Finally my kitchen is looking and feeling more like somewhere I am happy to spend time in. Everyone has to spend a fair amount of time in their kitchen, but when it’s old and tired, it makes you less likely to keep it clean or feel inspired. We couldn’t afford a full refit, we eventually want to extend the house so that we can knock through the wall to the dining room so we didn’t want to spend a lot freshening it up. I got fed up of the awful flooring, which was vinyl tiles and even when you scrubbed them, they still looked grimy so I very rarely washed the floor. We desperately needed more storage, so we added 2 more cupboards and a wall rack for utensils that fits in with the copper and bright feel.
What we did
Replaced the worktops, one half of the kitchen was replaced with a solid oak worktop from eBay (second hand), the other side a beech worktop from B & Q.
New vinyl flooring from eBay (new)
I was a bit nervous buying flooring online, but it was so expensive in the local shops, I knew what I wanted and what thickness, so I measure it myself and ordered it. It turned up the right size and I got someone to fit it independently, all so much cheaper than going to a flooring shop.
New dishwasher from AO
New Oven from AO
White brick metro tiles from Wickes
Repainted and stripped old wallpaper, we used colour match paint from Dulux
Plastered and painted ceiling
Copper wall storage rack from Red Candy (totally love their shop, ban the beige!)
Painted existing cupboards with graphite cupboard paint and lacquer
New electric sockets, including one with 2 USB ports (♥)
It all ended up costing more than we thought (doesn’t it always), but we did it over a period of about 6 weeks, and I’d done the flooring just after Christmas, so it didn’t feel too painful. I’m really pleased with the results, the reason we ended up choosing such a bright orange for the walls was partly due to my husband who wanted a bright colour, and partly due to me because I got inspired by my new sugar pot – I got the exact orange from the elephant’s ears matched in a paint! I fell in love with this Orla Keily retro feel elephant storage pot, and now it’s proudly displayed.
We also have 2 extra cupboards and the wall storage, which frees up the worktop space. The oven is brilliant, we had one hob that worked before and the oven only had one temperature that cooked, a bit like an aga. I now take pride in my kitchen and want to keep it looking nice. Everything has a place.
It’s the little accessories that can make a big difference, I couldn’t resist this polka dot Emma Bridgewater melamine jug, it brightens up summer days and I use different types of storage jars and pots like this Oxo cookie jar.
Have you got any tips for renovating on a budget? Let me know in the comments below.
Disclosure: contains affiliate links. We were gifted the storage rack from Red Candy. All opinions my own.