Tuesday, 10 July 2012

A Pink Kitchen? And Other Bits And Bobs.


The weather was beautiful at the coast at the weekend...a warm breeze gently wafted through Shingle Cottage and gulls called out  as they glided above...you could hear the waves lapping on the shore and i thought to myself i never want this day to end it's just how i imagined it would be...you know that perfect day you never think will come again and there you are in it?...our little cottage is on the coast of England but on days like this it feels like it is on Cape Cod or Nantucket Island....i am a dreamer ;)
In my last post i had mentioned i was creating a faux  painted wall next to the fireplace,here is a tutorial and how i achieved my look for anyone who would like to know how...this is how it looked below last time with one coat of stone colored paint.....i painted some parts solid and others i left the undercoat of white showing....
I brushed a pale grey into the seams...i did this thicker with full coverage in some seams and almost dry brushing others to create an aged worn effect......
I worked in small sections and dry brushed some grey paint here and there  onto the edges of the bricks below...
With a damp cloth i smudged the seams and blended it across the bricks until no brush strokes were visible...this was then left to dry fully....
I then dabbed an antique white paint using a paint brush in a random pattern.....
Again with a damp cloth which makes it much easier to move the paint about i smudged and rubbed over the grey and stone colour on the bricks and here and there in the seams until i was happy with the look.....
It now looks like this.......

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A Pink Kitchen?.....  No?.... Are you really?.....Your not? (oh yes i am ;)

You would not believe how many people have said that...they thought i was joking...read on dear readers,read on.....

We had cladded the kitchen ceiling and sealed and undercoated it the week before and steve  skimmed the two walls we had plaster boarded with plaster...he has done a really great job it is super smooth....i some times think wow are we really doing this ourselves?......You can see Steve below trying to work out which cupboard door fits where? we had carved little numbers in the top of the doors before they were sent to be dipped and stripped so we would know which door was which but with them being wet and jet washed the wood must have raised back up because all but the number 3 had gone...we had such a laugh working  out which was which.....

Eventually we worked them out and we began cladding the walls under the cupboards.....i don't really like my kitchen door with it being upvc but i do like that it is not very old,really weather tight and has a lovely large window in the top which gives a lovely view onto the garden,you can also see the sea through it when you wash the dishes....I plan to gently rub the shiny surface off and paint it inside in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint....then with some lace at the window things should look a little prettier....
In between Pepsi-max and tea we built a new frame around the cupboard doors and i caulked the ceiling and walls.....
This is how it looked when you came through the front door below......it was starting to look a little like a real room!.......
Looking out of the front door you can see the garden is in full flower...the hydrangea is huge this year and full of blooms and buds, last year it only had about five blooms...i have sprinkled all our old tea leaves around it for months and also sieved the ashes from the coal fire around it like my mum told me to and hey presto it worked!....
The delphiniums i planted a few months ago are all up and open and  the verbascums are blooming behind.....next Summer it should all be lovely and thick like a real cottage garden......
Back inside the kitchen the doors were all in place but not fully stripped,this was my job outside in the sunshine while Steve fitted the new floor boards and skirting boards.....
The ceiling had it's first coat of pink paint and the cupboard doors had their first coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Antoinette......
Looking back to where we built the cladded wall and moved the door in my last post you can see we have half the new floorboards down,the cladded walls are primed and undercoated and the skirting board is fitted...the door is hung and has it's new handle fitted....there are two ceiling light fittings in the kitchen,The original one to the kitchen has  been centered in it's space above,it was over the sink before....the one you can see below that was in the old toilet has now been centered in that space to stop it creating shadows on the new cladded wall.......
Looking in from the front door you see Antoinette cupboard doors and a pink ceiling ahhhhhhh someone pinch me!.....
You will have to forgive this  picture below,we had worked hard all weekend and we were tired out and i took this just before we locked the door and headed back to the city,it looked straight in the viewer window which is slightly worrying......but you can see how things are coming along in the kitchen.....
So there you have it my friends another weekend at Shingle Cottage......The seagull chick has really grown but i didn't manage to catch a picture of it this time,you can see his Mother is a real beauty and oddly we are now starting to know her calls as in if they are friendly or if she is warning other gulls away,my favorite is when her mate returns and they rub their faces together....
I will be posting again this week with some makeovers and things i have been up to with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.......

A huge Hello! to all my new followers so glad you are joining us on our journey as we bring Shingle Cottage back to her former glory!...............

XxX

8 comments:

  1. Caroline Belmarez10 July 2012 at 13:25

    EVERYTHING LOOKS FABULOUS! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I WOULD LOVE TO VISIT ONE DAY.

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  2. I love your pink kitchen!! Can't wait to see the finished room.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  3. Ditto to the other comments. You are making such good progress and apparently things are looking as good outside as they are inside. Love the hydrangea. Mine is so slow. I am just joyous that it lived through the winter and even has one sorry bloom. We don't have tea leaves or ashes, either. Your cottage will just be so amazing when you are finished. Forget Cape Cod!

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  4. Oh, I'm soooo tickled about the kitchen being pink! I think it will be unique and completely charming! It will go beautifully with shells and sand and all the sea colors, not to mention that amazing hydrangea! The brick looks fabulous... wonderful color now. This is all too fun!

    Cindy

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  5. Its the perfect pink Krissie! It is like visiting the enchanted cottage when I come across the sea to visit you! I love it!

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  6. I love your brick wall--your flowers are gorgeous, and I am so excited about your pink kitchen. I love a pink kitchen!

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  7. Your cottage is a true labour of love, lots of hard work has gone into this, evident to all who read your blog. Can't wait to see the finished cottage and your garden is beautiful! Have a lovely weekend. Sharon x

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  8. Krissie I think we should change our name to Antoinette I don't know why I missed this posting I was getting more excited as the page scrolled. Its going to look amazing and also I love the work that you have done on the bricks did you use chalk paint? simply stunning.

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