Kitchen renovation with paint

Half Way Through Our Kitchen Renovation (We Hope!)

Our new kitchen gets delivered sometime today, so the last week has been spent ripping out the old one, and getting the room ready. We really hope this is the half way mark, as it’s been pretty stressful living with no kitchen! I wrote a post about how we were planning to cope without a kitchen, and that planning ahead has helped but my plans to actually cook have gone out of the window! To be honest, this week has been really difficult, but the end is in sight!

So a reminder of our kitchen before. A symphony of orange! It turns out there were lots of things wrong with it, which I explained a few weeks back, in a post which also shows how we hope the new kitchen will look. The old oven finally broke a few weeks back.

Orange oak kitchen with old electric oven

DAY ONE OF OUR KITCHEN RENOVATION

The workmen arrived with their sledgehammers and crowbars to begin removing the old kitchen. I sold the cupboard doors on Gumtree to a lady who had matching ones and wanted more. She also took the cooker hood for her dad, and the corner pull out unit and drawers. We gave the top cupboards to our electrician for his garage and he also took some other bits of wood and worktop. We gave away the built in fridge to a guy on Gumtree. There was an awful lot of crashing and banging but at the end of the day, we were left with bare walls and just a sink, the dishwasher and oven.

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Boxes ready to prepare for installing a new kitchen

How To Live Without A Kitchen (Without Going Bonkers)

Sponsored post. There is much upheaval and excitement in the Pink house, as we prepare for our new kitchen to be installed. It’s arriving next week, but the old kitchen is being ripped out tomorrow. So we will have to live without a kitchen for about two weeks, argh!

HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT A KITCHEN

I had a big list of things to organise, and it involves a lot of boxes! This is how we went about preparing for living with no kitchen for a few weeks.

Pack up all BAKING equipment

I tackled my baking supplies cupboard first, as our oven finally broke last week (couldn’t it have just hung on for another week or two?) The last thing I’d want to do at the moment is bake a cake anyway. Our home office is now a holding area for IKEA boxes full of baking tins and ingredients. Storing baking goods before installing a new kitchen Continue reading

Our new monochrome kitchen plans

Planning Our New Monochrome Kitchen

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.

Orange oak kitchen with old electric oven

There is a large gap above the dishwasher – a tell tale sign that the worktop is too high. You can see how tall the kickboards are too.

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!Dream Grey and White Kitchen Pinterest Board

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Kitchen Interior Design Ideas: New Worktops, Tiles & Cooker

I love looking for interior design ideas in magazines and websites, and could spend all day pinning to my Pinterest boards! Progress on our house is so slow: most rooms are looking quite good, but we only have two finished rooms, the downstairs toilet, and Thea’s room, which recently featured on RockMyFamily. Our kitchen is the only room  we’ve barely touched.

Orange oak kitchen with old electric oven

Oh so orange.

The gingery oak cupboards are not what we would have chosen, but not bad enough to rip out, even if we had that kind of money! Even if we could afford it, we are trying to live a more LAGOM life, by reusing where we can, so would still do our best to work with what we have. It’s very gloomy and orange-toned, thanks to the awful lino, tiles and lights. The layout is fine, and the cupboards are sound, so  we are planning to revamp it on a budget.

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