‘our kitchen has a retro vibe’

Abi­gail swapped Sev­en­ties style and as­bestos tiles for a fam­ily-friendly, mid-cen­tury look

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We bought our home for the sea views and its po­ten­tial, but it needed ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions as it hadn’t been touched since the Sev­en­ties,’ says Abi­gail.

We were ex­cited to trans­form it into our for­ever fam­ily home, though the ex­ist­ing kitchen was be­yond sal­vaging with an un­safe boiler and lim­ited work­top space.

First things first

Be­fore we moved in, our builders tack­led all the big jobs, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing the as­bestos floor tiles, rewiring, re­plac­ing the boiler and all the plumb­ing. We max­imised the space by knock­ing down the wall of an old ad­ja­cent bath­room, re­mov­ing a chim­ney breast and re­lo­cat­ing the boiler. We kept the sink in the same po­si­tion but moved the cooker which gave us more work­top space ei­ther side.

Sourc­ing the rest

I love mid-cen­tury mod­ern de­sign and wanted our new kitchen to have retro el­e­ments. I had to be creative to get the look I wanted within our tight bud­get. On the high street I could only find units that were ei­ther high-gloss or Shaker style, which wasn’t the look I was af­ter. Fi­nally, we found a lo­cal com­pany who sup­plied wood-ef­fect slab door units.

I spent ages choos­ing the right grain that would cre­ate a warm, retro-in­spired vibe – Nat­u­ral Pa­cific Wal­nut felt the most re­al­is­tic. I found some un­fin­ished oak han­dles online to en­hance the retro feel.

We cre­ated open shelves us­ing wall cab­i­nets with a half-height top hung door, which was an af­ford­able way of copy­ing the be­spoke mid-cen­tury mod­ern kitchens I’d seen on Pin­ter­est. The open shelves mean all the crockery we use

savvy shop­per ‘We shopped around at lo­cal stores and online to get a de­signer mid-cen­tury mod­ern look on a bud­get’

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