When Mr N and I first moved in to our humble little abode nearly 5 years ago the kitchen was one of the main selling points used by the estate agents. The previous owner had not long had it fitted with very popular fake beech effect cupboards, with fake granite effect shiny work surfaces, beigey coloured lino complete with stainless steel appliances. To top it all off, it was painted a kind of light to mid yellow. Suffice to say it was HORRID! Everything I hated and didn't want. I'm sure it would have appealed to many a young couple buying their first home, it was functional, modern, and neutral (read: bland), but I just wanted something with personality.
Unfortunately it was a brand new kitchen and there were more pressing jobs that needed to be done to the rest of the house so it took a back seat for 5 long years.
I'm so pleased with how it turned out. Even more so with how little it cost us. The fake beech was painted over with plenty of undercoat and Ronseal cupboard paint in fresh blue and the horrid water stained lino made way for some Alice in Wonderland black and white tiles. Add a couple of floating shelves from Ikea and we were good to go!
Unfortunately we couldn't replace the work surfaces this time around due to them not being a standard depth and therefore super expensive to have specially cut. Fortunately they don't look quite as bad in the new set up. I'll have to live with them and with the stainless steel oven and light fittings for a while longer.
I'll just have to add more kitsch
I'm still not sure where I'm going with the shelf arrangement. It may take me a few tries before I'm completely happy with it.
I was surprised at how 1950's the end result was. It wasn't really a conscious thing but I'm pleased with it nonetheless. I embrace the vintage of most eras, but when it comes to interiors, the 1950's through to 1970's usually wins out.
I probably should have picked a pretty polka dot rockabilly number to pose in for my first kitchen outfit shots in keeping with the theme of the background but, well, I didn't.
I'm all about keeping it real :)
Skirt: vintage, charity shop
Witchy boots: Asos via Ebay
Wow, that was a rather photo heavy post wasn't it. Hope you enjoyed your little peek inside my home. I just love nosing around people's houses, one of my favourite type of posts to read!
Nearly the weekend - yay!
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