Stunning view. Tick.
Want to be in here. Tick. Like to cook in. Entertain in. Tick. Tick.
Relaxing. Tick !
When we moved in (April 2013) the kitchen was much smaller. And while maybe trendy and in vogue it wasn't the kitchen for me. You know, me being the serious cook that I am !
Not enough cupboard space or work surface. Not to speak about the positioning of cooker/sink.
Having to manoeuvre, with a pot full of boiling hot water and potatoes to be drained, from stove to sink, no fun !
The porcelain floor tiles of a highly polished and super white nature where not only a dick to clean, they felt cold and made me feel as if I was forever on an ice skate rink. Lethal !
Never mind. I've kept a tile. And this is what I use it for.
After drawings being made up by the architect and planning permission granted the works started in earnest in July 2014.
The ground works were the scariest part, I found.
The walls went up, roof on, windows in. Plasterers came and went. Flooring in. And the painting could get underway in November. Clémence and Hugo, our fantastic French volunteers at the time made short shrift of that job.
Not only did they do a great job with the painting, but they assembled all the IKEA cabinets, while a friend of ours, who is a joiner/carpenter placed them and added the worktops.
We went for IKEA cabinets, because we like IKEA and we've had plenty of IKEA kitchens before.
IKEA ? Can I have my bonus now ?
Our choice was the LAXARBY door and drawer front because it has a solid wood frame with a wood veneer panel.
I didn't like the white stained look that seemed to have a pink tint shining through and thus I set to work and painted the whole lot with Autentico Chalk Paint - eggshell. I used Swedish Blue for the island cabinets and Ice Cream for all the others.
In the above photo collage (top right) you can see the difference in colour. The two top drawers are painted, the bottom one is not.
The worktop came from the local sawmill and is Douglas Fir.
I oiled this with white Danish oil, suitable for kitchen worktops.
The floor tiles are Travertine, laid in a Versailles pattern.
I am the proud owner of a double sink under the window to throw dirty dishes into The one on the island is extremely well positioned to drain boiled potatoes with ease. I also use it for washing vegetables, etc.
And there you have it. Our kitchen, which I started using fully a couple of weeks before Christmas last year.
Hope you like the result.