Heart of the Home

It was a tough decision.

My bedroom has my bed in it. But my kitchen is just gorge.

Final decision? I think the kitchen has to be my favourite room in our home. I spend a lot of time in it cooking, baking, cleaning, doing laundry (and sometimes just hanging out in it and dancing around with the kids – speakers and Spotify are all you need). I totally agree when people say that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

But, I have definitely not always had such feelings towards it.

I’ll take you back to October 2010, when we first moved in…


check out the old skool electricity plug!


mmmm, that wallpaper!

Yes, this is really what our kitchen looked like!

We were lucky to be in a position to buy a house but when you’ve got a certain budget (and you live in a popular area of Surrey), this is what you can get for your money. Our house was built in the 50’s and basically, the one previous owner it had, hadn’t done a lot to it since it was built.

We had a lot of weekends visiting home and DIY stores, picking things out and planning for our home. One of the first rooms that had to be done though, was the kitchen. It took about a week in total to have our new kitchen fitted and decorated but it was well worth the living like a student that week, with a fridge and a microwave on the living room floor and take aways galore!

Everything had to be cleared, walls had to be knocked down, a hatch to be covered over, new appliances to be bought and fitted, electrics and gas to be refitted and connected, plumbing to be plumbed, asbestos boards to be cleared, new windows to be fitted – the list goes on, it really was a bombsite.


move over Bane


Mr. U hard at work

But after the blood, sweat and tears, literally, I got my dream kitchen. I love how it turned out in terms of the decoration but especially happy that we could have a big American style fridge freezer, we could get rid of that lino and wallpaper and get a shiny new dishwasher. As much as I love to be in the new kitchen, I loathe washing up so this was a big bonus. We have recently tried Fairy Platinum dishwasher tablets in our lovely dishwasher and they are amazing. They really do exactly what they say they will – I would recommend them.


But anyway, to the after pictures…




ain’t she pretty?


Now I just need to convince the hubby that it’s not complete without a cherry red KitchenAid…!

Rebecca x

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*This post is an entry for the “My Kitchen Story” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Fairy Platinum.



  1. 18th June 2014 / 10:23 am

    Thank you – we’re really pleased with it!

  2. 18th June 2014 / 2:54 pm

    Gorgeous kitchen. We’ve got the space, but when they built the house, the OH spent a lot of money on a not very well built or designed kitchen.

    • 18th June 2014 / 6:22 pm

      It is very expensive isn’t it? I’m dreading if and when we have to move house as I’m sure I won’t like any kitchen as much ha x

    • 26th June 2014 / 10:35 am

      It was such a state before – it could have only gotten better haha

  3. 27th June 2014 / 2:37 pm

    Like the makeover very much but also liked the retro style of the old one cos I like quirky. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  4. jenniferhowze156
    3rd July 2014 / 7:48 am

    That is amazing, and all the better for you to have done it yourself. Although too bad you couldn’t install that wallpaper again…. 😉

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