Making do and saving up.. Our kitchen story



When we first moved into our home, we didn’t have a lot of money. I was in my final year at University living in Preston and my then boyfriend (now hubby) was going into his second year of teaching. We had to make do with what we had, we graciously accepted second hand appliances and made an offer to a friend who was moving in with his girlfriend for his sofa, television unit and table. Fast forward 7 years, with a university degree and a postgraduate diploma to my name, three job promotions and two new cars, we’ve managed to slowly redecorate the house. We had to have the house re-wired, bedrooms re-plastered and new carpets laid down throughout as well as repairs to a leaky roof, replace the shower unit and expensively, get the windows downstairs double glazed.

Our kitchen was liveable. The kitchen wasn’t to my taste at all with bright green walls, brown wood effect worktops and nasty beige cupboards with wood trim but the layout of it meant I could have a washing machine and tumble dryer there as well as a huge stand alone fridge, so we made do. We saved up for the paint so we could freshen it up, my Mom gave me some hideous net curtains for the window and we seriously saved up to have the kitchen of our dreams.

It was only three years ago that we had saved enough to buy our lovely kitchen from Ikea. We only live down the road from the Birmingham store so spent many an evening browsing the kitchens and sitting on the stools dreaming up our own design. We had it designed to make the most of our high ceilings and the existing appliances we already had at home, bar the fridge freezer.  Imagine my delight when the designer told me we could even fit in a slim line dishwasher if we rearranged the cupboard space. I think I nearly squealed. It was a must. There was only two of us plus the dog but we got through so much crockery, cups and cutlery that a dishwasher was music to my ears. Since it’s been installed, we’ve never scrimped on dishwasher tablets as I hated the funny smell they gave off so we use Fairy Platinum every time to keep our dishes sparkly white. Nor do I want our fabulous dishwasher to break, I’d be lost without it.


Three years on, our kitchen is nearly complete. We paid for installation of our lovely new kitchen but saved on ripping out the old kitchen ourselves with the help of our friends. We still don’t have any tiles on the wall but the plain white wipe-able walls do the job just fine. We have chosen red work top appliances (except for the microwave) and have accessorised it well. We hope to get it completed over the Summer holidays with just some of the woodwork painting to finish off.  We have hung my rustic homemade blind at the window, my handmade notice board on the wall and fresh flowers in a jug on the windowsill. I love our kitchen, we worked hard for it and we just love using the space for catching up on each others day and cooking up family meals.

Is your kitchen the heart of your home? What colour palette is in yours? I’d love to know.

This post is an entry for the “My Kitchen Story” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Fairy Platinum

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  • Reply kateonthinice 29/06/2014 at 11:23 am

    Great to read how you have saved up to get the kitchen you really want. Hope you enjoy it every day. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  • Reply Donna 29/06/2014 at 11:31 pm

    I love the red in your kitchen, such a statement! x

  • Reply Sharon Powell 20/07/2014 at 12:16 am

    It looks great! Love the handmade blind x

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