When we moved into our current home one of the things we said we’d do — when we had the money — was a kitchen makeover.
Our current kitchen just doesn’t work for our needs; the look and feel of it is OK (ish) but the layout of it is appalling.
For a keen chef (my boy, not me, I hasten to add!) it just hasn’t enough storage for all the cheffy items he uses (and doesn’t use — breadmaker anyone?).
There is very little worktop or preparation space and ancient wooden cupboards that I painted when we moved in. I like the fact that they’re painted units but the fact that they’re cupboards? This I don’t like! I’m the girl who leaves the doors open, then bangs my head because I’ve forgotten about it! Idiot.
When we re-did the kitchen in our old house we did away with top cupboards entirely and replaced the base units with huge, deep drawers. Perfect for pans and stacks of plates. Our old kitchenIt was designed to suit our needs and worked perfectly — and is poles apart from the one we have inherited here.
On a positive note, one thing we have, that I do love — but takes up an inordinate amount of room — is a gigantic AGA. It’s a beast of a thing and is three base cupboards in width. It’s a huge use of space, particularly as half of it is switched off for 6 months of the year.
But we love it.
In the winter, cosying up to it’s glorious warmth and warming your gloves and socks on it is heavenly. What you lose in space — and practicality — you gain in quirky charm. And warm feet.
A fair trade off, I think.
So in my new kitchen — when we get around to redoing it — what kind of things will be on my ‘must-have’ list?
A larder cupboard.
We have a (sort of a) larder cupboard in our current kitchen. But it’s FULL to bursting and isn’t very well organised. Plus it has a shelf that sags in the middle. My dream kitchen larder will have nicely ordered shelves and a place for everything. And solid shelves, that do not sag ;)
The pic above is a thing of beauty.
I’d also have space saving devices and state of the art technology. Why take up valuable worktop space when your tap can give you boiling water? ;)
Fabulous, clever storage is key and I’d replace all the cupboards with deep, wide drawers, fitted with clever racks and holders for all of our equipment. Plus I’d have integrated recycling bins to negate the need for boxes and bags all over the floor. To be honest the list goes on and on, but the things above are the things I’d like the most!
And finally, a lovely kitchen island.
Painted cabinets from John Lewis of Hungerford
OK. Now I’m definitely in la-la-land. Our kitchen isn’t actually big enough to house an island but this is beautiful isn’t it?
A girl can dream.
To have a look at more ‘dreamy’ kitchen ideas, I’ve put a little Pinterest board together— pop over and have a look.
This post was written in collaboration with CP Kitchens but all thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.