Our Renovation: Kitchen Before vs. Now

We are finally nearing the end of our full house renovation journey (hallelujah!), so it seems like a good time to start posting some renovation updates! Our kitchen was probably the room in the worst condition when we bought the place. The oven wasn’t working, the washing machine was in THE most awkward position you could ever imagine (tucked away behind the fridge, so you couldn’t actually fully open the door), and there were clear signs of well meaning but poorly executed owner DIY.

Excuse the dust, grime, and floor cover over the kitchen floor in the photos. The building work in the house hasn’t completely finished yet, so we will remove all the protectors and get the entire house professionally cleaned once everything in the house is done. But the photos below will give you an idea of the style of our kitchen.

Before

Now

So there you have it. A pretty drastic change! There are still bits to be filled, sanded, and tidied up, but it’s almost there. I don’t actually have proper photos of the other side of the kitchen yet, but we’re making a kitchen banquette. We had a corner bench with storage made which arrived last week, and it’s both gorgeous and practical. I can’t wait to get seat cushions for it, and a round table to go with it!

There are lots more updates to come on the rest of the house, so watch this space! This renovation has been a long and crazy journey, but one brilliant part is that Dan and I have got to stay in lots of different houses around London, so we’ve explored super cool areas that we would have never thought of spending time in. We’ve lived in Kings Cross, Leyton, Bow, Orpington and Wapping and it has actually been a blast! For every cloud, there’s definitely a silver lining.

It has also made us think about what we will do with our house once we’ve finished. While I am excited to make this house a home, we have toyed with the idea of renting the whole thing out, or letting it out on AirBnb as we live pretty centrally in a very popular location. Let’s see. All I know is that once it’s done, I will just sit in front of our open fire (YES WE HAVE A WORKING OPEN FIRE!!) and just be still. For hours, maybe days, possibly weeks. I can’t wait to just be still.