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Your Guide to Buying ex-display kitchens instead of new

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The kitchen is the heart of any home and the centre of activity for any household. We all cook and sometimes even eat in the kitchen. Those late-night snack runs and family get-togethers keep the kitchen area perhaps the most active region of the house.

It is only fitting that your kitchen compliments the rest of your home. Today, modern kitchen designs have an airy and sleek look about with a floating island, open wall concept. This offers a lot more space and a lot more light and air making for a great place for the whole family to hang out.

Modern kitchen designs use the latest cooking technology combined with innovative aesthetics for a truly one of a kind look that will instantly make the kitchen your favourite place in the whole house.

Using different materials, colours, lighting, and glass modern kitchens not looking great but also offer tons of practicality and versatility. However, choosing the right kitchen design that compliments your home interior can be quite tricky and also very expensive depending on what you choose.

What if we told you there was a way to get the kitchen of your dreams for a price that you can most likely afford? Before we give out our little secret let’s first take a look at some modern kitchen designs and materials that have redefined the way we think about kitchens.

Stainless Steel

Modern kitchen designs often use stainless steel as the main material to amplify the effect of shiny cleanliness and ultra-modernism. Stainless steel is easy to clean, has mirror-like properties and looks great when combined with wood, marble and other playful elements that bring life and glamour to your kitchen setting. 

Stainless steel can also be treated to add colour such as gold or black tinge that makes it altogether more appealing and unique. This material is especially versatile and works great in kitchens where cleanliness and hygiene are of utmost importance.

More Is Less & Less Is More

Sometimes the more you cram things in the worse the interior of your home becomes. Today, modern homeowners like a minimalist design when it comes to their home interior. And the same can be said when it comes to kitchens. 

Today, modern kitchen designs offer the same (if not more) practicality, convenience, and comfort as compared to traditional kitchen designs. Innovative engineering and design mean that kitchen counters, cabinets and more still offer the same levels of storage capability and counter-space but take half the space and weigh a whole lot less. 

In most kitchens, the more space you have available and the more air and light that flows in the better you are likely to enjoy the cooking experience. Lighting, air, and space are essential elements of any living space. 

A cramped kitchen with little open spaces and little room for natural lighting and air can make the cooking experience not so enjoyable. You would especially not enjoy having dinner in a kitchen surrounded by four walls.

When Space Is A Luxury

Sometimes you just don’t have the luxury of space when it comes to redesigning your kitchen. This is an ever-increasing problem, especially, in crowded cities and urban areas of the world where space is considered a luxury. 

Traditional kitchen designs take up a lot of space and won’t look altogether appealing in a kitchen that is small. The many cabinets, large counter-top, and traditional sink and oven will leave little room for one to navigate in. 

With modern kitchen designs, one can still have an airy and open kitchen even though they have restricted space thanks to innovative and strategic layouts. Modern innovative kitchen designs allow you to have a fully-functioning kitchen is a space that is a little larger than most closets.

Wall-high cabinets, functional bar stools, a slim and tall fridge, and a cosy island is all you need for a cooking and dining space that takes up no room at all and still allows you to move around freely without feeling confined or cut out from the rest of the household.

Lighting & Color

The right kind of lighting and colours can make all the difference in the world when it comes to a homely, warm, and cosy kitchen setting. 

If you have a kitchen that has little natural light going with a while colour combination can help make the kitchen space look a whole lot brighter. One can then add colour by buying crockery, vases, appliances, flowers, and serving appliances of vibrant colours that will help your kitchen pop and look that much more aesthetically appealing.

Having a window in a kitchen can help get fresh air and natural light helping keep the place warm, airy and lit. But if your kitchen doesn’t have a window don’t worry as using the right type of artificial lights and colours can still make up for the lack of natural lighting. 

Modern kitchen designs are especially good at looking amazingly bright and vibrant even without the presence of natural light around. This makes such designs especially appealing for smaller homes and apartments where natural light is limited.

Cabinets & Countertops

Storage is important when it comes to kitchen designs. One needs cabinets and drawers to store all the cooking utensils, crookery, serving ware, and other kitchen accessories when not in use. However, the way these cabinets, countertops, and drawers are placed in a kitchen can make all the difference in the look and feel of the kitchen space.

Too many cabinets and storage spaces can take away from the aesthetics of the kitchen design and make a kitchen space look that much more crowded and overbearing. 

Modern kitchen designs incorporate an in-out storage strategy where some of your finer cookware and serving ware is stored out in the open for everyone to see while the rest of your kitchen accessories are stored behind beautifully crafted overhead and below the counter cabinets.

Countertops can also add a lot of practicality and aesthetic appeal to a kitchen setting. Marble kitchen countertops are ideal for a cooking surface as it is super easy to clean and extremely durable.

Wood countertops are also common but not as sturdy or durable as marble countertops. Most modern kitchen designs incorporate marble, stainless steel, and wood as the staple materials for what constitutes as a practical, convenient, and beautiful kitchen for any home. 

Tiles in the backdrop can also add a lot of aesthetic appeal to a kitchen space. Different coloured tiles that are laid out on the back wall of where the countertop is ensures both practicality and aesthetics.

Kitchen Appliances

Any modern kitchen design requires the integration of modern kitchen appliances such as microwaves, fridges, ovens, hoods, and more. Make sure that the kitchen design you choose has space and versatility to accommodate all your kitchen appliances in a manner that is functional and appealing.

Renovating Your Kitchen Space

If you are not happy with your current kitchen setting and want a more up to date modern-looking cooking space you have come to the right place. Not only are modern kitchens more practical and aesthetically appealing than traditional wood-based kitchen designs, they are also a lot more affordable.

We began this article by hinting of a way that you can have your dream kitchen in a budget that you can afford. Well, if you have read this far, you deserve to know-how! Buying ex-display kitchens instead of new kitchen designs can help you save huge amounts of money on kitchen designs that will simply make you fall in love.

DMDesigns offers the exclusive opportunity to buy old showroom kitchens that have only been used for the purpose of display at the showroom for a hefty discount. Since DMDesigns like to keep their showroom kitchen designs fresh and new they have a policy to change kitchen designs displayed in showrooms every six months. These six-month-old kitchen designs are then sold on the website at huge discounts making it possible for you to own your dream designer kitchen at a price you can afford!

Sometimes, what your kitchen needs is not a complete overhaul but rather a few minor changes to make it that much more appealing and practical. Renovating certain aspects of your kitchen like changing the countertops or layout of the cabinets, adding a floating cooking island, or replacing the sink, tap, hob, and oven can bring new life and aesthetic appeal to your existing kitchen space.

Things To Consider When Choosing Kitchen Designs For Your Home

Before you rush into any decisions let us first take a look at a few things that one should consider before choosing a kitchen design for their home or office space.

Credibility & Creativity

Is the kitchen design you are looking at made by a reputable manufacturer or expert designer of kitchens? How creative are the kitchen designs and can they accommodate your particular cooking needs?

These are but a few questions one must ask before deciding on what kitchen design to go with. Whether you are renovating your kitchen or wanting a new kitchen for your new home it is always important to do a little bit of research into who you are buying from? How long have they been in business? And how popular, unique, creative and affordable are there designs compared to others available in the market?

Check up on testimonials, reviews, qualifications, and credentials of the manufacturer or designer of the kitchen design you like before making a buying decision.

Customer Service & Product Knowledge

Designer kitchens aren’t cheap and can be quite an investment for most homeowners. You need to be sure that the kitchen design you choose is from a manufacturer or designer that can offer in-depth product knowledge to help tailor a kitchen design that will best suit your cooking needs.

Sometimes a draft of a particular kitchen design can look great but lack practicality and real-world use. Good kitchen design is a combination of both so look for designs that are a mix of modernism, minimalism and practicality.

When looking to buy from a home design company make sure that they offer excellent customer service and can communicate clearly to all parties involved when it comes to the installation of the kitchen design. This includes communication with building contractors, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals to ensure that the kitchen is installed properly and proper measurements have been taken to make sure all the components fit exactly as they should.

Affordability & Convenience

Modern designer kitchens can be ungodly expensive depending on who you buy from. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. They are always options when it comes to choosing kitchen designs that look great, are made by reliable manufacturers, and are a lot more affordable than comparable alternatives.

Today, one can even choose from countless modern kitchen designs from the comfort of their homes and order online from reliable suppliers, designers, and manufacturers. Online sources also allow you to do your research and due diligence on company backgrounds, pricing, and alternatives that help you make a more informed buying decision.


The kitchen is the most happening area of any home. It is the heart of the household and a place that is the most active part of the home. Get a kitchen that brightens up your home and allows for joyful moments with family and friends!

Modern kitchen designs offer the best combination of practicality, convenience, aesthetics and affordability. Also, if you are open to buying a showroom display kitchen design you can end up saving a substantial amount of money without really comprising on much. 

Smart shoppers are always on the lookout for smart deals and this one is definitely one of the smartest and most gratifying deals around.

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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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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!
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