Our Country Cottage: The Kitchen

country kitchen,grey metro tiles,ceramic sink

I’m pleased to say that the kitchen is now finished and we can finally see light at the end of the long renovation tunnel. We have only been able to work on the cottage for a few days here and there and at times it’s felt as if we spend more time travelling too and fro than actually doing the work. But you know what, it has all been worth it because we are more than happy with how this kitchen has turned out.

country kitchen, white shaker cabinets, grey metro tiles

The cabinets are the Kendal White range from Wickes. I chose them because they are a timeless design, and with the addition of a wooden worktop (it’s beech and also from Wickes) they give that modern country look. It is a cottage after all, and anything too contemporary and glossy would have looked out of place and not in keeping with what we’re doing in all of the other rooms. It’s also open plan to the dining/living room so it had to look homely too. The white ceramic sink and classic taps were the perfect complement for the white cabinets and wooden worktop. The fridge is integrated behind a door (always better than having lots of white goods on show) and the oven, hob and chimney are stainless steel.

country kitchen, grey metro tiles, white shaker cabinets

Whilst I had already chosen all of the products and had strong views on what I did and didn’t want (I’m a designer, what can I say) the advice of the Wickes in-store design consultant was invaluable. He was able to advise on the smaller details and made sure that we ordered all of the right components. Especially important as the BF was going to fit the kitchen himself and the last thing we needed was missing pieces when one hundred miles away. In hindsight though we maybe should have used the Wickes kitchen installers. There would definitely have been less swearing.

country kitchen, grey metro tiles

So, it’s all definitely coming together. I couldn’t be happier with the ceramic tiles we laid throughout the ground floor (from Trade Price Tiles), or the grey metro wall tiles (from Tile Mountain) or the lovely grey blinds (from Luxaflex). More on them later.

country style kitchen, stone floor

And the best bit is adding all of the finishing touches. Wooden chopping boards, a wire basket, my enamel bread bin that I’ve had for years, my cuckoo clock that was just waiting for a bare brick wall, and the old Norfolk map that was donated by a friend. And some plants and flowers of course.

brick wall, white cuckoo clock

We’ve had our first dinner party and it all works! In fact the BF jokes that the kitchen is better appointed than our kitchen at home. Actually it’s no joke.

This post was written in partnership with Wickes although the kitchen was bought and installed at my own cost and all views are my own.

Wickes is currently offering 50% off all kitchen units.

You can catch up on the story so far below:

Our New Country Cottage

Our New Country Cottage – Renovations Update

Our Country Cottage: February 2016

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23 Comments

  1. Reply

    Alisha

    September 6, 2016

    Caorel, Its really beautiful. Loved that brick panel and mxing elements of wood, grey tiles and whites. Great!

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    Andy Morley

    April 22, 2016

    The photography is great, really shows the kitchen off.

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2016

      Thank you Andy.

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    Sarah @ mochacasa

    March 29, 2016

    Your new kitchen has such a lovely modern rustic look to it. It all works so well together.

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      deardesigner

      March 29, 2016

      Thanks Sarah. So nice of you to say 🙂

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    Aubrey

    March 23, 2016

    What a cute place. Those gray metro tiles are amazing.

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      deardesigner

      March 23, 2016

      Glad you like it Aubrey 🙂

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    Arianna Trapani

    March 23, 2016

    ooooh I love it! Cannot wait to come over and for you to cook me some pie LOL xxx

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      deardesigner

      March 23, 2016

      What’s ‘pie’ when its at home? We’ll go to the pub 🙂

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    Rachel

    March 22, 2016

    Well done, it looks fab – you must be thrilled!

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      deardesigner

      March 23, 2016

      Thanks Rachel 🙂

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    Carole

    March 22, 2016

    Oh yay! Well done to you and the BF (and I totally understand the need for much swearing), it looks lovely and inviting and the colours are great – well, I would say that… 😉 x

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      deardesigner

      March 23, 2016

      Thanks Carole. Just the rest of the cottage to get finished now 🙂

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    Kate

    March 21, 2016

    Ahh, it looks fabulous Carole – can’t wait to visit! (hint, hint) xx

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      deardesigner

      March 22, 2016

      Thanks lovely. Once it’s finished you’ll get an invite 🙂

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    Cate

    March 21, 2016

    Ooh it looks lovely, you must be so pleased. I love the grey metro tiles and the clean white units x

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      deardesigner

      March 22, 2016

      Thanks Cate. Yes we’re very pleased with it. 🙂

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    Karen - making spaces

    March 21, 2016

    Oh it’s perfect. I love the sink. So classic, but clean and fresh. The grey tiles with that beech worktop really add some warmth and colour too. Congrats on finally finishing it. It’s lovely!x

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      deardesigner

      March 21, 2016

      So glad you like it Karen. Only the rest of the cottage to finish now. Phew! 🙂

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    Kimberly Duran

    March 21, 2016

    Oh Carole, it looks lovely! So warm and inviting, I think your BF did a fabulous job (believe me there’s times when the air is blue in our house too!). Love the grey tiles and the wood touches. Fab job!! xxx

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      deardesigner

      March 21, 2016

      Thanks Kimberly. I think he did a great job too 🙂

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    karen jones

    March 21, 2016

    It looks lovely Carole, can’t beat white and grey. What a wonderful space to spend your weekends and holidays x

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      deardesigner

      March 21, 2016

      Thanks Karen. I hope we do get to spend some time there. The idea is that we let it out as much as possible 🙂

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