This post is as part of a competition entry in conjunction with Tile Mountain
You will have had to be an eagle eye reader to spot our kitchen on this blog. Much as I love how our kitchen is arranged and how it really is the centre of our home, it is not exactly a food blogger’s dream. You will notice from the photos that it is so dark. The dark grey worktops and red tiles make a terrible combination for taking food photos. 14 years ago, when we had our huge garage and bedroom extension, we decided to go the whole hog and install our dream kitchen. At the time, I was making cakes every week for clients and really needed the kitchen designing with wedding cakes in mind.
As time has passed, I no longer make so many cakes but still love the kitchen. The worktops and cupboards have lasted well. The wooden interiors are still in great condition but the tiles have sadly dated. 14 years ago, we were considered maverick to even think about red tiles. Something about the process of making the red tiles being very difficult and therefore, a lot more expensive. Even worse, I had my heart set on mosaic tiles which were rarer still. After much searching around, we found the perfect tiles and chose a grey grout so the contrast of white to red wasn’t too harsh. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve been great but feel so dated now. We gave the kitchen 10 years but 14 years flew by so quickly. Its definitely time for a change (and not just because it will look better on the blog!)
We do tend to do most of the work in our house ourselves (Well, Mr C does!) so these videos from Tile Mountain could be very useful. We have talked about biting the bullet and being brave, learning new skills. I’ve recently learnt how to do some basic plastering so grouting and cutting tiles could be my next challenge!
In addition to the tiles, we are planning on opening the window space up to create more light and a new floor. Several drinks spilt on wooden floor over the years have not been kind. Our ultimate plan is to maybe extend out into the garden on what is the patio now and make an even bigger kitchen/dining space. Not sure my fledgling DIY skills are quite up to doing that just yet though!