Kitchen Makeover – After

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The kitchen makeover is now pretty much complete so I thought it was high time I shared some pictures here on the blog. Painting the cupboards was quite an undertaking but the end result is so lovely it almost feels as though we have a new kitchen.

We’ve been lucky in that the cupboards, which were installed well over ten years ago by the previous owners, are in a timeless style and were also extremely well made. They’ve lasted amazingly well and having such good ‘bones’ to work with made updating the room a fairly straightforward – albeit time consuming – task.

So, gone is the 90’s blue and yellow colour scheme (see here for ‘before’ photos taken prior to us buying the house) and in its place is a muted palette of stone, grey and off-white which is warmed up by the terracotta floor tiles.

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The same colours continue through into the dining area which overlooks the garden. It’s such a nice room to spend time in now, be it for homework around the table or a bit of downtime in the armchair with a mug of tea and a magazine.

The dining chairs are a slightly random collection of heirlooms and Habitat but we’re on the look out for some new ones that aren’t hideously expensive, which all the ones I like seem to be.

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The newest addition to the room is this glazed cabinet which is perfect for displaying some of our china and definitely added a bit of interest to what had previously been quite a long run of empty wall.

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But the prize for the most heart-warming addition goes to this ‘trophy’ presented to me by my son earlier this week in recognition of all my hard work. The kids hadn’t said that much about the transformation of the room (probably because it took so long!) but it was very sweet to think it had made such an impression.

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And finally, in case you’re interested, here’s a little sourcebook:

* N.B. I was advised to use a high adhesion primer called Zinsser Bull’s Eye 1-2-3 on the tiles before applying a topcoat of oil-based eggshell. Farrow & Ball no longer manufacture oil-based eggshell (my tin was an old one) but similar products are available from the likes of Little Greene.

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7 Responses to Kitchen Makeover – After

  1. Stine says:

    Looks fab! X

  2. Helen says:

    It’s stunning – so sophisticated and with a lovely calm feel. I love the glass fronted cabinet and am going to pick up some ideas for how to display china from that photo! I hope you’re pleased with how it’s all turned out – you should be. H

    • Sian says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment! Yes I am pleased with the end result and there is also a definite sense of satisfaction from doing the work myself and and rejuvenating the old cupboards. They’ll serve us well for a few more years yet!

  3. Helena Overton says:

    Amazing transformation! I have recently just moved into my first home and have unfortunately acquired with it a wonderful set of peach kitchen tiles. I don’t think I will be able to replace them for another year or two and was wondering how your painted tiles are faring and if you have any close up pictures/advice on how to paint them? Helena x

    • Sian says:

      Hi Helena, Thanks for your comment. I’m pleased to report that the painted tiles have been a real success: they wipe clean easily and I’ve even managed to use Cif and a plastic scouring sponge on them to remove some paint spatters from painting the cupboards with no ill effects.

      As I mentioned in my blog post, I used Zinsser Bullseye 123 primer which I applied with a brush and then went over this with a foam mini roller suitable for gloss/eggshell paint (I used oil-based eggshell). I did start out with a microfibre mini roller but found this left fibres on the surface, so switched to a foam roller for the final coat. It left a slightly more textured finish but it looks fine – you can see this effect in the final photo in the post.

      I hope that helps – good luck with your kitchen makeover!

  4. Katie Bedlow says:

    A fantastic effort, it’s a beautiful kitchen! Bet you can’t wait to spend time in there now, I can’t wait to get mine sorted this year, the 90s decor is still present here too!
    So glad to have found your blog, having a good read with a cup of tea 🙂 Katie

    • Sian says:

      Hi Katie… Thanks so much for your comment and for following me on Bloglovin’. Good luck with your kitchen revamp – would love to see it! X

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