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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.

I’d love white or pale grey cupboard doors, but I’d need to paint them myself and there are 16, plus four drawers. I’m sure I’d get bored half way through and end up with it half finished, although this kitchen has mix and match units, and looks fabulous! Maybe I could start with the bottom ones, and see how I go!

Shaker Kitchen by Harvey Jones via IDEABOOKS

Shaker Kitchen by Harvey Jones

The thing that is driving our revamp is the urgent need to replace this monstrous old cooker, which was left by the previous owner. I can’t tell you how many tears I have shed over ruined meals from this beast. It burns the top and undercooks the middle, and the hob takes forever to cook anything. Then it finally overflows, before burning onto the surface. Our horrible old cooker

I’ve found a lot of interior design ideas to pin to my kitchen/diner Pinterest board and spotted this amazing white kitchen – it’s so light and airy!

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We’ll be getting an energy efficient induction hob, and a new low-level built in oven, which means new worktops (which is fine by me, our faux granite ones are not my favourite!) I love stainless steel, but Ryan thinks it smacks of abattoir. I LOVE this industrial look and will be getting white metro tiles with grey grout, like these. Our horrid orange brown lino will be replaced with something grey.

Industrial Kitchen from BRICKS Studio via IDEABOOKS

Industrial Kitchen by BRICKS Studio

Do you have any tips for revamping a kitchen on a limited budget? I’d love to hear them! Which do you think would look best in our house?

*This post is in collaboration with homify, and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Rose Lindeman

    29th August 2016 at 9:41 am

    Hello Becky,

    Your kitchen is beautiful Becky, it really is! What a gorgeous kitchen space. I long to have a kitchen/diner space and it’s in our plans but a very long way down the list of things to do! Loving the built in ovens too.

    You have your well furnished kitchen and its looking is really awesome. Thanks for sharing such beautiful tips to maintain our home especially kitchen.

    Keep sharing more
    Thanks and Regards

  2. Hazel Owens

    30th June 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I honestly think that your cupboard doors look fine. However, I can see why you might want to paint them, especially if you want the floor to be white or grey. I think that installing a new floor, getting a new oven, and painting your cabinets a nice neutral color would work wonders for your kitchen!

  3. mummyofboygirltwins

    28th March 2016 at 1:39 pm

    It doesn’t take long – we did it too and it made a huge difference! It will transform the space! I have always had a white kitchen and loved it, it doesn’t show up the dirt much! Thanks for sharing & linking up again lovely, good to have you! #HomeEtc

    Jess xx

    1. Becky Pink

      30th March 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Jess, I think I will take the plunge…one day! xx

  4. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    28th March 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Great post Becky! I love seeing other peoples real life kitchens and their dream kitchen inspiration. I’m *desperate* for a new kitchen — our inherited kitchen is horrible — but have made do with painting the old units for now.

    One thing that you can do, if you can’t be bothered to paint them yourself is take them to a local car garage. very often they will offer a spraying service and can spray kitchen doors for you. A little more expensive but you get a great finish!! 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with us 🙂 #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      30th March 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Ooh that’s a great idea Caro, thanks! I bet they’d do a much better job than me! xx

  5. Molly

    23rd March 2016 at 5:28 pm

    You’ve got a lovely big light-filled kitchen, so that’s a great base. I agree with painting the cupboards, and you could also paint the tiles? I did that in a bathroom before, with a little fine roller and tile paint, and it worked a treat, you’d never have known they were painted. But of course replacing the tiles would be even better, budget allowing! Best of luck with it, look forward to seeing what you #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      23rd March 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you Molly, I think painting the tiles could work but sadly the person who put them up didn’t do a great job so they are really uneven, so I am not sure I’d get a good finish – they are also textured. So replacing them would definitely be best but we’ll need to save up! xx

  6. Emma

    23rd March 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I think your mix and match idea is a great one! Could you paint some cupboards white, replace the handles, new worktop and perhaps some grey or white tiles? #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      30th March 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Replacing the handles is a great suggestion, thanks Emma. And new tiles are a must, I think that would make a huge difference xx

  7. Joanna Massam

    19th March 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Love this post!!
    My mum’s kitchen is in desperate need of a make over, I HAVE to show her this post!
    Just not sure how arty farty we are though and not sure if having a go at it a bit on our own would be the right way to go. x

    1. Becky Pink

      20th March 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thank you Joanna, yeah I know what you mean it is a bit of a gamble undertaking something like that – I’m still debating! xx

  8. Annie B

    18th March 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I know what you mean about Pinterest haha. I love the open airy look and when we bought our house I let Hubby B convince me that shiny white cupboards and very polished white ceramic tiles were the best option…with two young boys and a gardener for a Hubby. I love the kitchen but it is very high maintenance #MakingHome

    1. Becky Pink

      18th March 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Hmmm yes I think that is a very important point to consider! It might look lovely to start but how long can I keep it up?! Ha ha probably not very long unfortunately, thanks for the advice xx

  9. Becky Pink

    13th March 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Ah I bet it looks lovely – how great to be able to choose everything from scratch. I can imagine a white floor would be quite high maintenance with a dog but it’s hard to predict things like that isn’t it xx

  10. Sue J ~ The World of Suzy Homemaker

    13th March 2016 at 11:18 am

    Ooooh, I’m quite jealous. If you think that’s orange, you should see the kitchen at OneandSeventy! lol We have bespoke oak, which sounds amazing but it is SO orange, it’d make the Tango Man feel at home. Oh! And the previous owners had the bright idea of laying said orange on TOP of cheap (and now failing) laminate flooring. We have no kick boards, so it’s proving a nightmare trying to find someone to replace it. *sigh* But once I do, I plan to paint the units. I’m also planning grey and white. Like you, I’m going to start with the bottom (grey) and see how I get on before I get bored! I’ve already made a start on the surfaces. Cillit Bang is doing a marvellous job of removing the sticky residue left behind by a very poor sealing job (also by the previous owners). I’ll be using Zinsser BIN to prime, followed by a hard-wearing top coat. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with yours! Sue x #MakingHome

    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Oooh thanks for the tips, I haven’t heard of Zinsser BIN so I will check it out! Just thinking about it is enough to wear me out though, so I suspect we will be stuck with the orange for many months to come…. though the cooker is about to completely break so we do need to make some decisions! Your floor does sounds like a bit of a nightmare, I hope you can come up with a solution! xx

  11. Little Miss & Mummy

    13th March 2016 at 7:26 am

    Loving these kitchens, although I would spend the entire time cleaning a white kitchen,. It would send me round the bend!


    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Hmmm yes, a very good point! It would be a shame if it always looked a bit grubby, wouldn’t it? I guess the people who live in those houses don’t have toddlers! xx

  12. Maura

    12th March 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Paint the kitchen cubboards, we did it last year, bit of work involved but worth it, makes a big difference .

    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Maura, I think I will! I need to do a bit more research, and work up some courage! xx

  13. Kate Davis

    9th March 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I understand your frustration, although mine is that we haven’t started our renovation yet and we’ve been in our house for three years. Redoing our kitchen is a few years away as we need to knock a few walls down first and we haven’t even agreed whether the kitchen will be at the front or back of the house. I also collect pictures of kitchens I like but haven’t decided on a style yet, although I know I want it to be simple and light.

    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Oh wow, moving walls is quite epic, I can understand that you need to give that some serious thought! They always say you should live in a place for a while before making decisions like that, don’t they. How exciting that you’ll be able to have it exactly like you want though! xx

  14. Mummymelton

    9th March 2016 at 7:11 am

    Love these kitchens!! So many great ideas. We’re going to be picking our new kitchen next month & I’m so excited about it, it’s such an important room in the house

    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Eeek that is so exciting! It’s such a hard decision isn’t it, I’m getting a bit stressed out just thinking about it! Hope it goes well and I’m looking forward to seeing more! xx

  15. Angela at Daysinbed

    8th March 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I think your kitchen is lovely. Changing the tiles or improving them is a good idea. Also, it’s amazing the difference having a new cooker that works will make! I d love the brick work style studio! It looks fab!

    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2016 at 9:05 pm

      I think you’re right it’s the tiles that are the main issue! Aside from the oven. We need to get saving! xx

  16. Sarah HP

    8th March 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Are you cupboard doors solid wood or laminate? My husband is a carpenter and I just showed him your kitchen. If they are solid wood they could be sanded and spray painted using a compressor rather than painted with a brush to give a really good finish. He’s done this kind of job before and it can really change the look of your room. A good local carpenter should be able to do it for you.

    1. Becky Pink

      13th March 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Ah thanks Sarah that is great advice! I am a bit reluctant to attempt it myself in case I make it worse! I’m not sure if they are real wood or not, I think maybe wood veneer but I’d need to get someone to check. xx

  17. Pink Pear Bear

    7th March 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Oh, I am just like you! The amount of jobs I’ve started and got bored of in my time. At least you recognise that trait and don’t even start! 🙂 I think you can get the doors vinyl wrapped which looks cool, but my builder husband thinks it would be cheaper just to get new doors. Instant facelift! Your oven sounds like you really need to love it to put up with it! Thanks so much for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

  18. justsayingmum

    7th March 2016 at 2:08 pm

    oo lovong all the pictures of those designer kitchens! We had our kitchen cupboards painted a slate grey instead of ripping them out (so much more cost effective) and I have to say it was so worth it as has transformed the kitchen. My advice would be to get a eggshell paint as harder wearing and then get a special top coat to stop it chipping – will be a long job but soon worth it – i look forward to seeing the final results #bigpinklink

    1. Becky Pink

      7th March 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much for that great advice, I will look into it! I’m sure grey will be easier to keep looking nice than my other idea of white as well! xx

  19. Sarah

    7th March 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Get friends over to help you paint – it makes a great girly day if you bribe them with wine for laters. I got most of my flat pack put up that way 😀
    Re white kitchen – DON’T DO IT. Looks amazing, but you will spend the rest of your life wiping it! #bigpinklink

    1. Becky Pink

      7th March 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Ah that’s SUCH a great idea thanks! I bet some of my friends would be really good at it as well. And I will take on board your advice about white – maybe sludge brown would be more appropriate, he he. xx

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