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A little kitchen makeover

Our kitchen has always been a little thorn in the side of our otherwise, mostly, lovely house.  In fact I refused for some time to even come and view the house when it was for sale because I thought the green kitchen was so hideous.  In the end this was the house we picked (for that little word that has a lifetime of DIY behind it - 'potential') and we have come to accept, if not love, the green cupboard doors, green work surfaces and general higgledy piggledyness of the layout.

When we first moved in there was grotty, tired lino on the floor but Bodhi's claws soon put paid to that.  When he was a puppy he would scratch at the kitchen door in the night and during the day if we went out, until eventually a small hole he'd dug in the lino turned into a very big one and we had to rip it all up. Underneath the lino was the same original floorboards that extend through into the lounge.  When we moved in we sanded and varnished the floorboards in the lounge but we hadn't yet done anything to them in the kitchen and they had begun to look very dirty and unloved, not to mention that the gaps and holes between them were gathering dirt from the garden through the back door, stray bits of dinner that had fallen onto the floor and other general muck that was almost impossible to get out.

Last month I was lucky enough to be picked to be a Pride of Oven Pride blogger, meaning I'll be working with them over the coming months as part of campaigns and blogger challenges.  We frequently use Oven Pride to keen our oven looking nice and clean, but the rest of the kitchen rather lets itself down, so I was really excited to find that their first blogger challenge was to spruce up your kitchen for a fresh start in 2014, via the help of a £50 High Street Voucher. Although I was tempted to treat myself to a new smoothie maker, or some pretty new crockery to go in the cupboards, I thought this was a great opportunity to do something worthwhile with the money, and get started on a project we'd been meaning to do for some time - operation kitchen floor.

I bought an orbital sander, some wood filler and a big tub of floor paint, and Tom got to work filling all the holes in the floorboards.  I only thought to take a picture after he'd done all the wood filler but by the amount of it on the floor you can tell just how gappy and unkempt it was! Apologies for the messy kitchen - did not intend for my fox lunchbag and Tom's jar of sourdough to make an appearance in this blog post!
  Kitchen beforeBefore

Tom did some more wood-filling and sanding on Sunday afternoon whilst I was in London, we then had to call out a gas engineer as when we moved the cooker it smelt very strongly of gas.  The man that came very helpfully pointed out that the gas hose hadn't been properly fitted by the previous owners, in another example of just what a botched job most of the things in our house are!)  After that was fixed, the first coat of paint came down, meaning Bodhi has been sleeping upstairs all week to allow it to dry overnight, which is a real treat for him!

We've been doing a new coat of paint in the morning and evenings and I think it's pretty much there now! We just need to lay down a metal divide between the kitchen and living room so it looks more natural where the paint ends and the natural floorboards begin.  What do you think?

Kitchen After Kitchen Kitchen Kitchen Kitchen

I think it looks lovely, it certainly feels cleaner and more 'finished'.  If anything I think it looks a bit too perfect, I'll be quite glad when day to day wear and tear makes it look a little more distressed.

A huge thankyou to Oven Pride for allowing us (I should probably say 'give us the kick up the bum we needed') to take on our kitchen project and getting it one step closer to looking like a normal kitchen! My Mum has suggested getting some white knobs for the cupboards and I think we'll eventually get some new cupboard doors and a work surface from Ikea but as they say - Rome wasn't built in a day!

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28 comments

  1. Ohh, it looks lovely!
    I am learning to see the potential in some of the houses I've been looking at. To begin with I was dismissing just about everything, and kitchens have been a huge turn-off.

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  2. What a fun little challenge! The kitchen looks loads brighter and cleaner, like you said. Good work guys :) x

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  3. Big improvement, it looks much better! If you still don't like the green cupboard doors you could always paint them? You can buy special 'cupboard paint' that is ideal for kitchen cupboards and not too expensive...we used it in our kitchen as we couldn't afford to replace the units and it made a big difference.

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  4. What a lovely challenge. Our kitchen walls are bright, dark purple and I hate them. 4 years since we moved in and nothing has changed.

    You can always paint those cupboard doors lovely, especially as they are wood. I had a friend who painted the tiles in her kitchen as they were vile and it made such a massive difference.

    I know green ain't great, but the kitchen still looks very homely. You've made it your own!

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  5. Wow, the paints made an incredible difference, I love it! X

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  6. A green kitchen wouldn't put me off! The house I'm considering has an utterly retrotastic green bathroom suite and I love it, haha! I really like what you've done with the floor :)

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  7. Wow! what a difference looks fab!

    xxxx

    candynfloss.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. You've done a great job, it's made such a difference! Green would normally put me off too, but I actually think your kitchen looks really cosy and homely :)
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  9. Love the flooring you have done such a great job. http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  10. It looks great, Rosie, and I still like the kitchen cupboards!

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  12. Wow, it looks amazing, Rosie, like a new kitchen! (I also quite like the green cupboard doors...)

    x

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  13. What a transformation! That must've been a lot of sanding. You must feel so happy every time you see it :) xxx

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  14. You pair are DIY geniuses! I love it - especially with the contrasting blue cupboard doors. You're getting there chicken! <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  15. agree with your mum, white would look good. You could buy some wood paint, take them off and paint them. Much cheaper than buying new ones xx

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  16. The painted floor really brightens it up! I would paint the cupboard doors save splashing out on new ones :) www.sapphirevalentino.com

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  17. Wow, the floor looks great. We all need a kick up the bum at times (read: the majority of the time) to get these things done, I know I do, and this just shows how worth it it is! xo

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  18. Is it weird that I actually really love the green cupboard doors? The floor makes the room look so much lighter! I love it. x

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  19. Looks greay. I think you made a wise buy. I know what you mean about previous owners. Often we have to fix something that the previous owners did. And we can almost never figure out why they did what they did. Very frustrating.

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  20. Looks lovely Rosie! We are in desperate need of a new kitchen! x

    Harriet
    lovemoreandworryless.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Love this, you have done a really good job on sprucing it up!

    Maria xxx

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  22. It looks lovely Rosie, it makes it look like a completely different kitchen, so much brighter.
    I actually really love the colour of your cupboards. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  24. I actually love your little kitchen, how cute! Green cupboards are my dream. We have a little standalone stove as well, which I HATE but one day I am sure we will move into a house of our own with a fancy-arse kitchen. :)

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

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  25. Change knobs for your choice of dark metal, paint wall cupboards a much paler shade of the base units. Thought I left a comment, but it hasn't appeared, but I like this idea better :) I design for bijou kitchens, if you are interested: my kitchen is 7 ft square :)

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