Tuesday, 8 April 2014

DIY: Kitchen Notice Board

Today I thought I’d share the story of our metal kitchen notice board.

You may have seen this post on Instagram a good few weeks ago (ok months)… so today I thought I’d share the story behind it.
When James and I were designing our Kitchen we decided we’d love to have an exposed brick wall. Our house is a red-brick Victorian Town House and I adore the red brick on the outside and I really wanted to be able to bring the look and feel inside as well.

Turns out we needed to get some work done to our preferred wall anyway, which involved taking the plaster off and I was absolutely over the moon when we saw the bricks underneath. They were 100 times better than I expected.

Yey! 

Unfortunately there was a strip down the far right hand side of the wall, floor to ceiling, where the bricks were crumbled and really damaged. Our builder thought that way back when the house was built there was probably a copper cooker there, and you could actually see a few black marks on the brick from the old soot.

Unfortunately the bricks were a little too wrecked to keep on show, and were probably more ‘building site chic’ than the ‘industrial chic’ I was going for. (Yeah, there’s a difference).

Bummer.

So we decided we’d have to somehow repair or cover the bricks.

We decided to try and cover them to avoid one patch looking noticeably different to the other. 

After lots of discussion with plasterers and builders (all who I've found can actually love a bit of crafting when given the opportunity), we settled on the idea of a metal panel to cover it to tie in our stainless steel Kitchen appliances.

My goddess of a Mum (yes, I have to give her credit for this one) then threw into the mix that we could make it magnetic and have it as a notice board.

Genius. I LOVED that idea.

Only problem now was finding the metal. Now, you may think that sounds easy, but the search went on for about 6 months. We considered a few options but I had in my mind a smooth sheet metal, to match our stainless steel fridge. I had a trip to a metal yard, and got slightly strange looks when we started poking and taking pictures of their metal workshop doors…

But still no joy.

After getting truly fed up with the whole thing dragging on and on, I decided to look on eBay as a last resort.

I was toying with the idea of buying a roll on film that you could cover your fridge with – at least it would look the part even though it wasn’t magnetic. But also not as cool.

And THEN, I fell upon a little shop that sold pre-cut stainless steel notice boards. That were MAGNETIC. 

I held my breath and dropped them an email seeing if they did bespoke sizes, and hallelujah they did!

Cue notice board party. 
Those holes at the bottom of the wall are where the joists for the floor used to be years ago - I love them!  They always make me think of whoever lived in our house almost 100 years and seriously, how high was that floor?!
It really was easy to attach (I say easy because I didn't do it... but Gripfill is the answer!) and it completely transforms our wall. 

I am so pleased with how it has turned out, and it’s brilliant to see an idea we floated while BBQing late on a warm summer evening when we didn’t even have a kitchen, is now a reality and one of the finishing touches in our kitchen!

I think it adds to the overall look of our kitchen, and it meant we got to keep our original exposed brickwork.

I've now covered it in Sticky9s (naturally) and I love stopping by to look at it. 
I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and see that solutions to problems always exist, it’s just a case of talking it through, sticking to your guns and a whole load of eBay magic.

What do you guys think?

2 comments :

  1. I'm lovin' this Jess, I have serious kitchen envy!! But it's amazing how seeing what other people are doing inspires you to get cracking yourself on projects that you've been thinking about for ages. Hope you are loving being in your new home and finally getting to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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  2. Your kitchen wall is absolutely gorgeous. I love that idea! :)

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