Before & After: my kitchen

21 Nov

After last week’s wobble about my home and all your comments and tweets I promised you a few more peeks of Le Flat here at Decorator’s Notebook. So, let’s kick things off with the heart of the home shall we?

It’s a particularly appropriate place to start because this time last year I had no kitchen at all and I was re-heating sorry looking ready meals in a dust coated microwave on the dining table.

So, without any further ado, let me present the ‘before’ in all its glory.


Note the TOWIE toned pine cupboard doors, poxy small wall units and grimy tiles. When I first moved in I spent an hour scrubbing the grease stains off those tiles before I realised it was actually supposed to be a design! But the very worst thing about the kitchen was that it was so dark. When the building was split into flats in the ’80s the developer carved the kitchen out from the living room with a stud wall leaving a dingy, windowless room. From the moment I viewed the flat I knew the wall had to go.


Ahhh, so much better! I needed to do the kitchen on a seriously tight budget, so I chose simple Abstrakt white gloss units from IKEA and kept the appliances in the same positions as they were before so I didn’t have to spend money on getting the gas, electrical and plumbing points changed. But best of all… NO WALL! I know some people aren’t keen on open plan kitchens but the whole space is now filled with natural light and it’s really sociable. When I had friends to dinner before, I’d be stuck in the kitchen behind this…


Now, I can chat away to my heart’s content… the half-height wall divides the space enough without the kitchen feeling cut off and the folding screen hides the mess around the sink.


{all Decorator’s Notebook}

I’ve really enjoyed putting together this post… digging out those hideous ‘before’ pictures has reminded me how far I’ve come. Aw, I love my little flat!

8 Responses to “Before & After: my kitchen”

  1. Kelly-Ann November 29, 2011 at 23:12 #

    fantastic improvements! I bet you love cooking now!!!

  2. Madeleine November 25, 2011 at 20:33 #

    Job done!

  3. NordicBliss November 21, 2011 at 19:07 #

    Such an improvement! Looks lovely now. More space, more light, and brighter.

    I rrrreaaaally want to redo our kitchen as well… It is so 80s and the cupboard doors are brown (!).

  4. Patricia Gill November 21, 2011 at 09:59 #

    It’s gorgeous. You did a great job !


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