Creating our dream kitchen

Modern kitchen design with grey cabinets

Those of you who have been following my blog will know that back in December I decided to do a DIY job on the very dated kitchen we inherited when we bought our house.

grey shaker charcoal kitchen cabinets

With a baby on the way I suspected that we wouldn’t have either the time or the money to have it totally refurbished, so I set about the painstaking task of painting the kitchen cabinets, the tiles and the walls to update it as best I could. Looking back, I can’t quite fathom where I mustered up the energy for this and would say that the maternal ‘nesting instinct’ is definitely not a myth.

Six months on, and all that work seems very futile indeed – since we decided on a complete refurbishment afterall! I like to tell myself that the DIY job I did gave us a glimpse of the potential and spurred us on to take the plunge. Either way, I can’t get too upset about it – I am now an expert on how to prime your kitchen cupboards and which paintbrush works best with tile paint. Life skills. And I also have a fantastic new kitchen!LG American style fridge freezer in modern kitchenlight grey shaker kitchen cabinets with charcoal island

We put a lot of thought into the design of the kitchen, which was a complete renovation and included knocking down walls to create an open plan kitchen-diner. For the look and feel, we knew that we wanted something modern but also something that would stand the test of time. After numerous visits to various showrooms, purchases of home magazines (I could read them all day!) and endless Pinterest boards, we decided on the shaker style kitchen cabinets choosing a light grey colour (partridge) for the wall units and charcoal for the island. We settled on white quartz for the worktop speckled with silver to add a touch of glamour.ย Traditional oak eight-seater dining table with white high-back chairs

We incorporated modern fixtures and fittings including brushed metal door handles and mixer tap to add a modern feel, and continued this through the appliances with an integrated double oven, an American style LG fridge-freezer and a touch control ceramic induction hob with a glass extractor fan. The splashback behind the hob is aubergine-coloured glass which adds a flash of contrasting colour to create a bit of a feature (it’s also so much more practical and easier to clean than the tiles I’ve previously been used to!) We completed the look with a dark grey vertical radiator which we sourced online from Best Heating. We also bought the roman blinds online from Roman Blinds Direct. The floor is Amtico in Mirabelle Creme which gives a brilliant stone effect – it’s extremely practical and easy to clean (or *ahem* it hides the dirt well when you don’t clean…).

tall vertical grey radiator in kitchen

For the dining area we chose a traditional eight-seater oak dining table with cream canvassed high-back chairs and invested in a statement glass pendant light from John Lewis which really sets off the entire room.

We won’t be moving house for a long, long time.

Modern kitchen accessories, statement kitchen light

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29 Comment

  1. Beth
    August 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

    What a beautiful kitchen! A real dream kitchen xxx

    1. Mum in Brum
      August 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  2. A Moment with Franca
    August 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Wow this is so pretty!! I like it a lot!! You have a grate taste! xx

    1. Mum in Brum
      August 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Franca, glad you like it! xx

  3. Kait @ Our Foodie Appetite
    August 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Oooooh my gosh! This kitchen is absolutely stunning! I love the modern pieces mixed with the wooden pieces to give it some charm. Absolutely in love. Great job!! #twinklytuesday

    1. Mum in Brum
      August 4, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Kait – Yes it is a great kitchen to cook in! Glad you like it x

  4. Lisa (mummascribbles
    August 6, 2015 at 6:46 am

    What a stunning kitchen – I am so jealous! It’s beautiful, you have created such a wonderful area and I love your fridge freezer! It’s good that you’ve looked on the positives of the time spent on the diy job!! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday – did you know Caro at The Twinkle Diaries runs another linky called HomeEtc? This post would be perfect for linking up with her ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mum in Brum
      August 7, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I know, I always wanted an American style fridge freezer so it’s nice to now have one! I didn’t know about that linky but will definitely link up, Thanks for stopping by x

  5. Catherine @pushingthemoon
    August 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Wow, your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the shaker style cabinets, such a beautiful choice. Xxx #HomeEtc

  6. Sue @ Home Heart Harmony
    August 19, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, I am so jealous! I am longing for a new kitchen! We’ve lived in our house for 11 years this year and I’ve wanted to replace the kitchen since the day we moved in! Alas, with a perfectly functioning kitchen, it was difficult to justify the expense. 11 years on and I’m desperately trying to find a compromise between what I’m dreaming of, and what we can afford. I wrote about it here: and here: but we are still backwards and forwards over what to do! I love your fabulous new kitchen – so perfect for family life. How are you finding the quartz worktops? Are they practical? Do they damage easily? Thanks so much for sharing. #HomeEtc

    1. Mum in Brum
      August 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Just had a look at your posts and lovethe look you’re going for – looks very similar to my Pinterest board!! The quartz worktops are brilliant – so practical, easy to clean and look great. We haven’t had any damage so far – they seem pretty robust so I can’t imagine them chipping etc. Hopefully you get to create your vision soon x

  7. Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    August 20, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Aargh!! If you saw my post last week, you’ll know how much I’m longing for a new kitchen!!! I cannot WAIT to get rid of the one we inherited. So lovely, to have a bright, clean new space โ€” I’m a *little* bit jealous ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for linking up with us on HomeEtc โ€” hope to see you again next week xx

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  8. mummyofboygirltwins
    August 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    WOW! Stunning kitchen and dining area. You must love it! It look like something out of a catalogue! Beautiful and so practical too. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing, much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ Jess xx


    1. Mum in Brum
      August 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks so much! It is lovely and practical and will hopefully stand the test of time. We just need a few more finishing touches and then we’re done (for now) ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  9. Lins @Boo & Maddie
    August 26, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Ohh this is SO dreamy!! What a wonderful space and great size too and it looks absolutely amazing. I would never leave my kitchen if it looked like this! X #HomeEtc

  10. Mummuddlingthrough
    October 11, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Hello again! clearly having a stalk of your blog this morning! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We also just finished our ‘dream kitchen’ – yours is gorgeous too. Where did you get the bread bin? I’ve been looking for something similar? X MMT
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 12, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Yes I remember reading your post about your finishing touches! The bread bin is from John Lewis but we’ve had it a few years now so I’m not sure if they still have it X

  11. Life Loving
    October 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

    You’ve done such a good job with the new kitchen. I went back to your old post to see what you original kitchen looked like. You did such a good job on itat the time, but this is so much more modern. I absolutely love the light. It’s beautiful.

    Thanks for linking up to #LifeLovingLinkie – see you next week.

    Sally @ Life Loving
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    1. Mum in Brum
      October 25, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Sally! I did love the DIY makeover at the time, but you really can’t beat the feeling of having a brand new kitchen to call your own. It’s definitely the best investment we’ve made in the house. Glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    October 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Natalie, this is so gorgeous! I love every piece. Speaking of great pieces, that chandelier is something pretty fantastic! I love the colors, our home is white, black, grey, glass, silver, and pops of color here and there. So this is right up my alley! I love the artwork, especially the cow picture. His pink nose really pops with the red bowl, the cookbook in the corner and the aubergine tile behind the cooktop! And the little nooks are really cool as well as useful, the shelving with cookbooks, the wine rack and the baskets in the cabinet area. This is a dream kitchen, I’m glad your dream came true, it’s gorgeous!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks Nikki, glad you like it! The chandelier is fab isn’t it – lighting can make such a difference to a room. Your home sounds lovely – very classy! I insisted on the baskets and I’m so glad I did as they are so useful – perfect for rogue onions and potatoes! We also get a lot of use out of that wine rack! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Simon - Commercial Blinds UK
    May 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Loving the roman blinds , great addition to any room.

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Simon – they are fab. We’re actually looking for some more blinds for our bathroom if you’d like to collaborate?

  19. Chris
    October 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Natalie, love the colour scheme you’ve got here! Splashbacks really work well for a pop of colour in this style. Keep up the posts!

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