LIFESTYLE: The amateurs guide to refitting a kitchen

Illustrated Teacup Kitchen Refit

As you all probably know we recently bought our first home. If not, you can ready a little about our experience here.
As part of our purchase we decided to completely refit our kitchen. The house is a bit of a project. It was quite dated, and honestly the style and colours where not to our taste at all.
Within three weeks of moving in we started ripping out our old kitchen – as you can see it wasn’t the prettiest of kitchens on our first day! And we really dislike yellow now!

Illustrated Teacup Kitchen Refit

Our new kitchen is from Ikea and we honestly love it now – especially now it is pretty much complete.
So in light of that I thought I would share some of our tips on refitting a kitchen!

Measure everything 100 times
Measure, measure and measure again. It really can’t be done enough. It will save you a lot of hassle. Especially when it comes to putting things on the walls.

The Ikea 3D planner is a lifesaver!
If you get an Ikea kitchen, their planner is a lifesaver, for the initial planning at least. We loved this tool, especially as we had to rearrange the plan about four times due to radiators and pipes being in places we hadn’t anticipated! (we started our plans from our floor plans before we moved in.)

Get expert advice
As we ordered our kitchen from Ikea, we went into the store and had a consultation with their kitchen team. they are beyond helpful and really know their stuff. We would definitely have missed a few aesthetic items without them.

Don’t set a time limit
Because there is no point. Thing will go wrong. The day will go much faster than you expected. That draw will take three attempts to build, then you’ll realise it needs glass sides, so it’ll have to come apart and then be rebuilt. Accept that this project will take time, especially in a property you have only recently moved into. We had to have a plumber in to redo our pipes before we fitted our sink, which set us back a day.

The microwave will become your new BFF (or the local takeaway)
Without the oven and the hob, these two are going to be your saviours!

Keep in mind the big picture
The finished, beautiful kitchen is what you are aiming for. Keep that in mind whilst you’re stressing about how the kitchen counter is going to fit.

Illustrated Teacup Kitchen Refit

Illustrated Teacup Kitchen Refit

Illustrated Teacup Kitchen Refit

Illustrated Teacup Kitchen Refit

Illustrated Teacup Kitchen Refit

*top image from Stephane Rocher on behalf of Radian Homes. 
All other images are my own – copyright of Rachel Bradford



  1. Lisa
    July 8, 2015 / 10:32 am

    It looks fantastic, I bet you're so pleased!

    • Rachel Bradford
      July 9, 2015 / 3:31 pm

      We so are! I don't think I could be any more pleased with how it has come out! xx

  2. Charlotte Colours and Carousels
    July 10, 2015 / 11:15 am

    Your new kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Love your colour scheme xxCharlotte / Colours & Carousels

    • Rachel Bradford
      July 15, 2015 / 7:59 am

      Thank you! 🙂 x

  3. Niamh Rayne
    July 13, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    You must be so pleased! I'm delighted with myself when I buy a new set of shelves or something for my flat, so I can only imagine how accomplished you feel. Your kitchen looks beautiful :)Niamh |

    • Rachel Bradford
      July 15, 2015 / 8:00 am

      Oh that is so sweet – to be fair we were like that before we bought our house. Now everything is scaled up! xx

  4. sara cassells
    July 14, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    What a difference, well done for taking on the task & so early in although I'm so impatient myself I'd be totally the same. I really love the breakfast bar area with your sky blue coffee maker? *heart eye emoji* and your tiles. Which might sound weird but the white of the tiles and the darker coloured grout looks really well! Can't wait to see you transform other rooms of the house next!

    • Rachel Bradford
      July 15, 2015 / 8:01 am

      Yeah the change is huge! But that is a very good thing!Yes I wanted to go for something a little different. And the dark grout makes the actually very cheap tiles look much more expensive than they are!Living room coming up soon!xx

  5. Alice Rosie Allsop
    July 15, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Your new kitchen is absolutely beautiful! Love the colours and the white wood effect cabinets, so cute.

    • Rachel Bradford
      July 16, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you – we were going for light and airy with a modern country kitchen feel! xx

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