Well, it’s been a long while since I shared my kitchen inspirations with you and talked about our plans to replace and extend our kitchen and I feel like we’ve changed our minds 100 times about what to do in the meantime. We have decided that the moment has now come to make some decisions. Our oven, dishwasher and fridge-freezer are all seriously about to kick the bucket and if we don’t do something soon, we will finish up having to buy new appliances that we don’t want in our new kitchen purely because they fit in our existing one.
Let’s just refresh our minds with a few pictures of what we’re aiming for:
The combination of the white and grey cabinets in this picture with the dark flooring and those fab geometric rugs is exactly what I’m thinking about.
I adore the gold handles and white and grey cabinetry in this kitchen from Studio McGee. I have spent far more time than I should have researching gold handles but alas, again, it seems the UK suppliers are coming up short. I have come across these and these but I’m not 100% sure they are what I’m after.
I love the glass doors and white work surfaces in this one. I never would have imagined having a white work surface, but I think they can work really well with grey cabinets.
See what I mean?! This picture is from the range master website though that is the not the Toledo range we have been looking at. I love the general look though and that subtle grey is lovely.
We’ve spent the last few weeks touring kitchen showrooms, discussing the finer details of what we like and don’t like and have now actually attended some design consultation appointments which is all very exciting. I feel that, whilst we have compromised hugely by deciding not to extend, our kitchen dreams are still alive and kicking! We just had to adjust our expectations slightly!
Our main sticking point has been finding exactly what we are looking for. We both had some quite specific ideas about what we wanted but it seems that UK kitchen suppliers do not provide it! (Typical of me to pick something unattainable!) I suppose we could get it exactly right if we had a bespoke kitchen but that is just not in our budget. The main thing I wanted in our new kitchen was some nice, glass fronted cabinets on the top half that look like this:
However, my desire to find these cabinets ran into a brick wall when paired with my husband’s stipulation that the kitchen doors must be solid wood – no veneer, laminate or even spray painted MDF was acceptable. Unfortunately, each and every time we found the right style door, it turned out not to be solid wood. I could probably have lived with this, but hubby felt strongly enough about it to use the ‘kitchen veto’ and since he doesn’t have many demands, I thought it would be unfair to insist. His reasons for this were partly that our cat has really made a mess of the lower units in our current kitchen and he feels that with solid wood, we would at least have the option to sand down and touch up any damage (which is a very valid point!)
So, I did a bit more pinterest surfing and when I re-discovered this pin I saved ages ago….
I suddenly felt better about having plain glass doors! I think we will have to find a balance between glass and wood as the insides of all our cabinets will not exactly be ‘display quality!’
The only other requirement from hubby was a ‘nice range’. He is generally the cook around here and he is quite excited at the prospect of having a serious oven and hob. He’s looking at a Rangemaster Toledo. I prefer the Nexus but it’s a bit pricier. If anyone has any recommendations for a great range, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
Having received a few designs and quotes, I think we have agreed on which kitchen we will opt for, but there are just a few changes and tweaks I still want to make (of course there are!!)
Then there are all those other decisions to make – flooring, tiles, colours, storage options etc. It suddenly feels like, after 11 years of waiting, this might actually happen! I’ll be sure to keep you informed!!
Do you have any kitchen renovation tips you would like to send my way? It’s a long time since we last installed a kitchen and from what I remember, it’s a complete nightmare! Any advice gratefully received.
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