It’s one of our favourite times of the month when we get to have a nosy in someone else’s kitchen…and this month we are delighted to be taking a tour around Lindy’s kitchen. Ex-pat Lindy writes mainly about food and her 1930’s semi that she is remodeling on a shoestring budget on her blog Squidgyboo.
Over to Lindy…
I live in a 1930’s semi-detached in South Manchester, well technically it’s North Cheshire as we’re on the other side of the Mersey river! We moved in late summer 2005. I would describe my style as funky, I’m not a big fan of things that match and I have never met a free piece of furniture I didn’t love!
Our house was a complete fixer-upper but it had me at the hallway, yes the hallway! We lived in a small modern semi in a very trendy part of South Manchester. It was an amazing place before we had our daughter, but once she arrived it was just too small. Being home with her all day I felt as though the walls were closing in on me!
We looked at a lot of houses and they were all perfectly nice. We weren’t looking for a project but once we walked into this house we just knew! The teal blue carpets smelled of cigarettes and the kitchen was damp and moldly and the 1960’s gas fires were horrid but all these things could be changed. What you couldn’t change (cheaply) was the space! The house was also a steal – no brainer!
I love everything about my house, so much blood sweat and tears have gone into this house. We’ve done most of it ourselves and it’s filled with memories. The kitchen is my favourite room in the house. I didn’t get my dream of a kitchen, the 10k cost of removing the double fireplace which is also a load bearing wall put an end to that dream!
I looked at a lot of kitchens on Pinterest and kept being drawn to all white kitchens. Everyone told me I was completely bonkers and that I would spend all my days keeping it clean. I decided to ignore them and ploughed ahead with my all white kitchen dream. The only concession I made was that we went with cheap white laminate countertops. I was afraid of spending a lot of money on white Corian and then find that I hated it. In the end I LOVE my all white kitchen and when the countertops are knackered we’ll be replacing them with a more long wearing white countertop.
The thing that really makes me love my kitchen is my chalkboard wall. We removed the old 1960’s gas fire, plastered the whole thing, added shelves for cookbooks and other bits and painted it with chalkboard paint. It turned out exactly as I imagined and really does make the kitchen.
I also love my induction hob more than I can say- sad I know! The hob heats up in a flash and cools down really quickly.
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