Before & After: Louise's Fresh and Functional Kitchen

Before & After: Louise's Fresh and Functional Kitchen

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Name:
Louise
Location:
Dublin,
Division:
International Owner
My room makeover::
When I bought this house the entire contents of the kitchen were a sink-and-drainer unit and a single wall cabinet, so clearly I need to do something immediately. Blocking up the back door and turning the window into a patio door opened up the layout options, and it's a common modification in these kinds of houses. I was worried that the south-facing patio doors would flood one side of the room with sunlight while the other side would be permanently in shadow, so I chose high-gloss white door fronts and white subway tiles to maximize the light on that side of the room,. I chose black countertops because I love the clean feel of contrast in a kitchen, and the wooden table and herringbone parquet floor (lino, I couldn't afford the real thing) brought in added warmth.
My makeover advice::
I did 20-25 drafts on the IKEA kitchen planner to get this final layout and it really paid off, especially as I was also able to put in furniture to check it would fit and see how the whole room would work. And it meant that I was able to get my builders to put the pendant light over the exact centre of my table because I knew where that would be. I put my bins in a pull-out cabinet underneath the sink, and it's great to have them out of sight - my “under the sink” items are in a different pull-out cabinet nearby. I decided not to have a draining board as I just hate the look of them and I've never missed it, so I'd recommend that too (at least if you have a dishwasher).
What I love most about my new space::
I love that it's really easy to keep clean and tidy because the storage is great and everything is to hand. I love that when I'm preparing food I'm always facing out into the room so I can look out into the garden or watch television or chat to people at the table. I love that the room works just as well whether I'm having 10 people over for dinner (the table extends with two leaves) or just reading a newspaper on my own with a cup of coffee.
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