DIY Blue Kitchen – The Before and After!

Our DIY Kitchen.

When Simon bought our house, it was in a really run down state, which made for a fantastic purchase price, but a lot of hard work! We actually started dating after he had already dismantled a lot of the old kitchen, but luckily I was around to take photos of the rest of the demolition and the rest of the house as we worked hard to turn the house into the home we now love.


Here are a few of the photos of the original kitchen, to give you a taste of what we were dealing with.


DIT Kitchen before photos


Now you may be thinking “How lovely, they left you a big double oven”, but actually what they left was the dirtiest oven you have ever seen, that was too big for the kitchen, and actually still had what I presume used to be chicken dippers and oven chips in, nice!


As you can see from the photos above, the pipe work in the kitchen was a ridiculous hodge podge mess, the boiler and electrics took up a whole corner and then some, and everything was filthy and covered in a layer of chip fat grossness. The kitchen tiles don’t look too bad do they? Except, that Simon only had to tap the wall for 5 or 6 at a time to fall off without any real strength used.


We had to replace the ceiling, light, plasterboard and plaster, doorways, skirting…um pretty much everything that you can imagine, including putting in a new boiler in the cupboard, and having the son of a friend come and make our pipe work a lot more modern! With the kitchen being one of our biggest expenses, we left this room til last, which means that when we moved in at the end of 2010, this was pretty much our kitchen.


kitchen progress


It’s a good job his parents only live two doors away, and the takeaway isn’t far away! I helped as much as I could in the whole house renovation, but Simon put his all into everything, and we pretty much lived plaster boarding (at one point I was balancing plaster boards on my head for doing the kitchen ceiling, as my arms weren’t strong enough with the big sheets!), concreting and paint stripping for months.


I am very lucky to have such a practical man though, and I have to admit this was a little part of what attracted me to him in the first place, I always tell him he’s a caveman, what he doesn’t realise is that I mean it in a good way! He is also tool obsessed, and is constantly saving for some new tool, that as far as I can tell does exactly what his other ones do?! He’s the tool expert though, and it makes him happy, so that’s fine with me.


I will however be very happy when we knock down the horrible old sheds outside, and build our big new one, as maybe then I won’t have tools in our bedroom, and sneakily appearing on the kitchen worktops then?! We have a lovely ‘temporary’ shed that Si built himself from scratch, but it’s really not big enough.


When we finally had such luxuries as a ceiling and plaster in our ‘kitchen’, and we had saved enough money, it was time to start work on the actual kitchen units. Here is where I make a huge apology to my lovely boyfriend for ever doubting him, so um sorry!


Simon is very practical and is a welder by trade, and he even made me this for fun (and because he’s secretly lovely) ….


Welded Flower DIY



However he had never made a kitchen before, never really worked with wood much before, and well I wanted a nice kitchen! I had fallen in love with one in a local DIY store that was a lovely blue colour, and seemed perfect to me. Si as usual talked me around (I hate how he does that, when no one else has ever managed), and proceeded to make our kitchen from scratch.


When I say ‘from scratch’ I am being very literal, he made all of the base units, cupboard doors, kick plates, oven housing etc etc all by himself…except when I was forced to stand in the freezing cold kitchen holding things together whilst he screwed them together, and swore a lot. He did all the tiling himself, I did have a go at a little bit, but he decided he’d quite like the tiles to stay on the wall so took over again.


He tiled the floor himself, and in fact the only bits he had help with were the electrics and the plumbing/boiler to keep everything legal and safe, and he jointly did the plaster skimming with a plasterer friend. He even used the router I had bought him for Christmas (made his day!) to make the cupboard doors more decorative, and to make small matching shelves to go on the kitchen wall, which I love!


Anyway enough waffling from me, as by now I expect you are desperate to actually see the end result, and for me to sssh for a minute (Si dreams this will happen one day). So here you have it, our (MY) beautiful kitchen, which ended up looking so much better than the one I ‘thought’ I wanted from the DIY store.


DIY Blue kitchen project


Finished DIY Blue kitchen


DIY Blue kitchen project after photos


So there you have it, my beautiful kitchen! Thank you Si, and sorry for ever doubting you, and sorry for breaking the handle on the dishwasher ‘cupboard’…the eagle eyed may have noticed that on one of the pictures, he has just about forgiven me!


You can see a few more photos of the project in our YouTube video below if you want.



Stevie x

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  1. 11 March 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Wow that’s fantastic! He has done a wonderful job; you must be very proud! I bet it’s so satisfying to know he’s done that himself from scratch. It looks great!
    I wish N or I were handy, but we’re really not :( we’ll watch tutorials online and read up about stuff and give it a good go, but we almost always make stuff worse than it was before haha. x

    • 11 March 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you! I do love how practical he is! I’m not to bad myself mind you, I’ve put plenty of furniture together, done lots of concreting, paint stripping, skirting etc etc whilst we were doing the house.

      Stevie x

  2. Fern
    11 March 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Thats beautiful! Well done Simon, hes definitely earned bragging rights over that one!

    • 11 March 2015 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Fern! He does love showing it off to everyone, and is very talented although I hate to say it too much as he’ll get a massive head! Stevie x

  3. 11 March 2015 / 5:11 pm

    Ah it looks so lovely I bet you are thrilled with it x

    • 11 March 2015 / 9:23 pm

      I really am, shamefully had to do a lot of cleaning before I was willing to take the latest photos though!

      Stevie x

  4. 11 March 2015 / 5:54 pm

    You have a very lovely kitchen and I love that shade of blue. You also have a gem of a husband. What a superstar! Do you loan him out ? ;-)
    Sadly my Mr R hates DIY and even changing a lightbulb can turn into a major drama. Why the air needs to turn blue over a 60 watt bulb is beyond me! xx

    • 11 March 2015 / 9:38 pm

      He’s actually my boyfriend, although we may eventually get around to making it more official! Thank you, I do love our kitchen especially the colour. Si is really practical, he always has stuff on the go that he’s working on, but then he’s not the time to ever just do nothing!

      Stevie xx

      • 12 March 2015 / 7:39 am

        Oops, sorry about that little slip. x

        • 12 March 2015 / 10:38 am

          Lol not to worry, we are really in everything but name and legal piece of paper! ;)

          Stevie x

  5. 11 March 2015 / 6:09 pm

    Oh how the British do love their makeovers 1 And how we love to look at other people’s too :) Looking forward to seeing the bathroom next, Lucy Magicmaker

    • 11 March 2015 / 9:40 pm

      He has done a lovely job on the bathroom as well ;) He’s in the midst of sorting outside now, although a long way to go until that’s finished!

      Stevie :)

  6. 11 March 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Wow- it looks beautiful!! Can I borrow him to do ours? We have been in our house nearly 10 years and we still haven’t gotten round to it!! x

    • 11 March 2015 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks lovely! It was well worth the few months of no kitchen! He’s being cheeky to me now, so feel free to borrow and keep him ;)

      Stevie x

  7. 11 March 2015 / 10:30 pm

    your new kitchen is gorgeous! Very handy your man! Can’t believe you did it all yourselves! We are so not diy people!

    • 11 March 2015 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks lovely, I’m a dab hand at skirting board cutting and fitting now ;) The kitchen was pretty much all him though, I did the dogsbody job of stripping the walls and floors and pulling hundreds out nails out of the ceiling joists!

      Stevie :)

  8. 11 March 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Oh I love it – gorgeous kitchen, vast improvement and your man is amazingly talented! x

    • 11 March 2015 / 11:10 pm

      He’s smirking reading that over my shoulder, I’m almost regretting this post he’s looking so pleased with himself ;) He is very naturally practical and talented though, and has made me the most gorgeous garden gate with a butterfly in the middle, which is waiting on a new garden wall to go up! I suspect the finished garden pictures will be Spring next year as we have loads to do!
      Stevie :) xx

  9. Jules
    11 March 2015 / 11:30 pm

    I love before and afters and wow I want your kitchen! #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • 12 March 2015 / 9:41 am

      Me too, I love the excuse for a nose ;) , which is why I’m slightly obsessed with houses for sale online, I can be nosey and eye up the one I’ll buy when I win the lottery!

      Stevie x

  10. Autumn
    11 March 2015 / 11:47 pm

    OMG! Its beautiful!! I love the blue door, it such a pop of color. It looks nothing like it did. Great job!! Its so cool you two did this together.

    • 12 March 2015 / 10:35 am

      Thank you, I LOVE it! He is very talented and massively practical which I love as well!

      Stevie :)

  11. 11 March 2015 / 11:54 pm

    Amazing work! I absolutely love that blue tone!x

    • 12 March 2015 / 10:36 am

      Thank you! It is definitely my favourite room in the house, which is just as well since I spend so much time in there!

      Stevie :) x

  12. 12 March 2015 / 1:00 am

    wow just shows how much hard work is put into making a home perfect! I can’t wait till I buy a house and decorate it in my personalised way!

    • 12 March 2015 / 10:37 am

      It was a lot of hard work, especially when we worked on the house in the winter with no ceilings let alone heat!

      Stevie :)

  13. 12 March 2015 / 8:21 am

    Wow, I’m insanely jealous! Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous, love it. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • 12 March 2015 / 10:40 am

      Thank you! We love it, although it’s not often it looks as clean as it does in these pictures ;)

      Stevie x

  14. Liv
    12 March 2015 / 11:07 am

    Wow, it looks fantastic! I love your colour scheme! :) xx


    • 12 March 2015 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks Liv, we love it :)

      Stevie x

  15. Rachel Kowalski
    12 March 2015 / 6:32 pm

    Wow, I think you have my dream kitchen! Beautiful! Love the colour scheme too!

    • 12 March 2015 / 6:34 pm

      It’s my dream kitchen luckily :) I’m very lucky to have such a practical man, who I’m loving even more than usual as he’s just ordered me a new laptop early for my birthday next month :) #spoilt!

      Stevie x

  16. Dianne
    12 March 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Wow that is stunning. My kitchen is tiny and awful and I blame my dislike of cooking on the horrible kitchen. Unfortunately I don’t have a DIY man :-( 

    • 12 March 2015 / 8:54 pm

      I rented a horrendous house before we moved in here, with the grottiest kitchen, certainly makes me appreciate this one more! I’m very lucky to have a practical man who always has a project on the go! :)

      Stevie x

  17. Ashley Beolens
    14 March 2015 / 9:36 am

    Good work, and more importantly, great football team he supports :)

    • 14 March 2015 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you ;) He is a bit LFC mad, the boys room is LFC from top to bottom, I am pretty sure he has given them the bedroom he wishes he could have if I hadn’t insisted on ‘girlyfying’ ours ;)

      Stevie :)

  18. 14 March 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Super fantastic!! It’s beautiful. Absolutely love the before and after. I bet you’re over the moon with it. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky

    • 14 March 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Aw thanks Martyn, I love it, especially considering how awful it was to start with! Just wait til I show you some of the other horrors that were around the house, I have no idea what the people before us were thinking!

      Stevie :)

  19. Lisa@intotheglade
    15 March 2015 / 9:25 pm

    That is a beautiful bespoked kitchen, you must be very proud! I love the pale blue tiles too! But then I am always a sucker for blue and especially real Cornish blue, it’s so soothing. Can’t wait to see the rest of it X

    • 15 March 2015 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you :) I have a very smug boyfriend now after reading everyone’s lovely comments, but he did such a good job I think he’s earned a bit of ‘smug’ ;)

      Stevie x

  20. 20 May 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Wow that is gorgeous! That was some serious work but how wonderful that you’ve been able to make it completely your own. Well done to your boyfriend! #HomeEtc

    • 20 May 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks lovely, it was a nightmare living here with no kitchen whilst he did it all, but he did an amazing job, very proud of him!!

      Stevie x

  21. 20 May 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Jeez!!! That’s an amazing transformation. I can’t quite believe the difference. You must be absolutely thrilled to bits. I know who to call when I need working doing now (my husband’s a bit rubbish).

    • 20 May 2015 / 9:03 pm

      I do love my kitchen :) Si is so practical, which is lovely as we never could have afforded to do so much to our house if he wasn’t, we must have saved 1000’s in labour fees, poor man he’s working on the outside of the house at the mo knocking down old concrete sheds!

      Stevie x

  22. 20 May 2015 / 9:46 pm

    It looks amazing Stevie! I love blue, my favourite colour, and would love this kitchen in my house (do you want to come and give it a little makeover?!). #HomeETC :) xx

    • 21 May 2015 / 9:40 am

      Ha Jenny I’ll send him over ;) He works for cups of tea, very cheap labour!

      Stevie xx

  23. 20 May 2015 / 9:58 pm

    WOW! Love a before and after post and this is particularly amazing! Do you hire him out?!!!! What a transformation. The blue colour is so pretty too, and very chic. I adore the whole thing. It’s such a lovely space now and you must walk in and just adore it. Thanks for linking up – much appreciated. Jess x #HomeEtc

    • 21 May 2015 / 9:43 am

      He is ridiculously handy, but I think he almost wishes he wasn’t as there’s always a huge list of things for him to try and do in between working full time as a welder ha! He#s currently knocking down our old concrete sheds to build a big new one including hopefully a little gym area for me :) He’s definitely a keeper!

      Stevie xx

  24. 22 May 2015 / 3:16 pm

    He is a clever sausage isn’t he? And I’m TOTALLY with you. My boy is incredibly practical too and I find it a very attractive trait. I can’t imagine being with a man that ‘can’t do’. So lovely to have one that can!!

    What an amazing transformation. It’s lovely. Only made better by the fact that it matches our beautiful badge!!! ;) Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc x

    Caro |

    • 22 May 2015 / 5:50 pm

      He is very practical and I’m the same as you find it very attractive. Not very feminist I know, but I like to feel looked after! The kitchen is definitely my favourite room in our house, even though I’m really not a great cook!

      Stevie x

  25. 4 June 2015 / 10:43 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I love it even more than your bathroom!

    • 4 June 2015 / 11:40 pm

      Aw thanks Morna, he’s very proud of his kitchen and I’m proud of him, especially considering it was the 1st time he’d ever done anything like it! I suspect he just loves finding a new excuse to buy a different tool really ;)

      Stevie x