The truth about kitchen renovation

If you know me at all, you know I struggle with white walls. White walls have the same effect on me as a blank piece of paper, or a blank computer screen for that matter.

It bugs me until I have made some kind of pattern on it, colour, a story, whatever, but really not whatever at all. As far as my own home goes, it reflects my family’s multifaceted personality.

KITCHEN TRUTH 1: Even the smallest renovation scheme will always take longer than you think. But maybe not that much longer, so just do it anyway.

This is before, and there was an even earlier before that was never photographed, because the walls were beige and the room was so boring I couldn’t keep my eyes open long enough to shoot a decent picture of it. Why would I want to document something so dull? Although I wish I did, if only to show the transformation off better. But here we go:

Nordic by Maag panic. Photo by self, very reluctantly.


Our white kitchen had been white since we moved in. We decided on what kitchen to put in when I had just given birth to our second child, is the only excuse I have for my lack of domination over the interior decisions at that time. My mind was on my beautiful baby and clearly nowhere else.

Everything else was a blank.

We had already gone over budget on the house we were building, so for the kitchen we just went with flat fronts in a simple matte, white finish, combined with stainless steel countertops.

It troubles me to even write about it.

Which is really silly, because all I needed to do was change the colour and add pattern, raise the visual interest, if you like. It doesn’t get much easier or inexpensive than that! But then life, ey? It’s not like we are made of time.

KITCHEN TRUTH 2: The reason we go over budget is not because we are bad at math, but because we discover some design aspect during reserach for products, that will make our whole design plan that much better. So worth it.

Spending the money for tomorrows takeaway will force you to be creative after the deed is done, though. In my case, I painted and clad my kitchen fronts with decor foil, instead of investing in brass and marble for real. Make sure to chose quality paint and to ask where you buy the decor foil if it can stand tear and wear well, should you chose to go this way too.

Styled by Tone Kroken, photpgraphy by Yvonne Wilhemsen for Vakre Hjem & Interiør 7/2017.


Styled by Tone Kroken, photpgraphy by Yvonne Wilhemsen for Vakre Hjem & Interiør 7/2017.



Kitchen renovations are a big deal, because they are often costly. And what I want, what I really, really want is a brass kitchen, which is far out of my price range. So in the end I stopped fussing and faffing about what I couldn’t afford, and just did the creative and inexpensive alternative:

I covered our kitchen fronts in decor foil. It will not last forever, but it is easy to replace – and you know what, all kitchen fronts will need TLC from time to time.

KITCHEN TRUTH 3: You will never regret going ahead with your project. Once it is completed, your life will be better. Fact!

The kitchen foil was accompanied by Farrow & Ball paint, colour Studio Green in finish Modern emulsion. It is a dark, inky and very calming colour, and it is also on the walls of our living room. The wallpaper in my dining nook is from Rebel Walls.

Mad et Len scented candles – the little black steel containers on the shelf, gives the most magical feel to the room. Styled by Tone Kroken, photpgraphy by Yvonne Wilhemsen for Vakre Hjem & Interiør 7/2017.


Green plants and some vintage furniture finds top it all off. We have not green fingers and most things not faux with flowers on it dies. Currently attending flower decoration classes to mend my warped ways. I am nothing if not a problem solving unit.

Taking the Nordic by Dog out for a walk now, speak soon! My Instagram account, @Nordic_by_Maag is updated more often than this blog, if you care for more frequent decor updates than on my website. Have a lovely, sunny Sunday!