Real Homes: Before and After – 4 Bed Victorian House, The Kitchen

Author: Boho

Real Homes

A few weeks ago I shared with you a fantastic renovation project from Boho reader Ruth. She showed us round her gorgeous 4 bed Victorian House, starting with the Blue bedroom. The before and after feature went down very well with you, so today Ruth is back to tell you all about the kitchen. Now I have to say I am incredibly impressed with this renovation and I am loving the end result, this kitchen is stunning and so well put together, I’m pretty sure you will be as impressed as I am!

Kitchen Before and After

kitchen before and after

Background on the house itself…

When we first viewed what is now our home, we fell in love with its original Victorian features, huge rooms and high ceilings. It needed some love and attention as well as work in every room so we purchased this, our first house, in July of 2011 and decided to take it room by room doing everything we possibly could ourselves! Mike even did a plastering course before we moved in so he was then able to plaster every room which probably saved us a small fortune!

The Kitchen

We spent around three months getting the kitchen done in 2012. It was feeling very sorry for itself and needed a lot of attention. It was probably the hardest room for us to do, it took so much work! We lived off microwave food and washed our dishes in water boiled from the kettle!


Work wise we sealed up one of the windows and got the boiler moved further up the wall with the intention to box it into a cupboard.


We always liked the idea of a chimney area/surround over the oven making it a central point and luckily we were able to do this as it’s a very square space. Our kitchen fitter built the chimney area and installed an extractor into it. We also wanted a belfast sink and it turns out, these are much cheaper than we first thought!
As far as the units go, we designed and purchased these via Howdens. We bought the white goods separately via companies we found online as they were much cheaper.


I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the work carried out!…………

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Ruth will be back in a few weeks time to share with us another room renovation.

  • I’d love to feature your home on the blog, if you have a restoration project or a new room you would like to show off then please email me [email protected]



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  1. Belinda McCarthy

    Looks great, excellent job and very in keeping with the style of the house! The shot of the room all stripped out makes me wobble a bit though – argh, no kitchen! 🙂

  2. Lisa

    It looks fantastic!! Love what you’ve done with building in the chimney breast, what a great idea. Lisa x

  3. Ruth Terry

    Thanks so much for your kind comments! Really pleased to share our pictures with you all, it was a tough 2.5 years renovating our entire house…but it was worth it! Big thanks to Kelly for featuring our projects 🙂


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