I told you it was coming soon! If you read my last post, you’ll know it was time for me to say goodbye to our gloss white kitchen. Feel free to have a little read of that one if you want to know the what’s and why’s…
Here’s the wall cabinet layout i’ve had in my head for years and the one I think it going to make our little kitchen look hell of a lot better AND give us more much needed storage.I wanted to move the existing wall cabinets up towards the ceiling, wrap a third cabinet around the extractor hood and add two more open cabinets below, either side of the extractor. Simple no!?
I didn’t want handles but I also didn’t want the traditional handle-less J profile design our original kitchen doors had. If i’d gotten my way, I would have had doors than opened by telekinesis, but as my powers of mind-control weren’t quite up to scratch, we went with push openers instead. Fair enough.
It’s difficult to capture with my average camera skills, but the new door fronts aren’t a solid white. I wanted a slightly translucent finish so you could just about see the grain peeping through. Birch’s natural grain is very subtle, so admittedly it is quite hard to see, but it is there
My fab joiners did a fair amount of testing to get the depth of paint cover just right. From a distance it looks white, but up close and personal you see tiny colour differences and detail in the wood grain. It also feels so much nicer to touch than our old gloss fronts. To me, anyway.
In the next photo, you can see the difference quite clearly between the old gloss fronts and the new birch ply fronts.
Bare Joinery at work
Side by side, the birch fronts have a pink tinge, that’s the colour of the wood coming through the white finish. It’ll be interesting to see if they change slightly over time.
So onto the finished pics eh? A little reminder of what we started with on Wednesday morning…
And here’s what it looks like 48 hours later:
I’m so happy with how it’s all turned out. It feels like a proper bespoke kitchen now. Well I guess half of it is!
So a little look at how we did it….
The original wall cabinets were moved upwards to allow the new open cabinet to sit in its place. I wanted the doors to align, so when closed, the horizontal lines made the space feel wider and the height of the cupboards make the room feel taller.
It definitely worked. The kitchen certainly feels better designed and more substantial. Open storage certainly isn’t for everyone, but putting more doors on this wall would have been the wrong thing to do for this small space.
What used to be wasted space around the hood, has now been put to good use. Luckily we had an extra wall cabinet sent when we had a slight problem with one of our existing ones. But hubby fixed the first one, so the extra carcass has been sitting in our garage for the last 3 years. Serendipity.
With the back cut out to sit around the extractor pipe, this extra cabinet fits perfectly above the hood, giving us even more much needed storage.
As mentioned before, all of the doors have push openers on, so no need for handles (apart from the dishwasher of course). BUT, we’ve yet to sort the push openers for the drawers as it seems, after spending a day researching cabinet hardware and speaking to Blum, it’s not as simple as it sounds. So at the moment we’re scrambling around to open our drawers trying to find a way of not having handles AND not spending £150 for three new runner kits. If anyone has come across any retro-fit push openers for drawers, please let me know!!
On the other side of the kitchen, I used this opportunity to update our kitchen table top. We have the Ikea Ingatorp and the top has not faired so well. There’s a massive, quite well know design flaw with this table, the white edges peel away leaving water to get under the white surface. The MDF just swells and forces the white surface to chip off more and more. Basically, it’s buggered. And we’ve had it like that for the past 4 years, reluctant to get a new table or top sorted until Charlie had learned not to bang his knife and fork ends on the table in time to Paw Patrol.
But, FINALLY, we have a table top that’s not dinked, chipped, or has a bubbling, peeling surface! There was nothing wrong with the base at all and I really didn’t want to have to buy a new table, we just needed a new top….
… and now we have one, and a beautiful top it is too.
And whilst I was snapping away, I took one of my Ikea SPANST light propped up against the wall. I wrote all about the Ikea SPANST collection here if you’d like to read more.
Oh and yes, you can see the new workshop outside too. More on that coming real soon. We sure have been working hard on the house this year, it’s for a good reason though. All with become clear after the summer **crosses fingers**.
So that’s your lot for today. What do you think of the update? Was it worth it? I’m sure some of you will think not. And that’s fine. But for me, it was totally worth it. The difference is subtle, but these small changes have made the biggest difference. Would love to hear your thoughts on our latest home update!