Week 1 of the One Room Challenge is done, and we're onto Week 2. There's always that bit in a room transformation where you don't feel like you're making progress - at least, if you're doing the job right that's generally how you feel. And that's because the 3 P Pyramid of Interior Design is in play - Plan, Prepare, Project Manage. I've been working hard all week on the kitchen and other than a few visible white splodges on the wall, you can't actually see much difference! And that's because ...
I've been doing a lot of planning and preparing, and getting the project management in place. The stains on the kitchen walls from an old damp issue before we moved in (the lady before us didn't bother to fix a broken down pipe and so all the rain water off the roof was just pouring down the side wall of the house creating a huge damp problem) have been covered over with Zinsser - this is amazing stuff, if a little smelly. It stops stains coming through emulsion paint.
I also had to touch up some brown patches on the ceiling where our bathroom leak of last year left its mark. Mr B&T has said he will help me out a little, and paint the ceiling for me next week, which is good of him. You'll realise how good when I tell you he has MS and as well as struggling with fatigue he has balance issues, and pains in his legs and arms pretty much constantly. For him to paint the ceiling is a big thing - it will exhaust him. But he wants to help, and he finds keeping active helps to keep him ... well, active.
In terms of planning, I've booked in the tiler for the end of the month, so that means I have to get on with all the other jobs to be ready for him! The last thing I want is to get paint on new tiles. I had thought I'd do the tiling myself and then I noticed how many socket points there are in the area that is being tiled ... yup, the tiler is booked in!
And then I've reached the point where I've finalised the scheme. In interior design it's worth thinking of your colours in 3 parts - primary, secondary and accent. Your primary colour needs to be around 60% of the overall scheme, then the secondary is 30% of the scheme, and finally you need an accent colour that is 10%. This is a guide, and so you don't need to be precise, but it helps to avoid looking like a mish-mash of colour.
For the kitchen I'm doing green as the primary, cream (because of the floor and worktops that are not changing) as the secondary, and pink as the accent. The reason for choosing pink as the accent colour is that there is a hint of pink in the worktops, and also the morning room, which is the next project, is going to be pink. Having a little bit of colour from one room to the next can help to tie to spaces together. And then the handles - we've chosen brass industrial style handles - partly so that we can use the same holes in the doors, and partly because I'm allowing Mr B&T to have something he particularly likes in the room. They're not quite what I'd choose, but they're something I can happily live with.
The other focus of the last week has been getting Mr B&T to agree to the scheme ... his MS doesn't stop him having an opinion, and he's in favour of any colour you want - as long it's a shade of cream. We couldn't be at further ends of the colour wheel! I started by telling him that the ceiling is to be painted cream - that's a departure from white and that was hard enough for him to grasp. But then I got onto telling him about Hopper, from Little Greene Paint Company. It's such a sumptuous green. The only way to get him on board was to paint a piece of MDF, as the colour card only shows a little sliver of colour, so that he can actually see what it's going to look like. He has reluctantly agreed on the basis that in about 5 years time we will be having a whole remodel of the kitchen so he can live with it for now. He's always like this in the early stages of my design ideas, and he pretty much always comes around to the point where he loves what I create. He just struggles to visualise anything other than a shade of cream.
Next week promises to show more obvious progress on the transformation. At this stage I'm still on target. Let's hope that continues.