DIY: Mini kitchen make-over


DIY: Mini kitchen make-over


Phew, this has been a marathon of a DIY project! It started all the way back in January and after a few stop-start attempts, its finally complete. Let me just say that there is not much love lost between me and my new nemesis, enamel paint. Grrrrr. Bad feelings aside, I am super chuffed that its all behind me now and equally happy with the result thus far. This area remains a bit of a work-in-progress.

I was a little perplexed by this odd end of the kitchen when we first moved in to this house. The kitchen itself is quite spacious but the layout is highly impractical and the wall with the window was completely bare. I installed a tall Ikea cupboard to the right of the window for much needed pantry space, and I initially had a small kiddies table and chair set under the window. However, as my kids were starting to outgrow that set, I figured we needed something bigger that the whole family could make use of.

Around the same time, I was in the process of changing the worktop at my office desk for something a little bigger, and it dawned on me that the old beech HAMMARP worktop (previously know as LAGAN) would make a great breakfast bar counter top in the kitchen, and would also be a perfect match to the BOSSE barstools which I already had. All I needed to purchase was one adjustable table leg and a bracket to attach the worktop to the wall.

I took the worktop to a local carpenter to have it finished off with a rounded edge on one side. The installation was easy and the new counter has worked out to be a great solution. This area is probably one of the busiest in our home – we all tend to eat at this table, and the kids do homework and other activities there too. Whilst very practical, it wasn’t particularly pretty and was in need a little change – something to lighten and brighten things up a bit. It was time to try out the paint-dipped effect I have had my eye on for a while now.

Armed with all the necessary tools, I was good to go!


Both the worktop and stools needed to be sanded down – a fairly simple job since both were in a close to natural state. The stools required partial dismantling and some taping around the steel strips on the footrest areas. So far, so good.


After sanding, everything got a base coat of multi-purpose latex primer, followed by 2 coats of Ace multi-purpose oil gloss enamel. The enamel paint was a long and drawn out process because it needed a minimum of twenty-four hours drying time between coats – sometimes even more – and it ended up needing three layers. And then there was the little incident of a sudden sandstorm that came out of nowhere one afternoon while the furniture was drying outside and I was out and about. Suffice to say I had a gritty sandblasted effect on everything and needed to re-sand and repaint… joy of joys! I was not a happy camper, but thankfully, my hubby was on hand to help with most of it.


After what seemed like forever, we finally got to the fun part: paint dipping the legs. Despite what the name suggests, we steered clear of any actual ‘dipping’ opting for the safe route instead by taping up the area to be painted. I used a Jotun paint (color code S 3010-B70G) for this.

In order to achieve a nice level line, I found a book that suited the height I had in mind and simply held it up against each leg to make light pencil marks that helped to guide the placement of tape.

Peeling away the tape and seeing the finished result was by far the best part!

I designed the two inspirational posters especially for this area and I think they make a great addition to the space. You can grab a copy of them here.


So, despite this project being very drawn out, it has been worth it in the end. The smalls seem to love the brighter ‘new’ space and my son told me this morning that he thinks it ‘looks beautiful’. Frankly, that’s as good as it gets for me.

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  • Michelle 07/04/2014 at 7:25 PM

    I just love your colors! May I ask what they are?

    • admin 07/04/2014 at 9:17 PM

      Hi Michelle, would you believe that I have lost the the color card with the actual name of the color!? But I can tell you that it falls within the ‘duck egg blue’ category. I used a Jotun paint and the code on the mixing label is: S 3010-B70G. I do hope that’s helpful Thanks for stopping by. Kath

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  • Angela (Life in Velvet) 14/03/2014 at 3:26 AM

    Thanks so much for linking up with us at Thursday STYLE Kath! I absolutely love this project and want to just hang out in that bright, airy kitchen! I’m so excited to feature this gorgeous transformation on Thursday STYLE tonight! Hope to see you again this week 🙂 xo, Angela

    • admin 14/03/2014 at 8:39 AM

      Angela, thanks so much for your kind words and for featuring my project. Kath x

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    Thank you so much for sharing this project at Redoux! What a lovely and fresh makeover with major impact. I am featuringthis afternoon, party starts at 1:00 PST.

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      Karen, awesome news! Thanks so much. Kath

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    Wow, this is really amazing – WELL DONE!

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    Wow! What a fantastic job! We have a mini kitchen nook that desperately needs some brightening up, and this post definitely has me inspired. Pinning this like it’s hot!

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      LOL, I like ‘pinning this like it’s hot’! Thanks so much for the kind words, Lauren. And good luck with your project. Kath

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    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful project on The Inspiration Board at homework. You were featured in the spotlight!
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    • admin 09/03/2014 at 8:49 AM

      Carolyn, thank you so much for stopping by and for including this project in your spotlight. Kath

  • Melissa @ A Prudent Life 09/03/2014 at 6:06 AM

    It all looks great, but those dipped legs are my favorite! Such a great touch. Thank you for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

    • admin 09/03/2014 at 8:07 AM

      Hi Melissa, thanks for your comment and for hosting Thursday STYLE. Kath

  • Angela (Life in Velvet) 08/03/2014 at 12:58 AM

    Absolutely adore these stools, and your whole kitchen! So bright, fresh and fun! Amazing job as always!! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

    • admin 08/03/2014 at 8:29 AM

      Hi Angela, thanks so much for your lovely comment. We are really enjoying this refreshed space in our home. Kath

  • Cindy@Diybeautify 05/03/2014 at 6:39 PM

    What a great makeover! So soft and homey!!

  • Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} 05/03/2014 at 2:32 AM

    How pretty! I love this! I did my first dipped project and am looking for more things to dip! LOVE this!

    • admin 05/03/2014 at 7:16 AM

      Thanks Heather! Give another one a go

  • Corey @ Tinysidekick 04/03/2014 at 11:13 PM

    You did an amazing job! It was definitely worth the work. It looks so fresh and clean. Thanks for linking up at The Makers! Pinned and sharing on FB!

  • Katie @ Upcycled Treasures 04/03/2014 at 10:09 PM

    Wow, this looks fabulous and I LOVE the dipped legs! The sandstorm sounds like such a bummer and I can kinda relate. I was actually spray painting a floor lamp last weekend and all of a sudden it became really cold and windy…and rainy 🙁 It didn’t even last very long but it was frustrating, however it all worked out in the end.

    Thanks for sharing at The Makers! Pinned 🙂

    • admin 04/03/2014 at 10:33 PM

      Hi Katie, the paint-dipped legs were what inspired me to do it… love it. Thanks so much for stopping by. Kath

  • Brooke 04/03/2014 at 9:28 PM

    I love the power of white, don’t you? And I love the pop of blue in the legs. What a fun place to dine! Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy your day!

    • admin 04/03/2014 at 9:58 PM

      Hi Brooke, I really am loving the white – it’s so fresh. Thanks for stopping by. Kath

  • Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY 04/03/2014 at 7:38 PM

    Your son is right! It does look beautiful. It definitely brightens up the kitchen. Great job!

    • admin 04/03/2014 at 7:54 PM

      Hi Katie, thanks for stopping by and taking a look. We really are enjoying this area. Kath

  • Fiona Cragg 04/03/2014 at 10:31 AM

    Amazing difference Kath WELL DONE

  • Monique 03/03/2014 at 11:24 PM

    Wow, the difference is unbelievable! I just love your new space. You are just too damn good!!!!

    • admin 03/03/2014 at 11:40 PM

      Thanks Monique! I love that you’re a regular here 🙂 Kath x

  • Jacqui Madsen 03/03/2014 at 8:15 PM

    Beautiful Kath! A job well done! So much lighter! Jax

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