Kitchen Renovation – Part 1, 2 & 3

Part 1 – Original Kitchen before Renovation

We are in our house 20 years. Our house was a new build at the time. We moved from a 2 up 2 down terraced house in London to a.4 bed detached house in Tramore, Co. Waterford with everything new and in vogue at that time.

Our kitchen was pine with a green stove, black worktops complimented with cream tiles with a small green fruit detail.  I could not have been happier. I had been pining for a pine kitchen for a long time – (do you get it!). One disadvantage of our kitchen is that it is north facing, so it can be dark on a dull day .

Part 2 – Kitchen Respray and Refurbishment

15 years later, we had the kitchen refurbished. It was spray painted in cream, (mid filament by Dulux). Prodec Coatings a company based in Dungarvan did the refurb.. They were super, we told them the colour paint we wanted, they had it mixed in a special paint they used to spray the doors. and we arranged a date for the painting.

Preparation of the job was very simple. We removed everything from the counter tops and removed the table from the kitchen. Everything else, the painters took care of. They covered everything in all the cupboards and then sprayed the frames, inside the cupboards and doors. They did an excellent job, the finish was superb. Even the plate rack and receding wall within the display unit were excellent. All was completed in the day. The only negative was the smell of chemical mixed paint necessary for the spray paint job, which soon went away. I would certainly recommend having a kitchen or large wooden area spray painted.

Local builder Brendan O’Connor replaced the existing black worktops with oiled oak counter tops. The oak worktops compliment the cream colour chosen for the doors. The sink was replaced with a new ceramic sink and tap. We swapped all the existing wooden door handles for silver knobs to give the kitchen a much lighter feel.

Part 3 – Island Installation

Last year, we installed a navy (Serica Marine Blue) matt island . The doors chosen were similar to the existing cabinet doors. The kitchen was sourced from Morris Hardware Builders and Providers in Waterford. The island is quite substantial in size,1800 mm x 120 mm and contains five cupboards and one drawer unit. Three of the units were 600 mm deep , the others were 300 mm deep, as it provides a free area to store the stools and keep the island unit clean and streamlined.

An oak wooden worktop was added to the island unit which we sourced in one piece from Woodies, Waterford to compliment the existing worktops The central silver light over the unit was from purchased from Next and compliment the silver door knobs

You might ask why I chose a navy island instead of a dark green one as our stove is dark green!. The reason is that we actually plan to make some further changes to the kitchen, and reckon our oven will be end of day soon. We will replace it with a version that will compliment the new colours scheme. So watch out for part 4 of our kitchen journey which should bring the kitchen refurbishment to an end.

Robyn’s Bedroom Makeover

Robyn’s bedroom makeover originally started as two separate rooms (her room and her brothers). The bedroom makeover started with demolition of the partition wall a few years back to make the room bigger. The room is south facing and has the best light in the house. As part of this restructure, we kept one part of the room with the original floorboards and carpeted the other area which is the sleeping area. Below is a before picture of the sleeping area.

Starting Point

For the bedroom makeover there were a number of items that we wanted to keep such as the carpet, wooden floor, a large rug, the pine bed and lockers, and built in cream wardrobes. We settled on a dark blue/taupe/cream colour palette to add more drama and warmth to the room and created this mood board around these elements.

What we did

For the bedroom makeover, end wall was painted in a different colour with a mixture of both Crown and Dulux Paints. The dressing/working areas was painted in Crown’s ‘Liqueur’ and the sleeping area was painted with Dulux’s ‘Great Gatsby Blue’ from a tin of paint that was in the shed. I think I am beginning to see a ‘Gatsby theme’ occurring !! We left the side walls and doors in their existing toasted almond colour (crown paint) as they worked well with the other colours chosen. and split the room nicely into the sleeping and active area.

The Sleeping Area

The pictures below shows the sleeping area completed with the navy feature wall. which works well with the taupe coloured carpet, the pine bed and lockers. The bed is dressed in denim blue bed linen sourced from JYSK , and accompanied with throws in navy and taupe (from Meadows and Byrne and TK Maxx) and cushions of different textures from Next all of which bring the scheme nicely together.

Lightning in this area was kept simple with two black wrought iron side lamps stands and taupe coloured lampshade. A simple single black pendant was used to hang from the ceiling. All light fittings were purchased at IKEA.

A small picture gallery was created with a range of prints purchased from Desino and hung on the Navy feature wall . Another photo gallery of Robyn’s friends was hung on the adjacent toasted almond wall. These comprise of a combination of light blue, dark blue and wooden frames sourced from IKEA and all of which compliment the chosen colour scheme.

The Dressing/Active Area

The dressing area has the pine wooden floor with a large cream, navy and taupe coloured rug which we bought from IKEA. This area contains the built in wardrobe, an old pine drawer set, and dressing table which also doubles as a desk with a lever lamp for task work. There is also a matching black ceiling pendant light identical to the one in the sleep area.

Not forgetting our new ‘ pièce de résistance ‘ a new giant mirror purchased from Kian Furniture in Dublin which adds a sense of light to the room and looks fab against the warm tones of the wall.

All in all. we are delighted with the makeover and have converted a bland bedroom area into two distinct areas both demonstrating how colour and accessories can change the look and feel of an area.