So if you’ve seen any of my early recipe videos, no doubt you will have seen my kitchen face many changes. In fact, twice the original shelves above where I would like the hob, actually collapsed twice during Vlogmas 2014. Ball….ache… Smashed hand-me-down crystal glasses and so many plates and crockery destroyed. However, since then we’ve had to eventually install some temporary but super sturdy London brackets from Screwfix.
This is how it is today, except we have since covered the boiler with a Shopping List blackboard I created and covered the pipes with a daily meal planner to match. I am showing this picture as it includes the doorway we plan to brick up to install more kitchen units.
This is the plan I created but struggled to show everything with units on the other side which blocks part of the view, so hopefully you can make it out. Hopefully it will hide nicely in a corner unit.
In a Vlogmas video, I talked of one day hoping to reflect back and laugh at what a crappy annoying kitchen we once had but a year on and unfortunately it’s still here and will likely face another Christmas. Let me put you straight though, we haven’t been lazy, it’s just that every room needs attention and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Because we have a smallish kitchen and due to all the cookery paraphernalia I accumulate which I can’t bare to part with (you never know when you need it), we have had to constantly keep redesign layouts in our head and have changed our minds so many times. Alas, this is what we’ve come up with and feel it’s the best solution.
I’ve been planning out our kitchen on the free planner available on IKEA’s website which admittedly seemed overwhelming at first glance but once I inputted all the measurements, I’ve been trial-ling and error-ing by dropping units in to the spaces I have and now have more understanding about the measurements. However, I’m still a bit nervous regarding the accuracy and whether we’re allowed a cooker next to an archway we are yet to knock through.
Here is the opposite wall to the boiler wall which I am using today. I’ve done a fair amount of research due to the size and apparently it is ideal for a kitchen not to have main access to the back, so ideally I can have a window instead to keeo the light and can look out to the back garden during food prep.
This is what it will hopefully look like with a tall unit for a stacked fridge and freezer.
I’m opting for IKEA Ringhult high gloss white units with a light oak effect worktop. Although I prefer the look of real wood, I won’t be choosing it as so many people say it’s high maintenance and want something quick and easy to clean. Again, I’d love white tops because my blogger-head says it’s better for photos, but I know it will show every little speckle or mark. I’ll just have to used a white painted prop!
And I’m expecting to be questioned on the height of our 100cm tall wall units by family and friends; would it make the room feel a bit too closed in? Too narrow? Or feel more generous? Well, I know white will be bright and plan on decorating the walls with simple but stylish white Subway-like tiles and for the flooring, hopefully a light oak wooden floor.
I also opted for as many things to be integrated as possible for a minimal Scandinavian look, freeing up as many work surfaces as possible and utilise as much wall space by hiding maybe a slow cooker or Halogen oven in the tall unit.
We would then need to create a doorway (above) which will lead to the living room, adjacent which has a back door anyhow.
Another hidden surprise on the planner is that if you click the list icon (left of the pencil icon), it instantly builds a quote of how much it will cost me, although I would prefer it much cheaper… #expensivetaste!
There are also couple of slight gaps between the units and the extractor fan’s gaps either side need to be symmetrical, but hopefully this plan is a strong basis to work with and can allow for a bit of shuffling. It just can’t happen soon enough!
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