Before & After: Our DIY Kitchen Renovation REVEAL

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this! The good news is that the slowest‘ DIY kitchen renovation of all times is FINALLY finished and here is the result!! I know you have stopped reading and skipped to the ‘AFTER‘ photos, and who can blame you? If I was you, after all this time, I’d like to know what it looks like NOW too!!!

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island

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Our Kitchen Story in Three words..

After eight months of careful planning, budgeting, sourcing materials, designing the kitchen, planning permissions, building, tiling, painting and waiting I can finally reveal our NEW modern kitchen *sqeel!*

This was no ordinary kitchen renovation. As you know we didn’t have a massive budget for our massive kitchen renovation plans, so we ended up doing lots of work ourselves. This meant that the process was slower and harder, as we both have a full time job but so much more rewarding when we can say – we actually made this happen (with the help of some wonderful people)!!

The Old Kitchen

You will remember our old kitchen/dining room looked something like this.. with two extra walls, serving hatch and cramped area for cooking. The old layout just didn’t make any sense to us!

diy kitchen renovation the old kitchen

Our 2nd Hand Kitchen

We sourced this second hand kitchen, which was then custom built with the help of Mikey from MC Joinery & Maintenance to my design. Mikey put the cabinets together and ended up custom building units to bring the whole look together. So technically we have a bespoke kitchen!

second hand kitchen
The original kitchen from Facebook Marketplace

(New) Kitchen Cabinets

I primed the kitchen cabinets using the Zinsser B-I-N Primer and Sealer. I used my HomeRight Sprayer first (gifted to me), but then due to inconsistent weather I used a mixture of foam roller and paintbrush. All cabinets were then painted in Farrow & Ball Modern Eggshell in No 2005 All White.

kitchen renovation diy two toned
kitchen renovation diy two toned

Kitchen Island

The island, skirting boards and the door is painted in Farrow & Ball Modern Eggshell in No 31 Railings. The island does look quite blue in the direct sunlight!! The panel wall in the dining room is painted in the exact shade!

Kitchen Island painted in Farrow and Ball Railings
Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island
Kitchen island handles
Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island Railings
Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island

The kitchen cabinet hardware is from D Lawless Hardware from their Liberty Essentials Francisco collection (*these were gifted to me).

Kitchen cabinet handles in chrome

Walls and ceilings are painted in Dulux Trade Matt Diamond White.

The Worktops

The black granite came with the kitchen and was cut to our measurements by T E Cubbon Monumental Masons.

herringbone tile backsplash black granite worktops
black granite and black appliances

We bought the Rustic Oak Worktop for the kitchen island, which Mikey then cut to the size and routed the round edge.

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island globe pendant lights
Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island wooden worktop

Sink, Tap and Backsplash

The size of our sink depended on the existing cut in the granite we re-used. I found this beautiful Reginox ceramic sink which worked out perfectly. I picked this Crosswater Cucina Cook Dual Control Mono Kitchen Mixer with Flexi Spray in Chrome.

kitchen renovations sink and tap

For the kitchen backsplash we chose white gloss herringbone tiles from Walls & Floors with black grout to match the granite and our appliances. After the funds started to dry up we ended up tiling the backsplash ourselves (you can catch up on my stories on instagram under ‘highlights‘. )

Black electric range and hood with white herringbone backsplash


The floor tiles are from the Tile Mountain called Country Khaki. As there is a 12 mm difference between the floor in the hallway and the kitchen, we installed a solid oak threshold .

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island floor tiles

We picked three column traditional radiator for the kitchen which teamed up with underfloor heating should give us plenty of heat in this open space. The radiator was from Ebay and so was the TRV Chelsea valve.

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island

Accessories and Shelving

I bought some old pine stools from a reclamation centre and painted them using Frenchic Al Fresco Paint in Dusky Blush and Farrow & Ball in railings for the details.

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island

We cut the shelves to size from pineboard which we purchased from B&Q. I used dark Annie Sloan wax to bring out the wood. The brackets are called Ekby Valter from Ikea (we got two different sizes).

shelving in the kitchen
wooden worktops and vase with greenery


I wanted to keep a balance of light and dark in the kitchen and didn’t want the space to look too industrial so we settled for black appliances. The American Style Fridge Freezer is from Currys, we ordered the electric range Belling Farmhouse Style Electric Range E110 (see almost identical on John Lewis) and matching Belling Chimney hood locally.

kitchen cabinets and black American style fridge freezer


The lighting in the kitchen is a combination of eight recessed downlights and three glass globe pendant lights above the island (see similar design here). I love the traditional Eddison bulbs we used to give a soft glow.

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island
Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island globe pendants
Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island

We ended up using mdf window sills and a small wooden bead (to hide any imperfections) and painted it using white eggshell.

I used Frencic in Dusky Blush to upcycle the old bar stools.

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island pink bar stools

All accessories, plants and artwork is a combination of various items I have collected over the years. Most prints I have printed myself on card, frames and pots were upcycled by simply painting them to match.

It has now been transformed into a modern , open space that is perfect for entertaining and cooking!

Kitchen renovation DIY project kitchen island
dining room and dark paneling
dining room kitchen renovation
kitchen renovation dining room
kitchen makeover two toned cabinets
wooden worktop kitchen dining room
tangle lighting fixture and artwork

Would love to hear your thoughts on our Kitchen Renovation Reveal!

You can catch up on our Kitchen Renovation Diaries here.

8 thoughts on “Before & After: Our DIY Kitchen Renovation REVEAL

  1. This is beautiful! Can’t believe it’s your kitchen….your oven is my favourite I hate cleaning my gas range as it’s so faffy, would love an electric job like yours!

  2. I love it all! Favourite details are the wooden top on the island, the stools and the radiator. I really love that radiator you’ve done such a great job and now you get to enjoy it all

    1. Thank you Lianne ! The worktop is absolutely dreamy although have to be careful we don’t spoil the wood , just need to remember the re-oil it now and again.. the radiator gives so much what you won’t believe !!

  3. What an amazing transformation!! I know how hard you’ve both worked on this and the results are utterly awe-inspiring! Goodness, what are you going to do with all your free time now? 😉 I’m sure you’ll be enjoying that beautiful kitchen and dining room! xxx

    1. Thank you so much Kimberly! I am sooooo happy how it turned out.. All the hard work was definitely worth it! You know me I will always find something to do.. new project to start .. hallway makeover has already started..

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