If there’s one room in our house that I’m not really keen on, it has to be the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice enough to look at. But when I’m stood in there cooking dinner or having drinks with friends, I’m always aware of how dark it feels. I think the kitchen is the only room in the house that we’ve not updated since we moved in back in 2013, and I’m desperate to get it updated and make it feel like ‘mine’.
So, for today’s post, I thought I’d show you guys what it looks like now, and talk a little about what I’d like to do to it to make it look brighter and feel more spacious when we’re in there. As always, I hope you enjoy having a read.
What the kitchen looks like at the moment
As you can see from the pictures above, we have a dark tiled floor, beech coloured units and then dark coloured worktops. I think it’s down to the combination of these colours that makes it feel so tiny when I’m in there. And it’s such a shame as it has the potential to be such a lovely, welcoming kitchen. What do you think?
What I’d like the kitchen to look like in the future
OK, so first up I’d like to rip out all the kitchen units that we currently have in there and replace them with some gorgeous new ones I found online at Kitchen Warehouse. The ones I have my eye on are their Luxury Shaker Kitchen Units, and their simplistic and classic design provides a traditional farmhouse feel to the kitchen, while also being perfectly fitted to the setting of a more modern open plan kitchen/dining room. The units come in a wide range of colour options, and I’d love them in mussel, which is a shade of white that would be sure to make my kitchen look bright and airy!
I think I’d probably stick with dark worktops in our kitchen. But instead of the ones we currently have (which never seem to look clean no matter how much I scrub at them), I’d like to have some matte black ones similar to those in the image above. I think matte black looks super stylish and would go well with all the lovely copper appliances I’ve treated myself to recently.
And lastly, I’d like to get rid of the dark coloured tiles on the floor and replace them with something much more classy. At the moment I’m thinking that solid oak flooring like we have in our living room would be just perfect. It would go really well with the units I’ve chosen and would help give my kitchen a lovely rustic feel.
If there’s one thing I’ve always wanted in my kitchen, it has to be a Belfast Sink. Aren’t they just gorgeous? I love how big they are compared to regular sinks, and I think I’d get the washing up done in double-quick time if I were to have one in my kitchen because I wouldn’t be constantly having to refill the sink with pots every time I’ve washed and dried some. I think they look stunning, and I noticed that they sell these at Kitchen Warehouse too, which means I can pick everything up at once. Fantastic!
The electrics in our house need looking at because the gentleman who lived there before us messed about with them and botched them up! It means our under cabinet lights don’t work at the moment, which is a real shame. I’d like to get everything back up and working properly, and then maybe add an island so we can have some gorgeous copper lights hanging over it. I think it would be the perfect spot for me to sit and do my work in an evening as they would make the kitchen look lovely, cosy and inviting.
And speaking of work, I constantly seem to have my devices on charge because of being a full-time blogger. My laptop, phone, camera and hoover always seem to need plugging in at the same time, and I never have enough sockets to go around! It would be amazing to swap all our current sockets with special USB sockets so I can have more things on charge at once. They’re such a great invention – perfect for busy households. Have you got any in your home yet?
And there you have it – my plans for refurbishing our outdated kitchen. Do you think it will look better when it’s done? I certainly do. Especially if I give the walls a nice coat of fresh white paint as well. I reckon it’ll finally be a kitchen I can be proud of.