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Kitchen Designs #2

A painting update on my kitchen. I had thought I wanted a light blue-grey colour but it just didn’t work in the space so I’ve gone with Crown Slate Grey which is a Kitchen/Bathroom paint and should last okay with all the mega amounts of cooking I’ll be doing in there.

It took a couple of coats to cover properly, the first coat looked really bad, also I had trouble with the sugar soap I was using.

The paint has all been done – I’m not bothering to paint behind the cooker area, partly because it can’t be seen but also the wall is a bit of a mess there. Once it is in place I’ll paint the other side where there will eventually be some sort of side-board I hope.



Kitchen Designs #1

A look at the changing face of my kitchen. We’ve still got a long way to go in there but things are happening.
Most of these pictures are of the day I moved in when there was a lot to do design wise but mainly cleaning!
I apologise in advance – a couple of the pictures here are gross but it’s a good warning to people to clean your kitchen often…

I was going to change the cabinets but they have been put to the bottom of the list for now.

There was a lot of cleaning to do…

Plenty of worksurfaces, although I’m looking at adding more next to the cooker too.

I went through loads of colours before eventually choosing the dark grey

There was quite a bit to do once the butcher’s block had been moved out including some tiling and lots of tidying!

And in the furthest reaches we also have the washing machine bit where there will also be a fridge-freezer and a little freezer as well as all of the saucepan storage etc.

(Due to lots of problems with WordPress and pictures this is a little behind but I’ll try to catch up asap!)

The kitchen is getting there slowly – I’ve got a little more building work to be done but mostly it’s sorted now so there will be an update on this room in the next few weeks.


The First Room

When I moved in there was quite a lot of work to be done on the house, the roof needed work both inside and out, two rooms needed plastering, as well as lots of little things besides. Once I had talked to the joiner I decided that I needed to leave the kitchen alone. I had grand plans which will still happen, just further down the road. Partly cost was an issue but it was mainly that I didn’t want to take on too much all at once.

I knew that it might take a bit of time to get hold of people to do the work, all of the good people are always busy, so I wanted to get started. I was reluctant at first to do too much in case things had to be moved around and work I’d done was damaged but as I realised it might be closer to months rather than weeks I just got going.

I started at the back of the house, in the smallest room – my downstairs WC. I actually really like this room, not only is it handy, especially for guests, but it has a lovely tiled floor like the kitchen and laundry area, a good window and has an extractor to protect it from damp (it’s on my outside wall with the coal store next to it).

There are still things to be fixed in there, the door has twisted and so doesn’t fit the frame, there is a clear gap all the way around it. The door was once a lovely piece of wood but has been painted and then very poorly stained so now it looks terrible, I’m still not sure what I will do with it but if it’s possible to restore the wood I will, it not I’ll just try and give it its dignity back.

I had chosen the colours I wanted to use months before – in fact it was the first room I knew exactly what I wanted to do with and I had largely been inspired by a picture on Pinterest. I wanted two tone walls (unusual for me) with a darker colour on the wall that had the window and faced the window and a lighter shade on the other two walls.

First coat – and you can see how I protected the sink etc. with cling film.

I found the colours using Dulux’s colour mixing system and went for Moon Waves 1 (a dark grey/purple) and Oyster Cove 5 (a very light pinkish grey). Much, much later on I realised that I want to use almost exactly the same colours in the bathroom upstairs. I chose not to get the bathroom paint because I wanted a more Matt finish but it has only been on the walls for a few weeks and already I can see water marks behind the sink. Luckily the paint I am using upstairs in the same shade is a bathroom paint so I can touch up that part later if it does need it. Or possibly add some tiles…

I normally don’t paint pipes, preferring to leave them pipe-ish, but all of the pipes in the house have been painted the colours of the walls so they will all need redoing. Sigh. One of the little things that make you realise that everyone has different ways of doing even the smallest tasks.

This was also the start of my discovering of really bad painting around the house. The window has a huge splotch of magnolia (a colour I really dislike!) on it and there is green on the ceiling as well as paint on the woodwork. Plus there is a very interesting choice of where to stop painting, something that also happened in the living room.

From the Pinterest picture that was acting as my inspiration I knew I wanted to put shelves up on the back wall, that’s still not been done but I should be getting around to it soon. I also still need to touch up the ceiling and find a plant pot for the windowsill. I have lavender soap in the WC and want a lavender plant in a light pink pot. The good news is that I know exactly which pot I want, the bad news is that the garden centre has stopped selling it so I’m on the lookout still. I’ve also got my heart set on a new latch or fingerboard for the door. Lots of finishing touches to be added!

I’ll update when the room is finished, which hopefully won’t be all that long!


I’m moving house…

I want to blog a little about the move, not only because it is going to be a huge part of my life but also I love house blogs and am addicted to looking through house things on Pinterest too. Also, as my friend Rach pointed out, what else am I going to talk about for the next three months!

I’ll be tagging them #Home or #Garden and keeping them in a Home & Garden category on here. I’ve also got two Pinterest boards here and here with lots of pictures of things that I am getting for the house, want but won’t be getting or think people should buy me. I even have a separate wish list set up full of things I want to buy when I have the time.

So, there is going to be a lot of paint colours, furniture, joinery, bookshelves, oven and white goods…sorry!
I might also put a few things in about the earlier days of the house purchase in the hope that it could help other people. I will probably make mistakes – I have often been good at advising people because I usually mess things up and can tell them what not to do!

Please do follow along if you’re interested, share if you’d like to and offer any advice you have if you can. There will be regular bits of poetry and food as well so there will be a good portion of the original blog still here.