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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


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.


The electricians came to install the new electrics and lights. It was pretty chaotic! And the dust… good grief. They had to dig loads of plaster out to make channels for new electrics.Kitchen Renovation Day 2 was chaos

They have had to rewire the whole kitchen as it was such a mess. It makes me glad we went for the total reinstallation, rather than trying to make do with what we had, as it sounded kind of dangerous! By the end of the day, the new spotlights were installed in the dining area, and the pendant moved to be over the dining table. Kitchen Renovation Day 2 saw new lights in the dining area

You can also see the channel they dug out for the new light switch, and some other holes that need patching up.


This was the day that they pulled the ceiling down. This was not part of the plan, but upon closer inspection, it was sagging in the middle and as we are having inset spotlights installed, it will be really obvious. It’s due to the water leak we had a few years ago which prompted our bathroom renovation.

I had to go out as there was so much dust and noise. When I got back that evening with the girls, the ceiling had already been boarded and plastered!

It was also the day the sink and dishwasher got disconnected. We’ve sold the dishwasher, as it was only a few years old and a good Bosch one. But the sink got chucked in the skip, as it was not worth saving.


On Day Four there was more plastering of the walls and more electrics. They also removed the coving from the dining area as they had to remove it from the kitchen part, and we want it to match. This is the skip. I’m pleased to say that due to giving a lot of stuff away, there isn’t THAT much in there, yet. Mainly rubble and tiles and bits of broken cupboard.

Skip on Thursday


On day five there was even more plastering! You can see the new plug sockets all along the wall.  Kitchen Renovation Day 5 with new electrics and plastered walls

The ceiling didn’t take long to dry but the walls took longer.

Kitchen Renovation Day 5The dining room ceiling is all patched up and the light are so bright!Dining area with new lights and no coving


Over the weekend we have been waiting for the plaster to dry, and Ryan managed to get one coat of white paint on the ceiling. We tried to stay out of the house as much as we could as it’s such a mess everywhere else in the house. It was Thea’s birthday so we went out for lunch, and her party was on Sunday. Ava is getting quite stressed out at the mess everywhere, saying she wants the old kitchen back.


Monday rolled round again and the radiators were replaced and the pipes in the dining area boxed in and plastered. I’m really pleased we decided to have the coving down. Even though it’s a little annoying to have the box there, it’s better than the coving!

We chose these Acova 2 Column radiators from B and Q to match the ones in the lounge. Even though they are kind of traditional in shape, I think they go well as they are white and simple. The guys also discovered that the kitchen part of the room is about an inch higher than the dining area. So they need to level the floor. We knew it would need some work as there is a lump along the floor where they must have knocked through years ago. But they will have to chisel it out and then pour over quite a lot of self-levelling flooring. They hope to have it finished by the time the kitchen is delivered! The hump in our kicten flloor

They cut a section of the lino out to see what was underneath. Look at all the dusty footprints. Our whole house kind of looks like that too.

Last night, Ryan painted the first coat on the walls and the second on the ceiling. We have decided on matte Brilliant White as until we get the cupboards and worktops in, it’s impossible to get the shade right. We’ve bought loads of testers but don’t like any of them. So white it is, for now at least…Kitchen renovation with paint

Check back in a week or so to (hopefully) see the finished kitchen!

Have you done a kitchen renovation? Did anything go wrong? I’d love to hear tales of woe to make me feel better!

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  1. Emmerey Rose

    24th April 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Excited to see how your kitchen will turn out Becky! 🙂 Renovation is a complete mess. Takes a lot of time and work. But worth it in the end. Btw, I was wondering how much did you budget for this renovation? if you don’t mind me asking.

  2. Eilidh Gallagher

    15th March 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Oh wow how exciting! I hope it’s been going well. I’m off to see if you have updated 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      15th March 2017 at 9:04 pm

      AH thanks, it has been quite stressful with a few issues to sort out so progress has been frustratingly slow… xx

  3. Colette

    14th March 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Nearly there now! It will be worth it x

    1. Becky Pink

      15th March 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Ah thanks, we have had quite a few problems but the end is finally in sight! xx

  4. Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy

    13th March 2017 at 4:02 pm

    So exciting! We’ve just done ours but only a makeover, changed the doors, worktops & decorated but it makes such a difference. I can’t wait to see what yours looks like when it’s finished #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Ah that sounds great Toni, we did consider a make over but there were so many problems with the old one it wasn’t worth it. The whole room had to be rewired in the end so I’m glad it’s safe now! xx

  5. Carly @acupfullofglitter

    11th March 2017 at 8:04 am

    Wow. I love total renovations. I can’t wait to see the final thing.

  6. Laura's Lovely Blog

    9th March 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to see how it all turns out, I love reading about people’s renovation projects! I bet it’s going to look fabulous when it’s done 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      9th March 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Laura, I really hope so! xx

  7. Kerry

    9th March 2017 at 10:42 am

    Love your radiator! I so regret not putting in ones like theses where we have replaced ours. I think I may have to go back round and change them again … if the budget ever allows, which is unlikely! I am so excited to see how it turns out. Our kitchen is dismal, so I always jealously eye other people’s xxx

    1. Becky Pink

      9th March 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Kerry, we were so pleased with how they looked in our lounge it just made sense to replace these too – the old ones were old and tatty and would have really spoiled the look I think! They really belt out the heat too! xx

  8. Caroline

    8th March 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Good luck with getting it finished. We had our bathroom and done and ended up with a new kitchen ceiling because they discovered a leak. Always something isn’t there. #homeetc

    1. Becky Pink

      8th March 2017 at 10:22 pm

      We have had a few more setbacks today as well. But nothing too drastic luckily! xx

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