Kitchen Before and After

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Around this time last year, we started on our Kitchen makeover, I had waited a long time for my pretty kitchen and when the time came to finally get started ..I was beyond happy!  Below are the different stages and how we did it.

This is before, as you can see all the tiles are missing, my hubby had gone to work and took his tools with him and im certain that he would have thought ‘no tools=no wife dismantling the kitchen’….wrong! You’d be amazed how much DIY I can get done with determination a bread knife and a toffee hammer.

During

First up was getting rid of all the wood chip off the ceiling, let me tell you that stuff is the devils wall covering and it very nearly broke my spirit! I decided not to buy new kitchen cabinets but work with what I had, it was originally an Ikea kitchen, it was still in good shape I just didn’t like the colour or handles anymore, which for me is not a good enough reason to throw it out, plus the money I saved on doing it myself could go on pretty things…you see method in the madness!!

 So first up clean,clean,clean any grime will show up even after you’ve painted so preparation is key. I then sanded each piece, its not necessary to sand to bare wood you just want a little grip so the paint can stick to it
I used Wickes waterbased Undercoat, 2/3 coats, then Farrow and Ball Wimbourne White estate eggshell for my final colour, 2 coats. I used a small roller instead of a brush, you get a much more even finish.

 For the walls I went with White Metro tiles, you can pick them up for as little as £0.18 per tile.


The worktop needed replacing, my old one was speckled black…not pretty!

I liked the idea of a chunky wood oak worktop but after reading some reviews I realised a real wood surface would not work with my family and I really didnt want the upkeep . So I went for an Oak block laminate, its pretty inexpensive, mine was £75 for a 3 metre length.

 I originally had dark grey slate floor tiles but what I wanted was pretty rose covered tiles, all I had to do was talk my hubby into it! So a few heavy home cooked meals and lots of persuasion…he finally caved. I don’t mind telling you the day the tiles arrived I did a little dance in front of the courier man, he looked at me like I had gone completely mad. Unfortunately I believe the English Rose tiles that I have are now discontinued, but an alternative ive found which are just as delicious are Cath Kidstons , Rose Sprig vinyl tiles.

 Heres some after pictures
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The Ceramic sink was bought of  Ebay for £90 which is much less than the big names were selling it for. The shelving unit for my cups was an Ebay bargain at just £6.00, I painted it the same colour as the units. The large white shelves and wall cubes were from Ikea. The Microwave, Toaster , Kettle, Bunting and Blind were from Dunelm.

 All my cookware was from a variety of places , would be happy to answer any questions x
 The whole Kitchen including appliances cost just under £1000, I was happy because I finally had a pretty Kitchen and my hubby was happy that I hadn’t completely emptied his wallet !
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6 Comments

  1. July 6, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Omg Kelly those tiles are to die for! Gorgoeus transformation.

    Catherine X
    @daintydressdiaries

    • homewiththehaworths@mail.com
      July 6, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Thanks Catherine, so lovely of you

      Kelly x

  2. Kate
    July 28, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Hi Kelly I have just discovered your instagram account and blog think your Hon home is gorgeous. Did you do all the kitchen work yourself? I think ours could just do with updating but I’m a diy novice! Kate xx

    • homewiththehaworths
      August 7, 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Thankyou and welcome, yes myself and hubby did all the work ourselves, it was a labour of love but well worth it
      Kelly x

  3. October 22, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I love your blog cannot wait for the next instalment

    • homewiththehaworths
      October 23, 2016 / 12:24 pm

      Hello there and welcome, so happy your enjoying the blog
      Kelly x

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