These are from when we looked around the house before we bought it so they're not our things in the pictures.
Today I want to focus on what I DO like about the room.
Here's my 'like' list:
the units, which are cream and shaker-style - they were put in by the previous owners just before we moved in and luckily are pretty much what I would choose in that price range;
the lino flooring is neutral and very practical (good for four young children dropping china!) and easy to clean;
the pale wooden window frames;
the lighting - there's a main light and two spotlights;
the number of cupboards is great for storage;
the layout works excellently;
the beech worktops - when we first moved in I was worried about marking them but if you do, you just sand the mark away as if by magic! Plus I LOVE the smell of the danish oil, which is a bonus.
What I want to change:
the boiler in the corner - so ugly, so noisy;
the wall colour - too orange;
the tiles - too garish;
the wood stain on the back door - too dark, too orange;
the faux wood kick-boards - they visually break up the pale cupboards and flooring too much.
We did look at getting the dividing wall moved but the builders seemed unsure how big a job it would be. There is an RSJ in there, although there's no walls above it to support. We were all very confused and I was keen for this room to be a makeover, rather than a complete overhaul, which meant avoiding potentially structural work. When the actual kitchen units themselves need replacing then we'll tackle the whole room head on.