Dining room / kitchen
After (with steel handles, tile paint, retro tile stickers and a stick-on blackboard). Still the same kitchen, but we can live with it for now!
It was all very yellow – walls, curtains, tiles, kitchen – when we first moved in and that combined with dark stained wooden windows and doors was just not our cup of tea! Not surprisingly we also got rid of those silly lights dangling oddly from the ceiling (how naff is that?). We initially wanted to get a new kitchen straight away, but with a whole house that needed updating, we decided to wait and just spice it up a little for the time being.
Anyway, I came up with a steel blue/grey colour scheme which works quite well with the colour of the kitchen units. The wooden door knobs were replaced by brushed steel ones. The sticky vinyl flooring in 1980s pattern was swapped for slate-grey laminate. The pendant lights above the table are from Kartell and are the only thing fancy and expensive in this room! The farmhouse chairs came from my parents, the Danish 1960s ones are vintage G-plan chairs (got them for free off Freecycle). The table is made by my dad.
I also promised to show a before & after of our fire place which was just not looking that great when we first moved in. We wanted to rip the whole thing out and replace it, but my dad suggested painting it in glossy black. We also had the walls and ceiling replastered, the floor boards sanded and varnished and we painted the windows white. The result is quite dramatic, especially with the red wall. Sometimes it all feels a bit too red and overwhelming though, so I may try a different colour on the wall again in the future. But for now, it works.
Before (with my Glenn who seems quite happy about the idea of ripping the ugly fire place out – and everything else)