‘I re­vived things FROM THE LOFT’

Sa­man­tha, 32, used candy shades and trans­formed pieces to brighten up her brand-new kitchen

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When this two-bed­room flat came on the mar­ket I didn’t think I’d be able to af­ford it at first,’ says Sa­man­tha. ‘I’d been liv­ing in a flat­share in Crys­tal Palace and re­ally loved the area but there was no way I thought I would ever be able to buy my own home in London.

After do­ing a few sums and work­ing out that I could rent out the spare room, my dream looked like a re­al­ity. I viewed the flat and was com­pletely blown away. It had high ceil­ings, was painted white through­out – so I could put my own stamp on it – and all the fix­tures and fit­tings were in­cluded. Plus, as it was a new-build, I’d have no-one else’s dec­o­rat­ing dis­as­ters to fix!

Choos­ing my style

I’ve al­ways loved in­te­ri­ors and I was so ex­cited to be able to dec­o­rate my flat ex­actly how I wanted, es­pe­cially after liv­ing in a flat­share, where I was re­stricted on what I could change. Lead­ing up to the move, I spent lots of time cre­at­ing mood­boards on Pin­ter­est, and flip­ping through in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines for in­spi­ra­tion. I’m a big fan of bright colours and, as the kitchen was sage green, I de­cided to brighten it up with cop­per and coral hues.

Ever since I first saw a chalk­board wall in a mag­a­zine I’ve liked the idea, and so the same week­end I moved in, I got to work cre­at­ing one – it was the first thing I did, even be­fore I un­packed. I love the sense of fun it lends to the room and my nephew en­joys draw­ing pic­tures of di­nosaurs on it.

Easy re­vamps

I’m a big fan of up­cy­cling fur­ni­ture and, hav­ing quite a tight bud­get, I spent what I did have on a few pieces of sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture and then raided my par­ents’ loft for any­thing that could be given a new lease of life. The Ikea kitchen trol­ley had been gather­ing dust in my dad’s garage, so I nabbed it to cre­ate an ex­tra work­top and a bit more stor­age. I painted it with chalk paint to give it a bit of per­son­al­ity and added a metal rail to hang tea tow­els. On the shelves, I slot­ted two

‘try paint­ing your fur­ni­ture – it’s such an easy way to change your colour scheme on a bud­get and can re­vi­talise tired pieces’

crates that were a bril­liant buy from an an­tiques fair and are great for stor­age.

Bar­gain buys

I moved in at the end of the sum­mer and got a lot of pieces in the end-of-sea­son sales. My mum came across the din­ing ta­ble for £100 and I found the Ercol chairs for £30 each on ebay. I painted them to match the trol­ley, to tie the look to­gether.

When­ever I go to my par­ents’ house, I’m al­ways hunt­ing around for un­wanted items I could use in the flat. I found a cool brass tray gather­ing dust, and with just a bit of pol­ish, I got it looking shiny in no time. Now it looks great on the ta­ble.

I’m re­ally pleased with the way my kitchen turned out, it’s amaz­ing how with just a few sim­ple touches you can re­ally give it per­son­al­ity. The only thing I’d like to do is to get a tiled splash­back – I’m sav­ing up for some gor­geous mar­ble-ef­fect tiles.

I never dreamt that one day I’d own my own home and I’m so happy I found an af­ford­able way to do it in an area I love.’

style tip ‘Carry your ac­cent colour through in un­ex­pected ways, like gar­lands’

Writ­ing’s. on the Wall. ‘i love my chalk­board wall – Peter and i leave notes for each other on it!’

cute dis­play. ‘i found this brass tray in my par­ents’ loft and use it to dis­play things i like’

glass act. ‘This jug, the glasses, and the print give a great burst of colour’

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