The knotty pine ceiling was first to receive attention. “It really needed a fresh coat of white paint!” says Lisa.
The wooden doors in the kitchen, which were never used, were removed permanently, as was the top row of cupboards. This meant the wall behind them had to be repainted, so Lisa decided that all the kitchen walls could do with a paint technique: she chose Dulux Luxurious Silk, a stain-resistant paint, and applied two coats of the colour Misty Morning. This was left to dry completely, after which Lisa mixed two parts Dulux Dark Brown with one part scumble glaze ( see box); this colour-wash mix was then applied with a cloth in large circular motions. To soften the stripy effect, Lisa immediately brushed over the area with a wide paintbrush.
With the ceiling and walls done, Lisa turned her attention to the kitchen cupboards. Because the couple were on a tight budget, the old Formica countertops on the lower cupboards had to stay – so it was important to choose a colour that matched these surfaces. With an expert eye, Lisa mixed a new shade from the many tins of leftover paint she already had.
“I wanted something exciting; a darker colour that would match the countertops,” she explains. A light dusty blue was combined with plenty of Dulux Heritage Green to achieve the lovely greenish-blue for the cupboards. If you’re not keen to mix your own colours, consider a shade from the Dulux Blue Diamond colour card for a similar blue to the one Lisa created.