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My Kitchen sockets were looking really tired..
Even after cleaning they looked tatty..
They were also yellowing with age.


I really like the copper switched sockets..
After looking at prices and debating whether copper was a keeper..
I decided on a cheaper more neutral metal..
The brushed steel..







My wee space...
Its so nice having all my wall sockets redone...
 I have a lovely aroma of pumkin spice circulating too...
Aw I love my wee humble home...







An odd angle....



In an earlier blog I had repurposed an old singer sewing drawer.
I had talked about the other repurposed drawers I was using..
Thought I would post up a pic of the one in the Kitchen..
I Love this drawer with its curvy front..
It used to belong to a half moon console table.
It now houses my lovely Cath Kidston finds...







Decoupage tile transfers...
These really do last for a long time..
As long as you varnish them...
glue, paper and varnish is all you need.
I just fancied a change...
I painted over my originals with a primer to start.


Some of the original prints I kept but I added a few new ones :) 
next is new plug socket covers...




When I first viewed the house it was the roomy kitchen that done it for me...
My kitchen at the time you couldnt swing a mouse in never mind a cat!!!
But now 5 years on the kitchen feels tight ...not small... just a little compact ...
Its all about maximising your space....
I like furniture with multiple purposes..
My sideboard, which I use for all my crockery storage.. and more...
It also gives me an extra work top and chopping area...
and  lets me display some of my nicer chopping boards on the back...


I rarely take pics of this side of the Kitchen..
Anyway heres Gabe photo bombing... :)


I must say I am not very good at window dressings...:(




I really have been after a Harlequin floor print for as long as I remember!
My original plan was for the living room..
But the Kitchen floor was the one that needed replaced first!
I bit the bullet and bought these tiles online...
They were only £7.00 a pack
Gerflor Vinyl Tiles
They are 0.5mm thicker than the B&Q & Homebase Tiles.
They also come with a 7 year guarantee :)








I made this shelving from a vintage picture frame years ago...
I cant find the tutorial anywhere and I know I made one!
I just added a few more shelves for the jars...







I have been giving the kitchen a wee revamp...
Ive managed to put down the new vinyl tile floor...
Ill blog about that later...:)
&  revamped a few stools found in the skip..
My inspiration for the stools comes from measuring cups...
I found the measuring cups in matalan for £4.50..I just love them!










I was so bored with my Kitchen...
My table and chairs were far to big for the space.
 I turned my welsh dresser into an island by removing the top..
I installed a peg rail where my welsh dresser used to be...
The space feels a wee bit different..
It really does feel much larger...
This should keep me happy for a wee while :)







I have been oiling my oak worktops with vegetable oil, olive oil, chilli oil lol/
I read online that mineral oil is whats used on chopping boards, tables..food prep surfaces.
The other oils dried up quite quickly leaving a really dull oak surface...
 so we will see....
I thought I would take a wee picture or 3 of my kitchen unit all tidy and oiled :)









I fell in love as soon as I seen this...
Perfect little shelf lamp...
Or it may change tomorrow..
into a perfect little wall light ..










Since I bought my light box wall light I have been doing wee bits to the Kitchen..
I never realised how neglected the Kitchen had become..
I had taken off my pelmet jester bunting a while ago...
I Still hadnt replaced it with anything moths later !!!!!
I didnt want to hide any of the view I have.. 
My ideas were..
open shutters..
lots of hanging plants...
another pelmet....
or a top shelf...








I enjoyed making this soooooooooo much!
 The house and garden are going to be filled with wood signs :)
This is only my first attempt, so I'm sure they will only get better with time and experience..




Kitchen 2015
I havent got any plans of yet for the kitchen, but it is early days. :)












Well it has been 3 years since I last done it !
OOoh all nice n fresh.
Chairs painted in white and recovered in a beautiful vintage sanderson fabric.

I found this little cabinet in the skip it used to be an old BBC radio cabinet.
A few coats of dove grey paint and some Decoupage on the doors.


I revamped the cupboard doors with some grey and white paint and some new knobs.
I also had to make a new drawer because I broke the old one trying to hammer in the drawer knob!
Use the drill its much easier.
I stained the pine drawer with some tea and coffee and the oiled it.



I made the table top with gingham fabric.
I glued the fabric to the table,
let it dry,
thenvarnished as many times as I could possibly be bothered!



 I bought this old plate stand at a car booty.
Painted it and added some chains to hang as a ceiling pot rack.

More Knobs!



I call this the Jester Bunting.
I ran this up in a few hours for the kitchen window and I love it!



I really really really want Victorian kitchen tiles but I just cant afford them...
I printed out my own ...A wee bit of decoupage and matt varnish to waterproof them...
I think it looks pretty good..

My Kitchen Draws

Label Frames



Kitchen Cupboards




The whole Kitchen HAHA



My neighbour was throwing out this lovely antique table and 3 oak chairs..
I was so glad I had been in when she knocked  or she would have taken them to the skip...
Deary me the thought of these beautiful things going into the skip frankly gives me nightmares...
Forgot to take a before pic of the table (I was excited)...
Ive ordered some course hessian to cover the chair seats with but im just going to leave the frame in the original Oak.
The Oak table had been stained with a a mahogany stainer. Ive painted and distressed it just now but I am actually going to sand the top back to the original oak and keep the legs painted white...eventually!!!







Found in the skip... Pfft some people have no respect.....I think its circa 1920...or should I say google says lol...Its an Aluminum Metal Baking Flour Shaker. It looks Hand soldered. Good condition with signs of wear and oxidation. Nice addition to my kitchen tin ware collection.




Oak Worktops

A before picture of my lovely kitchen. :)


Ordered some Oak from Ebay for the worktops. I made this little side unit out of a pine cabinet my mum gave me. I just added some legs off cut from an old tea trolley using some dowels and a drill attached them to the bottom, and added a worktop.


Fairy lights to the rescue...I dont think you can ever own enough fairy lights...fill up some old jars!! I filled a wee ornamental house with some and it looks really pretty!!







First there was floral then Aztec/Navajo  ..then  monochrome, chevron and now my latest favourite Ikat..I used all of these designs together in my bathroom drawers (well one drawer lol). My kitchen is hosting my favourite colours at the mo which is yellow and different shades of grey...so I decided to make some tile transfers in my favourite colours and my favourite print to date 
 Ikat.



Low maintenance....that's what I wanted in a Tablecloth..Every time I had visitors or cooked in the kitchen I would spill something over it. It spent more time in the machine than on the table. I could have made two and swapped while one was washing but I couldn't be bothered!!! Decoupage and several layers of varnish was the answer.


Vintage Tablecloth into Kitchen Curtains


An old wardrobe into kitchen cupboards and storage



I just love the summer time



Tiled worktop
I couldnt afford a nice solid oak worktop so I decided to tile the original laminated bunker. I wish now I had tiled it in a nice bright colour. Anyway it still looks better than what it was. I grouted the tiles in the dove grey it was easy done I just added some of the leftover paint to the grout.





Upcycled wardobe into Kitchen Cabinets
My old wardorbe was dissected and Upcycled into Kitchen Drawer fronts, and boxed storage. I mixed up my own chalk paints using white emultion some acrylics and plaster of paris. I recycled the wardrobe knobs too. I havent finished yet I still have to do the bunker and kickboard.



The Kitchen when I moved in....







A wee makeover of one of my very bland Kitchen Cabinets.

Before

After

I used the original doors to make the plate rack inside and distressed the full cabinet with black, grey and white paint. I put some vinyl tiles in the back and used the leftover vinyl tiles to make some mini bunting.   I had some wood left from my panels in the hall so I made a shutter door for the plate rack.











Jazzing up some plain white tiles using paper, ink and some P.V.A.





so much better !!!



Kitchen Cupboards...




















I made my own chalk paint.




My neighbour was throwing out this lovely antique table and 3 oak chairs..
I was so glad I had been in when she knocked  or she would have taken them to the skip...
Deary me the thought of these beautiful things going into the skip frankly gives me nightmares...
Forgot to take a before pic of the table (I was excited)...
Ive ordered some course hessian to cover the chair seats with but im just going to leave the frame in the original Oak.
The Oak table had been stained with a a mahogany stainer. Ive painted and distressed it just now but I am actually going to sand the top back to the original oak and keep the legs painted white...eventually!!!







Kitchen floor....




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