Friday, 11 April 2014

When Crafting Makes Way For DIY

March came & went without much crafting being done, there was rather a lot of DIY though. My kitchen was getting me down, the lovely silver vinyl floor over time had moved, was stained, damaged and seriously needed replacing. It felt cramped & worn out, I didnt want to spend time in there at all. So I set myself the mission to do it up.


So with funny masks & a couple of cool tools I got working on tiling, reflooring, painting and more to create something I am very happy and comfortable in...

A few of my favourite features of the kitchen....
 A giant, magnetic blackboard. I have printed onto magnetic sheets that I cut up the days of the week, the name of each room in the house & the kids names. This way I can put any important activities next to the day of the week, any jobs needing to be done under the name of the room, & the kids jobs under their name.
A toothbrush holder is fab to hold magnetic labels that arent in use along with the chalks/chalk pens.
Laundry baskets with sticky-back magnetic sheets make perfect, cheap storage tubs.

My spice rack, it fills the entire cupboard door, so much better than me storing them in groups, I can easily see which jar I want.

4 new cupboards (2 at the top, & another double & a single cupboard at the bottom)& 3 shelving units give lots of lovely new storage. 2 laundry baskets used for washing, & my ironing pile. The 2 smaller ones I use for odd socks & sorting socks. You can just about see 2 truggs on the left of the cupboards, attached to hooks that hold our hot water bottles (thats what tiggers head is part of) & plastic bags.

From this photo you'd never guess I hate clutter on kitchen work surfaces. So happy now this has all gone into cupboard, & the microwave onto a shelf.

There are so many other details I could list here that I love, the matching washing up bowl & soap dispenser, the whole wall behind the oven tiled, the blackboard signs for me to put positive messages on.

& my amaryllis is also happy in its home :) You probably wouldnt have noticed it in my original photos as its a little brown, hibernating stump, what a difference a month makes.


  1. Oh my goodness how productive have you been and how amazing does it look - I love love love what you've done and played the before and after video more than once - fantastic stuff and amazing job of the tiling too - not the easiest of jobs!

  2. AMAZING transformation - so glad I clicked through from Feedly to see all the extra photos. Wonderful job and a great colour. Love the tiling, the extra storage and the quirky extras. Brilliant.

  3. Loving the bold splashes of purple and the whole job looks great. Different from crafting but still creative.

  4. What a difference you've made!
    Alison xx

  5. Am on my tablet so can't play the videos at the moment but the photos are amazing! I love that door and the colours of the walls! Wow, K!

  6. wow I will have to come and see your wonderful new kitchen some time! Nothing like inviting yourself! The blackboard door is my favourite but also think the colour looks really good esp with all the matching accessories ... your hard work paid off!

  7. That's a wonderful transformation.



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