Hooray, our slow and simple kitchen is finished! And it feels so good to have it done.
It has taken us a little while to get to this point, but that is the reality when you are renovating your victorian house yourself whilst raising a family, working and making space to enjoy life a little too.
We wanted to create a really simple and natural space that would be easy to cook in. The kitchen is small, so everything needs to be organised well. Luckily we have a big larder and the kitchen joins on to a breakfast room where we are able to keep most of our serving dishes.
I have definitely stuck to the philosophy of filling the kitchen with items that are useful and beautiful. Lots of the items we used were reclaimed and we completed most of the work ourselves. One of our favourite things in the kitchen is this knife rack from Peg and Awl, which is made from reclaimed oak. It’s perfectly positioned above where we do all our food preparation which makes life so much easier. This clamp light, from Baileys, casts a little extra light when we need it and is super versatile as you can fit it to anything. I’ll include a complete list of where we shopped for items at the bottom of the post.
Below are some photos of what the kitchen used to look like so you can see the transformation for yourself. Because we’ve been doing it off and on for over a year, I’d actually already forgotten what it used to look like. It’s been good to look back and acknowledge all the hard work that has gone into making the space feel like home. Previously, I think the kitchen was last updated in the 80s so it was overdue a little spruce up. Also if you are new to the blog, you can read my inspiration post for a simple kitchen here and follow along with our progress here, here and here.
Here is a break down of the renovation work carried out in order to create our slow and simple kitchen…
- Dipped the wooden doors to take them back to their natural wood finish.
- Ripped up the old vinyl floor.
- Painted the worn tile floor with ‘Moondust’ V33 tile floor paint – this makes a really big difference to the how big the room feels as the light bounces of the floor beautifully.
- Painted all the walls and ceiling and other wood work ‘All White’ to make the room feel as spacious as possible.
- Moved the position of the sink and changed the sink to a reclaimed butler sink (that my dad salvaged and fixed up – thanks dad.)
- Built a reclaimed brick base for the sink.
- Took out what fitted cupboards there were; Replaced one with a dishwasher and the other with a butchers block.
- Found reclaimed brass taps.
- Boxed in the lower section of the kitchen window.
- Took all the old tiles off.
- The wooden work top is from B&Q which we bought in one long sheet and then we hired a carpenter to cut it out and fit it – this is the only time we hired a professional.
- Tiled behind the sink with reclaimed slate roof tiles.
- Made a linen curtain for under the sink
- Made a thin linen curtain for the window which hangs from a homemade bamboo cane pole.
Before and after
I will share more on stories this week, possibly a live tour so you can really see what the space looks like. In the meantime these pictures give you a good idea.
Next, is to finish the adjoining breakfast room, which again is currently half done… it’s a recurring theme in this house that projects sit half done for a while. We need a free weekend or a couple of days to paint the floor, I have the paint already to go. Plus I still need to decide what colour to paint the fitted cupboard. I’m waiting for inspiration to strike… our slow renovation journey continues.
Shop the look…
Wall paint; Valspar paint colour ‘All White’, Floor paint V33 tile floor paint ‘Moondust’ both from B&Q.
This post is in collaboration with B&Q and with special thanks to Peg & Awl, but as always all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the blog posts that make Geoffrey and Grace possible.