The original black granite worktop was replaced with a solid oak surface, to create a mini breakfast bar. The change in colour and texture also helped break up the run of dark units. The eclectic bar stools add a shot of colour to the scheme.
This kitchen features ex-display units that were in perfectly good condition when they arrived. Showrooms often sell off display kitchens when designs are discontinued. So, if something catches your eye, ask to be informed when it's due for replacement. Discounts can be as much as 40-60 per cent off the retail price.
Reclaimed pine floorboards and other wooden elements contrast well with the hand-painted units, giving the kitchen a unique yet homely look. Painting cabinets, changing knobs and hinges, buying extra end panels and adapting units is a cost-effective way to ensure that you have the kitchen you desire on a budget.
A black chandelier and candlestick add a touch of glamour to the dining area.