Remember when we let you guys decide what our kitchen makeover should look like?
You may have thought we’d lost our minds letting people we don’t know decide our decorating fate but you guys really didn’t let us down!
And, this two-tone painted kitchen is the version you voted for!
Although I’d like everything done well, let’s face it, yesterday, I totally admit that it’s a project that has been a bit neglected – until now! As we’ve finally created a kitchen makeover mood board!
Well, you guys chose the paint finish and, as promised, that’s exactly what we’re going to be doing!
We’ll be painting the upper cabinets a very light grey (we’ve chosen Dimpse by Farrow & Ball) and the bottom cabinets a very dark blue (Railings by Farrow & Ball). I’m really excited about painting the kitchen as I think it will be a huge improvement and completely change the way the whole room feels. We’ll obviously be replacing the door handles, too. I’d like them to be really simple and minimal which is why we’ve chosen the Bagganäs ones from Ikea.
For this kitchen, we’re thinking of installing an oak worktop which we think will work really well with the dark units below. At the moment, the contrast between rich solid wood worktops and painted cabinets is a super popular look and there are a lot of reasons why this combination really works.
Wood worktops have such a lovely texture and can make even the most utilitarian kitchen feel warm and welcoming. Best of all, they’re a surprisingly budget-friendly option, too.
Although they need regular care, timber worktops are really durable and, even if this is only a temporary makeover, we really want it to last as our “temporary” solutions often have a tendency to be more long-term than most peoples’ full on renovations!
So, as much as we know it’s not going to be our forever kitchen, we already know that it is going to be a project that’s here to stay for a really long time which is why it makes sense to choose worktops we love.
Ultimately, we’d still like to move our kitchen to the front of the apartment so that the kitchen, dining and living areas to flow into each other. And, because solid wood worktops have a lovely warm and inviting look we’re planning on using them there, too.
This is another area where we need to make some big improvements. We added our kitchen ceiling lamp when we moved in but other than that there’s absolutely no light in here. And the pantry doesn’t have light at all!
Installing some led lighting under the wall-mounted cabinets (we’ll probably be using Omlopp from Ikea) should be an easy thing to do and we will, at last, be able to see what we’re doing!
This is a really difficult decision as you’ll probably know that I love an original feature. But…. as much as I hate to say it, I think that the original tiles on our walls have to go.
It’s bad, I know, but sometimes even the best features aren’t salvageable. There are loads of splashback options to choose from and we’ve been considering everything from tiles, or panelling through to copper sheets which I think would look amazing (although that option would possibly blow the budget)!
I also came across copper tiles which would possibly be a more affordable way to get the copper look. These shiny hexagonal ones would be great but I also love the more aged look of these copper tiles. We’re still comparing prices and are yet to make a final decision on what splashback we’ll choose but no matter what option we go for it’s going to make a big impact on the kitchen transformation.
Yes, we have two… well, kind of!
We purchased a really budget friendly fridge when we moved in and it’s perfectly fine for now. We are planning on giving it a quick upgrade though.
When we paint the kitchen cupboards a dark colour and have some lovely new timber worktops a big white fridge in the corner of the room will probably look a bit out of place which is why we’ll be painting it with some chalk paint!
I have no idea how well it will work but I just can’t seem to stop painting things at the moment (you can read about how to paint switches & sockets here and about how to paint a faux wrought iron bed here) and our fridge is just the next logical paint victim.
The other fridge is the original antique one that’s under the window. The old paint needs stripping and the top is currently covered in ugly and cracked tiles which is another reason that we’ve decided to opt for wood worktops. We’d like to remove the tiles and replace them with a wood worktop to match the rest of the kitchen. We should easily be able to cut it to the size and shape we need ourselves.
6. More Storage
We have a lot of cupboards as well as our pantry so we have plenty of storage where we can hide all of our junk but I would also like to add a nice shelf along the side of the kitchen where the extractor fan is.
Just after moving in, we temporarily put up a shelf we still had lying around but would really like something a bit more bespoke and much longer. Ideally, I’d like to use oak timber to match the wood worktops as it would help tie things together and add another lovely warm layer of texture. You can never have enough storage, especially in a kitchen, but it would be a great place to display some of our nicer and fun things like our Egg Skelter and Pantone cups, too.
What kind of kitchen style do you love? Do you love timber worktops as much as we do? What do you think of our colour choices? What colour do you think we should paint our antique fridge? Should we paint it the same as some of the cabinets or something completely different?
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