House to Home column: Becky’s big kitchen reveal

Blogger Becky Pink is making a 1970s house into a family home. She reveals to us her lovely new kitchen after months of hard work – and the value it has added to her property.

Our kitchen is finally finished! What do you think?

We chose pale grey units and mid grey worktops, with contrasting black appliances and sink.

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I love the induction hob, as it’s super easy to clean, heats up quickly and is much more efficient and safer than the old one.

I’m a little bit in love with my Neff Slide ‘n’ Hide oven, (like they have on Bake Off) as I can cook properly now, without fear of poisoning my family.

I love looking back on the ‘before’ photo (below), as it’s such a transformation!

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It’s so much lighter, and brighter. It’s the one room we hadn’t touched since we moved in three years ago, and did not reflect our taste.

It was very dark, and the oven was broken. Although the cupboards looked sound, it turned out that the backs of some of them were rotten, and the flooring had holes in it.

The wiring was dangerous too, so the whole room had to be rewired.

We wouldn’t have known that if we had just got new doors and tops, which we did consider due to the cost.

I was worried the grey units might look a bit stark without any colour, so we chose herringbone parquet effect vinyl flooring from Milton Keynes flooring company Jamie’s Carpets.

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I think the natural tones of the floor, and the oak shelf our kitchen fitters DC & Sons Carpentry & Building Services made for us help warm it up.

This project hasn’t been cheap – we have saved up for ages, and it has cost between £14,000 to £15,000.

Much to my relief though, Connells estate agents have told me that this project has added up to £25,000 to the value of our house, so it has been worth it!

The next project is the Understairs Cupboard of Doom… watch this space!

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming


This column was first published in the June issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full digital edition by clicking on this link or the photo below.


Check regularly for more news and features from around Milton Keynes.

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