There's been a bit of pre-Christmas kitchen tidying and sorting out here which started with some basic cleaning and re-arranging of "stuff" and led to some new shelves being made by hubby which I think look great.
This bit of the kitchen has always annoyed me. There were a couple of impractical metal shelves and an unused blackboard, together with assorted clutter that tends to end up near the back door, and various gadgets like the sandwich toaster that was never used! It all made the area rather dark and depressing, so last week it was all cleared away and he made me some lovely shelves out of a piece of old floor joist that's been sitting in the shed for years, just in case it came in handy for something!!
I debated leaving them as plain waxed pine, feeling too lazy to paint them properly, but found half a tin of "Garden Shades" paint leftover from doing the inside of the summerhouse years ago. A couple of coats and a bit of sanding and they look lovely, with the grain of the wood still showing slightly.
Once they were up, I could start arranging some bits and bobs and I really love the way all the random things go together and make the room much prettier and lighter. Especially as it all cost nothing to do!
The little drawers had a makeover too and I'm trying to decide on some new little knobs to cheer them up.
The other end of the kitchen had a tidy too, with all the shelves and china being cleaned. Where does all the dust come from? :( I found a mirror for only £8 in Homebase which brightens up the mantlepiece. (It's a bit distorting, but hey, for that money I don't mind). Some fresh branches ready to decorate and a bit of holly and it's looking almost festive. (Oops, just noticed the missing light bulb. I knocked it out when turning a shelf over and forgot to replace it)
Bye for now