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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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