House Renovation – Kitchen/Diner – The Reveal!

Our Kitchen was finally finished on Friday. The day before the baby shower. The tiler left at 12pm on the friday so we were cutting it very fine but we managed it! The Kitchen was finished and looking good and all my guests had a lovely time, or at least I hope they did! More on the baby shower in another post.

The sink, tap, worktops, units and handles are all from Ikea. The units were in the Metod range. The doors were called ‘Grytnas’ and we ordered these in off-white. The dishwasher is to the right of the sink in the picture above and is the ‘Rengora’.

The fruit bowls and compost bin are from Cath Kidston.

The hob and extractor fan are also from Ikea. The hob is called ‘Elslaga’ and the hood is called ‘Molnigt’. The larger jug housing my spatulas is from Cath Kidston again and the smaller blue cream jug is from Dunelm Mill. These are all from our old kitchen so I can’t remember how much they were. The knife block is from Sabatier and was a gift to Nick from my mum.

Tea and coffee making area

The kettle is new, it is from Morphy Richards and was £32.99 from Currys. The smallest blue lidded tin is from Cath Kidston. They came in a set of 3 but I have had these a while and again I can’t remember how much they original were. The tea spoons are in a glass jar. The tea, coffee and sugar pots I have had for a long time. They were a gift from my mum when we first moved in. She bought them from Morrisons.



The Ovens again are all from Ikea. We have one double oven called ‘Valfri’, one single oven called ‘Realistisk’ and one microwave oven called ‘Snabb’. The floral oven glove is from Cath Kidston and the tea towels are from Dunelm Mill and Sainsburys.


The kitchen table

The kitchen table we had already and has been stored in the garage whilst we have been doing the kitchen. It is a solid oak table that Nick’s mum gave us when we first moved in. The spotty cushions are what we had before, they were purchased from Dunelm Mill. The candle holders and white jug are both from Ikea. The candle holders are old but the white jug is new and costs £20.


Tripp Trapp with Newborn seat

The high chair is the Tripp Trapp by Stokke and this was a gift from Nick’s mum for the baby. It can be used from birth right up until 10 years of age. I love how it looks next to our dining table!

The tiles were purchased from Tileright. I can’t recommend them enough. We have bought all our tiles, grout etc from there and even used their tilers. We have never had a problem. The tiler even managed to squeeze us in at short notice to enable everything to be finished before the baby shower.

The table mats and coasters are heart shaped and made out of slate. I bought these from Wilkinsons. The coasters were £3 for 4 and the table mats were £6 for 2.


View through the french windows of the garden

It looks beautiful. I am so in love with the space and I am thoroughly enjoying using it, and even cleaning it! Big thank you to everyone that helped us. You made it happen. If anyone else is planning to have any work done and would like their contact details let me know. All the people that have helped us have been reliable and skilful, without them there is no way it would have all come together on such a tight deadline.

Simon the carpenter – I say carpenter but you have helped us with everything and anything. Your mastic skills are second to none and I will be having you back round soon to help me with my next big idea. I’ll let you have the rest of the summer off first though 😉

Waz the plumber – Thank you Waz for coming round whenever we called and for being resourceful with our sink fittings.

Jamie the electrician – Thank you Jamie for getting all our lights and appliances up and running and for fixing all my Ikea light fittings even though you despair of them!

Steve, Nick’s dad – Thank you for helping Nick with everything! You really are the best.

Here is a little video of the kitchen I have made. I go through a few things in more detail. There are also pictures of the kitchen/diner from start to finish so you can see how far we have come.

I told you it would be worth the wait!! 🙂

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  • Reply
    Essie Reed
    2nd September 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Beautiful! I love the predominantly white color palette and the wooden counter tops. You're so lucky to have awesome and kind people to help you out with the re-modelling. I'm sure you're having tons of fun in cooking delicious dishes in such a gorgeous kitchen. Thank you so much for sharing! I wish you all the best with your future projects!

    Essie Reed @ Valley Home Improvement

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      Sarah Cantwell
      3rd September 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Thanks Essie! Yes we have been very lucky. It's nice to be able to enjoy it now ? xxx

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    Rachel Walker
    6th December 2014 at 6:50 PM

    It looks beautiful! Do you know the name of the Ikea worktops you used?

    • Reply
      Sarah Cantwell
      6th December 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Thanks Rachel, They were the Solid Oak Personalig Worktops xxx

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    Furniture Store Denver
    13th April 2017 at 4:03 AM

    This kitchen is absolutely breathtaking! I love everything about it

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    Poulin Design Center
    25th May 2017 at 9:13 AM

    this kitchen is soooo Gorgeous! and It is so modern and clean looking. I’m really impressed.

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