Kitchen Updates: what a difference a tile makes

Kitchen Updates: what a difference a tile makes

 Before we moved in we thought we were going to redecorate the kitchen first, which you may have read about here. Once we moved we decided to focus on the rooms that needed painting first like the small bedroom that was green and I painted white to make it my home office. And the living room which had a very dark chimney breast. You can see these rooms in posts living room reveal and home office reveal.

The kitchen itself was fine to live with albeit not to our taste. The great thing about the space is it brings in a lot of natural light as we have two sky lights, full length windows and a back door. Yet the kitchen still felt dark, with wooden cabinets, a dark grey tiled floor, black worktops, black tiles and a black sink it’s no wonder! Also all my kitchen accessories from the last place were very vintage and country style so they looked a bit odd in such a dark environment.



The work

 We started by having the dark tiles removed and replacing them with simple plain white ones in a brick effect pattern. Then Matt painted over the brownish coffee coloured walls with white to freshen it up.


The sink and tap

The sink was probably the thing we disliked most about the kitchen, it had a leaky tap that also literally sprayed you every time you switched it on and it was black and constantly needed cleaning. Originally we planned to have a Belfast sink but it would have taken up quite a lot of space and we would have lost our drawers underneath. As we weren’t planning a redesign we thought we would go for a white ceramic sink and antique brass tap to give it an update.

Although we measured the sink several times the one we ordered didn’t quite fit! Luckily we ordered another the week before christmas which arrived straight away and the other was returned.


Tap £69.99 Amazon

Styling and accessories

When you move in to a new place the main priority is to just get everything unpacked and maybe declutter a little as you go. I remember the day we moved in we were so excited that our local fish and chip shop delivered that we ordered food then spent a crazed 10 minutes trying to find forks, ketchup and salt and vinegar! Once we cleared the worktops for the tiling I wanted to organise the kitchen properly and had a better idea of where I wanted things to be after 5 months of living in it. Plus we had a lot of clutter on the worktops and decided we would like it to be a lot cleaner.

 With the white tiles as a backdrop we decided to switch our cream accessories and appliances that we’ve had for years to white, which has really made a difference. I also wanted to add a few accents of colour with mint green and gold and add a few house plants. The kitchen is not complete, as next we want to paint the dated wooden units in pale grey, so that’s a job for this year! I would also like to update our dinning chairs and perhaps create more shelving on the wall behind the kitchen table but it’s a work in progress and I’m pleased with how it’s coming together. Have you got any interior makeovers planned for 2018?


Style-by-Nic-after-kitchenTable jug £38 Anthropologie


Tea and coffee canisters Next (similar here), Breville kettle £35.84 Amazon


Cups £10 each Anthropologie, teapot £25 Oliver Bonas

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