Its been a month since my last post, but I've been keeping busy and my kitchen make-over has taken up a lot of my time.
The room was decorated was about seven years ago and the chartreuse coloured paint that I had used (and once loved) was starting to show its age; faded and looking grubby. This and the fact that we found someone to skim over our grim artex ceiling, which turned out to be a messy job, made me think that it was time to spruce up the kitchen - on a budget. This turned out to be an intensive top to bottom affair! Filling in the cracks, sanding walls and then the painting: ceiling, walls, woodwork and floorboards. I even updated some furniture too and by the time I had completely finished on Monday, I'd had enough of it all!
Just prior to decorating the kitchen, I had brought another enamel sign and decided to fix this onto the chimney breast and plan my colour scheme around it. I chose a Dulux Trade Paint in bright yellow ('Lemon Chiffon 1' if you're interested), which matched the sign perfectly. Luckily as the previous colour was light, it only took two coats to fully cover the walls. I love this colour - its so 1970s!
I also decided to use magnetic chalkboard paint on one wall and repainted the floorboards black, as the paint had faded and had started to chip. Monkeychild loves the chalkboard wall and although the usual magnets are too heavy, those lightweight strip ones work well. After all that painting my wrist was starting to ache and my fingers felt numb (not a good sign!), but the end effort is totally worth it:
Whilst I had the sander and paint out, I decided to revamp Husband's gran's old kitchen table; sanding off the flaking, dark varnish to reveal the lovely light oak grain. I just gave it a few layers of clear varnish and voilà...
I also repainted my wartime Utility 'CC41' kitchen cupboard; adding some spotty turquoise stickyback plastic to line the shelves with and freshen it up.
Redecorating also made me sort out my kitchen stuff and try to find room for all this paraphenalia. My cookery books found a new home in the cupboard along with some of my Pyrex...
|Mim: can you spy your dish?|
That is the last bit of decorating that I'm planing this year, as so far I've redecorated our hall and landing, Monkeychild's bedroom, the front door and my parents' downstairs loo - I even tiled that!
I think I'd like to search out my oil paints and canvases in the meantime and get back to some painting of the artistic kind - I miss that.