Before & After ~ Our Kitchen Makeover

Ages and ages ago I told you all about how in dire need our kitchen was of a makeover. With two kids, a cat and a husband who loves to cook, after many, many years and many, many months of planning, we finally finished it, just in time to host Christmas dinner for the family.

I’ve been meaning to post some pictures of the before and after, but with work etc never got round to taking the after pictures. Anyway last week our kitchen was booked for a photoshoot with The Co-op and the photographer wanted to see a few snaps before the day, to get an idea of what she had to work with.

Here you are then, a quick re-cap of the before shots, my design board and the new re-vamped kitchen.

The kitchen was originally fitted 17 years ago and was reclaimed from a Victorian cottage, so is amazing quality, made from pitch pine. We had painted it several times over the years, but this colour is French Grey, from Farrow & Ball.

The parquet floor was also reclaimed from a school gym but we had stained it dark, which was fashionable at the time.

My vision for our new kitchen has remained much the same style, with elements from the original design board only slightly changed over time. The wall tiles which I wanted proved much too expensive for our budget, at £300 a Sq metre from Mandarin Stone and the reclaimed wooden wall, would have been overkill with the worktops and floor.

Otherwise the design board is pretty much our original vision. The reclaimed wooden floor came up beautifully after being restored back to its former glory, by specialist flooring expert Howard at HMC Flooring. The walls and units were painted in shades of grey, again Farrow & Ball and the industrial lights, metro tiled walls and old school chairs, give it the recycled look we wanted.

 Let me know what you think, you know I love to hear from you.



  1. Indianna 2 July, 2014 / 7:56 am

    Looks lovely Karen and I'm sure Mr B will enjoy cooking in there too.

  2. Karen Barlow 2 July, 2014 / 8:08 am

    Mr B loves it, but funnily enough it has also got me back in the kitchen more than I care to admit. Funny how a refurb can work? 🙂

  3. Unknown 1 September, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Wow thank you so much your kitchen looks lovely. It makes me happy to find things like this.

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