to exaggerate).
Patterned tiles were also a must-have. I spent ages deciding and even made a purchase from Bert and May before the work actually begun. This proved to be a costly mistake as I just didn’t think the tiles went with the space. So if anyone wants to buy 4sqm of encaustic Bert and May tiles (at a discount price), get in touch. Although I may end up using them elsewhere in the house.
You can’t see it in these photos, but there is also space for a large table and eight chairs. I managed to find four Ercol chairs in a local charity shop, which I was rather chuffed with. Once I’ve got my shelving built, I’ll post some photos of this side of the kitchen.
It’s so nice having a kitchen that I actually want to spend some in. My last kitchen was tiny, and cluttered so I am delighted to have some space to cook in. We’re hosting Christmas this year so I’ll be able to give it a good workout.
(I am also reminded at how hard it is to take decent interior photos. The lack of natural light at this time of year does not help!)