Wednesday, 29 April 2009

eBay rocks!

Just back from one of our regular excursions to pick up yet another eBay purchase and this one was a corker I must say. We managed to get ourself 22 square metres of really good quality engineered oak flooring for an absolute steal. It was down on the seller's floor for a couple of years but his wife fancied a change of wood so it all came up again. It's in near perfect condition and we can sand the odd scratch down and re-oil if necessary. We've saved around £700 and our kitchen will have a lovely oak floor instead of the awful wood effect vinyl complete with cigarette burn that we inherited from the previous owner - hurrah!

I'm hoping this weekend that we can do a test run on one of our cabinet doors to see how they take to being painted. I am hoping to turn some very dull beech effect doors into something vaguely resembling these with the help of some hardcore primer and Farrow and Ball's "Blackened" Eggshell:

Photo from Farrow and Ball

Possibly a tall order but I'm going to give it my best shot. I'll let you know how I get on...


  1. Oooh I'm very interested to know how you get/got on with this...I too have inherited similar sounding kitchen doors, and was thinking of doing the same!

  2. We've done the tester door and would you believe it - it looks great! I keep staring at it because I can't quite believe our ugly duckling cabinets can scrub up so well. We gave the door a light sanding then used melamine primer followed by a couple of coats of Farrow and Ball estate eggshell applied with a roller. I am so pleased from both a budget and environmental point of view that we can recycle the old doors and don't have to splash out on new ones.