Kitchen Makeover the Plan

As you know from all my previous posts on the subject (here and here) my kitchen has been driving me nuts now for about 3 years…..well actually since the day we we moved in. It’s tiny, there’s no room for a dishwasher or a washing machine and well I hate it.

So we were all set to rip it out and do it again….until the full price came in. It turns out that replacing a 8ftx8ft kitchen is somewhere between £4,000-8,000 pounds depending on who’s doing it and no appliances and no knocking down walls, I was thinking more like £2,500 – £3,500!


So I’m doing a makeover instead, I had the image of what it should look like

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So what I’m going to do is:

Repaint the kitchen cupboards (started!)

Repaint the whole room cream (paint bought in the sales)

Get a new sink

Get a new worktop

Take out an upper cupboard – replace with open shelves

Take out useless lower cupboard that I can’t get into and replace with a Dishwasher

Re-grout the tile

Replace the orange floor tiles – with fake Limesone?

Maybe get a blind (undecided!)

So I have admitted defeat, in the ‘Next House‘ I’ll have the kitchen of my dreams :)  But in the meantime I’m going to blog the progress of this because frankly it’ll make me do it!  Coming up a post on how to and not to paint your laminate kitchen cupboards.

*Update* Here’s how it looks midway through the makeover – click here

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13 thoughts on “Kitchen Makeover the Plan

  • Make do mum

    I feel your pain! We moved into our place 2 1/2 years ago and we have only finished one room. We are still working on the nursery and K is 5 months old :(

    Howdens is supposedly the cheapest for kitchens but if you can revamp what you have that is great. Good luck with it!

  • callie grayson

    Great plans!
    My kitchen is the same size as yours and it drives me crazy too. I so need a dishwasher!!
    Hopefully, this next summer I can do it!
    can’t wait to see your progress

  • Liz

    Thanks guys for the good wishes!

    MH – One day….:)

    MDM – Howden’s had a great kitchen and it was under £1500 and I thought that it wouldn’t cost too much to install. But the prices….phew were just painful when I got the quote in. But I’m going to get my new worktop from there.

    Callie – I so want a dishwasher, I spend hours doing it with the three of us. I’ll let you know how it goes x

  • The Summer Kitchen Girls

    Great post above about painting those cabinets – looks like you have a good start to your “new” kitchen Liz! I’ve been mulling over pictures, measurements as well – I hate loosing cupboard space…means I’ll have to give up some stuff!! Best of luck – can’t wait to see your progress!

  • Marathonmummy

    That’s really spooky – your ideal kitchen is my kitchen! We did it on the cheap ourselves and with IKEA cabinets because our house was falling to bits when we moved in.

  • Heather

    I hate mine too! And have been decorating it for about 3 years now. I hate decoreating, I’d rather sit back a whine about how much I don’t like it than actually do the decorating.

    Maybe when you’ve finished you could come and do mine…

  • Brit in Bosnia

    I have kitchen envy of your kitchen to be. Actually I have kitchen envy of your worktops. I HATE our kitchen. Absolutely hate it. In fact, it is a factor in us deciding to come back to the UK. I hate it so much I actually wrote a post about it.

    But our kitchen in the UK is not much better and needs quite a bit of painting. I’ll be following your instructions for painting laminate as soon as we get back. Is it a real real nightmare? (please say no!)

  • Lucy Quick

    I too feel your pain :)

    Good luck with everything – I’ll be very keen to see your instructions for painting laminate cupboards, it’s a great idea – I may try it myself.

  • sgillers

    well done lil, mel did a very similar thing and you wouldnt believe the difference. It looked and felt like a completely different kitchen. i bought my worktop on ebay, they were a good 50% off the usual shop price! Also if you decide to go for new applicances i went to a local shop and told him i had a budget of xyz then told him what i needed to get! he worked out what i could get and couldnt (!?!) and i got everything i needed and wanted (maybe not the brands) but they have all been great!

  • Humayun Azad

    Thanks for your cool idea. Hope following this our kitchen became more beautiful and attractive to others. Eagerly waiting for your next post.

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