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Our new kitchen is modern and multi-functional

Clean, calm colours and a fresh layout transformed Sarah Coupland’s tired kitchen into a contemporary kitchen diner

KITCHEN DINER MAKEOVER

The kitchen gets plenty of light, thanks to French doors opening onto the garden. Sarah chose a mid taupe wall colour to tone with the kitchen cupboards and work surfaces. The breakfast bar has become a favourite spot for the couple to relax and chat

Before

Buying their first home together was a big step for Sarah Coupland and her partner, Liam Costello. ‘We chose this house partly because it didn’t need much work,’ says Sarah. ‘It had a new boiler, plenty of storage and although the kitchen was bland and a bit oldfashioned, we thought we could manage with it for quite a while.’ However, once they moved in, Sarah discovered the kitchen was in a worse state than she had realised. The units and worktops were worn, the grouting in the tiled floor was impossible to clean, and there was a big hole in the outside wall, where the previous owner’s tumble-dryer had been vented. The expense of moving had eaten into their savings, but after two months Sarah and Liam decided to invest what they could in a complete update. ‘It would have been nice to have had a bit more time to save up, but we realised it had to be done as soon as possible,’ says Sarah.

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