If the kitchen is the heart of the home, No 1 needed a bypass. The kitchen/diner was a big room, but its cabinets were old and broken, and the boiler impeded the only real preparation space.


renovation stage kitchen



Our first task was to rip everything out, including the carpet (I’m going to start one of those parliamentary petitions to ban carpets in kitchens and bathrooms). Next, we asked our trusty gas guy to test and move the boiler into the alcove. Then we moved on to stripping and filling the sad-looking patches of damp on the walls, before dousing the room in brilliant white. We continued our grey skirtings in the kitchen, following on from the hallway.


kitchen skirtings renovation

Left hand side of the new kitchen


By putting the fridge under the stairs (above), we freed up valuable room, allowing us to keep the cabinets, sink and oven under the window. A new faux-wood vinyl was laid over the chipboard floor, and once again husband installed a new worktop. As we had gone for the cheapest cabinet doors and worktop we could find, we decided to dress the space with some pretty mint tiles from the British Ceramic Tile factory shop. Job done!


KITCHEN renovation No 1

Right hand side of the new kitchen