Creating our dream kitchen

Those of you who have been following my blog will know that back in December I decided to do a DIY job on the very dated kitchen we inherited when we bought our house.

grey shaker charcoal kitchen cabinets

With a baby on the way I suspected that we wouldn’t have either the time or the money to have it totally refurbished, so I set about the painstaking task of painting the kitchen cabinets, the tiles and the walls to update it as best I could. Looking back, I can’t quite fathom where I mustered up the energy for this and would say that the maternal ‘nesting instinct’ is definitely not a myth.

Six months on, and all that work seems very futile indeed – since we decided on a complete refurbishment afterall! I like to tell myself that the DIY job I did gave us a glimpse of the potential and spurred us on to take the plunge. Either way, I can’t get too upset about it – I am now an expert on how to prime your kitchen cupboards and which paintbrush works best with tile paint. Life skills. And I also have a fantastic new kitchen!LG American style fridge freezer in modern kitchenlight grey shaker kitchen cabinets with charcoal island

We put a lot of thought into the design of the kitchen, which was a complete renovation and included knocking down walls to create an open plan kitchen-diner. For the look and feel, we knew that we wanted something modern but also something that would stand the test of time. After numerous visits to various showrooms, purchases of home magazines (I could read them all day!) and endless Pinterest boards, we decided on the shaker style kitchen cabinets choosing a light grey colour (partridge) for the wall units and charcoal for the island. We settled on white quartz for the worktop speckled with silver to add a touch of glamour. Traditional oak eight-seater dining table with white high-back chairs

We incorporated modern fixtures and fittings including brushed metal door handles and mixer tap to add a modern feel, and continued this through the appliances with an integrated double oven, an American style LG fridge-freezer and a touch control ceramic induction hob with a glass extractor fan. The splashback behind the hob is aubergine-coloured glass which adds a flash of contrasting colour to create a bit of a feature (it’s also so much more practical and easier to clean than the tiles I’ve previously been used to!) We completed the look with a dark grey vertical radiator which we sourced online from Best Heating. We also bought the roman blinds online from Roman Blinds Direct. The floor is Amtico in Mirabelle Creme which gives a brilliant stone effect – it’s extremely practical and easy to clean (or *ahem* it hides the dirt well when you don’t clean…).

tall vertical grey radiator in kitchen

For the dining area we chose a traditional eight-seater oak dining table with cream canvassed high-back chairs and invested in a statement glass pendant light from John Lewis which really sets off the entire room.

We won’t be moving house for a long, long time.

Modern kitchen accessories, statement kitchen light

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