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There’s a reason we don’t share many pictures of our kitchen here. It’s awful and it’s no secret that we would love a new one. After over 5 years of living with the one that was in the house when we bought it, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve well and truly earned the right to have a new one.
The existing one is a mess. There’s not enough storage and half of the cupboards are either falling off the walls or the bottoms are falling out of the drawers. Needless to say, we’ve had enough!
To improve our storage and make the current kitchen work even just a bit better we recently even swapped one of the cupboards for a kitchen cupboard that we still had in storage. Needless to say, the mismatched look isn’t great but hopefully, we won’t have to put up with it for too long!
We’ve shared some of our kitchen ideas before and with so much to consider when choosing a new kitchen we’ve inevitably changed our minds more than just once. There are just so many options available that planning a new kitchen almost made my head hurt, but now we’ve actually decided on what we’ll be having!
Living with something you don’t like and that doesn’t work as well as it should is the best way to figure what you do and don’t want. In our case we know that a laminate worktop isn’t going to make us happy, we know that we hate cupboards and just want drawers and we know that we want the new kitchen to feel much more streamlined, brighter and cleaner than the current one.
Being able to easily keep everything clean is a huge factor for me. Our current kitchen has so many grooves and curves that collect the dirt and dust that it seems to take forever to clean it (it took me over 3 days to clean it when we first moved in!).
After much consideration, our new kitchen will be handleless, all-white (in matt) and have all built-in appliances. The overall design really couldn’t be simpler. We’ll have one wall of floor to ceiling units and an island in front of it. That’s it. I know it sounds super simple and really – it is.
The large island will be about 2.4m x 1.2m and will be the only worktop area so will have to include the sink and hob. The tall units will have a fridge-freezer, two ovens and a tall pull-out unit that we think will probably be big enough to store most of our food supplies.
Here’s a picture I took at the showroom. The layout obviously differs from our plans, but it gives you an idea of the cupboards that we’ve chosen.
Having chosen the kitchen, the next step is to decide on a worktop.
The first option is a quartz worktop with a marble look.
I love the look of marble and when I had originally started to plan our kitchen I was convinced that that’s exactly what I would choose. Then I found out about the high maintenance aspect and that it can easily stain. So after a bit more research, I figured we’d opt for a quartz worktop with a marble look.
But just when we thought we’d made a decision, I came across this amazing glass kitchen worktop.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Jan thought I’d finally gone completely mad when I suggested a glass kitchen worktop, but actually, it sounds like it’s the best possible material you could use for a kitchen worktop.
It’s super easy to clean, stain-resistant, super tough, non-scratch and heat-resistant which means that you can even place a pan straight onto it without it leaving a mark. You can have it colour matched to your kitchen (or whatever else you want). It’s almost a shame that we won’t have a wall where we could install a matching glass splashback!
I guess you can tell that I’m getting slightly over-excited about this glass kitchen worktop option (even if we probably wouldn’t opt for a green one). Not only will it go perfectly with the minimalist look of our new kitchen, but it’ll also be super durable, too.
We love that you can also have glass splashbacks, which is definitely something we’ll be choosing when we finally get round to adding a separate utility room to our home. It’ll not only be really easy to keep clean but using the same materials for both the worktop in the kitchen and the splashback in our utility room should tie the design and look rooms together.
I’m so glad that we’ve finally decided on our kitchen and worktop. It’s been a long time coming, but now that we’ve started planning our kitchen and making a few decisions it’s all starting to feel a lot more real.
What would your ideal kitchen look like? Do you have a favourite kitchen worktop? What do you think – quartz or glass worktop? Do you have a non-scratch glass worktop? We’d love to hear about your experience if you do!