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We’ve finished our kitchen makeover and I’m so so soooo excited to share the result with you!
It may have taken us over two months along with a few fairly major hiccups to get everything finished but our kitchen now looks like this!
I still can’t quite believe it’s the same room! Just as a reminder, this is what it looked like when we moved in…
Now you can see why we’re so excited! It’s hard to believe it’s even the same kitchen!
As you can see, it’s gone through a pretty radical transformation. Originally we’d planned on just painting the cupboards but once we started the makeover we got a bit carried away and couldn’t stop ourselves.
We patched the walls, had a little electrical updated (which was very unplanned), we now have a new oven and an amazing new induction hob (which also weren’t planned), we built super slim floating shelves, installed a faux marble splashback, a new worktop and installed some under cabinet lighting, too.
I love everything about our “new” kitchen but my favourite part of the makeover are the now gorgeous two-tone cabinets. I’m always amazed at the difference a bit of paint can make and this project is definitely up there when it comes to transformations.
I admit that I get bored quickly when tackling DIY projects (which is probably why there are usually dozens of unfinished ones everywhere). This project, however, was so much fun to do – partly because I love the gorgeous colours but also because it has such a big impact. Oh, and it was super easy to do, too!
The dark bottom cabinets (which are painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball) work so well with the soft light grey (it’s Dimpse by Farrow & Ball) top ones. But we didn’t choose the colours – you did!
If you remember way back in April 2017 we put our kitchen makeover to the vote. You may have thought we’d lost our minds but you guys didn’t let us down and the option you voted for is the two-tone version we now have!
Something else that makes a huge difference are the new beech counters. The previous white ones were perfectly fine but they were a bit worn and I hated the chunky plastic which just made everything look cheap.
Removing the worktop also had an unexpected bonus as we discovered when it (and we assume the kitchen with it) was originally installed. It’s a whopping 32 years old! Given its age, it’s pretty amazing how well the kitchen has held up.
On the kitchen mood board we shared a while ago we’d planned on installing new solid oak counters but the beech ones we eventually opted for turned out to be quite a bit cheaper and are also gorgeous.
Saving money where you can on DIY projects is always a good idea and in our case, it turned out to be especially sensible as we had a rather expensive accident which made this makeover a bit more elaborate than we’d planned.
At 2.30 in the morning, I woke up to an enormous bang that was so loud that it probably woke up everyone in the building (except for Jan who didn’t budge and stayed snoring next to me).
I’m really not exaggerating – it sounded like something had just exploded! So, in a bit of a daze and panic, I ran around the apartment to see where the sound had come from and found this…
Our extractor fan had fallen off the wall and the corner of it had completely smashed our hob! (we obviously removed the extractor fan before taking this picture)
We’re still not sure how it actually happened. We had been building the floating shelves that day but the extractor had been up for a while so we still don’t know how it could literally fall off the wall.
Luckily we had been playing with the idea of replacing both the oven and hob. They were both probably as old as the kitchen and in need of an update but this was a rather drastic way of making a decision.
Although we could definitely have done without the additional expense of replacing the appliances I have to admit that I’m so happy that we did.
Both appliances we chose are really good quality and we’re planning on keeping them when we finally do replace the whole kitchen. The new induction hob is amazing and even I enjoy cooking on it (which is definitely saying something!).
Our new oven is great, too. I‘m never going to be someone that can get excited about kitchen appliances but I love the way the oven door disappears out of the way.
So, after a lot of painting, a few splurges and a one extremely noisy extractor mishap our kitchen makeover is finally complete.
We’re so pleased with how the kitchen makeover turned out and it’s definitely a project we’d recommend doing if you want to give your kitchen a refresh – although we’d recommend skipping the bit where you smash up your hob!
Here’s our budget breakdown:
Painting (Here’s where you can read our full guide on how to paint laminate kitchen cabinets):
Primer: Caparol Capacryl Haftprimer – Adhesion promoting primer | 57€
Sugar soap: We always used this sugar soap by Wickes in the UK. In Germany, it’s called Anlauger which we bought at Bauhaus | 4.50€
Paint: Upper Cabinets – Farrow & Ball Dimpse 48€, Bottom Cabinets – Farrow & Ball Railings 121€, Farrow & Ball Dark Undertones Primer 53€ (both gifted by Farrow & Ball)
Total Paint: 284€
DIY Slim Floating Shelves:
Steel Brackets: 13€
Timber: 3,50€ Front Pieces | 12,50€ Top | 7€ Bottom
Marble effect vinyl foil: 21€
Total Floating Shelves: 57€
Beech worktops: 180€
Worktop oil | 15€
Van hire to get them home: 15€
Total Worktops: 210€
Kitchen Utensil Rail (all from Ikea):
Fintorp Rail | 23€
Fintorp Hooks | 15€
Total Utensil Rail: 38€
DIY Faux Marble Backsplash:
Timber backing: 9€
Marble vinyl foil: 14€
Total Backsplash: 23€
Handles (all from Ikea):
Hackås 6 x knobs + 4x handles
Total Handles: 55€
DIY Matt Black Fridge:
Chalkboard paint: 13,50€
Total Fridge: 13,50€
DIY Picture Shelves:
Beech wood: 5,15€
Total Picture Shelves: 5,15€
Lighting (all from Ikea):
Ansulta remote | 15€
Omlopp LED Lamps 2x 80 cm + 1 x 40cm | 115€
Ansluta transformer | 25€
Total Lighting: 155€
Oven & Hob:
Oven: Neff Slide and Hide | 899€
Telescope pull out for Oven 100€
Induction Hob: Siemens Studioline 899€ – you can read a full review of our induction hob here
Total Appliance: 1898€
New connection for the oven (called in a favour): 50€
Total Cost of Kitchen Makeover: 891€
Including new appliances & electrical upgrade: 2789€
We already had all of the tools we used as well as things like sandpaper, screws, wall plugs, glue, etc so I’ve not included them in the costing.
As you can see, this wasn’t exactly a cheap makeover. We like to do things properly and this is meant to be a makeover that lasts so it felt right to invest in quality products like the new oven and hob which really help make the kitchen work for us.
If you do want to give your kitchen a quick and cheap makeover, I can totally recommend painting it though. Painting the cupboards and changing the handles has made such a huge difference to the way the whole space feels. It really feels like a new kitchen!
We’ll be sharing the project details including our DIY chalkboard fridge, how we built the DIY picture shelves and a full tour of our fabulous antique fridge over the next few weeks.
I’m also really excited about sharing how we built our super-slim floating shelves, I love how thin and elegant but still really sturdy they are!
For now though, we’ll be enjoying some well-earned time in our new kitchen! And you never know – maybe I’ll even start to enjoy cooking! (Admittedly, it’s not very likely!)
In case you’d like to know where we got some of our kitchen accessories, here’s a list!
Index Chopping Boards | Joseph Joseph
Espresso Cups | Pantone
Long Wooden Serving Board | Jamie Oliver
Cheese Board | Design Im Dorf
Asymmetric Chopping Boards | DIY
Salt & Pepper Pinch Pots | Rosendahl
Utensil Holder | Orla Kiely
Oven Mit | Artek
Textile Pot Holder | Marimekko
Oil Carafes | Rosendahl
Kokeshi Dolls | Sketch Inc.
Skogsta Barstools | Ikea
Kitchen scissors | Hay
Pork & Beef Art | Desenio
Phoenix Fire Extinguisher | Jalo Helsinki
Egg Skelter | Egg Skelter
Have you ever considered painting your kitchen? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever painted? Do you have a favourite type of DIY project? Mine is obviously painting! What do you think of our two-tone kitchen? If you could change anything about your kitchen, what would it be?
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