What happened when self-confessed interiors obsessive and blogger Bianca Hall of French For Pineapple set herself the challenge to refit her kitchen in four, yes four, weeks? ‘The project started as a quick revamp and before I knew it, had snowballed into a completely new kitchen,’ says Bianca. ‘It definitely wasn’t easy, but I’d do it all again, to get the result we have. I am so happy with it.’ 
Around 11 years ago, Bianca and TV producer husband Ed bought their Victorian terraced home in North London to share with daughter Edie, now 13, and later arrival, Baxter, six. ‘For years, it was a case of making do with what we had,’ explains Bianca, who says she was becoming increasingly fed up with the lack of storage, battered cupboards and awkward high-level hob arrangement inherited from the previous owners of the house. ‘Eventually, I decided I couldn’t live with it for another minute,’ she says of the reason she chose to tackle the room as part of the Revamp, Restyle, Reveal bloggers’ challenge, which sets 10 bloggers the challenge to completely change one room in their house in the space of just four weeks. Bianca was one of the hosts of the challenge, as well as being a participant. ‘Then with the decorating domino in full swing, I decided to change everything except the floor, bench and table.’ 

Out came the old units, wall tiles and broken appliances, and the re-fit could begin in earnest. ‘I wanted the room to feel open and calm, with just a touch of glamour,’ she says of the simple black and white scheme, enlivened with burnished metal details. ‘Pops of green echo the garden seen through the French doors and are easy to change if I get bored,’ she adds. 

Previously, truncated runs of units left yawning gaps of unused space, so Bianca chose to run new base cabinets along the full length of one wall, and extend the length of the sink run opposite. This created lots more storage, without the need for wall units which had created the ‘closed-in’ feel of before. ‘This instantly made the room feel almost twice as big,’ she explains. The base units also conceal an integrated dishwasher and washing machine, which could not be included previously. Seamless solid surface worktops offer plenty of prep surface, while adding to the spacious effect. ‘I seriously doubted that the room would be finished in time,’ recalls Bianca of those hectic few weeks, ‘but with lots of hard work, we made it, and the result is massively satisfying.’

Photography by: Malcolm Menzies

Article by: Alexandra Pratt