• February

    28

    2023
An Italian Kitchen Makeover

An Italian Kitchen Makeover

When our clients moved into this 19th century home in a hilltop town in Le Marche, the quirky kitchen was fortunately still useable. Garish bright yellow storage units adorned the walls, a stove complete with gas cylinder, working sink and cold water ensured that the family could at least cook a hot meal, but at some point the kitchen would need a complete makeover.

As part of the project, our plumber Tonino had already installed a new hot water boiler and had fitted new pipework in the upstairs bathrooms, and had gone through the options of updating the kitchen pipes once the next phase of the project began.

As standard, electricity companies deliver 3KW of electricity to homes in Le Marche, and our clients had upgraded to a total of 6KW to accommodate the use of modern gadgets and appliances, so we were able to offer both an electric oven and hob. The hob would need its own separate fuse that electrician Giovanni included in his plan to rewire the house.

Once these ‘behind the scenes’ elements were carried out, the kitchen was ready for a complete makeover.

THE KITCHEN DESIGN BRIEF

As our clients loved the vintage Italian bread maker, we suggested removing the paint and see if we could restore it, while one of the cupboard units could be repurposed into a sideboard.

The lime green tiles would be removed, walls plastered, new windows created and we agreed to keep the sink and prime the tiles around it in a colour that complimented a new scheme.

The gramiglia stone fireplace was to be stripped of paint and cleaned, repairs being made to any of damaged areas.

Then a new functional, contemporary kitchen would be fitted, lighting added and the whole room painted.

Finally, an area in the centre of the kitchen would remain free to add a customised island at a later date.

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The vivid kitchen before!
Italian kitchen makeover
Primary colours were in abundance!
Italian kitchen makeover
Shades of green and a flying saucer hanging from the ceiling...

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OUR ITALIAN KITCHEN MAKEOVER

The 1970s lime tiles were removed by builder Middio, who then replastered the walls, while we paint-stripped the fireplace to expose the original gramiglia stone.

Window specialist Giorgio and his team custom-made double glazed windows and we ordered kitchen units from a local supplier. Funky geometric tiles were chosen as a backsplash and the tiles around the sink were primed white.

READ MORE: ITALIAN ROOFTOP TERRACE RENOVATION

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Beneath the lime green paint lay beautiful stone
Italian kitchen makeover
A meticulous job!
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Stripped of paint and cleaned, the fireplace looks as good as new!

Using a paint stripper that wouldn’t damage the stone, Gary carefully removed the paint from the fireplace, exposing beautiful gramiglia stone beneath. This stone is speckled with various pieces of crushed marble and stone and creates a lovely effect when exposed and cleaned.

Finally, a protective wax was applied to bring out the colour and protect it for years to come.

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David assembles the kitchen units

ITALIAN KITCHEN RENO - SCOPE OF WORKS

* Disposal of unwanted furniture and kitchen items
* New electricity rewiring including additional plug and fuse sockets
* New plumbing works
* Removal of all wall tiles
* New plasterworks
* Design & installation of custom made double glazed windows
* Interior design – choosing wall colours, selecting kitchen units, lighting fixtures & wall tiles
* Painting and decorating
* Installing new kitchen and lighting

BEFORE & AFTER IMAGES

Italian kitchen makeover
Primary colours were in abundance!
italian kitchen makeover
New units, lighting and wall colours give the kitchen a contemporary feel
Italian kitchen makeover
The vivid kitchen before!
italian kitchen makeover
New kitchen units and painted walls complete the new kitchen
Italian kitchen makeover
Shades of green and a flying saucer hanging from the ceiling...
italian kitchen makeover
Lime green tiles are replaced by plastered grey walls, while the period fireplace compliments the contemporary scheme

DREAM OF OWNING AN ITALIAN HOME?

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Take the first step to your new life in Italy by spending five days with us in Le Marche to gain all the advice you need.

View Italian homes for sale specific to your requirements

Get the facts from our expert property lawyer

House-hunt with trusted real estate agents

– Dine with fellow expats who made the move and hear their stories first-hand

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