Monday, 23 November 2015

Kitchen Refresh - Part Two

I am so excited that this work has finally been done!  I’ve been wanting to replace the worktop since we moved in two and a half years ago but really struggled to find what we were looking for without spending a crazy amount of money.  I did fall in love with a solid grey coloured worktop but am not crazy enough to want to spend over £3000 putting in a new worktop on old units!  I really like the units we currently have, after all they are part of the reason I agreed to move in the first place, and they still look pretty new.  We finally stumbled on the new worktop in Homebase, it was displayed on a kitchen with white units with a grey trim and I loved how it all worked together.  Best part we got to knock a zero off the price of the expensive alternative!

I spent a fair bit of time browsing kitchen designs online looking for inspiration as I wanted to love it for the long term, this is not something I want to have to revisit in the next few years because I have grown tired of my choice.  I wanted something that’s both current and classic and that won’t date quickly which isn’t always an easy balance.  I am of course going to be keeping my pastel theme going but just tone it down a little.  White and grey are pretty neutral anyway so I think whichever way we went with dressing the room it would still work.

I loved the look of both of these kitchens and they helped me finally decide on white subway style tiles with grey grouting.  Unfortunately they have made me yearn for a pastel Smeg fridge again… one day!  I also have major floor tile envy, aren’t they glorious!  I’m not sure our kitchen/diner could handle that much print but it’s something to think about in the future.  Anyways enough chatting time to let the kitchen do the talking and share some photos.  If you want to know where anything is from just shout, most of it is a couple of years old now.  A reminder how it looked before with the old worktop and tiles can be seen here.

One thing that doesn’t really work for me now is the wall colour.  I am thinking that grey would balance it out and give it a sleeker finish.  Haven’t decided if grey is the final choice or thought about the shade of grey yet, what do you guys think?



  1. Really like this.Love all the pastel toox

  2. Gorgeous colours. I love how light and bright it looks

    Cat x

  3. You have the dream kitchen! I love all the pastels, so pretty! I think a light grey would work well on the walls, or maybe like an elephant grey?

    Lynne x

  4. Sarah, your kitchen is beaaaaaaautiful! It is so classy- I imagine your home must be a joy to live in. I've never really decorated any house I live in- just sort of lived there which seems terrible really! When we eventually buy a new house, I'd like to give it a go!x

    P.S. I have a favour to ask- I've entered Lady Vintage's competition to style one of their dresses and send in a photo and if you liked my picture best out of the entries, I'd love it if you felt able to vote for me by liking my picture! Cheeky, I know, but I really want to win- never won anything like that before! If not, don't worry, but it would be lovely if you could!

  5. This looks fab! I prefer your kitchen to the inspiration ones precisely because you don't have a grey wall! I think yours is brighter and more pleasant to be in (or so I imagine anyway). I do see what you mean about it perhaps not being the perfect colour though. If it were me I would stick with a pink but go for something a little less lilac and a little more dusky. I think your pastel accessories would be able to stand out a bit more against it then.

  6. I think French Grey by Little Greene would look amazing on your walls, we're just about to add it to one of our kitchen walls! If you want to avoid the grey, they do a dusky grey/lilac shade called Mirage II.

    The worktop is a definite improvement on the old white one - breaks up the whtie really nicely.

    Also, can I just say - excellent taste in toaster and kettle... We have the cream version of them, bloody love them! Totally worth the splurge ;)

    Zoe xoxo


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