Jeannie’s new kitchen project – Part 1: I’m Scared

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Yes, I really am scared. And excited, of course, but it’s a daunting process. Someone once said there are 250 decisions to make when you buy a new kitchen and I feel as if I haven’t made any yet.

We moved house nine months ago and it is only now that I am confident enough to start the process properly (perhaps pregnancy lasts nine months for the same reason!) Since moving in, I have spent nearly a year buying magazines, trawling Pinterest and the hundreds of other websites that seem to have words of advice, scouring various catalogues, and in the end finding myself utterly overwhelmed and confused. Do I want modern, high gloss flat doors, or traditional shaker wood? My house is new, but has a cottage-like feel with open brickwork and oak beams, so I would veer towards traditional but then, on looking at period magazines for inspiration, apparently you are now “allowed” to mix old with new… Help!

Kitchen view - I hate the recycling and bin on show

Kitchen view – I hate the recycling and bin on show

My kitchen is large (6m x 4m) so I’m lucky enough to have the scope to be fairly creative but, unfortunately, I don’t have a creative bone in my body! So I have decided to go the Independent Retailer route. Even if I do end up paying a bit more than I would for an ‘off-the-peg’ kitchen from one of the sheds, this is hopefully my last house so I really want to get a kitchen which not only looks good, but will also stand the test of time; no wonky drawers or sagging doors for me please! And as this is probably the biggest investment of my life (apart from the actual house, of course) I really do have to get it right!

Wonky door, cutlery, trays and chopping boards on show, not to mention the pots and pans - ghastly

Wonky door, cutlery, trays and chopping boards on show, not to mention the pots and pans – ghastly

Alcove - not sure what to do with this but it really looks a mess at the moment

Alcove – not sure what to do with this but it really looks a mess at the moment

So, I am off to visit a few local retailers. Let’s hope I find someone who “gets me”, and can give me the “wow factor” kitchen that I really want… Watch this space!

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