A SIMPLE KITCHEN

Plans and inspiration for our simple kitchen: follow us as we update and restore a room that hasn't been touched in over thirty years. Photography credit Stephen Kent

About this time last year I shared this post about our house restoration and some plans for a simple kitchen. We were looking into simplifying and updating it since the space has not been decorated for a good thirty years. Well, shortly after writing that, I was asked to collaborate with British Gypsum on creating an inspirational work space with a magnetic wall (catch up with that here). The work room got all my attention, and the kitchen was forgotten about.

A whole year later and not much has happened. The space was left halfway finished. In fact, you couldn’t even say that. Here’s a re-cap of what we have done so far…

Already done…

  • Taken out the only two fitted kitchen cupboards.
  • Replaced one with a butchers block and the other with a dishwasher.
  • Plumbed in a restored Belfast sink that my dad found at a reclamation yard.
  • Built a brick surround for the Belfast sink.

At the moment we are living with basic taps gaffer-taped to the back of the sink, they have been like that for nearly a year now, as I have searched (off & on) for some reclaimed brass kitchen taps. It’s amazing what you can get used to living with.

Plans and inspiration for our simple kitchen: follow us as we update and restore a room that hasn't been touched in over thirty years. Photography credit Lotta Agaton

However, this is all about to change. As over the next month (I’m hoping that is plenty of time to get it all finished) the kitchen will get all my attention and we will finally have a functioning, organised and simple kitchen to cook in.

I have been having fun pinning lots of inspiration to my ‘Simple Kitchen’ board, which you can follow here. All these images in this post are from that board and photography credits can be found below. I’m particularly in love with this reclaimed slate splashback behind this sink and would like to try and do something similar with ours.

Plans and inspiration for our simple kitchen: follow us as we update and restore a room that hasn't been touched in over thirty years. Image credit Rosie Drake KnightPlans and inspiration for our simple kitchen: follow us as we update and restore a room that hasn't been touched in over thirty years. Photography credit Debi Treloar

What still needs to be done to create our simple kitchen…

  • Paint the entire space: walls, woodwork and ceiling. I am currently debating different shades of whites and neutrals, to work out which will look best in the room – I’ll be back with more on this in another post.
  • Paint the floor: I lifted up very old vinyl to reveal big red quarry tiles, but they are not in very good condition, and passed being saved, therefore the floor is getting a lick of paint too.
  • Fit a work top around the sink and dishwasher.
  • Plumb in brass kitchen taps.
  • Plus various other bits and pieces that will need to happen in order to make the space organised, with everything accessible.

Plans and inspiration for our simple kitchen: follow us as we update and restore a room that hasn't been touched in over thirty years. Photography credit Sarah Culver

I will be sharing glimpses of the space as it is now over on Instagram stories today, so make sure you pop over to see what it looks like before we change it all.

I’ll will also be back with regular updates here, to let you know how we are getting on. Wish us luck.

 

 

Image credits:

1 – photography Stephen Kent from The Wall Street Journal, 2 –  Interior stylist Lotta Agaton, 3 – photography Rosie Drake Knight at Folklore from Instagram, 4 – photography Debi Treloar from Mark and Sally Bailey’s book Imperfect Home via The House Directory, 5 – photography credit Sarah Culver via Apt.34

 

  • Victoria Shaw

    it is amazing what you live with. We decorated our home last year but for five or so years we lived with a broken oven (only the top worked) and a kitchen that was literally falling apart! We still have lots to do to make our home feel more homely but I am so excited to see what you create in your home – I’m loving following your journey on stories!