Today’s blog post is a guest post from Chloe Hutchinson (who you can find on Instagram @houseinthemiddle) talking all things about how she renovated her kitchen from an old fashioned farm house look to a modern bright monochrome dream.
We moved house in August 2016 and I loved so much about our new home but knew the kitchen as it was could not stay. My advice if you’re a novice to the house décor game is always get advice from family or friends. Show them round the room, explain what you love and hate. One of the worst things in the new house for me was the tiles- I hated the tiles in the kitchen, they were so dated, and I just wasn’t sure how we could get rid of them on a ‘no new kitchen’ budget. But straight away my mum (God bless her creative mind, and decorating genius), decided we could tile over the old tiles without much problem.. and the room started to take shape from there.
If you are looking to update your kitchen on a budget, without ripping it all out and starting again the five main things I would look at changing are:
- Kitchen cupboard colour
- Cupboard handles
- Backsplash tiles
Any one of these could make a big difference!
Not one I gave as much thought to as I should.. For big projects take your time sourcing paint, it is expensive, and getting the right colour can make you very happy with a room for a number of years. We used Farrow & Ball Cornforth white in Estate Eggshell (which is a 20% sheen level for wood and metals). I absolutely love the colour, and always look to Farrow and Ball for colour first… BUT I wouldn’t actually recommend their wood paints. If you’ve used F&B you will know the paint tends to go on quite thin, so it took us 3 coats.. inside and out of the doors and about 3 months of free evenings and weekends to finish the whole kitchen! I feel a bit stupid now, I didn’t think at the time you could get nice colours for wood/metal paints from other brands, but you can easily get paint mixed for you in a wood/metal suitable paint, to match any colour you want- from the likes of Valspar at B&Q or Dulux at Homebase (and many other reputable stores! )
places you will find great handles I would definitely start with Ebay and Amazon for lots of different choice for the kitchen at great prices. I went for really simple silver handles-, these were £50 for 28 from Amazon, which is pretty good value. I’ve linked some similar ones here.
An even more budget friendly way to update handles is good old spray paint. If you like the shape/ size of existing handles.. Just buy a can of the colour you want and go for it. Ruth @ruby.aimee updated her mum’s kitchen- sprayed all the handles copper and it looks amazing. A few other places to look online is All Handles and Pulls (a beautiful copper selection) and The Handle Studio (budget friendly) And for other unique options Etsy, Not On The High Street, Anthropologie, Rocket St George are all gorgeous too.
TILES AND FLOORING
We got our dark grey subway tiles from Topps tiles which has a great selection. Other online retailers have a similar offer and some beautiful patterns for example Walls and Floors and Tons of Tiles : www.tonsoftiles.co.uk I also love looking at more specific tiles sites I’ve found through Instagram like encaustic tiles and beautiful Moroccan patterns.
Our flooring is from Harvey Maria I absolutely love this floor. I love the large scale modern pattern against the more traditional kitchen cabinets. And it’s actually vinyl tiles.. It’s quite a matt finish, and comes in large squares that you just use adhesive to secure to the floor, probably a lot quicker than tiling a floor. If you did want traditional tiles all the sites above have great options for walls and floors.
SAVING THE BEST TIL LAST- ACCESSORIES!
That is my favourite part to any room. Mainly as you can switch accessories in and out of rooms through the house for a refresh and they don’t have to be expensive. My go to accessory is always plants- a few gorgeous plants in the kitchen really made it look modern and fresh.. Check out Louise @home.of.four’s kitchen for how a ton of plants makes a space look very cool. Go to places I have bought storage pots, chopping boards, candles, etc. are Aldi, Wikos, Amazon, Next, and my absolute favourite- H&M home, God I love that place. Hope this was useful, enjoy shopping!
I hope you all enjoyed Chloe’s first guest post (hopefully there will be more!) and head to Chloe’s Instagram page @houseinthemiddle to see more photos of her kitchen transformation.
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All photos are credited to Chloe.