Extreme (or maybe more quick and dirty) Makeover: Kitchen DIY

2 August, 2010
The kitchen was right up there as being one of the worst rooms in the house. It was a mix of Little House on the Prairie and Little Shop of Horrors. Dirty pine covered everything, making it feel dark and oppressive. While we realise we eventually need to give it a serious overhaul, we have decided we will do this when we are on the way out so that we don’t have time to put our hot burny pans on the brand new surfaces. (Ahem, not that this is a, er, regular occurrence or anything.) And in the meantime we got to create this rough, fun, vintage look just with a can of white emulsion and some sandpaper. It has created the perfect canvas for some of our lovely car boot finds and has really lightened the whole space up- and all done in a couple of hours. This is my kind of makeover…

We took the slat door off the end cupboard to create a magical little cubby hole for some knickknacks…

This is some of my Jessie Tait crockery- I am a little bit addicted to its loveliness- and you can find bits everywhere. This makes me a collector, eh?

The distressed look on the cupboards was done with just a lick or two of white paint, then I just took some sand paper to the edges and corners to pull out some of those nice curves. I’d wear gloves in the future though…

Sadly not many of the other rooms are going to have this fast a turn around, we have to, like, strip wall paper, and plaster up wonky bits and stuff like that. Bummer eh. I’m all about quick fixes/ botch jobs. He he.

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  • Rachie 8 August, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Wow it looks really great, well done! Perfect home for your beautiful collection :O)

  • lucy ar 15 August, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Thanks Rachie, you have to come and eat in it soon! xxx