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In My Kitchen is me with a big smile.
We’ve been living in this location for 9 months now, and it wasn’t until I was able to move into my newly renovated kitchen that I realised how deep my lack of cooking motivation had been. I had whinged about the old kitchen in this forum but it really was the pits. It had stolen all the joy I used to feel while cooking. Now I feel as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. My creativity is flowing, the ideas are plentiful and the pleasure and energy have returned.
I feel a renewed vitality for all things food.
A couple of the major aesthetic features have been returned to the cabinet maker for rectification. I’ll not reveal all until they’re fixed but instead share with things I love about my new kitchen.
The splash back tiles far exceed my expectations. They looked amazing in the showroom but that little niggle of doubt had been eating at me until I saw them on the wall. They add a necessary touch of complexity to the look of the kitchen. I’m also extra pleased with my new Ilve cooker. My bread now has extra good crusts and my wok gets hot enough to stir fry.
Deep open fronted drawers that are tall enough for bottles of booze, the Kenwood mixer and Magimix food processor were a stipulation I made after finding it difficult to find the right shaped space for them in my last kitchen. Easy access means they lift out without a struggle too.
Kick board drawers with touch open fasteners are perfect for trays and seldom used things. This is the ultimate use of waste space. I have three of these drawers. And deep wide drawers mean that saucepans and their lids can be easily stored, easily retrieved.
Our smart kitchen designer suggested pocket doors for the appliance cupboard and a bifold door on the pantry so I could work in a space that had minimum impediment into the walkway. Brilliant.
The bench top surface is the best I’ve ever worked on. It’s porcelain ceramic, a product called Dekton. It’s heatproof, stain proof and super tough. After working with a highly polished stone surface, I’m finding the matt surface a dream to keep clean.
I’ve finally stopped repacking drawers and moving cupboard contents around. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy cooking in my wonderful new space.