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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.

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