Scenes from my kitchen - nearly the end of the series!

The tiling is just about done, only the grouting to go.  Then I can use the kitchen properly!  Then it might not look quite as empty and lovely as it does just now, so now could be the time to show it off.

Here is where we started.

And this is probably about as bad as it got with the cupboards out and the ceiling down.

Here we have come a long way but there is still a lot to do.  The electrics are in, the new plastering is done and the slate floor is underway.

The slate floor is down and grouted and Ian starts work on the framework which will make new shelving down one side of the kitchen.

And in the blink of an eye (he may throw something at me when he reads this) here are the shelves, ready and raring to go.

Then there was a small hiatus while we waited for the Ikea delivery.  When it came it was an exciting day.  The delivery lorry was huge and was reversed down our drive excrutiatingly slowly by the skilful driver.  When he got to the big sycamore he had to stop and the boxes, what seemed like hundreds of them, had to be carried over the gravel, over the cobbles and in through the front kitchen.

Here we go, worktop on, wall cupboards going up.  Notice the black outside the window?  Night and day, he worked, night and day.

And now it really starts to look like a kitchen and not a work in progress.

The tiles just need grouting now.

And the custom-made shelves are a delight - shelves for my jugs, and even special places for trays which previously lived in the pantry and fell on to my feet pretty much every day when I opened the door.

There is even a little shelf for my egg cups!


  1. Oh wow :)

    You must be thrilled!

  2. Beautiful! What a joy it must be to cook in your new kitchen. Congratulations and thanks for a wonderful blog.

  3. Oh yes. Bloomin' lovely Elizabeth. Bet it's a pleasure to be in. Well done to you and Ian!

  4. Looking wonderful, you must be so please with Ian.

  5. I'm looking at your large draining board, and realising that is the mistake we made (ours is set in the countertop, not a happy solution as the years roll by)

  6. Lovely; a great job. You are an electrical socket millionaire too......

  7. Please order a lot of stuff from Karen so that I can deliver it .....

  8. How wonderful! You must be thrilled! I noticed all the electrical outlets as well, smart very smart. You just can't have to many!

  9. Ian sure did one heck of a job. It looks wonderful. He definitely is a keeper. But I'm sure you already knew that :o)

  10. That all looks wonderful. It will be a joy to work in

  11. An amazing transformation! Hope your are enjoying it.

  12. Fantastic result! It gives me again this thrill that Ikea kitchen building is really fun and if ever you have enough of the white front, you can exchange the doors easily. Bravo to the builder and you.

  13. Wonderful - such a transformation.
    Well done Ian
    Love the picture of your milk jugs - I have a soft spot for jugs - they look so cute lined up on shelves

  14. Wow and double wow! You and Ian are so talented. But your pictures serve to show up everyone elses kitchen. Including mine. I think you ought to offer a design service.

  15. Hurray, well done! It looks lovely... now, can I trade you some bathroom pictures!

  16. Thanks for your lovely comments. I really can't take any credit at all although I am quite good at making decisions and being consulted! All the work is Ian's. He is simply very, very good at it. When you think how lovely it looks and how it little it cost it is truly amazing. We are clearly in tune with the recession zeitgeist, not just mean and reluctant to be part of rampanat consumerism for more ethical reasons. I am sort of pleased that I have reached my fifites without ever before having had a totally new kitchen. I am sure it is part of what makes it feel so special!

  17. Do send him right round to my house when he's done with yours, won't you? I have such plans for him!

  18. It looks fabulous. All that careful work and those long hours have resulted in something wonderful.

  19. Wow that looks amazing. Loving the floor. I'm very impressed with Ian's handy work and ready in time for Christmas. Great idea to have the shelves to show off your lovely pottery.

  20. Absolutely gorgeous! I am green with envy (but in a nice way) over all your space and electrical outlets. My tiny kitchen here in Korea has a grand total of two. Great work, and well done!

  21. It all looks so simple photographed and annotated like that. You must be very relieved, and what a delight to look at that every time you need a cuppa! Congratulations!

  22. These are lovely pics to keep for posterity. Great work!

  23. Wow, as they say in blogland, that is some kitchen!

    And wow, that is some new website to go with it! Which came first?
    It's a truly gorgeous kitchen, functional, and very attractive. I hope you will enjoy cooking many excellent meals in it.

  24. It's beautiful kitchen, Elizabeth, and you must be so happy to think of preparing for Christmas in such spanking new surroundings. I wish you years of happy times in your lovely new kitchen!

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