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!
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.
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.
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Frenchic Furniture Paint