After years of being on my wish list, I’ve finally had my kitchen (the domestic one, that is) renovated! I spend hours every day in my kitchen and it definitely needed updating. The original one came with the house when we bought it in 2000 and was in a rustic farmhouse style pine…..

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There was nothing actually wrong with the layout, cupboard units, sink or appliances so I looked at a company that specialised in replacing just the doors and worktops.  Naturally this also meant replacing all the fascias and trims too and, while they were at it, the ceiling light, cooker extractor and they installed under unit lighting.  But the really clever thing they did was to elongate the cupboard doors to reach to the ceiling, giving me an extra shelf all the way around the kitchen AND no ‘top of the cupboard’ dirt trap! All at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.

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I chose a pale coloured Canadian Maple finish for the smooth (no dirt trap mouldings) doors which matched my existing island unit and medium coloured brown granite finish worktops to contrast. The handles are simple and functional.  The doors feature soft closing hinges.

The company I chose to do the work was http://www.dreamdoors.co.uk and they completed the work in just three and a half days.  The guys were efficient and tidy and easy to have around.

Tiling took another four days.  I wanted something bright and inspirational and was a bit dismayed when I went to the tile shops to be confronted with 50 shades of beige!  That’s the fashion, they told me.  But I did find these pretty patchwork style batik tiles to form a border against the backdrop of off-white ones which gives a cheerful, creative feel to the room.

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Overall, I’m absolutely delighted with the end result and am looking forward to spending many happy hours in there.

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