Hepburn blue for my kitchen


It gives me great pleasure to share the first photos of my painted kitchen! It’s still a work in progress but it’s nearly finished. Take a look…

Prime and paint

First we primed all the cabinets with Zinsser Cover Stain Primer. We chose a very retro, 50s-style blue paint called ‘Hepburn Blue’ by Dulux, in a satinwood finish.


Priming kitchen cabinets

The kitchen cabinets before and after…



 The cooker hood before and after…

mobile home cooker hood


The kitchen worktop

We replaced the kitchen counter tops with Hammarp worktops from Ikea, which you can get for €90 per length. Each length is 186cm x 63.5cm x 2.8cm but they also come in a larger size.

before and after kitchen worktop



If you want to buy these IKEA worktops:

  • Sand them to 600 grit to smooth the rough edges and bring out the characteristics of the timber.
  • Apply multiple coats of danish oil for a water-resistant finish.





I liked the mobile home’s original white plastic sink, but the bowl was so dirty and old that no amount of cleaning products and scrubbing could save it. So we replaced it with this really nice stainless steal sink from B&Q.

before and after mobile home kitchen

The sink cost just €37! We also got a new stainless steel tap from B&Q for around €79. To plumb the sink, we bought a bag of standard sink fittings for €13 in B&Q.

before and after mobile home sink



Door handles

I traipsed through every DIY and kitchen store around but couldn’t find door handles that I liked. Then I discovered a brilliant online shop called Bedrooms Plus. They have so much choice! We chose these matte black bow handles.






I even managed to find hepburn blue tea towels! I found these in Woodies for €4.99 (for a pack of 2) but later spotted the exact same ones in a basket in Kavanagh’s in Ballyfermot in Dublin for €3.




All of my appliances were inspired by the matte black KitchenAid Mini that I won at the Harvey Norman KitchenAid Mini launch!

matte black kitchen aid mini

I got this matte black DeLonghi kettle in Argos for around €45.

matte black kettle

I picked up this matte black toaster in Next for €23.

matte black toaster

I’ve wanted a Nespresso machine for years and now I finally have one! This is the Pixie model and it has been kind of life changing – I’m obsessed. I got in it Currys.


Even my fridge is black!

black fridge


The next step is to tile the floor. The tiles we’ve chosen are a pale black, almost light grey. I love the look of slate, but having had slate floor tiles before, I know that they are impossible to keep clean because of their texture. These tiles look just like slate but they will be easy to clean.

Black floor tile

Black kitchen tiles


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