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.

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