About a year ago, I posted about our kitchen, and plans to revamp it, versus replace it. We had planned to replace the tiles, floor and worktops and keep the oak cupboards. Well after many (many) quotations for revamping it, it became very clear that to rip it out and start again would be a better use of our hard-earned money. So I started planning our new monochrome kitchen.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen glimpses of our plans, but now it’s finally time to reveal our plans! Considering our house is our ‘forever home’ and we plan on being here for many many years, we figure if we’re shelling out thousands of pounds, we may as well get exactly what we want.
OUR CURRENT KITCHEN
Whilst our old cupboards are sound, they have all been positioned way too high, at least an inch higher than normal. This explains the large gap above the dishwasher! The top cabinets are even higher, so I need a step stool to reach the top two shelves.
So for the time it would take to move and rejig all the old cupboards, it would not be cost effective. So we will get a much better result (plus doors and the layout we actually want) for spending the extra on new cabinets.
The main driver of the kitchen replacement is the oven. It barely works and has taken all the joy out of cooking for me. (The amazing pressure cooker I have reviewed recently has helped with that though!) But I also hate the tatty orange faux-tile flooring (it has a hole in it, and is wearing out and peeling up all over the place.) I detest the orange and beige tiles, and I I’m not a fan of the dark laminate worktops. I don’t mind the oak doors but they wouldn’t have been my choice.
THE MONOCHROME KITCHEN OF OUR DREAMS
This is my Pinterest board for our dream kitchen, do follow me if you like this sort of look!
I found these lovely pictures on Instagram, and they became our inspiration when we were planning our new monochrome kitchen.
PLANNING OUR NEW Monochrome KITCHEN
With all our inspiration gathered, I went to several kitchen suppliers to see what was on offer. We got a few quotes but decided to go with Wren Kitchens. They have a bewildering array of colours and styles to choose from, so I was glad we had already decided that we wanted sale grey or white. We have had three appointments with our designer David, to get exactly what we want.
We made changes at each stage and last week we paid and the delivery is booked. We’re getting it fitted by the team who did our lovely bathroom, and they also fitted the kitchen at our old house, so we know they’ll do a great job.
WHAT WE HAVE CHOSEN FOR OUR KITCHEN
We went with matte chalk white doors, with no handles. I got gloss slab doors in the old house and they are kind of a nightmare to keep clean. I’m hoping matte will require less maintenance! I chose mid grey, slightly shimmery worktops. I would have loved white ones, but again, I need to be practical!
We are having an eye level Neff Slide and Hide oven (like the ones on Bake Off – words cannot describe my excitement!) and a black induction hob and sink. We’ve also splashed out on a new integral dishwasher and fridge/freezer, so we can create a really sleek look. The kitchen will look a bit like this, but paler and matte:
And this is one of the CAD illustrations we had done, though we have actually made a few tweaks since this was done. We’re going to have open shelving below the wall cabinets on the left, and matching ones on the right, instead of the enclosed units pictured. We’ll also have a black sink.
TILES AND Flooring for our new monochrome kitchen
I’m looking for the hexagonal white tiles we spotted on Instagram, but they are from Australia. We only need a few – they will just go behind the hob, rather than all the way around. My friend Google will be helping me out with this, unless you can leave me a comment if you’ve spotted any!
Next, we need to decide on flooring. We have oak-effect luxury vinyl tiles in the rest of our downstairs, so we need to have something different to provide a contrast. I was keen on white washed wood effect. Ryan wants slate. We have compromosed on a mid to dark grey colour. I would love herringbone style wood, and Ryan likes slate tiles. These samples arrived this week, what do you think?
I’d love to know if you have found any smallish hexagonal white tiles, or affordable grey herringbone flooring! Please leave me a comment if you have, or if you have any kitchen advice.