The Kitchen that Jack Built…..

Well, his name wasn’t Jack but if you know the saying, then you know what I mean!

This week we had our old kitchen ripped out and a brand spanking new one installed. Its been a long time coming. We have been in our house 5years now and the kitchen was here when we moved in and was in need of being ripped out.

You see, the guy who lived here before installed the kitchen, badly! I mean, we knew it was bad, but it actually turned out it was worse than we thought once the kitchen fitters started ripping it out. The wiring was shoddy (we knew that, hence why we also got the electrics sorted). We found sockets spurred off sockets that were already spurred off a socket (confused you yet?). PO (previous owner) obviously had no clue what he was doing, but as they worked he left them. Yes, they worked, but they could have gone seriously wrong! We were so lucky! We had an electrical survey done when we first moved in, but we didn’t know how severe the electrics were otherwise we would have got it all done years ago.

Anyway, the wonky kitchen cupboards were removed. Some of the base units were sitting on bricks, the sink work top wasn’t sealed, or even screwed down! We used to have a terrible damp, mouldy smell in the kitchen. We put it down to dodgy drains, but nope…the wood on the worktop was rotten! It fell in half when lifted off! YUK.

The kitchen fitters have done a great job! They were from a local company and I really cannot recommend them enough! So, if anyone within the North Surrey area needs a new kitchen, check out Ashford Kitchens and Interiors

The work started Monday, and finished Thursday. The tiling will be completed next week. We only have a small kitchen, but still, we thought that was a great turnaround! The units are fantastic and we have gained so much more storage space and the kitchen feels so much bigger.

Here are a few pics I took of Before, During and After (please excuse the mess in the before pics lol)


                Monday (Day 1)


Tuesday (Day 2)


Wednesday (Day 3)


                               Thursday (Completed, except for tiling)

*Edit – Completed Kitchen after Tiling

(The recommendation is purely of our own accord)

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 22:37:59

    Love it Rachel 😀
    I'm hoping we're going to get a new kitchen this year. Ours has been in since before we moved in (2003) and it's in need of a revamp. The housing association has said they're redoing 20 kitchens on our road this year but not said which ones (there are more than double this amount on the street) so we're keeping our fingers crossed!

  2. Rachel Gully
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 22:50:36

    Thank you. We're really chuffed with it, they've done such a great job at maximising the space we have. The kitchen was terrible before but was never in a position to be able to get the kitchen taken out! Im so happy to have a fully functioning hob and oven lol 🙂

  3. Melksham Mum
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 15:42:41

    Our kitchen desperately needs doing (your before pics are luxury in comparison!)Dark wood put in by the previous owners. No spare cash at mo so I painted cupboards & tiles and have gone for the shabby chic look!!
    Storage in your new one looks nifty!

  4. Rachel Gully
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 20:56:50

    It is expensive isn't it! It's taken us 5 years to be a le to do ours. It's worth it though. They have made really good usage of the small space we have. The magic corner unit is superb! Fantastic invention.

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