Before & After: An East London Kitchen Gets a Vibrant Makeover

published Jan 18, 2015
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The kitchen in Sam’s new house couldn’t have been much worse. There were mice everywhere, the units were filthy, the cooker was condemned by the gasman, the back door could only be opened with a crowbar and worst of all, there was a mysterious smell, which they eventually tracked down to an open waste pipe running straight into the kitchen.

(Image credit: Sam Scott Wood)

In just eight weeks, Sam and her husband, Tim, with the help of builders, demolished the old kitchen, replaced the back window with glass sliding doors and installed crisp white IKEA units and a zingy vinyl floor from Harvey Maria in pistachio green.

(Image credit: Sam Scott Wood)

It took us ages to decide on the floor. We looked at lots of tiles, but didn’t see any we liked. We thought concrete would be too cold and hard. Resin or rubber floors were out of our budget, so in the end we opted for vinyl. Originally we wanted a neutral color, but we fell in love with this bold pistachio. We’ve gone from a dark, horrible space at the back of the house to a room where we spend most of our weekends. In the summer the doors are open all the time and in the winter just being in the kitchen brightens up a grey day. We love it!

Thank you Sam!

Re-edited from a post originally published 1.18.15-NT