How I transformed my kitchen with Up Up Away by Earthborn paints
AD:In partnership with Earthborn Paints.
I had been toying with the idea of changing the kitchen for sometime. It was very photogenic and always a hit with my Instagram followers but the reality was it was impractical, lacked work surfaces and was dark. We had our kitchen bespoke made by a lovely cabinet maker about 17 years ago. We worked together to come up with a shaker style kitchen with thick inset. I planned to paint the units a deep emerald green and walls to match (you can see in the picture below the original green I used). We opted for gorgeous handmade oak worktops and pine shelving and top units made from recycled church pews. Over the years I tired of the dark green and went cream, then grey then darker grey. Walls too were painted many times. I had given the kitchen lots of little facelifts but it was time for some bigger changes. In August we began a larger project removing the cooker hood, the surround, the old oak work surfaces, shelving and top units (pretty much everything waist upwards)
Earthborn is an eco-friendly paint company making high breathability paints with low environmental impact and a palette to die for!
The range includes Claypaint (ultra matt), Lifestyle (washable emulsion), Eco Chic (furniture) Eggshell No.17 (interior wood finish), and Ecopro Masonry to name a few. A fabulous range of 72 colours. Perfect for decorators and interior designers, they are better for the planet, our home and health. I was hooked.
The Earth Collection
I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Earthborn to showcase their new Earth Collection – five lovely colours inspired by the earth, the land, the sea, the sand and the clouds.
The impending kitchen makeover seemed like the perfect opportunity. I was undecided about the colour – should I go light or dark?? I was sent some tester pots, lovely colour cards and a beautiful soft brush so I could have a little play and I tried all the new colours on various walls (always test paint first as light in rooms vary and can have such an impact on colour choice).
I opted for Up Up Away, a beautifully fresh off white for all the kitchen walls. I was recommended the Lifestyle emulsion which is durable and washable, perfect for this space. It was easy to apply and covered really well and I even I roped the kids in too.
I hummed and harred about what colour I should paint the units. My original mood board favoured dark with brass fittings, marble surface and white walls, I wanted sophistication and elegance in contrast to my very eclectic country kitchen. My objective in the project was to make the kitchen as light as possible so I opted to go light. Always a good idea to put a mood board together, it really gives you an idea of how all your ideas might work in unison or not!! Years ago I used a scrap books and cut out inspiring pictures from magazines. I recently found the one that was my inspiration 17 years ago, its so interesting how our tastes change.
I decided to use the same colour on the units as I did the walls but using an eggshell as I was painting wood. I rubbed down the units and applied an Earthborn multi purpose primer and the two coats of Up Up Away. I was instantly happy and I knew I had made the right decision. The kitchen looked so fresh and much brighter. Up Up Away is such a lovely warm white and I’m so happy with it. It is a real art to choose the right shade of white and I have often got it wrong.
My builder used my old oak work tops and made them into shelves. We sanded them down and they really came up looking lovely. I wanted floating shelves to make it less fussy as I knew with my maximalistic ways I would be filling them up – I just can’t help myself! The beauty of a simple shelf is allowing the lovely things you put on them to sing. Glassware, ceramics and plants were placed on the shelves. Against the lovely tones of Up Up Away, the greens of the glass, pottery and plants all create a calming space. I love open shelving, a great way to showcase your favourite pieces. I always add plants to shelves as they create a softness and great for hiding corners and edges.
You can never have to many plants
I got all my lovely plants from a lovely little garden centre near York Fields Garden Centre and are offering an online service too for their indoor plants.
We used a stunning San Marino marble from Lapicida Stone which adds to the brightness of the room. This is our lovely Sophie Conran Portmeirion dinner-set we were bought after our wedding. It is so pretty and such a lovely treat to have it on show. I have used little accents of turquoise and greens throughout the kitchen as this works well against the red Aga that we have kept.
This blog was writen in collaboration with Earthborn, all thoughts and words are my own as are the photos other than my mood board.
I only ever work with companies and products I truly love and would have in my house. Please do remember to click on any of the above links for further information or click on Earthborn’s instagram account @earthbornpaints
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog, and feel inspired to get decorating. You don’t need to go the extent we did, you can simply just apply a few coats of paints to walls, doors and furniture for a completely new look.