Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Kitch n' Sync: My Yellow Kitchen Make-Over


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 voilĂ ...



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? 
...which in turn freed up more shelf space to re-arrange my tins, crockery and other bits n' bobs.



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.




29 comments :

  1. Wow! what a gorgeous sun-shiny colour - Gorgeous
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks Julie :-) Its a real 'pick me up' happy colour xx

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  2. oooo! your kitchen looks lovely! Love how the table looks after sanding and varnishing. Well done you:)

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    1. Thanks Linda. The table was an afterthought really and it turned out better than I expected. At least I don't have to bother with tablecloths now! - bonuc ;-)

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  3. Looks totally fabulous! What gorgeous shot of colour...I love yellow and everything goes so well in there. Defo get yer paints out and get some nice big canvases done!!xxx

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    1. Yeah, I've been longing to do some paintng for ages. Thinking of a large floral still life, very daub-y and loose brushstrokes - release the tension! xx

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  4. Now that's my kind of kitchen. Great stuff.
    xx

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  5. As soon as I saw your post in my feed, with that cheerful photo, I just had to have a look. You did a wonderful job, and your kitchen is so up my street. I love all the kitchenalia, in particular those colourful Pyrex dishes. I've even spotted some things I have too, like the tin with the pastry cutters, only mine is green. Can you believe we even have the same shelves? Thanks for sharing and bringing some colour on this miserable autumn day. xxx

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    1. Thanks Ann - fancy us having the same things! I love having such a bright kitchen now, especially as its autumn xx

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  6. Wow, that's really impressive. I love the bright colour. :-D

    Snowballing is the problem with decorating - we always have that problem. You think, 'Oh, I'll just do that' and then a dozen other jobs all make themselves known.

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    1. Ha! Yes, snowballing is my problem. I want to get everything sorted in one go them end up getting super stressed about it!

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  7. That is such a lovely makeover, the colour looks wonderful and is the perfect match to that gorgeous enamel sign. I love the blackboard painted wall, such a brilliant idea. xxx

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    1. Thanks Vix. The colour really cheers up these overcast autumn days xx

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  8. Very nice! I'm a big fan of a yellow kitchen and always end up plumping for a shade of yellow if I'm decorating.

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    1. This is the first full-on yellow that Ive ever used and I'm a convert now!

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  9. It looks fabulous! When I was growing up, the hall in our town house was painted bright yellow, it certainly woke you up in the morning, so is a perfect kitchen colour xx

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    1. Thanks Melanie. Yes, you're so right about it being a perfect kitchen colour xx

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  10. Gorgeous, can I move in? Hehe. The kitchen in my uni flat was bright yellow and I absolutely loved it. Your table has come up beautifully too. Sanding down and oiling is such a slow job but definitely worth it - breathes a new lease of life into the furniture.

    I've also done loads of decorating this summer (sadly not for myself, but for my brother) and developed a claw hand so I can sympathise with the numb fingers!

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    1. Jo - with those delicious cakes that you bake you can certainly move in!!!!!

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  11. It looks fantastic, and one of the best things is that it's always going to look 'sunny and bright' even in the drab grey days we've got lined up for us.

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    1. Thanks Woolly, yes I'm so gald that I chose that bright shade and not the lighter one Husband preferred!

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  12. It looks fantastic, and one of the best things is that it's always going to look 'sunny and bright' even in the drab grey days we've got lined up for us.

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  13. Oh I love it! All your vintage signs are amazing :)

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    1. Thanks Elise - I love those enamel signs and have a few more on my shopping list that I'm on the lookout for!

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  14. It looks wonderful, what a really lovely and original looking kitchen. We need to do ours, but it will take a fair bit of effort on our tiny budget, so I need to build up some energy and willpower to tackle that one! I have made a start and bought new curtains. x

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    1. Thanks Porcelina. I'm all for doing things on a budget, I think it forces you to be more creative. Good luck with your kitchen makeover! x

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