Be inspired by this simple Shaker kitchen makeover

Inspired by real-life kitchen makeovers? take a look at this kitchen, transformed from dingy to delightful featured in Ideal Home magazine. For plenty more real-life makeovers, head to

The owners chose fuss-free Shaker-style units in a soft cream to make the newly enlarged kitchen feel even brighter and airier. The wooden worktop and flooring add warmth to the pale scheme.

The kitchen units are from Howdens.

1/8 Neutral Shaker kitchen makeover

neutral shaker kitchen makeover

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

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2/8 Kitchen before

neutral shaker kitchen makeover before

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Remodelling the space, knocking down the wall between the old kitchen and dining area, and extending into the garage, gave the owners the warm open-plan kitchen diner they always wanted.

Overall cost: £9,320

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3/8 Sink

neutral shaker kitchen makeover kitchen sink

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A simple sink and drainer sit flush against the beech worktop, emulating the warm country feel of this kitchen. Simple accessories like the swan-neck tap add interest to the counter.

This sink and swan-neck filter tap can both be found at Howdens.

4/8 Corner storage

kitchen corner storage

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A cleverly designed corner storage unit was installed next to the hob, utilising wasted space and providing the perfect place for storing pots and pans.

The gas hob and cabinetry are both from Howdens.

5/8 Open-plan dining

open plan dining area

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A partition wall was knocked through to make the new dining area and kitchen into one large room. The patio doors, leading out onto the garden, add a sense of space.

This dining table and chairs are from Cargo.  For table accessories like this oilcloth tablecover, go to Cath Kidston.

6/8 Dresser

kitchen dresser

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The owners wanted to divide up their storage by having formal crockery and cookery books in a dresser outside the main kitchen area, freeing up cupboard space.

This dresser is from Cargo.

7/8 Hob and oven

kitchen hob and oven

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The Shaker style of the kitchen is reflected in the neutral colour scheme chosen by the owners, and accented by the pewter door handles and brushed steel oven and hob.

These neutral wall tiles are from Concept Tiles, the oven and hob were found at Howdens.

8/8 Feature wall

kitchen feature wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The dining table and chairs echo the look of the Shaker-style cream units, while the feature wall at the end of the room contrasts with the pale colours used everywhere else.

For lots of different neutral paints, head to Dulux.

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Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.