Our Kitchen Before and After Renovation
If you’re interested in the full Before and After of our house renovation here in Provence; voila! The kitchen, when we first bought the house, was entirely brown. We were desperate to give it a complete makeover. We decided to add tiling in order to comply with the rustic feel we hoped to create. Using grout sealer spray made this very easy. The last time the house had been renovated was in the 70s. The ceiling was styrofoam made to look like wood, behind that, there was asbestos. The ceiling leaked and there was a hole in the floor to access the water meter. There were layers upon layers of unnecessary wood and tile. It was dark, moldy and awful! The only thing that remains of the kitchen now, is a rather odd triangular shape.
We raised the kitchen roof, insulated all the walls and basically replaced everything!
The following pictures are taken from about the same angle to show the real before and after of our DIY renovation in Provence. I have to admit, I’m really pleased with how the kitchen has turned out. I originally wanted some Covington Granite Countertops but unfortunately, we were quite tight on budget. There are still a couple of things that need tweaking but overall, I’m really happy with everything!
We knocked the wall down between the kitchen and living room. This makes the space feel much larger. Originally, we wanted to put a small counter for bar stools between the two rooms. Maybe…
We tried to make everything as light as possible to make the space feel bigger. We spoke to a lot of window companies about the best windows to have to allow as much natural light in as possible and I think the ones we picked are brilliant, so thanks to those companies. Everyone kept telling us to keep at least one tile or plank of wood to remind us of how it looked beforehand. I think I’m happy with just the photos! It has been such a long process but so rewarding to see the results now. We had a lot of issues to begin with, from the mould to the strange fridge noises so we had to get support from a few companies to help us combat these issues, but once they were sorted, and the room was ready to decorate, it finally seemed worth it.