New kitchen – almost there

We started the kitchen renovation in September, and it feels like it has been forever. But, we are finally almost there!

The plastering has been done, and the unit to house the extractor fan has been built and plastered. Eventually there will be some pendant lights hanging from it too (see my inspiration here).


We’ve put up some beautiful Edwardian style cornicing to add interest and keep it in keeping with the house’s Edwardian roots.


We’ve given the place a lick of fresh white paint. It’s hard to believe that it once looked like this.



With a bit of negotiating, I managed to convince Mr B into agreeing to timber doors and windows as they are so much nicer than PVC and we are delighted with the results. We chose aluminium for the lantern roof – it was much cheaper than timber, less fussy than PVC and I don’t think anyone will notice it’s not timber as it is so high.

I lost the next battle over the flooring as Mr B would not budge and ignored my pleas for a wooden floor. Or even a wooden looking floor (think Karndean or wood effect porcelain tiles), so we agreed on limestone.

As it happened, at the last minute we changed our minds about the limestone we had picked, and couldn’t find a limestone we liked that would be delivered in time to stick to our kitchen fitting schedule. Before I knew it, Mr B picked out a tumbled marble and it was ordered.

I won’t lie and say I was calm whilst waiting for it to arrive. I was very worried. But when it arrived, it was beautiful. Mr B chose well.

It is pale, and has been tumbled so it has a rustic edge. Erm, can you guess my colour scheme here?


The kitchen has started to be fitted now. We went with a local joiner who has made the kitchen to our specifications. It’ll be an in-frame painted kitchen in a traditional shaker style; probably not the first choice of most young couples but we hope it will be beautiful and timeless and we will funk it up with some modern accessories.

As for the colour of it – well check out this post and you’ll see.

The bulk of the work should be done by Easter weekend, but there will still be a lot of finishing touches after that, including getting about a hundred men in to move the table in we bought in Bali, finding a sofa, getting blinds made… … …

It’s not been easy. We’ve had mounds of dust, workmen in the house for months, hundreds of decisions to make, and a make-do kitchen set up in a falling down utility. But we have had some fun too, and as everyone keeps telling me, it’ll be worth it in the end.

It better had be!

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  1. Lauren Powell
    August 16, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Hi Claire, you sent me here after I commented on one of your IG pictures. So lovely reading your blog and this kitchen post was so helpful! Could you tell me if the timber doors and windows take a lot of up keep? We have made the decision to also use wood but feeling nervous! Many thanks Lauren x x

    • greeneyed
      September 3, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      Hi Lauren! Ahh that’s so lovely to hear, thank you for popping over to the blog! I love the timber, but I must admit it is more work that a metal or PVC….they need painting (we haven’t repainted ours yet but it is due) and they aren’t as infallible as a metal – we have a few little leaks. I guess it is a compromise between the aesthetic and the practicality xxx