So, my kitchen is lovely (and more than adequate size-wise) but I absolutely hate the colour scheme we've inherited! The tiles are bright red and the cupboards are weird pale teal sort of colour - I just really don't think it goes together. There's no question of being able to re-do the whole thing - it would be a nightmare, not to mention how much it would cost. So what do you do when you hate your colour scheme but have to live with it?! Well, if you're me - you embrace it - you go with it - you make it work, get crafty and hit the sales!! Now we're talking - shopping and crafting sounds much more fun than grouting and plastering.
Here's the kitchen before - messy, mis-matched and dark!
I decided that my main problem with the colours was that they didn't feel planned, so I needed to make it look more intentional by picking up the colours in other areas to join it together - decorative accessories are the order of the day. At the time (I started this back in the new year) Debenhams were having a homewares sale and they had some gorgeous things and luckily some that were perfect for me!
Starting with storage jars. I don't like things to be too matchy and I loved these - they pick out the red and teal well but hint at other colours too. Phase one complete! I also had decided to chose some fabric to make bunting with but then I found 4 metres of this in the sale for £12 and knew I would spend more making it so I snapped this up and it's the perfect colour combo - lovely stuff.
At this point I have to say sorry for the photos but, we have a lot of stuff and personally I like the 'lived-in' look - it's a fine line between cluttered and lived-in so some of you may feel there's too much junk around but then i suppose that's ok because you don't have to live here! Basically, I don't know the meaning of the word minimalist!!
Next, I found this gorgeous oilcloth online and decided to use it to line the shelves, easy to wipe clean and much more interesting than white paint (which marks far too easily). I cut it to size, and stuck it down using double-sided tape and then scotch tape underneath. This way nothing's permanent so if i change my mind (as I'm prone to do!) it won't have ruined the surface underneath - good thinking huh?!
As you can see I also whipped up a little crocheted flower garland. I like this one a lot (you may even see something similar on my Etsy Shop soon)
Here's the shelf on the other side - again crammed with stuff and complete with a pom pom garland I made (any excuse to play with the pom-pom maker again!)
|Spot the Tesco biscuit tin - very cute - great colours|
I even covered the window ledge. Rearranged some bits and added some flower fairy lights (fairy lights are always a good choice!)
Finally, we added a few touches....
|Washi taped the frame for my cross stitch|
I hate this frame - the wrong shape but we're embracing the change
|Love this blackboard sticker! Washi tape accents|
Bought a big roll from Amazon with free chalk
|My two fave aprons and some pics of my boy :)|
So, it's not perfect but I'm so happy with the difference which is remarkable. The whole room has a different vibe and we love it! The colour scheme definitely works now and I don't mind it at all.
The whole thing cost around £45 so I'm certainly happy about that part! Now to get baking in my happy kitchen :) I may finally have worked out my salted caramel cake recipe so watch this space!
That's all folks.