Last year we gave our old Ikea kitchen new cupboard fronts and appliances. It really brightened things up, but there were still a few details I wasn’t happy with: the oppressive metal shelves, the giant (but useless) cooker hood and the black wall tiles. The tiles are still here, but I’m pleased to say that the shelves and cooker hood have now vanished – replaced with bright new shelves and a fantastic feeling of space.
This is what it used to look like:
There was lots of clutter on the shelves – gathering dust, getting sticky… I’d always hated them. The worktop was cluttered too, and the paint work was very scratched from years of putting things on and off the shelves. The cooker hood had a useful light on it, but didn’t do much else as there was no external venting. Its main function was for James to crack his head on it once a week.
So, out it all came. James scrubbed the walls down and I re-organised the kitchen cupboards for the first time in years to make space for most of the things off the shelves. Dragging everything out was a painful process, but I’m amazed by how much more space we have now.
We repainted the walls in the same colour, Perfectly Taupe by Dulux and then put up these new Ikea shelves. They are so much neater and plainer than the old ones.
Now the cooker hood has gone there’s so much more natural light. James also replaced all the old sockets with new ones – which just adds to the feeling of freshness. The new magnetic knife rack is also from Ikea. The black tiles are still here, but I don’t think they’re so noticeable now.
We also have a new kitchen bookshelf, something I’ve wanted for years.
Project de-clutter is definitely well under way!