Stage one of designing a new kitchen: Inspiration
At some point in the not-too-distant future, Peter and I are going to be designing a new kitchen. The kitchen we have now is fine. Not great, not terrible. It’s adequate. It’s definitely not my style (the cupboards are very glossy and modern, and bright blue), but it has actually grown on me loads since we moved in. And until recently, I would have said that everything worked, so although I still would have wanted to replace the kitchen eventually, there was really no rush.
And then everything started to break. First all the bits on the hob that keep the metal grills in place came off. I tried to keep putting them back in place, but every time I cleaned the hob (not often, I’ll grant you), they came off again. So they eventually ended up in the bin, and the grills are no longer very fixed in place (not great when you are handling hot pans!). Then the middle knob on the hob broke off clean in my hand. Then the extractor fan broke. You can turn it on, but turning it off requires hitting all the buttons over and over and over again until it realises you want it to go off. Then the built-in freezer door had to come off, because it stopped closing properly. Then the plumber told us the boiler would probably need to be replaced in a year or two, because it was ‘a bit dodgy’. And that’s not even mentioning the massive burn on the countertop from that time I accidentally left an empty pan on the heat and then moved it off the heat onto the wooden counter.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is – our kitchen is kind of falling apart now. Which means our ‘one day, eventually’ kitchen renovation plan is moving a little closer. In the next week or two, we’ll be getting some builders round to give us a quote for the work. Ideally we want to extend the room, and we will get a quote for it, but I’m 99% sure that our budget will allow us to do that. But we definitely want to move the boiler and potentially move the window and door. One of the many reasons for doing this is because our kitchen, despite being south facing, gets almost no light. The windows are really low and the door is made of opaque glass, so it always feels dark, even if it’s bright sunshine outside. This means that even if we don’t extend, it’s going to be a massive project. The idea of living without a kitchen for a month or two is kind of terrifying! Luckily we aren’t at that stage yet – we’re in the lovely first phase – getting inspired!
I’ve been doing a bit of Pinterest love, looking at gorgeous, spotless kitchens. The ones I like the most have open shelves, white metro tiles, wooden countertops and lots and lots of kilner jars. Also, those big ceramic farmhouse sinks and big islands in the middle.
Well, white metro tiles will have to feature – we accidentally ordered far too many when we did our loft bathroom, so the eaves are stuffed to the brim with them. Wooden countertops are also likely to be what we go with – the cost of these is just so significantly lower, and they really do look good. I’ll just have to remember not to put burning hot pans down on the new one. Kilner jars are also a definite yes. Peter is obsessed with them. We literally cannot go to Ikea without coming back with a glass jar of some kind. We’re hoping to create a small pantry under the stairs, and I’m envisioning shelves of neatly labelled jars of flours and oats and pastas and all sorts. Dreamy!
While in the pantry we are sure to have open shelves, they will have to be used very sparingly in the rest of the room. I am pretty messy. Where there’s an open shelf, there is disarray. Every now and again, I have a fit of organisation and clear the shelf and make it look gorgeous. But gradually bits and pieces get put there, and eventually it’s a mess again. Wonderful in theory, awful in reality.
Wouldn’t it be nice if I was the type of person that could have two vases on a shelf? In my house that would be crammed with unopened mail, random pen tops and pennies and postcards and miscellaneous things like baby nose drops and pebbles we’ve picked up on a beach but haven’t done anything with yet.
We also probably can’t have a farmhouse sink and we definitely can’t have an island, just due to space restrictions. But a girl can dream, right? Looking at all of these images makes me so excited about the kitchen we might have one day. I can’t wait to get started with stage two: the actual planning!