Kitchens and bathrooms are often the most expensive spaces to renovate. This was what we were also very afraid of, dealing with a low budget we couldn't afford huge sums being spent anywhere really.
Well the kitchen fronts that were already installed looked a bit "skin coloured" among all that summerhouse pine. We were afraid we would need to spend some sums on changing the fronts or re-coating them in another colour. This all changed when we painted the pine! (have I ever told you how much I just love paint!?)
Dealing with the priorities first we decided to start with removing the upper cabinets to lighten this area a bit and put up open shelving instead. We also decided that we didn't need to have a microwave here so we removed that and lowered the box around the refrigerator. This meant that we could have a nice line from the fridge to the new upper shelves giving this a straight comforting flow.
We painted the pine of course in the same grey tone as the rest of the house and exchanged the light above the sink and the door knobs.
Like with everything in this wonderful house, we were so lucky with all the appliances. High quality and great condition- that for one saved us loads!
Here you can see the vast change the removal of the upper cabinets made!
I am absolutely all for great storage in the kitchen, especially at home. But at a summerhouse like this you really can de-clutter and don't really need two cabinets for Tupperware do you!?
So that we did, focus on the main appliances, practical stuff and décor in-between and we had ourselves one cosy little kitchen!
This is us in a nutshell!...
We painted a part of the wall with the white base (you need that first to avoid the pine bleeding). Then we did one coat of the grey main paint on top just to take a photo. Not done with anything and probably nothing dry at this point we just had to see the look as quickly as possible.
Yeah, no, we do not recommend this way of working.. but remember, people here are dealing with some seriously anxious and excited individuals.. what do you expect?! ;)
We used all friends as happy helpers and you can just see already what a change it made to remove the upper cabinets. The kitchen already looks lighter and brighter!
The light above the sink we got at IKEA and found it to fit perfectly! It is a bit industrial and matches the new vintage looking knobs, also in black. Plus the light is adjustable so we could point one light to the cooker, one to the workspace and one straight down to the sink. Practical and cool!
Here the new shelves are being stained and we used the same stain as on the rest of the wood in the house. It is called Lady Sjosand 9043.
The used white shelf brackets from IKEA also to lighten up the kitchen plus it matches the appliances.
Here you can see Börkur filling up the gap that came after removing the drawer unit. Like I told you in our last post here, we removed one unit that was actually stored in the smaller bedroom.
In front of the wall where the drawers used to be, we put another open shelving unit that matches the living room table and bench. Light, durable, functional and decorative - that's how we roll!
The dish-rack is another beauty that came with the house and we stained like the rest of the wood. I believe that especially in small houses or apartments like this one you need to have a great flow and a certain "repeat" to connect everything together.
Same colour on every wall, same ceiling colour, similar light exposure and decorative colours that give a red calming thread throughout all the spaces. I think these details make the spaces more related, calm and even seem bigger!
This is a great example of a form of repeat, look at how the black shelves mirror the picture frames just a little further down the isle. And the wooden dish-rack mirrors the wooden chair. It gives it that "calm" effect without looking dull.
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