You know Mr E, he loves a bit of upcycling. Now the wall has been taking down between the kitchen and the dining room, I’ve obviously lost all the kitchen cupboards that were on that wall. Hence, I’m always complaining about not having enough storage in the kitchen, so wasn’t at all surprised when he appeared one night with his latest Ebay find: a tall, pine unit with a cupboard and lots of shelves. It looked absolutely perfect, the only problem was that it was a pretty hideous shade of orange. As we discussed colours, I mentioned that I’d seen some really dark grey interior finishes recently, and that I really wanted shades of granite and khaki for the kitchen, with accents of copper that have been dominating my Pinterest for a while now.
I’ve wanted to lose the blue wall in the kitchen for ages, and a very kind friend recommended Farrow and Ball Railings. After a quick google, it was safe to say this very dark, not-quite-black grey with a hint of blue was absolutely what I had in mind. We roped in my lovely brother in law, Dave, who is a professional painter, to paint the wall – there are lots of edges and we really wanted them to be sharp, so it made sense to bring in someone who knew what they were doing. I’m absolutely delighted with it, and though Mr E had his reservations about going that dark, he was swayed after we rehung his favourite painting on the wall. It looked amazing with the dark background.
For the cupboard, we went for the ‘modern eggshell’, which is a mid-sheen finish. I was a bit concerned that having everything very dark and matte would be a little too much, and I’m delighted with the soft sheen it gives – not at all glossy, but not flat either. It just brings the perfect amount of texture to the space.
Here’s the before pic:
And here’s the cupboard after a couple of coats of Farrow and Ball Railings. As it dried, the gloss dulled to a soft sheeny finish.
And here’s the finished cupboard in the corner of the kitchen. I’m so pleased with it and it’s added a ton of storage too. Clever Mr E. It’s in a sunbeam here so looks a little softer grey:
Having complained about the loss of cupboards, I must say that I absolutely love the space that’s been created: it’s light and bright, and when everyone’s sitting around chatting and laughing, it really is my favourite place in the whole house. I’ve been looking for a smallish sofa to finish it off for a while: somewhere to sit and read a cookery book, or while away a sunny afternoon with a cuppa and a magazine. I wanted something stylish and Scandi-inspired, and eventually settled on the Benni loveseat from the Loft range at M&S. After having such a colourful kitchen for so long, I wanted a soft, dark colour and settled on this beautiful khaki velvet, and I thought it was a bargain at £349 too.
I added a couple of linen cushions from H&M and a throw (mostly to stop the dog ruining it, of course she thinks it’s her new bed), and I absolutely love it. It’s the perfect place to perch. So next up, I’ve got my eye on the chairs, which are still all random shades of bright blue and pink – I’m not sure if I want everything grey yet, so I’m back to Pinterest for some inspiration. What do you think about choosing shades of granite and khaki for the kitchen? Is it a yes from you?