A kitchen refresh

When we bought our house, we were lucky enough that the man who originally owned the property was a master carpenter and built the kitchen from scratch. The kitchen was the selling point for me. Open plan, light but with character. He had clearly taken the time to perfect and sympathise with the age of the house. Now don’t get me wrong, I love modern. Clean lines please the eye, but sometimes you just cant beat traditional looks.

The kitchen was painted in Farrow & Ball ‘String’ which whilst was gorgeous and light, had seen better days at being over 12 years old! I sowed the seed, as you do with husbands, that the kitchen will need repainting to give it a new life. I had researched repainting kitchens and what it involved and came to the conclusion it was going to cost us probably £1000-£1500 to do the ‘little refresh’ I had been dreaming of.
I wasn’t sure of an exact colour, but thought I would like quite a neutral grey. I love F&B but practicality wise (and price) it wasn’t going to work, so I went and bought a Dulux eggshell.
Another sticking point were the tiles above the range. Again we were quoted £400 to remove and re tile, and that didn’t even include the tiles I was looking at! Mum came up with an idea… tile paint. I had actually never heard it, and to be honest, thought it would be atrocious. How I was wrong! I bought Wilko’s one coat tile paint in white gloss for £13.99 and it covered our farmhouse tiles perfectly. It instantly updated the kitchen.


Now this is where Sean the social butterfly comes in. It just so happens that he had a friend (Dan Ives) who is a VERY good painter and decorator. Asked him for a quote, and he came back with £400. And that wasn’t just to paint the kitchen cupboards. That was to do the panelling and the ceiling! I literally bit his hand off and booked him in straight away. My god, the work was much more intricate than I realised, but luckily Ives said he loved these type of jobs… thank the lord. On the inside of each cupboard was a fine line. He did it all free hand which was impressive in itself!

I painted the walls in Wilko’s paint, grey cotton for £15. Such a good quality paint for such a good price! We painted all the panelling white and the difference it made… why didn’t I do this sooner!!

Anyway, the kitchen makeover was a success! I love it so much more!

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