It feels like the week has just flown by again. It was possibly helped with the lovely long weekend we had. Unfortunately, I haven’t attended to dot dot dash and much as I would have like to this week, but as I said last week, life gets in the way sometimes.

Let’s make an entrance…

FINALLY! All the hard work over the past several weeks is really starting to show! As I’ve mentioned a few times, we’ve been trying to give own flat some much-needed love without breaking the bank.

We bought our first flat a few years ago so that we could get on the property ladder. Our hope was to do very little to it, but over the last year or so we’ve really started to lack in storage and our kitchen was needing a little bit of love.

So a white kitchen, “not so bad, just a little messy” you might say, but we were desperately needing more storage. Our IKEA floating shelves weren’t long enough, and more Ikea hacking to hold our microwave and bins. The stove top/hob had already been replaced before we took photos, but you can only imagine!

Lastly, the timber effect backsplash that runs along the whole kitchen was not useful / not high enough causing some of our favorite meals to start staining the white wall behind.



Although we don’t have the space to achieve the grandness of this white kitchen, for us it was more about the details of this kitchen:

1. We wanted to maintain the white kitchen

2. We loved the white subway tiles as a back-splash and;

3. We wanted a built-in shelving unit that could store everything we needed, hide our bins a little better and give a home to our microwave and Nespresso machine.

And here’s how it turned out:

The new white subway tiled back-splash looks great against the black and aluminum detailing.


A new built-in shelving unit: we now no longer fear our glasses crashing down from the unstable IKEA floating shelves; the lower shelves are in line with the counter for a cleaner look. Having a built-in shelving unit meant we could clear out some of the clutter in the cupboards and pick up these mason jars:

Still missing:

We are missing one last thing though … a clock to go above the sink.

We’ve looked at some beautiful progetti clocks and I’m loving the plywood clock I posted last week … But still, nothing has been quite right either size-wise or look-wise. So the search continues! I promise to post it once that’s bought and up!

If you’ve got any ideas for a simple clock, ideally not all black, I would love to hear/see them.