Hey there, sugarplum,

I hope you're feeling fine and dandy.

But if you're not, if the cold wintry greyness is getting you down, then I have something to bring a happy smile to your sad little face.

Just look at what I have for you today.....

Gorgeous After

Only one of the most fantastic before-and-afters-on-the-cheap in the whole world ever.

Bleurgh Before

Yes, siree.

This is the kitchen of Anne Turner who was Assistant Decorating Editor for the magazine Cottage Living. It was featured in its last ever issue.

Anne has taken her kitchen that's best described as bleurgh......and made it scrumptious...but without a complete overhaul.

Her budget at the time was needed elsewhere.

{I don't mean to get off-track but was she wearing her slippers in that photo?}

{Aaahaaa, I see some of the budget went towards some new snazzy footwear....}
Let's look behind the scenes at this virtual decorating miracle. :-)

They've had the existing cupboards up towards the ceiling and added moulding around the top.

Then, with the extra space created, shelves have been fitted under the units. Aren't they darling?

They've changed the tiles, the worktop, appliances, sink, hardware, doors, taps, flooring and lights.

The result is like having a splediferous new kitchen without the huge cost of new units.

And don't you love the paint colours?

Pigeon on the dining room walls,
Lime White on the kitchen walls,
Stony Ground on the doors and windows,
Mouse's Back on the units.

 All by Farrow And Yummy Ball.

{Which I do believe to be their official name.}

Well, are you smiling yet?


This afternoon I will be having the pleasure of ironing my way through the laundry equivalent of Mount Everest.

Oh, the joy.

 Bet you're smiling now....you ol' meanie.