Our lovely new kitchen/dining/living room is all finished. Well, not quite finished — some little touches still to do — but I thought I’d better take pictures now as it’ll never look this clean and tidy again!
Here’s the obligatory ‘before’: one long room with lots of orange-veneered chipboard and boring whitewashed walls. Besides from being ugly, the kitchen didn’t have nearly enough storage space and there was nowhere logical to put a dining area.
The most obvious difference is we’ve zoned the room into cooking and living, split using the breakfast bar with overhanging pendant lights. This makes the two rooms work much better, giving us somewhere to eat and more vital storage space.
I love the clever pull-out and whirl-around cupboard inserts from Ikea – perfect for spices and baking ingredients. It’s so nice having enough space for everything to have a proper home; it makes cooking – and cleaning up – much easier and more fun.
A bit of dressing: my old Ikea chalkboard, vintage crate labels framed up and a Pop Chart Lab print. Still have to make a Roman blind for the window and get some herb plants for the vintage wooden boxes.
In the living room end, we’ve rejigged the layout to make the furniture work better, with the sofa behind the brekky bar. We still want to put up some shelves either side of the fireplace but can’t quite decide what kind.
All in all it took just under two weeks of builder work, which was difficult but not unbearable – lots of takeaways and microwave meals! Here’s a list of all the kitchen suppliers:
Units/doors Ikea Faktum
Worktops Iroko wood from worktops-express.co.uk
Wall tiles Quicksilver mosaics from mosaictileshop.co.uk
Oven, hob and extractor Samsung
Floor tiles Wickes
Pendant lights Garden Trading
A few more photos on Flickr.
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