Designing our Dream Kitchen with Wickes- Part One

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am very proud of our little home. It isn’t our dream home by any means, but we love it dearly. When we moved in we were a young couple working full time and going out alot, but over the six years we have lived here life has changed dramatically. We got married, had our first daughter, then our second, and of course we recently found out that we are pregnant with our third baby. To say our home has grown with our family is an understatement. It holds so many memories- the day we bought our babies home, the happy moments, the harder ones and the blissful early years we spent with our daughters.

When we moved in six years ago, the house was awful. It took us a long while to start creating a home we were proud of, when we first moved in we were saving for our wedding, then saving for two maternity leaves, and we just couldn’t afford to put our stamp on it. But over the last couple of years we have started turning it into a home that is ‘us’- we have redecorated our bedroom, our office, the living room, our girls room and renovated the bathroom. I am really proud of our home now and will often put photos up on social media of various parts of our house. But there is one room that you will rarely see featured on my blog- and that is the kitchen.

I am not proud of our kitchen. It is not our style at all, it is bland, a little dirty and tatty and it is a bit small and an awkward space. There isn’t anything massively wrong with it, but there are lots of little problems and niggles, plus it just isn’t ‘us’. It isn’t somewhere I particularly want to bake with the girls, or sit and chat to Mr E over a glass of wine while he cooks in the evening, it is just really not our dream kitchen by any means.

A while ago I got an email which literally made me scream and jump around in joy. (no joke!) A fair few emails and phone calls later and I signed the most amazing partnership with Wickes. To say that this is probably the most exciting blog opportunity I have ever had (and I have had many amazing ones) is an understatement. Even now I can’t believe it is actually happening.

Wickes are helping us create our dream kitchen.

From start to finish, with literally every single little detail included, Wickes are going to help our little family create a kitchen we can be proud of. Our worktop that is falling apart- gone. Our scabby plastic bag bin that hangs from the door because we have no space for a proper one- gone. Our fridge which is quite literally on its last legs and which only has one shelf- gone. The tiles with their dirty grout from previous owners’ mess- gone.

Wickes are going to help us with every single aspect of our dream kitchen design. We have already been into store, had a look around and seen what amazing kitchen ranges they have on display. But soon it will be all systems go. We will have a dedicated kitchen design consultant who will talk us through our needs and explain what he thinks would be best for our requirements. We will have meetings, see designs, before in a few short weeks our existing kitchen will be ripped out and our dream kitchen will be put in. Every last detail- down to the appliances, the tiles and some amazing ways to help with storage solutions for our growing family.

With Wickes’ help the one room in our house which we just aren’t happy with will be completely transformed. We’ve all seen the glossy brochures and in-store demos; dream kitchens that would not look out of place in the pages of a celebrity magazine- beautiful spaces, gorgeous worktops, shiny appliances. The perfect spaces for a dream kitchen. But what if you don’t have the perfect ‘shell’? Many of us living in tight urban spaces, converted flats, or chaotic family homes that just aren’t the right fit for a dream kitchen.

Wickes have given me utter confidence that they can be the brand that resonates with anyone suffering from an awkward and lack lustre kitchen- and give them the hope of a dream family space. Just perfect for our growing family. We literally cannot wait to get started and create a kitchen we have always dreamed of and I will be documenting every single part of the process on my blog from start to finish.




This is our current kitchen how it is now, bar it is super tidy as I didn’t want to show any mess! You can see it is not offensive by any means, it is just not our style at all and is starting to get quite tatty in places. We also don’t maximise the use of space, we have even got ‘fake’ cupboards that don’t open instead of real ones.


We are really looking to get as much off the work surfaces as possible. I am one of these people who hates clutter so would like to rid of as much as we can from the top and get more storage space. We don’t have a lot of storage space what with the kitchen being quite small. I would love to get an integrated microwave so as to free up some space on the counter.

We currently don’t have space for a bin so for six years our bin has been hanging off the back of the door. Not only is this unhygienic it also means we don’t recycle as much as I think we should do, although we do try. I would love to get a bin in the cupboard somehow.


The kitchen is just starting to get a little old now and there are things falling apart. I also can’t stand the tiles, the grout is so dirty and I have tried pressure washing it with a tiny attachment and even scrubbing it with a toothbrush but nothing can get it clean.

wickes_kitchen_makeover_before_5The cupboard which houses our boiler is falling apart and I really don’t think these live wires hanging down are too safe!


It is hard to see from this photo but the worktops are chipped  by the sink and falling apart at the bottom. The wood effect laminate is also getting very scratched as well.


 We are really looking forward to discussing with our dedicated Wickes Design Consultant just what are current issues are and finding out what he or she thinks would work best to maximise and get the best out of our new family kitchen.

Here is a little video I made of the ‘before’ part of our kitchen makeover…

We can’t wait to get started!


NB: We are working in partnership with Wickes. All words and opinions are entirely my own. 


  • Oh bless you, Katie. I completely understand why this is such a huge deal. We love our kitchen and spend most of the day in and out of it. Having somewhere that you love to spend time in and are proud of will make a huge difference for you. So, are Wickes throwing in cooking lessons too? 😉

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is a HUGE deal Rachel thank you! I can’t wait to have a kitchen we are going to be proud of. And sadly not, I wish they would throw in cooking lessons though. 😉 x

  • Wow!! That’s so amazing! Our kitchen is gross and along with the bathroom and our bedroom they’re in desperate need of a makeover! I can’t wait to see the finished result! Xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      We did our bathroom last year which was amazing but I am pinching myself that we get to do the kitchen too. I can’t wait to get advice and get started. x

  • At some point we will be completely gutting and extending the kitchen in our new house, and after having a brief google and getting completely lost in the labyrinth of styles and designs, I realised I really don’t have a clue how to go about a kitchen redesign! So I think it’s going to be really useful for me to watch your kitchen transformation and get some ideas on current kitchen design and especially space saving options. I’ll be watching with interest! : )

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Hopefully it will give you some ideas. I am really excited to speak to a professional designer who will be able to point us in the direction as when it comes to the kitchen I am completely clueless! x

  • Donna says:

    I can’t wait to see what kitchen you create! We’re looking to do an extension next year so will be looking for inspiration! x

  • I would be so excited too, well done you! It sounds cheesy but our kitchen is the heart of our home and we love it. When we first moved in, the old kitchen was so small and grim, and didn’t inspire cooking at all (and I love a bit of cooking!), so having a decent one really makes a difference. Can’t wait to see what you do with it! x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I can’t wait to have a family kitchen we can spend more time in it, it is definitely a dream project for sure. I cannot wait to get started! x

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Oh that’s so exciting. I love storage space so much and I think I’d be giddy with excitement wondering what kind of storage and colours to pick. Bet it’ll be brilliant to see the before and after photos!

  • Carie says:

    Oh that’s so exciting! I can totally understand the jumping and joy, I’d have been just the same, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with, especially cunning plans for tiny spaces- my kitchen’s a similar size!!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Carie, our kitchen is just quite small and awkward, I can’t wait to see what Wickes advise to make the best out of a small space. x

  • Oh chum! I am so excited for you! This will be lovely. Our kitchen is still a building site, but seeing it slowly take shape is amazing. I’m a tiny bit jealous of your Wickes designer! Our new kitchen is second-hand, but I’m hoping I can spruce it up with paint! Can’t wait to see how this goes. xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I can’t wait to see how yours goes too Charlotte! I am so excited to get a new kitchen and see it all take shape. It is so so exciting. x

  • Oh this will be such an amazing collaboration and they’ll do an amazing job! We’d love a new kitchen but we need to build first, one day. I look forward to seeing your progress piccies X

  • This sounds so exciting! I bet you can’t wait to get started with th designs. When we moved into our house over 4 years ago, the kitchen was the first thing we ripped out but as we didn’t have much spare money Mr af did it all himself and we got an ikea kitchen. And while four years on there are still a few bits we need to finish off and finishing touches to put in place, overall we love the space and it makes a lovely heart of the home. You’ll find it makes a massive difference to family life in every single way having a kitchen you love being in. I can’t wait to see what designs you come up with and how it progresses! Super excited for you! Xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I really can’t wait to get started and have someone give us professional advice on what they think would work. I hope it will make a huge difference to our home, I know that it will do! x

  • Tanita says:

    Excited to see yours we are doing ours at the moment too. It is so much fun designing it. I cannot wait to see the finished result. Your kitchen is in wonderful condition compared to our old one! But I can so relate to how you feel Kitchens are so important. xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      ooh I can’t wait to see yours too Tanita! And I think them and the living room are probably the most important rooms of the house really. x

  • Wow this is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the transformation! xx

  • Leyla says:

    What an exciting opportunity and cannot wait to see the progress

  • Brilliant! Look forward to watching as it progresses 🙂

  • Mary says:

    Your kitchen descriptions made me laugh my head off and kinda nod along too as I reflect on ours! I am excited for you to get this last room in tip top shape, especially before baby and can’t wait to see what you do with it, with the help of Wickes of course! What an exciting opportunity 🙂 x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I cannot wait, especially to get it all sorted before the baby! Will be great to have expert advice on Wickes on what they think will work best. x

  • Wow what a fantastic opportunity for you all. We too have the same ‘hi tech’ bin system in our kitchen. We did our kitchen 8 years ago but its small and I would love a bigger kitchen. Cannot wait to see the finished kitchen Katie x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Haha to be fair the hi tech bin system has worked for six years but I am looking forward to getting a proper one. 😉

  • What fantastic news, I have a real think for great kitchen so will be watching with interest. We inherited our kitchen and it is lovely but not what I would have chosen so know in the next couple of years we will change it to a lighter kitchen, I must drive Chris mad as I spend hours planning it even though I know I cant have it quite yet.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Hopefully I will do you proud then Sarah! That is like ours, it isn’t our style at all. I can’t wait to start planning and putting it all together. x

  • Wow what an incredible opportunity huni! So excited for you. Our kitchen is similar to your, quite small and not to our taste. Can’t wait to see the final result xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I really am so excited to be partnering with Wickes- unfortunately nothing can be done about the size of it but I am looking forward to seeing how they would deal with our awkard space in terms of storage solutions etc. x

  • This is SUCH an exciting prospect! When we moved into our current home we said that we’d update the kitchen as soon as we could afford to… five years later and we’re *still* living with it! It’s the one room in the house that I really dislike — annoying as we spend so much time in there!! I know just how excited you are! I’d feel exactly the same! Good for you pet — I can’t wait to see the transformation!! SO exciting!! 🙂

  • Katy says:

    Oh wow Katie what amazing news, hopefully all be ready by the time baby comes so one less thing to worry about! can’t wait to see the next stage! x

  • EEK! Amazing! I bet it will look so good! I have fake cupboards and they are SO ANNOYING! Can’t wait to see the pics bab! Oh two new babies on their way! (because clearly your new kitchen will be your baby too!) x

  • Yay how exciting and cannot wait to see what you do! Lovely having a brand new kitchen and how lovely for the new arrival 🙂 Jess xx

  • How very very exciting! It is so exciting to get it done, although, a lot of work and quite disruptive too. But once it is done, it will be amazing 🙂 We recently did a whole kitchen renovation too, from a monstrosity built in 1970’s into a swish modern shiny one 🙂 Still a few little bits to do, so once it is properly finished planning on doing a blog post about it too. Will be exciting to see your progress!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I can imagine it is going to be a couple of weeks of nightmare but totally worth it for the end result. Your kitchen sounds great and can’t wait to see a blog post. x

  • Molly says:

    Oh my goodness, what an incredible opportunity! I loathe our kitchen with a vengeance so will live vicariously through you on this one! xx

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Could you send them round to ours to do our kitchen when yours is finished please? LOL Our kitchen needs done but we chose to go on holiday instead. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. x

  • How amazing!!! Having designed our dream kitchen a few years ago, I know exactly how excited you must be. We’ve now been in our home 3 years and done so much work but we still have rooms that as you say ‘I’m not proud of’ but we’ll get there in the end. I can’t wait to see your new kitchen soon xx

  • Oh Katie, this is so amazing! I know how much you are into your design and interiors but a Kitchen is such an awkward space it will be brilliant to have an expert sort all those little nooks and crannies for you. Also, with your blog then being a flagship for them they will do an extra amazing job, this is so exciting for you all. Perfect when you have another little one on the way. It will make those weaning days and big family meals easier xxx very happy for you

  • How exciting bet it will look fab when finished. I can’t wait to own my own house so I can have the kitchen I want rather than the landlords argh. Look forward to seeing it when it’s finished 🙂

  • HELEN says:

    oh I do love a kitchen makeover (obviously!). Wickes have some gorgeous kitchens – but I did almost choke when they quoted for ours! It’s going to look great when it’s finished – I will look forward to seeing it.

  • Lara Jarvis says:

    Oh Katie I just read back through all of these and it was so emotional being how amazing it is and how happy you are with it. Such an amazing opportunity, I couldn’t think of a better person for it to happen to! xx

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