I'm excited to report that progress has been steady this last week and I'm onto the all important painting - you know, the bit that will actually make my kitchen look like it's been transformed! And you know what ...
It really is looking quite grand. I've no regrets at all. I bought Little Greene Paint Company paint - the Intelligent Eggshell for the unit doors (which had a coat of ESP - Easy Surface Prep - on them first as a primer), and Intelligent Matt for the walls. I've chosen to paint the walls and the units in the same colour, which I know most people wouldn't choose to do. But I don't want the wall units to feel like they're popping off the wall, instead I want them to blend in. It's not a huge kitchen (though it's perfectly formed with the work triangle - couldn't have asked for better in that respect), and with using a dark colour I need to create a feeling of space. So the wall and units being the same colour will give me that.
I'm really lucky that there's a Little Greene Paint Company stockist just 2 miles away from me in Churchtown, Southport - Checkers. And they're all really lovely and helpful in there too (if you live in Southport and are not using them, why not?). One thing I love is that when you buy Little Greene in the smaller tins you get it in a bag ... which makes you feel like the paint is a gift to yourself. And in a way, doing this kitchen transformation is a bit of a present to me. Not being a fan of modern kitchens in old houses, I know that I'm going to love having something that looks more in keeping with our home being from 1865.
Little Greene Paint Company produces paints with a really good pigment which has depth to it. They recently brought out a range of greens that they developed in association with the National Trust. And it's one of these greens that I have chosen - Hopper.
With these paints you get great coverage, and so although a tin of paint is more than the standard DIY store paints, you don't need as much of it. In fact, I'm convinced I'll have too much paint left over, it covers that well! And remember, I'm putting a dark colour onto a white base ... something that usually requires 3-4 coats of paint. I'll report back and let you know how many it took for me.
What other progress? Well, the tiler has gone silent on me - I'm just hoping he's going to be able to do his bit before the end of the challenge period. Whilst I'm prepared to learn how to tile, there are so many sockets to go around it does worry me a bit that I'd just make a mess of it.
And the door handles are ordered and due in sometime in the next few days. Fitting them onto the doors is going to be a job for Mr B&T whilst I am in my workroom as I've a lot of interior design projects and upholstery commissions for people for Christmas completion.
You'll notice I've not shown you a photograph of how the room is looking - I'm in tease mode now. I kind of don't want you to see what it's looking like until the final reveal. So you're only going to get little hints from now on! Cruel, I know, but hey, it's going to be worth the wait, I promise you! Oh, and what do you think of this display from Little Greene? Isn't that cool? I love it. It's almost like a piece of art.