cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after

My IKEA kitchen makeover – the transformation

It’s a very exciting day, for I can finally reveal my kitchen makeover! It’s been a huge transformation and I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes, bringing it to life with IKEA. When we moved into our new house and found ourselves with this terribly vibrant, yellow kitchen, which was dark, dingy and unwelcoming to be in, I knew straight away that I wanted the complete opposite – a light, airy room that would be the sociable heart of the house.

At the same time, IKEA were promoting the idea that ‘when we cook together, we make more than just food’. The concept that the kitchen is not just a purely functional space for feeding ourselves, but a space for ‘happy household togetherness’, whether it’s gathering your nearest and dearest and using every spare chair available, celebrating those wonderful everyday moments or connecting over long, lazy lunches. It’s a philosophy which really chimes with my own, and having had an IKEA kitchen before and been really happy with it, there was only one brand I wanted to turn to to create a place to unwind, nurture and nourish. Watch the video below to find out more and scroll down to see the full transformation…

 

The role of the kitchen has changed and adapted hugely over the past decades. It used to be a female territory, confined to the back of the house. My previous flat has a narrow, galley kitchen cut-off from the rest of the house, barely two people could fit in it at a time and when friends came round you felt like you had been literally punished to slave away far from everyone else. Now, with the advent of the open-plan, kitchens are multifunctional spaces where we all gather.

At a party you’ll find everyone in the kitchen. They’re places where we can meet, gather friends and family, entertain and work in. They’re also spaces that can be used to display our identity and interests, our personality, hopes and goals in life. People will now display objects, books and arts as they would in a living room, they’ll use the dining table as a home office, they might grab a quick dinner while skyping a friend on the laptop, while the kids might spread their homework across the kitchen island. It’s really where domestic family life comes together – it should be a hard-working room that works of you and your lifestyle. Most of all it should make us feel good.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
AFTER: Minimal grey units and white metro tiles create a calm, relaxed space, a world away from the dark, yellow kitchen before
The kitchen before

The kitchen before didn’t work for us. Not only did the colour give me nightmares, but as you might have seen from my living room reveal post (here), it was separated from the living room and felt isolated at the back of the house. It’s a north-facing room, so felt dark and dingy, especially with the wooden units and heavy, black tiles. Practically it didn’t work either, we kept banging our heads on the extractor fan, doors were falling off, the freezer didn’t work, and the fridge was in one of those small base units with hardly any space to store food for two people.

The new house: BEFORE

Having had a separate galley kitchen for ten years, I was really keen to have a connected kitchen and living room. So that when one person is cooking, the other can chat from the sofa, or when friends are round, everyone can mingle in one place. The wall had to come down!

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
BEFORE: The kitchen had bright yellow walls and was dark before the wall was knocked down

I love cooking so I wanted a kitchen that was smart and practical, with clever storage solutions and space saving tricks, but I also love entertaining – it was really important to me that the functional features of the kitchen faded somewhat into the background, so that the dining table could become the social focus of the space. I didn’t want the kitchen to be a style statement or have a look that tied into a particular trend, it was more a way of living and particular feeling I wanted to recreate – something natural, lived-in and soulful – a reflection of how we wanted to live in the space.

The decision was made to knock down the chimney breast in the kitchen (before it was concealed with a fake wall behind the kitchen units where the extractor fan was). That would gain us an extra 40-50cm to push the kitchen units back neatly along that far wall in the kitchen, and at the same time reduce the awkward meeting point with the window in the corner. It allowed us to widen the doorway to the kitchen and have enough space for a large dining table, something I had wanted for so long.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
AFTER: The kitchen/living room plan. The wall has been knocked down between the two rooms, the door to the living room has been closed off and the opening to the kitchen widened. The kitchen now runs along one wall
The inspiration

I think there’s a move in kitchen design to make the space look less ‘kitchen-y’, I didn’t want flashy appliances on show, lots of fussy features or unnecessary finishes or flourishes. I wanted the kitchen to be a neutral backdrop for all the things that make a kitchen homely – pots of herbs, much-loved cookbooks and favourite ceramics, things which show a little of our personality and preferences. IKEA’s Veddinge kitchen really appealed to me. Available in white and grey, the doors are smart and contemporary, just what I was after. They can be fitted with handles or left bare and opened with clever, hidden push-openers.

I was inspired by the light, minimal kitchens the Scandinavians do so well – think muted grey units, clean, white tiles, monochrome accessories and utilitarian, everyday items on show. More than just a look, it was a feeling the Scandinavians capture so well that I wanted to really harness – the attention to detail so that everything has its place, the focus on materials and textures, and products and items that stand the test of time without dating or falling out of fashion. Open shelving looks beautiful, but we really needed all the storage we could get, so decided on upper and lower cupboard units. I love the look of simple metro tiles but found an image where they had been positioned vertically and thought it was a lovely, new take on the look. Here’s the look I was going for:

IKEA kitchen makeover - grey kitchen inspiration
The inspiration for the room: 1: Råskog trolley, £49, 2: Vardagen pot, £4, 3: Korken jars, from 80p, 4: Vimmern tap, £150 5: Vardagen pot, £15, 6: Wok, £18, 7: Vardagen tea towel, £1.75, 8: Bekväm step stool, £14, 9: Speciell 5 piece utensil set, £2.25, all IKEA
The transformation

So, how did we create that look and make it a reality? Planning a kitchen involves lots of decisions from the big to the small. It may seem a bit daunting at first, but I’ve found it needn’t be unnecessarily costly or complicated (builders not included!). I found it really useful to sketch out a plan of my kitchen, using a scale ruler to draw out the units and work out what we could fit in the space. You could even cut out the different sized units as separate bits of paper and position them onto a template of your room, so you can move them around like a jigsaw puzzle. I even measured things out in the kitchen using masking tape so I knew how far units would come out and how it would impact the space, especially next to that window.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
DURING: The wall in between the living room and kitchen comes down
Designing a kitchen

Everyone talks about the golden triangle of the sink, hob/oven and fridge/freezer. The arrangement of my kitchen was carefully considered to ensure that the space flowed and as we had quite a small space, just that wall of units, that everything fitted in neatly. I wanted to be able to move intuitively while I was cooking, without making unnecessary journeys or things being in the way. It seemed logical to have the fridge/freezer tucked in the right-hand corner, away from the window. It’s always quite nice to look out the window while you’re washing up, so the sink was positioned there, where the plumbing already was. That left the hob/oven in the middle and two units either side. It made sense to have the dishwasher next to the sink and drawers for plates, pots and pans the other side of the oven.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
Figuring our a colour scheme
IKEA kitchen planning

At this point, you can either go into your local IKEA store with your measurements and plan out your kitchen with one of their experts, or someone can come to your home and go through your needs. This service is £40, but I think well-worth it – it’s far easier to imagine what the kitchen will look like in-situ and they can also take accurate measurements so you don’t get any nasty surprises when it comes to fitting.

For my kitchen, Panicos came round and very quickly drew up a 3D model of the space so I could see what it would look like (you can use the same kitchen planner to plan your kitchen yourself online too). We worked out what units would work and how to optimise the space to suit our everyday needs. We went through worktop options and I opted for a hardwearing, white acrylic. He was the one who actually suggested adding the small units above the top units – usually that space is a bit redundant, but it gave us some much-needed extra storage. It was all a very smooth and painless process, he ordered everything we needed and all we had to do was wait for our kitchen to arrive in two weeks (and of course get the builders in gear to plaster the space and get it ready…).

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
The kitchen elevation created with the IKEA kitchen planner tool. In the end we could take out some of boxing of the pipe in the left hand corner near the sink and have the unit finish to the wall

The unit carcasses went in first, then the doors and drawers were fitted. We had a bit of a hiatus while we went to Australia and our builder went awol, but then the fitting of the worktop and finishing touches wrapped up in a few days. I should think if we hadn’t had the delays, it would have taken about 3 weeks from ordering the kitchen to it being fitted and finished.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
DURING: The doors go on and the beginnings of a kitchen are revealed

And here it is!

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
BEFORE: Quite the transformation! From a dark, unwelcoming kitchen cut off from the rest of the house to an open, airy, sociable space that’s now the heart of the home
The end result

Now the space feels so much lighter and bigger. We’ve lost unit space with knocking down the wall, but we’ve gained so much more in terms of how the space feels. I think we’ve actually got more out of the space than before. I’m so pleased we decided to run the units all the way up to the ceiling, not only does it maximise the storage, I think it also helps ground the kitchen and blend it into the space. It now looks clean and contemporary. Everything is organised and has its place, I have found that good planning really does pay off. We don’t have endless workspace or gleaming gadgets, but we do have a very space-efficient kitchen with lots of careful details to make life easier – integrated lighting with hooks for hanging utensils, pull-out rubbish bins hidden away in the unit under the sink, a chopping board that fits over the sink to provide extra workspace, and lots more I’ll get onto later in my next post.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
AFTER: The finished kitchen
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
Little touches make the space feel homely

I think my favourite bit of the kitchen is the square sink with the utilitarian Vimmern tap. We had some unexpected pipes to box in from the boiler above the sink, but some postcards hide that unsightly addition for the moment. I display art and postcards around the rest of the house so why not in the kitchen? I’ve been using the hooks to hang herbs and add a bit of greenery to the space.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
The kitchen viewed from the living room
AFTER: A light kitchen with accents of greenery
AFTER: A light kitchen with accents of greenery
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
Minimal grey units and white metro tiles
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
Everything fits in neatly to make cooking easier
Little details from utensils hanging from hooks to a trolley for handy bits and pieces
Little details from utensils hanging from hooks to a trolley for handy bits and pieces
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
The kitchen looks out to the garden, I’ve tried to bring a bit of that outdoors in
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
We had to box in some of the pipes to the boiler, postcards try to hide this unexpected addition in the corner
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
I’ve mixed vintage finds with new pieces to create a lived-in feel

Regulations state that you have to position plug switches a certain distance from a sink and hob, we wouldn’t have had enough space, but IKEA’s under-unit lights are luckily integrated with plugs and USB outlets. They also have the added bonus of looking rather neat and not detracting from the beautiful, textured Fired Earth tiles with ugly plug switches. Little hooks mean utensils are close to hand while cooking.

The grey Veddinge units are kept minimal with little or no handles. I wanted the kitchen to not look too 'kitchen-y' but integrated into the rest of the home as a multifunctional space
The grey Veddinge units are kept minimal with little or no handles. I wanted the kitchen to not look too ‘kitchen-y’ but integrated into the rest of the home as a multifunctional space
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
IKEA’s Vimmern tap gives a functional, utilitarian feel to the space
The sink adapts for different uses, a chopping board provides a work surface while a colander can be used as a drainage board
The sink adapts for different uses, a chopping board provides a work surface while a colander can be used as a drainage board
AFTER: Minimal grey units and white metro tiles create a calm, relaxed space, a world away from the dark, yellow kitchen before
AFTER: Minimal grey units and white metro tiles create a calm, relaxed space, a world away from the dark, yellow kitchen before

The dining table sits opposite the kitchen units. We have a bench on one side and dining chairs on the other. A step stool is handy for when we want to reach the top units of the kitchen.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
The dining table viewed from the living room, the kitchen units are to the right. A space-saving vertical radiator  gives a contemporary look
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
Soft natural textures like linen
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
The dining table, we might add some art or shelves in time, but for now plants and books animate the space

The lighting works really well to transition from bright overhead LEDs, through task lighting for cooking, to more ambient light from the pendants over the dining table.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
The sink sits next to the window so you can look out to the garden while you cook or wash up
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
The kitchen is designed with flow and movement in mind, with easy transitions as you move between fridge, to oven, to dishwasher, to sink. I wanted it to be intuitive to use

I love the simplicity of the kitchen design, it’s a calm, inviting space that we’ve personalised to make our own. Inspired by the big window looking out onto the garden, I’ve sought to bring the outdoors in with lots of herbs, plants and greenery. I’ve tried to soften the sleek, grey units with slightly textured tiles and natural textures, such as the painted wooden floor and the soft rug under foot along the kitchen units. Linen tea towels and earthy-coloured ceramics add a finishing touch.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
Under unit lighting strips provide hooks for utensils and conceal plug switches

The kitchen may look beautiful and tidy at the moment but I think it will really come into its own when we start to use it and populate it with our nearest and dearest, when it’s filled with life and personality. It really is an expression of the way we want to live in our new house – an open-plan solution that transitions from a space for cooking to a workspace with the laptop on the dining table, to an intimate gathering space for friends and family and entertaining. Already we’ve shared some lovely moments, from cosy, home-cooked dinners just the two of us to no-stress, no-pressure dinner parties where everything’s just put in the middle and people can dig in and help themselves.

It is the small details that really makes it come to life – the hours I spent painting the old floorboards myself, the deliberation over the perfect light grey for the walls, the finishing touches on display that make it home. I really think it is a space that can adapt and evolve with us, the grey Veddinge units in their simplicity have a timeless appeal and allow the inhabitation of the space to tell the story. The space works for us and our lifestyle, and that’s ultimately what a good kitchen should work hard to do.

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
AFTER: Now the space is overflowing with light, while the grey units provide a neutral, minimal backdrop for the activities of the kitchen
cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after - the wonderful everyday - grey kitchen - kitchen transformation
Et voila! Now we can enjoy the space everyday and the kitchen can come alive with conversation, friends coming together and the sizzle of cooking

I’ll be back on the 6th of March with some more of the details and personal touches that have made this kitchen homely and my own, from clever storage solutions and kitchen lighting to sustainable ideas for sorting rubbish and those little everyday rituals. I’ve listed some of the items featured below, let me know if I’ve missed any. See you then!

Source list:
From IKEA:
Veddinge kitchen doors, from £6
Blankett handles, £3 for 2
Vimmern tap, £100
Norrsjön sink, £253
Underverk extractor fan, £350
Råskog trolley in black, £49
Utrusta under unit lights, from £40
Bäve ceiling lights, £40
Norraryd dining chairs, £50
Bekväm step stool, £14
From elsewhere:
Wall colour: Farrow & Ball Blackened
Floor colour: Farrow & Ball All White
Dexter pendant lights, £85, Pooky
Bon Bon tiles, 90p/tile, Fired Earth
Itzel print runner rug, £100, Cox & Cox
Milano Alpha vertical radiator, £109,99, Best Heating

You can discover more about my journey from sketch board to finished kitchen on the IKEA ideas website.

This post is an ad feature, created with IKEA. All images: Cate St Hill, copyright IKEA

  1. Have you been happy with the Veddinge cabinets? I am looking at a new cabinets for my kitchen and really like the Veddinge doors but I have read that they are easily damaged.

    • Hi Scott, I am very happy with the Veddinge cabinets, they have lasted really well so far and haven’t chipped. They’re easy to wipe down and clean. We are careful and look after our kitchen, obviously if you subjected it to any serious damage, like any cabinet, it might show signs of wear and tear. Cate

  2. I was wondering if you had a microwave hidden anywhere? I’m trying to create a kitchenette in a studio apartment and want to figure out how to add a microwave/toaster oven without it being on the countertop.

    • Hi, no we don’t have a microwave, we find we don’t really need one as we don’t eat ready meals. You could put it in one of the top cabinets like you would an oven? Cate

  3. Nice! have ordered Veddinge, do they chip? I am worried.

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  6. Such a lovely kitchen! And what a transformation. Silly little question – it looks like you’ve filled in a gap at the end of the wall unit run with a matching end panel where you’ve boxed in the pipe. Was that from Ikea too? Or did your builder make a panel to fit? We’re just in the process of doing our ikea kitchen ourselves – grey units too so your post is really helpful 7 inspirational! Thanks.

    • Yes, they have infill panels, or certain sized panels in the same finish, which your builder can cut down to size to fill in gaps, no kitchen will fit in perfectly. Good choice with the grey units, I’m sure it will look beautiful when it’s finished, Cate

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  10. Oh Cate! It’s absolutely stunning. I love it. Well done to you both. Taking that wall down was 100% the right thing to do and your kitchen design is perfect. Love love love!!!x

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  12. Wow, what a transformation! You did a beautiful job creating what looks like such a calming, beautiful space. I love the little utensil hooks with the herb bundles drying 🙂
    xx
    Sally | http://www.weekend-wanderer.com

    • Thank you! That’s one of my favourite features, it’s so useful to quickly grab a utensil while you’re cooking and the herbs look great xxx

  13. Wow! I love your new kitchen! It’s so simple, funcional and beautiful, and open space with the livingroom it’s a Good idea! Congratulations & good job! 😉

    Big hug from Spain!
    Laura
    http://www.littlefew.com

  14. The renovated kitchen looks beautiful and the use of grey color for kitchen interior was really a great idea. Looking forward for more such great design ideas and you can also take a look at http://www.colorninterior.com for more such interior ideas.

  15. Lovely makeover.I am sure you’re enjoying it.Love the color you choose for the kitchen.And the trolly too.

  16. caroline

    Hi – what a brilliant transformation. Just one question – what worktop did you go for?

    • Hi Caroline, we went for IKEA’s acrylic worktop which comes in white. I had laminate before and wanted something really hardwearing xxx

      • Sheila Lampkin

        I love the kitchen, I chose this grey veddinge myself and I am just planning the details and was googling to see if anyone had posted on it, when I came across your blog, I am buying a house that needs renovating, its the worktop I really want to ask about, I love the idea of having a white worktop but I had 3 teenagers and one 8 yr old plus hubby and myself, I also have 3 grown up children and my grandchildren visiting and staying over, I’ve always gone for dark worktops because of the spillage etc, am I being impractical? would I be able to keep it white or would it stain?

        • Hi Sheila, lovely you found me! The grey veddinge cupboards are lovely, I hope you will be pleased with them. The white acrylic worktop does stain fairly easily, for example if a coffee cup or wine glass leaves a ring mark. But, the worktop comes with a cleaning kit that does wonders, helping remove most stains. Hope that helps, Cate

  17. OMG, Cate, your kitchen is amazing! I love the colorway and your backsplash. What’s also nice is how it all ties in and flows into the living room. I noticed a repetition of lines throughout. Such a brilliant transformation. p.s. the video was a nice bonus!

    xx, Cleshawn | http://www.hometohem.com

  18. I absolutely adore how much this space is both grounded but in no way ‘heavy’. Its calm without being cold. And above all its beautiful, but everything has a purpose! I’ve been looking forward to seeing this – thank you so much for sharing and I hope you both enjoy it immensely!

    • Thank you so much Talissa, so glad to hear you like and were looking forward to seeing it! It brings me such joy everyday xxx

  19. Looks fabulous how exciting for you enjoy xx

  20. Oh my gosh! There’s so much i love about your new kitchen that I want to compliment you on, haha! 🙂 It’s absolutely beautiful – so fresh, so inviting and so functional. I’m loving the smaller details too – your vertical radiator, the linen tablecloth and the little pockets of greenery from the plants are just wonderful. Good idea knocking the wall down, I’ll bear that in mind.

    Also, I like how you put your seating area against the wall like that – I love those cushions (in fact I think I have them too, I bought them from IKEA earlier this month).

    🙂

    Flora
    http://www.theeverchanginghome.com

    • Thank you Flora, you are too kind!! Your compliments are lovely. Yes, I think the seating next to the wall makes it a cosier place to dine, with a bench and cushions, plus we have enough room to get around when we’re cooking and preparing food. I’m hoping I can keep the plants alive, I would love to fill the space with more if I can! x

  21. My biggest “when it’s my own space” vow has been never again to have a white kitchen. Other people can manage them, and I can’t. I have always thought a gray kitchen would be lovely. And it is! Plus, the wonderful vertical tile, as someone else mentioned… My other favorite element is how lovely the greenery looks in the room. I really enjoyed this tour. You did a great job, so enjoy it! (An American friend recently in London pointed out how obviously American one is when one says “great,” and how impossible it is to borrow your “brilliant” in our American accents…well, you kitchen is both, okay?)

    • I had a white kitchen before this one! The units were shiny in that place though so I didn’t like that. I thought this grey was a bit warmer and perhaps easier to look after. Very glad to hear you enjoyed this tour, haha, I will take your compliments of great and brilliant very kindly thank you! xxx

  22. So so good! I love the vertical layout of the splashback, really enhances the feeling of height

  23. So inspirational, love every single piece of it, I would like to ‘paste and copy’ it 😊

    • Ah thank you, that really means a lot! I think there’s lots of simple, achievable ideas to take away from it, which you can even add to an existing kitchen xxx

  24. What a fabulous kitchen you now have, it looks amazing! I love the clean lines and unfussy nature of it and I’m sure it will be a great place to socialise and dine too.

    • Thank you, I’m so pleased I decided to go with minimal and no handles for that streamlined look. And finally I have a dining table to entertain! X

  25. I love this kitchen makeover SO much! Even looking at your accessories and I’m shouting, ‘I’ve got that!”. It has excited the interior designer in me. Beautifully done Cate! x

  26. I really love how your kitchen looks after the transformation, very well done!
    IKEA kichen looks amazing the way you have put it together. I can see from the photos that you have used something to fill the gaps between cabinets and the side walls, what did you use for that? either way it looks beautiful and seamless 🙂

    • Hi Anu, glad you like it yes they have panels which you can cut down to size to fit in between the gaps where the units don’t completely meet the walls, very handy!

  27. Such a difference! And I love love love it – great and hard work!

    Best wisher from Berlin!

    Claudi

  28. That is completely perfect! I love the open space you have created and it has let in so much more room. Great makeover

    • the space feels so much lighter and bigger, the ceilings even feel taller as well, I think taking the units to the ceiling helped greatly xxx

  29. What a gorgeous makeover and such a long way from that garish yellow kitchen! You’ve done a beautiful job of creating such a lovely sociable space and it ties in so effortlessly with your style. Lovely video and images as well – everything is so practical yet warm and inviting too 🙂 xx

    • Thank you, so glad the yellow kitchen is a thing of the past. I did try to make it minimal but relaxed, warm and inviting too so glad that came across! Xxx

  30. Woah! Now THAT is a transformation. I really love how you’ve used the plants to give some pops of green too. Your video is AMAZING! More more more x

  31. A fantastic job Cate. I love the minimal colour scheme and what a good idea to take that wall down! Love it.

  32. It looks fabulous! I am in the process planning my new kitchen and will be using Ikea too. I wanted to ask – where did you get your worktop from and what is it?

    • Thank you! I got my worktop from IKEA, they have lots of options and I went for acrylic in white which is really smart. You can get the sink mounted to it so it’s streamlined and draining lines engraved into it. X

  33. Wow looks amazing! And the video is really really nice too!!!! I need to remake my kitchen too, so I will def try IKEA too as an option! Can I ask you how is the quality of the appliances ( oven hobb fridge etc?) as I know that IKEA use Thor own brands, I’ve always been a bit concerned about it ….
    Thanks and congratulation for your lovely new kitchen!
    S

    • Thank you!! Glad you like the video, I was a little nervous about showing it 😁 I had an IKEA in my previous place for 10 years and had IKEA appliances, never had any problems and am pleased with these so far. Quite a few have been made more environmentally friendly recently and there’s clever details such as the dishwasher has a small red light which lights up the floor so that you know when it’s on and don’t open the door mid cycle. X

  34. Oh Cate, this is stunning, absolutely love every element of it, particularly the tiling and styling, hope you have many happy times entertaining in it x

    • Ah thank you so much Ruth! I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out and am sure to have many times entertaining in it. And guess what the colour of the units is almost the exact same as a Persephone book! xx

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