And so the challenge begins. One Room Challenge has joined forces with Better Homes and Gardens for the October 2018 room transformations, and as a guest participant I'm starting today with telling you all about the room I'm hoping to get fully transformed over the next 6 weeks, and my planning for getting it done. I'm going to use this post a little bit like a reminder to myself of my shopping list and the stages I've got to go through to get everything done.
I may live to regret this but ...
The room I have chosen to transform during the One Room Challenge is the kitchen. We live in a Victorian semi-detached house in Southport, slightly north of Liverpool on the North West coast of England. The house was built in 1865, just as the railway was coming to the town and the resort was developing.
When we moved into this house a little over 3 years ago the previous owner was so proud of the relatively new kitchen she'd had fitted - gloss white units with black 'white' goods (is that even possible, to have black 'white' goods? The cooker, oven, sink, etc), a cream floor and worktops that are a kind of mix of dark cream, grey and a slight hint of pink. Lovely though the small but perfectly formed kitchen is, it's not us, and it's not right for a house from 1865. It's just way too modern.
We've had plans to do something to the kitchen for the last 3 years, but a growing list of jobs on the fabric of the house (like drains, guttering, repairs to brickwork and the roof, windows, new boiler ... and so much more) meant the money just hasn't been there. And in truth, as we've just had to replace the roof on the conservatory (now renamed 'the garden room') we've still not go the money to do anything major.
Which means that the One Room Challenge has come at just the right time for me. I can work to a budget and a timescale, and get the best job done that I can in order to transform the room into something more keeping for us and for this lovely old lady of a house. Incidentally, the house has a name, which makes it sound very grand - it's called 'Huntingdon House'. How cool is that?
Anyway, here's what the room looks like now. Oh my, it's only when you're sharing a room publicly that you realise it's actually a bit of a mess!
Nice enough, isn't it? But as I've said, it's just not us and it's not right for the house.
These are the products I've got on my shopping list, though a small number of items I already have in my toolbox:
ESP - the Easy Surface Prep means I can paint directly onto melanine as the doors are a high gloss.
Zinsser Primer for covering the areas of damp from problems before we moved in, and from when the bathroom leaked through the kitchen ceiling 12 months ago.
Dulux cream matt emulsion for the ceiling
Hopper from Little Green Paint Company (this is a sumptuous dark green) to paint the unit doors and drawers, and for the walls too - yes, the whole room is going Hopper
Paint rollers - one small for the units, and one large for the walls
Pink metro tiles from Southport Tiles (these are actually similar in colour to Hellebore from Little Green Paint Company, as the morning room, which is attached to the kitchen, is going to be painted in that colour).
New door handles - similar to the current ones, but in brass.
Dead flat varnish from Polyvine, which I stock in my own store in Ormskirk, so no excuses for not getting that - even though I'm using the Intelligent Matt paint from LGPC, I prefer to make sure that the surface is as durable as possible.
New sink and taps - this is something I need to get Mr B&T on board with as he can't see anything wrong with the black one we have ... er, it's badly marked with limescale, it's going.
Lighting - now this one stumps me. We can't put recessed lighting in, and we can't put lights in new positions because there's a false ceiling, so that's a job for when we do a complete renovation of the kitchen in years to come. So I'm on the lookout for new lights that we both like and that suit a kitchen.
I think that's everything - but you just know I'll realise as I'm going through the job that I forgot something. My budget is tight. I'm hoping to get the whole thing done for around £500. It's the lighting and the sink with new taps that I think may just take me over that budget, as everything else is pretty straight forward.
When I've finished, this is where you can find me - in my reading corner with my gorgeous handmade giant granny blanket drinking a well deserved gin and tonic with a good book. In the meantime, I need to get on with the project planning, so let's get started with that.
Check in next week for the first update, and if you want to see what others are working on throughout the challenge, just click the button below.