The trouble with having a lovely new kitchen, with freshly painted walls and brand new, sparkly worktops, is that you don’t want to put anything in it. Now we’ve got our longed-for blank canvas, it’s been a struggle to go ahead and personalise it, as after removing all the clutter (and a whole wall of units), it seems so lovely and bright and fresh.
The thing is, though, it now needs a bit of personality. And storage. That missing wall of units is taking its toll. The first thing we did (I say WE like I had anything to do with it) was to purchase an old orangey pine dresser top on Ebay. Mr E lovingly rubbed it all down and painted it, first with a white wash, and then with grey chalk paint. After some artful distressing, it was given a couple of coats of wax. It’s provided some much-needed storage and looks so good up on the wall that he’s now on the lookout for more. Très thrifty too.
One thing that we’re completely divided over, though, is twinkly lights. I love fairy lights (remember Nigella Christmas where practically every surface is smothered with little lights? Well, basically that.) Mr E is not a fan, specifically I think because he’s worried about trailing wires and – gasp – putting pins or holes into his newly plastered and painted walls.
Another thing I really want to do is put some pictures up. I have so many gorgeous pictures from travelling, and I’d really like to maybe create a few large pieces, maybe using photo Canvas Printing at somewhere like HelloPrint (I love their stuff – I have a few in the office already). Also – has anyone done that massive map thing where you put stickers to show where you’ve been in the world? I love this idea.
I found this tin W at a new shop called Home Sense (which I think it something to do with T K Maxx?) in Aylesbury. I absolutely love that quirky, Etsy kind of decoration, so expect more of that to be arriving very soon. And maybe some more of those cute, patterned tea cups too. One of the other things we’ve seen are shutters. At a local reclamation yard there are loads of old ones and I love the idea of painting them in bright colours and adding them each side of the patio door (not to use, just for decoration). I really want a blind too, but as you know, I’m not great with that kind of thing – I find roller blinds a bit officey, but what else can you do in a kitchen?
What do you think, though… clever Mr E eh?!