Thursday, October 5

Revamp Restyle Reveal: My Kitchen Reveal!





When Lisa Dawson, Oliver Thomas and I first started talking about bringing the Revamp Restyle Reveal to life, I had a vague idea that I might do my kitchen. But I thought I'd re-paint the cupboards - I was SO over the dark navy, and MAYBE take down the light-sucking matte black tiles too. Maybe. I'm not actually sure if there was a particular moment when it changed from Revamp, to Refit, but at some point that's what it snowballed into, and before I knew it, I was planning a completely new kitchen. Everything was to change except the floor, the bench seat structure, and the table. In four weeks. Uh-oh!


I *think* the main reason for this, was that the one thing that absolutely HAD to go, was the oven and hob. It was vile. A bizarre set-up where the oven was too tall for the units and worktop, so ridiculously, the previous owner had added a plinth on top to house a a hob. Obviously . I put up with it for TEN YEARS. I can't believe that really, but I became pretty adept at not 'seeing' it. 

But removing it would mean a gap in the tiles, and I didn't like their light sucking qualities enough to find more tiles to fill the gaps, so I decided that they would have to go too.

The cupboards had a fair few coats of paint on them and several were also water damaged. I decided that I really didn't want to put a huge amount of work into stripping them (which would have been needed), given their poor condition. They weren't a standard size though and the carcasses were also on poor condition as were the old rotten butchers block worktops, so they needed to be replace too. You can see how this happened, right?! 

The decorating domino effect was in full, unstoppable swing. And I was EXCITED! And terrified. 

There have been times over the last four weeks when I honestly wished I'd never started, and seriously doubted I'd finish in time. It's been pretty stressful, but it's also been massively satisfying. The stressful bits, unsurprisingly, have been the unexpected hold-ups that were totally out of our control, like gas pipes not being wide enough to accommodate the new range on top of the boiler, the power feed not being adequate for the new range, the plumbing all being in exactly the wrong spot and having to be moved in the eleventh hour, and stock issues that were out of everyone's control, throwing my schedule into a tailspin.

We have done all the work ourselves except the gas, electrics and plumbing. SOME things are best left to the experts. I've felt massively lucky and relieved that I have an excellent electrician who is super reliable - I suspect it all could have gone horribly wrong if it wasn't for that fact.

Anyone that's knows me, has ever read my blog before or follows me on Instagram will know how much I disliked my kitchen, but it really was not on the cards at all to do a re-fit, and if it wasn't for our incredilby generous sponsors it still wouldn't be.

So a massive, sincerely heartfelt thank you to ao.com, Maisons du Monde, Amara, Frenchic Furniture Paint and Earthborn Paints. I've used products from each of these companies in the kitchen and am very happy to share all the details with you below.

Okay, enough already of the drawn-out preamble, I know you just want the pretty pics.

But first, a quick reminder of what it used to look like, and what it looked like just four days ago! If you haven't already, you can read about all the things that were wrong with it here.




And here's what it looks like now...



















Once the decision was made to do a full refit, I had to think long and hard about exactly what I wanted it to look like. And what was going to be achievable. 

I wanted it to feel open and calm, a bit glam but not over the top. No upper units to make the room feel wider, more storage, and an integrated dishwasher and washing machine. Hiding the ugly boiler, and adding atmospheric wall lights were a must. Things have changed quite a bit along the way, but here's what we did...

Removed all the wall tiles, and made the walls good. No plasterer required.
Ripped out all the old units.
Had the gas and water pipes moved to accommodate the new range and the new units.
Added wall lights on both sides.
Painted. Everything.
Put in new brown/black base units.
Put in three tall white units which I pimped with moulding and then painted to de-swedish super store the whole look.
Added decorative cornicing to the wall above the range.
Added brass handles to all the units.
Stressed a LOT about this being done in time.
Put in a new undermounted sink and tap and new worktops.
Ditched the badly worn and faded palm fabric and replaced it with beautiful green velvet.

Writing it like that makes it seem quite quick and easy, but it definitely hasn't been easy! I'd do it again though, to get the result we have.












Here are the links to all the beautiful products that our lovely sponsors provided me with for this Revamp that turned into a refit...

ao.com

Amara

Frenchic Furniture Paint

Earthborn Paints

Okay, well I for one am KNACKERED, and I'm giving myself a few days off. Please do let me know what you think of my new kitchen in the comments below. I actually can't believe that this is my kitchen! My co-host, the lovely Oliver Thomas is next on the hop, so go and check out his beautiful living room now!







ao.com

Amara

Maisons du Monde

Frenchic Furniture Paint

Earthborn Paints


Here's the full list of links to all the participating bloggers - you don't want to miss out on any of these fab rooms, so make sure you work your way through all of them!


Oliver Thomas, Oliver Thomas Interiors - Living Room Revamp

Kerry Lockwood, Kerry Lockwood In Detail - Girls Bedroom Revamp

Melanie Lissack, Melanie Lissack Interiors - Master Bedroom Revamp

Kate Young, Kate Young Design - Master Bedroom Revamp

Meera Pendred, Arty Home - Living Room Revamp

Dee Campling, Dee Campling Interiors - Boys Bedroom Revamp

Ruth Matthews, Design Soda - Hallway Revamp

Fiona Cameron, Around The Houses - Guest Bedroom Revamp


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26 comments

  1. Wow, you must be so pleased with the result! It looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I am ridiculously pleased - probably even more so once I get a decent nights sleep!

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  2. It's bloomin' gorgeous Bianca! As I knew it would be. All the hard work totally worth it. The lighting, the handles, that fridge, that gold tap... it's all, so, good. Enjoy your rest, you deserve it. I'm off to stalk the rest of the rooms... xx

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    1. Thank you El! I'm deliriously tired, but also deliriously happy with it! Xx

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  3. Looks amazing - love the handles x

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    1. Thank you! I'm super happy with it (and super tired!). Xx

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  5. It is lovely! You’ve given me some great inspiration as well as some top tips on your stories! Can you tell us about the counter top? Is it Corian?

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    1. Thanks so much! I'll be writing all about the worktop on the blog next week, so watch this space! But no, it's not Corian. #mysterious Xx

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  6. Absolutely fantastic, loving the dark unit doors and just the overall attention to detail.

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  7. Oh my GAWD Bianca!!! This is incredible! I can not believe you got this all done in 4 weeks - that blows my mind lol It really is absolutely gorgeous and I love it so so much. You are a DIY GODDESS. I bow down. Seriously. Now I need to plan a date to see it in person but dear god, woman, get some rest! You deserve it!! xxx

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    1. Aw THANK YOOOOOU!!! I can't believe it either to be totally honest - it was very touch and go at times. And yes, you absolutely need to come and see it in person! Xx

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  8. Amazing and dreamy kitchen! can you tell me where your 'disco' plant pot is from? I need that in my life and in my kitchen!! :)

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    1. Thanks Ashleigh! The disco pot is by Playtype. This and every other thing in the whole kitchen will be in a full source list on the blog in the next few weeks! Thanks so much for your comment! Xx

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  9. What a transformation, Bianca! At first I was "what's wrong with the current kitchen?", but you made it clear indeed that it had seen better days. It feels so crisp yet inviting, and those built-in appliances look great. Enjoy the dishwasher!

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    1. Thanks Juan! I know I was good at hiding the many faults in the old kitchen, but yeah, you get it. SO happy with the new one - can't believe it's mine! Haven't had a chance to use the dishwasher yet can you believe it?!

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  10. Your kitchen is a TRIUMPH, Bianca! I'm in awe that you got this all done in a month, that's crazy, massive well done to you! I LOVE your new kitchen, and even though I know it's the same space, and you've added some great sized appliances for a family, it really does look and feel bigger and airier! Sorcery! :-) The monochrome look with the brass details is timeless and your styling is stunning! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you Meera! It's amazing how losing the upper units has made the room feel twice the width. We're so happy with it! Xx

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  11. Wow - super impressive work Bianca! It is utterly gorgeous and I bet you can't wait to enjoy it, just as soon as you've managed a well deserved rest! xx

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    1. Thanks Lucy! Yes a rest was indeed needed and now we get to start enjoying the fruits of our labour! Xx

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  12. Unbelievable that you achieved this mostly by yourselves in 4 weeks! I mean, how!!? Albeit a tad (understatement?) stressful but at least you can get on and enjoy your amazing space now! I just love how you’ve used black but made it still feel light and luxurious. All the small details such as the coving, lighting and moulding have such a big impact, such clever designing! It’s so inspiring to see what can be done, although not sure I’m quite skilled enough to tackle what you have but has been fun and insightful to follow your journey. Love the black sink and your new seating area looks perfect for a well earned Pisco Sour I’d say ;) Wow, enjoy. Major kitchen envy here x

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    1. Thank you Charley! Yes it has been *quite* a stressful month, but absolutely worth it in the end, and I can't believe this is our kitchen and we get to keep it! Xx

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  13. What a lovely makeover, can I ask where you got your tap from please?

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  14. What a transformation!! I watched your instastories in awe at your vision and pure grit at getting this done. The room looks so stunning, nice that you now get to relax and enjoy your hard work!
    Where are the brass handles from?

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