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We’ve made a start on the new kitchen flooring!

New flooring, finally!

If you’ve read my bucket list posts this year you’ll have seen me saying, (every month since April!) that I want to get the new flooring down in the kitchen.
We finally made a start today but I have to confess to not only getting the flooring down, I’ve decided to decorate the kitchen as well!

I started emptying the shelf unit in preparation for the floor and thought that seeing as I was emptying the kitchen anyway, it would be the best time to get the paint out and freshen it up.

I’ve only washed, sanded and painted the skirting board and door so far but already it’s starting to feel all nice and fresh.

Changes afoot

Ant wants to make some changes to the kitchen; he wants to make a built in unit with a cupboard at the bottom, some shelves above the counter and a proving cupboard above the shelves, in the place where we currently have an open shelving unit.

open shelf unit in kitchen

It makes sense because even though I LOVE the shelf unit, we need more storage space in the kitchen.

He’s also wanting to put in a breakfast bar, (like the one we took out because I didn’t like it!) in the same place as the one we took out!

Breakfast bar we removed

I compromised and said I wouldn’t mind having an island in the middle instead of the table and chairs. The more I think about it, the more I can see his point of view.  It will give us so much extra counter and storage space.

I must admit, I won’t be sorry to see the back of the space saving table. The chairs are not comfy for me and it’s gone very wobbly. It probably just needs tightening but the space it takes up can be put to much better use.

Whatever we decide, the kitchen is going through changes. The most important one, that I can’t wait to see is that new flooring, finally in place!

Finally!! – Before and After photos -New Kitchen :D

Finally!! – Before and After photos – New Kitchen 😀

At times it felt like we were never going to have a nice kitchen again!
We had to have a new boiler installed when we first moved in (if you’re in need a new boiler, you can get a free, no obligation home survey from 2RED Ltd) then we installed new units, fitted new tiles, put new flooring down, had the entire kitchen re-wired and then decorated.

It took a while and some very hard work, mainly by the super wonderful husband, but we finally did it 🙂
This is a before photo from the estate agent….
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and after….
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This is the before photo (taken by the estate agent) of the other side of the kitchen…

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New Table

I love our new table. It’s the perfect size for the kids to have their breakfast on in the morning and we can have dinner in the evening if Ant’s not back from in time.
When we all have dinner together we have a drop leaf table in the living room 🙂

More Painting To Do

There are still a few little jobs to be done, for example, the shelves need a fresh coat of paint, as does the door and Ant’s going to build me a little bookcase that will fit under the counter near the back door. It won’t be big enough for all my cookbooks but I’ll be able to keep my favourites on there.

100 Times Better!

So there it is, our new kitchen 😀 Not only does it look 100 times better, having a modern kitchen is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home, which is something I never had to think about while renting!

Thank you S.W.H. (Super Wonderful Husband)

I can’t finish this post without saying a huge thank you to my S.W.H. who has worked tirelessly, day after day, to get the kitchen done the way I wanted it. Every spare moment he’s had has been spent in there, working away.

Thank you my darling, I love you ZILLIONS xxx

*Apologies for the rubbish quality on some of the photos. Seems I can sometimes take good pics on the iPhone, sometimes, not so much!

A light at the end of the tunnel!

2 weeks ago my kitchen was ripped out ready for a new one to be fitted; we were told it was going to take 5 days. it’s still not quite finished!
We’re waiting on the new floor which is going to be done on Thursday and the boards have to be put on the bottom of the cupboards but I’m finally able to start putting everything back and it’s lovely to finally be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel!

It’s going to take ages getting everything sorted and put away but it’s all been worth it because I absolutely love my new kitchen 🙂

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Kitchen Makeover – Before & After

Yay!! I finally got the before and after photos done 🙂
Ant still has to get the power sockets done and I was going to wait until he’d finished but I figure you don’t need to see power bars!
So here they are…..


Before – Too much stuff on the counters left me with very little space to prepare food. The curtain hung too close to the tap and was forever getting dirty so a change is needed there.

After – I’m going to use the original curtains and I’ve ordered some ribbon so I can make this for the window. It’ll let the light in, look pretty and keep it out of the way of stray paint brushes when the girls are clearing up after crafts!
Most of the counter stuff has been moved to shelves or cupboards 🙂

Before – I had to use an old photo here because when I went to resize the ones I took especially with this post in mind, I realised I hadn’t checked them at the time and the one showing this wall was too fuzzy.

After – We moved the cupboard from this wall and replaced it with shelves. I reorganised all the bottom cupboards and put the breadmaker, food tins and double toaster in them to open up the counters and give more room to work.

Before – The kid’s computer is no longer in the kitchen; it’s going to be moved into Ant’s office but before that, we have to sort Ant’s office out so the kids will be able to actually get in there!

After – We moved the cupboard off this wall as well and replaced it with shelves. I’ve been picking up assorted jars from ASDA, Tesco and The Range when I’ve seen them over the last couple of months so that I could use them for all our dry goods.
I bought the sunflower Lazy Susan from Betterware and the pink jar from B&M. I love them both 🙂
The brown chairs belong to our next door neighbour and she’ll be having them back as soon she’s made room. I need to get four more chairs so that we have eight then I’ll decoupage them all so they match.
We’ve finally decided on a colour for the decoupage papers that matches the kitchen so I’ll be starting on those in the next few days.
I got the kitchen trolley from Argos and it’s provided loads more storage. I’m using it to store all our vegetables that don’t need to be in the fridge which in turn has freed up loads of space in the fridge.

Before – This is my favourite ‘before’ photo because this is the part of the kitchen I wanted to change the most. Ant made the white unit when he first moved in and it’s served its purpose well over the last 8 years or so but I’d had enough of it. I wanted this part of the kitchen to look less cluttered and more like a kitchen.

This is today’s 365 photo ‘cos it makes me happy everytime I look at it 🙂

After – I painted the cupboards the same colour as the walls after seeing it on Pinterest but now both Ant and I feel we need to break it up a bit. I plan to decorate the cupboards with some decoupage pictures but I’ve not found a design that I love yet so I’m going to keep checking Pinterest and Google to find ‘the one’ that jumps out at me!
We got the counter from B&Q and there’s enough left to make a small desk to go in Ant’s office for the kid’s computer.
We left the space between the dryer and the freezer so we could put our new green laundry hamper there but for the life of us, we can’t remember where we put it when we got back from shopping over a week ago!
I’m starting to wonder if I left it propped up against the counter while I was packing the bags at B&M.
I think it’ll be worth asking at B&M, if anyone left one on the date we went…..if I can find the receipt to find out what day that was!

So there we have it, our kitchen makeover.

Every time I go in there, I smile 🙂

106 / 365 Kitchen Makeover – End of day seven

My super wonderful husband has worked hard all afternoon putting down our new kitchen flooring and I’m soooo pleased to see it finished.

To say I’m happy to see the back of that green flooring would be an understatement!
I LOVE the new floor and I’m so excited to see our new kitchen finally coming together.
I was hoping to do the before and after post today but we have a few small things to finish up and Ant has to work tomorrow so he won’t be able to get them done until the evening.
By Tuesday I should have all the pictures ready to go 😀 I can’t wait to do the before and after post!

I’ve been planning this kitchen in my head (and on Pinterest!) for the past 2-3 months and to finally see it all done makes all the hard work this week totally worth it.
There were a couple of days when I wished I’d never started and when it felt like we were never going to finish it but we did, together 😀

105 / 365 Kitchen Makeover – End of day six

The shelves are up 😀
We’ve both been working on various jobs in the kitchen all day and we’re absolutely shattered now.
I’m going to finish getting everything put away tomorrow while Ant sorts out all the power points then he’s going to get the rest of the floor down.
We’ve nearly filled all the shelves that Ant put up today and I have to say I’m loving my new pink jar 😀

I still have the kitchen cupboards to paint but I’ll do them last thing tomorrow night and varnish them each night when the kids have gone to bed.
I’m now off to play some Wizard 101 and catch up with Corrie…..two things that are sure to help me unwind!

104 / 365 – Kitchen Makeover – End of Day Five

Has it really only been five days since we started the kitchen? It feels like many many more!

I want my living room back now, I want to be able to walk to the door without having to turn into a crab and walk sideways.

See that chair there? Well it used to be painted white and was decorated with lots of scratches, stains and chips (no darling hubby, not the potato kind!).
It’s now half decoupaged in green. The wrong green. It took me about four hours to cover the top half of the chair and ten seconds to take it into the kitchen to dry, only to find that it doesn’t look right because the green is the wrong shade!
Being the stupid incredibly intelligent person I am!, I never once took my chosen, printed pattern into the kitchen to see if the green on the paper matched the green on the walls before I started decoupaging.
The green on the paper is no where the green on the walls and I now have to find a green pattern that I like and that matches the walls.
I also have to either go over this chair with white paper*, hoping to cover the green, or do the other three chairs in the same green to then have to go over them all in my new, not yet found, green pattern. The reason being, it’s likely this green will show through and change the colour of my new green, leaving me with one odd chair.
This is now a project for another time when the children are away because I’m running out of time to get the kitchen finished.

The good thing is, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel….finally!

My SUPER WONDERFUL HUSBAND** has started getting the shelves up and he’s going to get the rest up in the morning. This means I can then get everything put away and Ant can get the rest of the floor down as soon as I’m done 🙂
I’m hoping to do my ‘before and after’ post sometime on Sunday 🙂

*EDIT: My SUPER WONDERFUL HUSBAND has just pointed out to me that I can just paint the chair white again…..doh! *slaps forehead*

**See his comment on yesterday’s post to find out why it’s in capitals!

103 / 365 – Kitchen makeover, end of day four

Thanks to my wonderful hubby, we now have cupboards back on the wall and part of the new floor down.
I don’t think anyone, in the universe, ever disliked a floor as much as I dislike the one that was down when we moved in and that we’ve had ever since.
I really can’t wait to see all the new floor tiles down and finally get rid of that old floor!


Ant’s been busy all day and as well as doing the cupboards and floor tiles, he’s put our brand new counter in, I have to say that I LOVE IT 😀
Before going to bed, he also tiled the wall above the new counter. It looks wonderful and I’m so much happier than I was this time last night!

I’m not taking any pictures of the new counter yet; we’re close to finishing and I want to post the before and after pictures at the weekend.

I’ve just finished giving the shelves and brackets a coat of gloss so Ant can get them put up tomorrow.
The only painting I have left to do is the bottom cupboard doors then I can get everything put back.

Organising and setting out all the new stuff is the best part of decorating a room and it’s the part I most look forward to 🙂

102 / 365 – Kitchen makeover, end of day three

Worked all day, now shattered and a bit fed up so today’s post is mainly pictures!





Today’s 365 photo….because I soooo needed this after all
I’ve done today!


Oh no, the tassimo supply is getting low and I don’t have a Tesco
delivery this week…….wonder if hubby will take the hint and call
at Morrison’s tomorrow, seeing as they always have my favourite caramel
flavour ones!

101 / 365 – Kitchen makeover, end of day two

Why is it, when decorating a room, the first few days feel like you’re never going to get anywhere. I’ve been on the go since just before ten this morning and it feels like I haven’t even made a dent in the amount of work that needs doing.
I’ve washed, sanded and undercoated 2 shelves, 4 brackets, 4 large pieces of Contiboard, some skirting and part of the door frame. I painted the cupboards and 3 doors, giving them two coats each and I washed the fridge, freezer, washer and dryer.
I painted some of the walls, giving them two coats of emulsion and I’m now doing this post and waiting ’til 9pm so I can varnish the cupboards and doors. They needed four hours for the emulsion to cure before another coat can be done.

It feels like there’s a mountain left to climb and I need to get to the top before the kids come back on Sunday.
Wish me luck!


Today’s 365 photo….loving my cupboard doors; all nice
and clean again 🙂



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