If money was no object I’d like a new shiny white kitchen, but with more than 30 cupboard doors and all the necessary bits and pieces, even having them dipped rather than replaced is a costly option. And to be fair, I don’t dislike the present kitchen. The time had come however, to lavish on it, a bit of TLC. A few years ago we had replaced the worktops and had back-boards fitted instead of tiles. At the same time we papered one of the walls in lime green. It was a mistake (mine) – the colour was great but the paper had a slight sheen which meant that it showed every slight imperfection in the plaster. The house was built in the days before plasterboard was common and though considered, the idea of having them replastered (with all its attendant mess) was rejected. We’d just get a thicker, matte paper we said at the time. But we never got around to it…until now.
By chance I came across an excellent wallpaper website https://www.gowallpaper.co.uk which offers a huge choice. I sent for several samples and was pleased to find one in just the right shade of lime, slightly ribbed and with no sheen. I ordered it, Husband hung it. What a difference; we were delighted. But (isn’t there always a but?) now it made the rest of the walls look a tad shabby. I had a fancy for a brick effect – something pale. Again, we’re really pleased with the result.
By now the ‘change’ bug was well in the air. I looked around the kitchen to think of something else, and deciding that we could afford to lose one cupboard, explained my plan to Husband. He removed a cupboard door (whilst I found alternative homes for the various bits and pieces that had been stored therein), papered the inside with the brick paper and replaced the shelves with glass ones.
Now I have somewhere to display a few pieces including an amber pressed glass dish that I was recently excited to find in a Brixham charity shop for just £3. Inexpensive and mass produced, I have a real liking for pressed glass which comes in a range of colours – I have mostly pink and green (and wrote about my pink pieces here: Pink pressed glass). It was produced in both America and Europe during the early 1800-1900s. Most of my pieces have been picked up for a few pounds in charity shops, or in the case of some dishes I have, for 20p each at a jumble sale. Both are good hunting grounds for sourcing this kind of glass (and I’m dead cheap to buy a present for)! The green figurine is actually a uranium lamp base (a later piece produced in 1930s) by Walter & Sohn, a well respected German glass maker. Also shown is a Joseph Holdcraft Majolica water-lily plate c1870. The eclectic collection on my shelves also shows some of the pieces of olive chinaware bought in Obidos, Portugal last year. No doubt I shall change the display from time to time.
All of which just goes to show that changes don’t have to cost a lot but can still brighten up a space and bring a smile to the face. Happy with that!