Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Kitchen love - Our 'home sweet home' makeover.

Creating a kitchen space which portrays a family life is something optimum for us. We moved to our home sweet home almost one year ago now and we've done so much work to it already which has slowly but surely lifted it out of the awful state it was left in prior to us coming. The first thing we wanted to revamp right away was the kitchen/dining space. We were glad to see it was a bigger size than our last home with a more open plan to it however it was in an awful state including a dated kitchen, nails and wood poking out in places, horrible damp flooring, unessessary pipework, and just drab to be honest. 
You can see quite a fair bit of Easter decor here, but usually we have flowers along the shelf, mixed with the girls artwork they've created. You can also see our lovely and stylish framed alphabet print from Ikea, which I got for a complete bargain from a local charity shop. 

The faux succulents, embossed water jug and black vase are all from Wayfair.
My partner happens to be a carpenter, kitchen & bathroom fitter by trade so this was something he wanted to change instantly. With the help from my brother who is also a carpenter they created our beautiful updated kitchen complete with wooden flooring throughout the downstairs. We re-arranged cupboards, covered up ugly pipework with smart designs, added extra work space and planned carefully. We decided to go with cream cupboards, dark wood workshops to go with the flooring, along with fresh white paint so that we can add pops of colour where we wanted. 
We still have elements of red that we like from our old kitchen (like the toaster & kettle set, the table mat is very handy for when the little ones craft, and we’ve recently got some lovely lined curtains from Next) Other than that, we have splashes of colour using artwork like our large ikea print, and also theres usually an array of flowers dotted about to freshen up the space & create a welcoming homely aura. 
Flowers instantly brighten up a room don't you think?

There are little spaces in which we still want to update or alter, that being a new blind, having a bit of a declutter to enable more space in the cupboards, a new kitchen table & chairs etc but those things take time & money and for now we are just so proud where we've got to in such a short space of time having three littles around all the time, my partner working so many extra hours after work including decorating and re-vamping the bathroom & bedrooms (more on this soon!), not to mention we're expecting our fourth baby in less than two weeks and thats been a roller coaster in itself! Another addition to our home in the past few weeks is that we've had our driveway completely re-done from an awful mud bath to a fresh area where we can fit our vehicles on, with a path and no messy mud for the kids (or me!) to slip up in!
My little area where I do most of my blogging/photography work. This needs a little re-vamp but for now it's a place where I can do what I love. Don't you just love this cotton tea towel? The words are beautiful, I'm thinking of framing it, it's too lovely to get stains on from food!
Stainless steel sink & tap. We purchased our kitchen from Howdens and love the high standard of product.
Here's our cooking space with integrated fan oven with hob on the top, the ever so delicious fruit bowl and our shiny new kitchen scales, I love these because of the 'old sweet shop' vintage vibe from them. 

So heres the before & after images looking at the same end of the kitchen.
Excuse the utility room in the background, this hasn't been started yet but as I mentioned, we have little snippets that are unfinished but I'm proud of our evolving house, and with each step we take we're slowly transforming it from just that, a house into our 'Home sweet home'.

*A collaboration with Wayfair, any mentions of products are from my honest opinion as always and elements of this post also appears on their website too.

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  1. It looks so much bigger and brighter! A really lovely kitchen and dining room x

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    1. Thank you so much. makes such a difference x

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  2. Such a gorgeous transformation, congratulations!

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  3. Lovely, it's so bright and clean. I just posted about my Wayfair makeover too, great minds. I really love those subway tiles btw!

    #HomeEct

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  4. Wow. What a transformation! You're lucky your husband is a carpenter, mine used to be and it has been really useful as we've started work on our house. Your kitchen is a lovely space, it is so much brighter. I love it :-) #homeetc

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    1. Definitely useful! and something he prides in too especially in our own home x

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  5. Such a fantastic transformation. Really lovely kitchen now. I am very jealous :-) #HomeEtc

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  6. Wow, I love it! So bright and cheery. Great transformation. X
    #HomeEtc

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  7. Looks brilliant Natalie, I love it so much! How exciting to have such a beautiful space to eat and be in x

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    1. It really is such a change, the old dining room was dark brown! x

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  8. The change is fabulous. You have made the room so much better than the before pictures. The flowers, curtain and alphabet chart look great against the light, neutral background.
    #homeetc

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    1. Pops of colours against fresh white is always a winner eh? x

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  9. It's lovely Nat- you've done an amazing job to transform the space and it must be a lovely place to live in. I like the hints of red too. Xx

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    1. Thanks Amelia, space is definitely needed with littles too! x

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  10. It looks lovely Nat, I love the little bits of red. xx

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  11. Aaah Natalie, it's really lovely — it's only when you compare the before and after that you really get a feel for how much you've done. What a transformation!! If I were you, I'd definitely frame the tea towel! It's funny — I have a range of eye-test cards on NOTHS — I've never really thought of creating some as prints — maybe I should! Having seen your tea-towel I think they'd lend themselves really well! :) Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us :) Fab to have you linking up to #HomeEtc x

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    1. Thank you, I knew instantly I couldn't get it dirty, its so lovely! x

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  12. Wow what a stunning kitchen and an amazing space :) All the lovely touches are gorgeous. Great job. Thanks for linking up lovely, Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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