Back in 2016 whilst I was maternity leave we bought a house. After 8 years of renting, we thought that the ideal time to buy our first home would be when my only income was a measly £500 per month! It was not just any old house. Oh no. A 1930’s semi that needed completely gutting. The walls were stained, there was an overpowering smell of nicotine, the carpets were circa 1970 and the kitchen was less than 2msq.
For the first 10 weeks of being homeowners, we lived with my parents… 4 adults and a 5-month-old baby was a bit of a tight squeeze! We finally moved into Number Seven on Christmas Eve 2016 and even then it was a further 11 months before the downstairs was habitable.
So here’s the start of our renovation story…
Starting with THE KITCHEN.
Our kitchen was that small that the previous owner stored a fridge under the stairs and a freezer in the shed. Our big ‘Grand Designs’ DREAM was to have a humongous extension at the back with bi-folding grey doors that opened out to a perfectly kept garden but with zero savings our only option was to knock the wall down between the kitchen and back room to create one large open plan living/dining/kitchen area.
With the wall down, steel beam in, door and window bricked up, bags of rubble removed, walls plastered and my Pinterest fully pinned – the fun could really begin…
And here’s the finished Kitchen in all its glory…..
Just a bit of a transformation don’t you think!
We wanted a modern and sleek looking kitchen so we opted for high-gloss teal doors from Ikea. When we knocked the wall down we found out that the floor in the original kitchen was lower than the dining room. We could have levelled this off but thought it would make a good feature. Pinterest obviously forced me to choose hexagonal tiles so we bought these along with the wall tiles from Al Murad Tiles.
Our pendant light* is from Litecraft. Ideally, it would hang low over a breakfast bar or kitchen island but it works just as good a little shorter. The dining room light is from Homesense. We decided to keep the bricked up window bare to add a bit of NYC penthouse chic to the place…
There’ still a few bits to complete… window blind, more plants, swanky back door but I’m pretty thrilled that our hard work has paid off!
*Litecraft kindly gifted me the Brooklyn pendant light. Further information about Litecraft can be found here.