The kitchen is where most of our family life takes place. From meals to homework and art; we’re in there the majority of the time. Given that it can be seen from the hallway and is open to the sitting room it has a big presence in our home.
As you know, magnolia just wasn’t cutting it for us, and the bluetack-marked and chilled wall of our kitchen was getting us down. I say wall as the rest of the space barely has any other walls. A pillar here and the top of an arch there but the majority of exposed wall space is concentrated on this one wall alone. The remaining walls are all painted a Slightly Pink Off-White (it’s official name – you get to name your colours at B&Q!) which we have used throughout the house to bring spaces together. What’s interesting about the shade is that it’s hue is very different from room to room thanks to the big differences in light. It ranges from a subtle off white to a pale lilac-grey.
Once we had settled on a colour combination I took our reference pieces to the Valspar desk in B&Q to have it mixed. I knew that I wanted something that would pop out, so rather than settle for a colour from the selection on offer I went for a super bright pink.
The first few days of living with the pink wall were jarring. Where once the wall had faded back it was now jumping out every time I caught a glimpse. My initial nerves melted away and the warmth of the space reflects the heart of our home.
The next phase of the makeover was to tackle the woodwork. The kitchen shelves are home to my 1,001 cookbooks (still on vacation in the attic) and vintage plate collection. Ordinarily this whole area is a tip but I tidied up just for you!
The joy of a bright colour is creating a clash alongside it. Previously the shelves and dresser were both this pale green but I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green to liven them up. As soon as I have a clear day I’ll be transforming the dresser in the same colour. Despite my love of creating I don’t do a whole lot of painting in the house but I find Annie Sloan’s paint easy to use and am gradually being converted.
Mr Kat used both the Annie Sloan and the Valspar paint on the shelf supports so they wouldn’t stand out as much. Do you think they work or have too much of the Lord Bath about them? I’m hoping it won’t be as noticeable when the books return.
In terms of other work which needs to be done in the kitchen, the gentleman’s wardrobe (art cupboard) and table will stay as they are. I’m considering painting the Ercol chairs although I’m not sure what colour would work in here.
The big issue with the room is that now, more than ever, I want to replace the tiles and worktops. Green faux-marble and random coloured tiles really aren’t to my taste. Of course, that’s a far bigger job but a girl can dream!
It’s amazing how far a few cans of paint can take you. Within a couple of days the whole feel of this room has been transformed. When people come into our home their eyes are drawn through to the kitchen and without fail they exclaim “I love your pink kitchen!”. Me too, me too.