This year, when I returned home from holidays in July, I felt totally energised and ready to get really stuck into some decor projects around the house, including our ongoing kitchen update project. This, I’m sure, was partly due to having a fantastically chilled out holiday in a beautiful part of France, but also because I was really inspired by the wonderful flea markets, antiques shops and interiors over there. There was just so much to whet my appetite. Please take me back!!
Alas, not possible, but back home I am and ready to spend some more time here on the blog. So what’s been going on at home? Well, with our kitchen/living space undergoing its gradual makeover these past few months (see some more of this here), I have lots of progress to share with you!
As a reminder, here is what the kitchen looked like when we moved in back in February this year…
Yup, pretty dated!
And here is how the kitchen looked with the cabinets and surrounding walls painted (ignoring the dishes stacked up, please!). We chose Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin for the units and Drop Cloth for the walls, with a feature ‘wall’ in Railings behind the kitchen table, a gorgeous inky blue-black, which I think really pulls the scheme together.
So far, so good, however once the oak kitchen cabinets and surrounding walls had been painted, we decided that the existing country-style wall tiles above the kitchen countertop were in dire need of an update. They just looked really dated and out of place beside the freshly painted cabinets. In the end I opted for these metro tiles in light grey, but because they are a similar colour to the adjacent wall, I asked my tiler to lay them with a mid-dark grout to define the lovely crackle finish on them.
And here is the end result of the tiles alongside the painted cabinets. It just goes to show how easily you can begin to transform a traditional kitchen into a more contemporary, stylish space. Just need to decide on new knobs for the cabinet doors now…
The tiles have really lifted the look of the painted cabinets, haven’t they? I’m loving the darker grout, too.
The other big decision we had to make recently was what to lay on the floor. Previously, the living area was carpeted and the kitchen/utility was covered in a traditional coffee-coloured ceramic tile. I love the look of wooden flooring in an open plan kitchen, however it can be very costly, particularly since we could well decide to replace the whole kitchen within the next 7-10 years, plus it needs to be totally waterproof, so with that in mind, we opted for a good quality oak laminate floor (this one) to run through the whole length of the room, bringing the two areas together. It’s Swiss made, comes with a 30 year guarantee (even with my kids careering across it everyday!) and it has a nice textured finish to it, resembling slightly weathered wood in soft grey hues.
And here’s how it’s looking with the floor installed and the kitchen tidied up a bit, you’ll be glad to see…
My cat Jinx likes to show off that she even matches the decor!!
I have chrome cabinet knobs (these ones) temporarily installed on the unit doors below – trying to decide what looks best. Looking for more brushed chrome ones as I think they would look better.. perhaps something like this? Ikea ones appeal to me due to their reasonable price!!
These are the more pewter-like Hedra knobs from Ikea…
A few more views of the kitchen to finish up…
So, with the floor and walls sorted, suffice to say we have been really enjoying living in our fresh new space – yes, it needs pictures on the walls, cabinet knobs and handles sourced and the windows dressed, amongst a host of other small details – but it’s a big job and we have to work within our budget, so for now at least, I’ll be taking a wee breather before I embark on the next stage of the process – how to dress those windows!
That’s not to say I can’t be indulging in a spot of online research in the meantime – will keep you posted on any good finds I come across!
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