Wednesday, 18 May 2011

kitchen - the makeover

Hello there ! I know my posting has been a bit non existent lately. We've had more than a few computer issues, but I think we're getting there now. I thought it was about time I shared another makeover with you. 

This was the messy kitchen not long after we had moved into our house a few years ago. Please note the large blue bathroom style tiles on the wall, the brown tile effect wallpaper and the brown woodwork. It wasn't really my dream kitchen !

The floor is tiled and I strongly dislike it, but I am afraid I don't have the money or the energy to do anything about that, so that is staying!
But, it's amazing what you can do with a bit of paint. 
This is the same kitchen. It took a LOT of work. The large rayburn cooker was replaced and due to that we had to redo the tiles on the top of the counters. ( I know you probably think I'm mad to have ripped out a rayburn, but it ran on oil and we couldn't even afford to turn it up hot enough to cook anything as it seemed like it just ate fuel. So in the interests of being able to afford to eat, it went.)  We couldn't find the right tiles to replace the missing ones, so I ripped off all the tile on top of the units and scrubbed and scraped all the adhesive off, then bought a similar one and laid them in a chequer board pattern with the original ones. It's subtle, but it works. The cooker hood was originally a beaten copper effect thing which we ripped out and I recovered it  with beadboard.
The units and all the ugly brown woodwork were painted in Farrow and Ball paint - (House White was the shade). The shelves behind the glass doors which were damaged and ugly were edged with a decorative strip from Jali. New handles for the units made a huge difference. I love cup handles!  The nasty big blue tiles were ripped off and replaced with beadboard which I painted in an off white. I tiled behind the hob with white tiles. I redid the ceiling which was artex swirls and had a large rectangle cut-out where a striplight was housed behind some ugly plastic. The kitchen taps were replaced with a much more stylish and user friendly mixer. The walls were painted in a soft green- I forget what the shade was though.
...and the floor...well, I still hate it, but we are going to sell the house soon - hopefully - so I shall be laying down a large rug to minimise the effect of the tiled area.

Would I paint kitchen units again? - Absolutely! It can turn drab into fab!
(Now if I can just keep the counter-tops that tidy, I'll be winning!)


  1. I love it! I love white cabinets, and am wanting to paint mine. Good inspiration here! And you made the floor work, it looks fine with what you've put with it. Such an adorable makeover, you have good taste!

  2. Your kitchen looks beautiful. Lovely job!!!

  3. Doda!
    This room is ready-to-sell.
    I actually LOVE the tile. You are probably sick of it, however :)
    The counter tile and beadboard is gorgeous as well as the house white colour! YUMMY!
    One tip: make sure the rug you lay down (which I do not believe is necessary and will only draw attention to the tile more, and if, perhaps this tile, in Scotland, is not as desirable as say, other styles, then don't use a rug at all unless by the sink.
    Keep folks looking up and away, rather than down at the floor, if you think it's not a selling point.
    My two cents.
    Either way, I think you ought to frame copies of the before and put them on the counter so the buyers can see how wonderful the changes are ;)
    How many other rooms to go?
    You are an awesome redesigner, chickie!
    Love, me

  4. You did an amazing job - it looks so much better! You're making me feel guilty, though - I have just one table to paint and I've been putting it off for months...

  5. I can't believe this is the same kitchen! I love the new look....absolutely adore the colour of the units. Like other commenters, I wouldn't worry one bit about the floor...
    I love the worktop. This is my first visit to your blog, but I'm off to look for even more inspiration :)

  6. Love it. What did you do with the ugly recessed light. I hate mine but don't want to retexture the whole room.

  7. thanks everyone for the encouraging comments. Heavenscents, my next post is going to be for you...

  8. Your kitchen looks fabulous. Really love it, so cool, clean and refreshing with that cozy look. Very nice!

    blessings, Nellie

  9. Really a cute redo -- I am in the middle one, and it is no fun. Are you sure you want to sell now?

  10. Wow! That looks fabulous! Isn't it amazing what some paint can do? I even think it makes the floor look not so bad. :)

  11. Wow! I was really amazed by the transformation. After the renovation, you wouldn’t even think that it was a messy place before. Indeed, paint can do tremendous changes! :)


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