Paint and brush have been my new best friends lately, but at last there is an end in sight. I always underestimate the amount of time it takes to paint walls, i start out thinking it'll take a couple of hours and what feels like weeks later i'm still at it!
It's all the little bits that take the time, that and the fact that once you decorate one room it shows another one up, or in my case two other rooms.
Being an old house our bathroom is downstairs and off the kitchen, so we, well ok, I decided that it needed freshening up, so that room too has had a little make over, fresh paint, towel holders, new radiator and a new door. Our dining room is also off the kitchen so that room is on my next hit list, perhaps in a few weeks time when I've had time to recover.
So, the kitchen is done, well apart from another coat of paint on the radiator and a radiator shelf which Mark has promised me is being made at work as we speak. Now, at last i can show you some photos of the smallest kitchen which has taken the longest time :-)
The kitchen i inherited when we moved in lacked cupboard space, so i spent a lot of time thinking about what i wanted in the way of cupboards and storage.
Although i liked our old green units and wooden counters it did make the kitchen feel small, so we knew we wanted something light.
We are lucky enough to have lovely high ceilings in this house so we were able to go for the taller units, the one in the corner is hinged in the middle making it a double cupboard
The drawer unit holds all my utensils
(top drawer is knives, forks etc.)
My herbs and spices in another drawer
much easier than rooting around in a cupboard for them.
I bought a roll of grip liner from the £ shop which stops them rolling around
Before, the microwave was on the counter taking up precious work space, now it has it own home.
The angled cupboard next the the microwave is next to the window and was the kitchen designers idea and i think it works really well.
The tall double doors on the other side is the larder unit, and the best thing, i just love it :-)
It has shelves from top to bottom and houses all our food.
Our sink is smaller than the belfast sink we had before, but again it works better size wise in the kitchen space, and we have a dishwasher so don't need it for washing dishes.
It was hard to take a picture of because of the light from the window, but you get the idea
The worktop is granite and fantastic for keeping clean and tidy.
We decided against tiles on the floor, instead we went for cushion flooring. We got some very strange reactions when we mentioned cushion floor, (or old lady flooring as one of my daughters called it).
Whatever you choose to call it i'm glad we decided on it, it's much easier to keep clean and warmer to walk on, and all my daughters now agree, it was a good choice :-)
(The one we went for is Rino Floor and is nothing like the lino/cushion floor of years ago)
(The room you see in the background is the bathroom, waiting for it's new door, i know, good job we don't get many visitors!! Please excuse marks work clothes on the washing basket.
The small space you can just see between the kitchen and the bathroom houses the washing machine and tumble dryer)
Now this is my baby, lol
I fell in love with this cooker when i saw it.
What else can i say, i think it's beautiful :-)
The whole kitchen feels much bigger and is so much easier to work in, i'm glad i waited, thought about what i needed and how it would work and had what i wanted.
I finally got round to finding a place for and hanging my Chat Noir poster too :-)
I just love that crazy faced cat, lol
And see my little chicken?
Mark just rolled his eyes when i bought it home, lol
But don't you just love her little face :-)
The Kitchen Chicken
Until next time xx