‘a coat of paint trans­formed my kitchen’

Naomi Graham, 45, saved money by re­spray­ing her units to give her dated kitchen a brand-new look

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Naomi Graham gave her old kitchen units a shiny but thrifty new look

When we moved here we painted through­out, but then de­cided to wait be­fore mak­ing any big changes,’ says naomi, who bought the house with her hus­band rob back in 2007.

‘Eight years later I fell preg­nant with our third daugh­ter Em­me­line, and as we al­ready had Ni­amh and Or­lagh, we needed more space – so we de­cided to add an ex­tra bed­room. It made sense to look at how we used the whole house and re­con­fig­ure some other el­e­ments of it at the same time.

As the kitchen is at the back of the house, we de­cided to put bi­fold doors across the end wall to open it up to the gar­den. There was a lit­tle-used pa­tio to the side of the kitchen, so we built a snug in its place with an ex­tra bed­room on top. And to cre­ate some unity and flow to the space, we chose ce­ramic tiles that look like wood and laid a new floor through­out the down­stairs.

Cab­i­netry facelift

There was a good lay­out in the kitchen, but the doors and wall tiles looked too coun­try. The so­lu­tion was to change the cab­i­nets to a colour that would com­ple­ment the floor­ing. I found a com­pany, Prospray, which, af­ter a site sur­vey, sprayed the car­casses in the room, while the doors

were taken away and sprayed off­site. it was a re­ally quick and easy process.

In­tro­duc­ing per­son­al­ity

the kitchen was look­ing much bet­ter, but it was still a bit bland, so the ad­di­tion of moroc­can tiles from topps tiles was per­fect be­cause they added pat­tern and colour in tones that work with the room. my next step was to bring some warmth to the walls and, af­ter a long search, we chose Black­ened by Farrow & Ball. We de­cided that teal and or­ange would make a lovely con­trast, so i bought a teal blind and or­ange eames-style chairs from mdm Fur­ni­ture for the din­ing area.

Dress­ing the room

i wanted some built-in stor­age and came up with the idea of a unit that goes around the door­way to the snug – it has cre­ated a re­ally strik­ing fea­ture, with cup­boards to hide the more func­tional items. Fi­nally, a small liv­ing room area was cre­ated by hav­ing a cou­ple of beau­ti­ful old chairs re­uphol­stered by the up­hol­stery artist in the same colour as the blind.

i feel re­ally lucky to have this stylish kitchen and liv­ing space, and we now spend most of our time in this part of the house.’

‘Get Be­spoke shelv­ing Fit­ted around a door Frame – ours was de­signed to hide the Fact that the Frame isn’t per­fectly straight’

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