home is where the kitchen is

Updated: Jun 13, 2018

My pride and joy my beautiful blue kitchen I'll let you know a secret...it's from EBay this is about the time I crowned myself the queen of EBay, I mean what a find !!!

By the time we had finished the extension our pockets were empty and the budget for the kitchen was non existent, basically we'd spent all our money on bricks and had nothing left for the fun part!!! We trailed round kitchen showrooms feeling rather deflated knowing we needed at least 8,000 pounds!!!!

We then decided we'd do a make shift jobbie for now, until we could afford what we really wanted. So the eBay search begins and jackpot we found it...... our beautiful blue kitchen started life as a cream shaker style in a much bigger house in London........ costing us 1000 pounds including the Belfast sink.

So Josh and his brother (a carpenter) trotted of to London to dismantle it and bring it home! With it being from a much bigger house it essentially gave us more to work with Which made it a lot easier!

We then gave it a face lift with new oak work tops and a lick of paint!

Now so many people have asked about the colour of the kitchen...... and irritatingly for you guys I had it mixed at B&Q so I can't actually give you a brand or name........ after trying numerous Farrow and Ball testers nothing was tickling my fancy, but there was a mirror at work I loved the colour of, so I popped to the Valspar counter at B&Q and had them colour match it to a wipe-able wood paint (essential with four children).

This is definitely one of my top tips, grab a colour swatch from another paint brand (shhhhhh don't tell them) or mirror in my case, and have it colour matched and mixed in wipe-able paint! For me if It's not wipe-able it's not going on my walls and certainly not my furniture! I love chalk paint it looks beautiful but with lots of sticky fingers around the house it's just not practical!

We lived on concrete with a big rug down for about six months before we could afford the underfloor heating and tumbled travertine flooring, we could of gone for a cheaper alternative but I'm glad we held out because I love it and it's super good at hiding dirt!!!!

We kept the walls white and used open shelves, which are actually tucked in the opening where one of the original windows were, our cottage isn't massive so every inch counts and these little quirky spaces make it all the more interesting! A big sky light makes for a light airy space which isn't huge but to me it's perfect! 

The kitchen isn't my only eBay find in this room, the Smeg fridge and my oven are both eBay bargains and the kitchen table was £50 from a local pub!

I'm just not very good at buying things from pictures in magazines I guess...... I couldn't even find a chalkboard I was happy with so we made one with chalk paint and a bit of architrave! I couldn't pick a chair colour either, so I painted each one a different shade............... doing things this way makes for an individual space that's just yours, which I kind of like!

Martha xx