So we’ve been at it again! This time the kitchen was in the firing line! Those dated wooden cabinets just had to go! They were bringing the whole room down! Since we moved in back in 2016 we have slowly added our own touch to every room and this was one of the only ones we still weren’t happy with!
Eventually I want an extension which will house a new kitchen and I would rather save the new kitchen feeling and the money for when that happens so for the time being we decided to refresh what we had with some cabinet paint.
We had already done a fair bit in here at this point like painting the ceiling which was the same colour as the cabinets and we also painted the tiles which had a speckled brown finish with ducks on them. Nothing seemed to look right together when it was like this.
After a full day of prep work which solely consisted of sanding off the sheen and years of general kitchen grime off the cupboards and then we began painting. Dan has had his air line and compressor set up in the garage for years and only this year started using it so everything was sprayed to get a more even finish. Because it was sprayed we managed to keep the grain effect which I love!
I had some real trouble trying to decide on new handles for the doors and drawers. I didn’t want anything too fancy looking we were were going for a minimalist look. They had to be silver to match all the other kitchen accessories and I also didn’t want to pay the earth for them as the idea of this was to refresh the kitchen on a budget! Eventually I found the ideal ones on Amazon. They were £10 a pack so I ordered two packs of the shot ones and one pack of the long ones and have a load left over as spares.
I am so happy with how this little diy project turned out. There are a couple little things we still need to sort but they are quite hard wearing as out dog has a lovely habit of stretching against the cupboard doors and none of them have scratched so that’s great.
If any of you are thinking about painting your kitchen but worried about the durability of this I would say as long as you make sure you lacquer them once painted you should be ok.
I would love to hear about your experiences of painting furniture and anything you would do differently next time.
Back last year I bought a new coffee table and because I’m a lover of all things rose gold of course it had to be that colour. I searched and searched for months for the right style coffee table, and although there were plenty on the market they all seemed to have a black glass top which looks amazing when it clean but by god it doesn’t half attract the dust even when it’s just been wiped!
I didn’t want to get rid of the tables because one was a gift and the other less than a year old but something had to give as I was losing the war against the dust and mixed in with dribble finger prints from my one year old they always looked dirty!
I decided that I would like to update these with a marble top and as real marble is so expensive we opted to go for the cheaper alternative and wrap the tops in a marble effect vinyl. It has taken months to find marble effect vinyl that was long enough to wrap the tops without a join but finally this weekend we found the perfect roll in our local B&Q store.
As it was a flat surface it was fairly easy to to do, It just took a few attempts to get all of the air bubbles out from under the vinyl but I am so pleased with the result.
By wrapping the tops of our tables it has lifted the room so much and they match our decor so much better now. I wish I had done this months ago. For the sake of £10 we have transformed the centre price of our living room at what I would consider to be a bargain!
Have any of you guys attempted to update your furniture with sticky back plastic / vinyl, if so I would love to see your projects.
Never have I uttered a truer phrase. When that time comes that you think about changing yourself whether it be your ways, appearance, or trying to change the things you enjoy to please someone else for someone else, just remember, the people who truly know you will accept you for who you are no matter what.
There is a vast range of indoor plants that would look great in any style room. A few of my favourites are below:
If you have a tendency to kill every plant you have ever owned, like me, then these are for you. They are a very low maintenance plant and are ideal for the amateur gardener. They are fantastic at retaining water so they don’t need to be watered as often as most plants. They are best suited to window sills, shelves or tabletops and are a great addition to any room.
These plants come in a full range of different shapes, sizes and colours so I am sure that you will be able to find something that suits your room. All cacti have the ability to flower so if this is what you are going for then they would need to be watered regularly during growing season. Cacti can give your home the California touch which paired with modern, minimalistic décor.
There are a load more varieties of hard wearing plants that you could choose. Why not share you thoughts on what you would like to see in your home this coming year.
Words are such a powerful thing that most people don’t even think twice about. I know a lot of people who will just blurt out what is going through their mind without any regard for how will affect others.
You never know how long your words will stay in someone’s mind long after you have forgotten you even spoke them. It is not always easy to remember to think about what we are saying before we actually say it. I know I have had my fair share of ‘foot in mouth’ moments in the past. In some situations this problem is often unavoidable. Some conversations move so fast that you don’t have time to think about what you have said until the words have already parted from you lips. But at this point, it’s often too late.
Aside from the occasional slip up there are the people who intentionally say things to you to get a reaction. These are the types of people I simply cannot tolerate. They are just downright nasty and will say things that they know will offend; but that of course is their intention. People can be so cruel to each other. This is something that I have often had trouble wrapping my head around. I have never completely understood what is gained by putting someone else down. Does it make that person feel better about themselves or is it pure insecurity from the person being mean. That they simply cannot make it through life without feeling that they are the superior person in any situation? I don’t think I will ever totally get this, but in a way I glad I don’t.
Another way that words can be dangerous is when someone is telling a story about another and they embellish a little to make them sound more interesting the listener. The listener who could possibly be hearing about the person being talked about may never have met them and yet they already have a picture in their mind of what that person is like be it a true reflection or not. The listener has allowed themselves to be influenced by person telling the story through their views of the person.
Not all people will get along but I am a strong beliver in finding out for myself what someone is like. I am not saying for a second that i have not, in the past, listened to a friend talking about soemone that i know of; but am not so familiar with. I too have taken on board what they have had to say about their opinions and experiences with the person but i still like to retain the final judgement for myself.
The moral of my ramblings are:
Be careful what you say to people.
Always think about what your intentions are when you are talking to someone. Never intentionally say things that are not true to make yourself sound more interesting or to make the person you are talking to feel any less valued. Always try to be polite and friendly; aside from making you into a nicer person to be around it actually does make you feel good.