A couple of weeks ago I posted some photos on Snapchat of a space that doesn’t usually get to see the light of day on the internet. My kitchen is far too ugly, dark and cluttered to show the world. It’s bad enough I have to see it every day, I don’t want to unleash it all on you too.
We don’t have the budget for a brand new kitchen at the moment, so we’re stuck with the dark blue cabinets fresh out of 1993 and dated tiles to match. However, a mini makeover in one end of the kitchen, inspired by Swedish site Desenio, has already given the space a new feel and encouraged us to start thinking about some creative, budget-friendly ideas we can use to transform the room.
Desenio is a great place to buy posters online, whether you’re into art prints, quirky graphical prints or typography prints with motivational messages (“What Would Beyonce Do?” is one of my current favourites). I picked a range of prints, (including the gold feather and cactus prints in our recent bedroom makeover) with these fun pop art style fruit prints now taking centre stage in our kitchen.
This is the end of our kitchen, by the original pantry and where we used to keep our fridge. By simply moving the fridge to the other side of the room, putting up some shelves we already had and buying a second hand butcher’s trolley (£30 on Gumtree!) we’ve opened out the room, created another prep area and given ourselves more storage for food.
I picked the prints in blue and turquoise because these are colours we have running through our open plan living room and dining room. Eventually, we want to remove the inner window from the kitchen through to the dining space to create more light in the kitchen and a better “flow”.
We plan to spray paint the ugly dark blue plastic cabinets and cover the fussy glass cupboards with MDF before painting. The walls will get a lick of fresh white paint and I’d like to paint the tiles in a shade of turqouise to mirror the colours in the rest of our downstairs space. A rod (or piece of foraged driftwood – I can’t decide!) attached along the window, to have hanging plants covering up the uninspiring view onto our neighbour’s wall and our yard area will complete the makeover.
Of course, as with our bedroom revamp this is likely to take an age due to young children, work and never seeming to have enough time. Still, the intention is there. For now though, at least one end of the kitchen looks nice. Thanks Desenio!
If you’d like to win a discount code to spend £100 on prints at Desenio head over to Roost – we’ve got a great little giveaway running from today until 7th July.
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