We finally made it, folks. After 6 months of dust, tradesmen and chaos, I’m finally sharing the results of what has been rattling around in my brain for nearly 2 years. I’m not even really sure where to start but I suppose we’ll go back to the beginning. That seems most logical. When we viewed this property back in December 2017, I came home from the viewing and sketched my plans for this space. Before we even knew our offer was accepted, I knew exactly where the new kitchen would go and with the help of some brilliant people along the way, we are finally here, the potential of this house realised and my dream kitchen even better than I could have imagined.
Of course, I need to share with you what this space looked like prior to me getting my hands on it. This side of the house was initially a rather large utility room as well as what I affectionally called ‘the murder bathroom’. Yeah, it was that pleasant.
It’s incredibly hard to imagine that this was what the space looked like before but well, we essentailly knocked all this out, created a small extension and decided this was going to be the new location for the kitchen. I’m grateful during the entire process, we still had our ‘old’ kitchen – conveniently located across the hall from this one. So we were never without a kitchen which made the process a lot easier.
I think picture was taken the very first day. It got a whole lot worse before it got better but better it did.
This was a couple of months on. New small extension in place, drywall going up and taking shape. I’ve shared the process of the renovation in these blog posts if you’d like to catch up with more details: Kitchen Renovation 1 / Kitchen Renovation 2 / Designing My John Lewis of Hungerford Kitchen / Kitchen Renovation 3
I won’t keep you waiting any longer… I have always wanted to create a video for my reveal posts and so here is the new kitchen (thanks to Nick Boy for creating it for me):
Of course, for those who would prefer to look at pictures and read the story behind the new kitchen, here’s what it looks like today.
Now, like any large project (in fact, this is probably the biggest we’ve ever undertaken and maybe the largest one we will ever undertake), we had plenty of help along the way. I’d be remiss if I didn’t first start by saying I got an excellent architect on board right from the start, Karen Harper of Added Value Architecture and managed to find a pretty fantastic builder, Hatton Developments. Of course, there are always hiccups in every build but I found both Karen and John to be incredibly solution-focused and working with them was a pleasure.
Once the shell of the building was in place and the walls plastered, it was time for Wayne and I to get to work. I approached Luxury Flooring about working with me on this project and happily they accepted and we laid the engineered oak parquet flooring over the course of a couple of weekends. You can read more about how we did that here.
I also have been working with Earthborn Paints as one of their ambassadors this year as I’m a huge fan of their clay paints and they supplied the paint. We used Donkey Ride Clay Paint for the walls and White Clay Eggshell No 17 for the woodwork throughout which creates a lovely warm glow.
However, by far my biggest sponsor of this project was the wonderful John Lewis of Hungerford. I worked closely with their designer Rebecca Nokes throughout the process and she helped bring my vision to life, making plenty of suggestions to get the most out of the space and she was exceptionally patient with the fact that I kept making changes literally right up to the last minute!
John Lewis of Hungerford supplied all the kitchen units as well as the Meile appliances and even got their close partner, Caesarstone on board to complete the kitchen of my dreams who supplied the quartz worktops, backsplash and shelving in White Attica. JLH also supplied the fitting of the kitchen, sending their expert installer, Aaron here for an entire week to get the space finished and then sent another team of experts to install the worktops. I couldn’t be more grateful for John Lewis of Hungerford working with me and having the faith in my design – I’m truly honoured to be working with them and couldn’t be prouder of (or happier with!) the results.
The units were professionally painted by John Lewis of Hungerford to match Farrow & Ball Mizzle and the beautiful depth of the paint colour means at times it looks pale and soft sage, other times a warm olive, depending on how the light hits it. I am utterly in love with the finish which is warm and bright and easy to keep clean. The handles are their own range in brushed gold, creating luxury and warmth.
As you can see, all of our appliances (aside from the cooker and hob) are hidden behind integrated doors. On the left above, is our fridge-freezer and the unit next to the sink is our dishwasher. There’s also an integrated bin hidden in the peninsula unit.
We decided to have the worktops float right into the window creating a lovely large space behind the light-filled sink for plants and herbs. Oh and speaking of light, that was such a huge part of what I wanted for this space.
I’d asked Karen for the biggest rooflight and window we could get away with under Building Regulations and she delivered. The triple-glazed rooflight is by Roof Maker and the large kitchen window – which makes the most of views onto the garden – was custom made in timber and double glazing by a local company that my builder put me in touch with. This (north-facing!) space is always light and bright even on the most miserable rainy days!
I also worked with Kohler who provided their Iron/Tones cast iron sink in white which is huge and deep in such a beautiful soft reflective finish which bounces light beautifully with the brushed brass tap and brass waste traps. It’s those little details that really create a sense of luxury in this room.
Speaking of details, I was also supplied the most beautiful range of sockets and switches from Dowsing and Reynolds from the smoked gold collection. I was originally going to use simple white sockets to blend into the Caesarstone backsplash but when I saw them in person, I knew these beautiful gold sockets were a feature in their own right and deserved to be noticed.
You can see the gorgeous 4 way dimmer switch above as well as the large contemporary flat panel radiator we chose from Soak.com. You can also see a sneak peek into the adjoining dining room which I’ll be sharing later this week!
No kitchen of mine would be complete without a few areas for display and I decided on a single open shelf running across the entire back wall along with a brass rail to hang utensils and mugs. I love how much texture and personality I was able to bring in with mostly items I already had. In fact, you might remember a lot of these items from my old kitchen. It’s been nice giving them a chance to shine again.
For the lighting, we decided on multiple points to create the perfect mix. There is a small pink wall light over the sink and 2 ring ceiling pendants over the breakfast bar, gifted from houseof. We also have two spotlights nestled on each side of the RSJ that runs through the middle of the space.
I purchased the DeLonghi pink kettle and toaster ages ago (in fact, I think it was during the January sales) because I’d knew they’d be the perfect accent here – nothing like planning ahead! I did pick up a few new mugs, however, and the ones you see above are from HomeSense and Rose & Grey. The copper and gold Ruffoni storage jars I’ve had for years but you can pick them up in Amara.
I do love that the hanging items along that rail breaks up the expanse of the backsplash without taking away it’s impact. The pink velvet bar stools were a bargain buy from Dunelm.
There isn’t a single aspect of this kitchen that I really regret and I can’t even begin to tell you how much this kitchen has already changed our lives. I know that sounds a bit crazy – it’s just a kitchen after all – but genuinely, it’s given this home a new lease on life. Cooking and preparing meals has once again become a true pleasure, we spend our mornings sat on the barstools looking onto the garden and it’s become the hub of our home. We spend more time in the kitchen and adjoining dining room than almost anywhere else in our home.
I’ll be sharing the dining room reveal with you very soon but in the meantime, I just wanted to give one more shout out to my incredible sponsors who assisted me in creating a truly special space. And of course, I couldn’t have done it without your support, my fabulous readers and friends following my journey and cheering me on through the mayhem and dust and chaos. I hope it was worth the wait!
Disclaimer: I worked with a number of sponsors on this project but of course, I wouldn’t work with any brand that I didn’t love. Special thanks to John Lewis of Hungerford, Caesarstone, Dowsing & Reynolds, Kohler, houseof, Earthborn paints, Soak.com and Luxury Flooring for gifted and discounted products. All words, images and opinions my own as always.