Lizzie Eddleston created her dream kitchen by scouring charity shops and supermarkets to find the very best deals around – and boy, did she find some corkers. She then maximised the light by fitting open shelves next to a window in place of a cabinet, and saved yet more money by not choosing integrated appliances and carousels for the corner units. You can read all about Lizzie and her boyfriend James' kitchen makeover and their sneaky buys in issue two of HomeStyle, avaiable for order by calling 01778 392471. Meanwhile, here's a little teaser.
A bit about me
'Hi, I'm Lizzie Eddleston and I live here with my boyfriend James, who runs his family's building company (which was very handy!), in Hertfordshire.'
My problem kitchen
'The original kitchen had been installed around 20 years ago - when the house was first built - so it was looking very tired, dated and in need of a makeover. Although we didn't set out with a budget in mind, we knew we had to keep it very cheap.
How I made it work
'We had to rip the old kitchen out and start from scratch with a brand new layout that would let more light into the room, and give us space for a dishwasher. As the kitchen is small, we needed to carve out some storage in the dining area too.
My favourite part
'It has to be the stainless steel open shelves. James was reluctant to sacrifice a whole cupboard for them, but they let so much light in and give the room a more contemporary feel. I also love the dresser in the dining area; it's added visual interest to a redundant corner and holds all of our servingware, keeping the kitchen clutter-free.'
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[All photos Rachael Smith]