So my new home resolutions are going well, I suspect I am a little behind in sharing them, but after lots of work over the bank holiday you can expect a sudden flurry. With the hallway completed, my next mission was to make the kitchen more comfortable. All this really needed was some new seating and a lot of paint, a really thrifty way to get a new kitchen.
Most of downstairs has now been painted white and I love it. It makes everything stand out and everything matches, and it takes the hassle out of paint choices.
Case in point, what colour to paint the kitchen cabinets. They were cream, but I was tired of the country kitchen look, and after lots of messing on Pinterest, which I confess I am learning to love – you just need to find a topic that means something to you. (Like the Northern Lights, fisherman’s cottages or dream kitchens). Anyway after looking at some pics, I decided a change might be fun.
I try to avoid paint choices at all costs, it is time consuming and complicated – what looks good on a paint chart looks so different in reality. It took me a silly amount of time and asking on facebook, to choose between grey or grey-green, admittedly many of my friends on facebook couldn’t see the difference and I don’t blame them. Others fully appreciated the subtle nuances, grey definitely feels more industrial and green more country cottages.
Here is the kitchen before, and pictures from Pinterest of the grey vs green grey colour.
Turns out, after all that I needn’t have bothered choosing in the end. I picked Farrow and Ball Light Grey which, it turns out, is both grey and grey green anyway, depending on the light. So much for making a choice. Look…
See, looks grey in some light, but green in others…
But I love the change and considering I liked both, I now have both. Win! I’ve never used Farrow and Ball before, but thought I ought to invest a bit as it was the kitchen units – I am really pleased with how it looks. The tin was £40 and covered all the units, so for a job like this, it seems a good investment. I should add a professional did the work.
The best bit is it goes well with all the red bits we already have in the kitchen. So this weekend I went for it and painted the bench red too – ignore the brown paper on the floor, it still needed one more coat at this point. It took me ages to choose this red for the bench too, but it feels amazing to have some big pops of colour in the house.
Do you like how that Pringles tube I stuck the tulips in came in really handy to hold some twigs my son found and make an Easter tree?
The kitchen feels really lovely and I would definitely recommend repainting the cupboards as a great option. There are so many products out there to do this with, I even saw spray paint for this in B&Q last weekend.
I like to keep it real, and as always in an old house this rambling, projects are ongoing – so apart from leaving a few drawers open when I took these shots, the brown paper lying around, I thought I would show you some more bits from my real kitchen.
How about the layers of dust on the kid’s creations on the windowsill? Or what my son ‘accidentally’ did to one white wall in the downstairs toilet at the end of the kitchen, after not being able to resist the lure of the shiny red paint drying on the bench? I will be following him around for many years yet, with a jam jar of white paint. Although, I actually felt quite sad when Andy the decorator had finished eradicating his little cartoons, and marks from around the house. We’ve used endurance paint by Dulux so it is washable, for everyday mucky fingerprints. Or what lurks in that lovely Belfast sink when I am busy taking pictures? Or the surface that’s most definitely out of shot?
Back to the nice bits! These ‘picture pockets’ are great for displaying the never-ending supply of kid’s art work.
Over time, I have my eyes on a blackboard for meal plans, a box to hide the washing powder in, a sideboard, a pendant light, some slate place mats, a sideboard for more storage, some vintage style crates to hide some more clutter and some new chairs. Little things that will make a big difference. But in all honesty, a lick of paint and my favourite people make my kitchen so much more comfortable.
Next up, the kids rooms! Did you do any decorating over the bank holiday?