Give your shelves a copper twist
‘I love copper,’ says Mona ‘It’s a beautiful colour that makes the kitchen feel warm and inviting. Giving my metal shelves a quick makeover was simple.’ Here’s how Mona did it.
1. Clean and dry the surfaces to remove any dust or grease.
2. Spray-paint the shelves outside or in a well-ventilated area on some cardboard or newspaper (don’t forget a mask and gloves). Two to three light coats will make sure you avoid drips.
3. Leave the paint to dry completely before you put the shelves up. Check the instructions on your paint – Mona left hers for 24 hours.
Find new uses for old containers
Mona’s kitchen is full of small ideas for upcycling while organising, from vintage teacups used as measuring cups to bottles for spices. ‘I like finding ways to use what I already have before buying new,’ she says.
Combine small storage
Try putting spices and flavourings in small jars and keeping them on a tray. ‘They look tidy this way,’ says Mona. ‘Plus I can move them all easily if I need to clean the worksurface or cook in another area of the kitchen.’
Hooks are a space-saving way to add to your storage, while helping to keep it ordered. ‘I tend to hang essentials and items that are awkward to store in drawers or on shelves,’ says Mona.
Bring in baskets
Mona used a bathroom basket in her pantry to add to the existing shelving. ‘I spray-painted it black,’ she says. ‘It’s great for storing small items that might get lost in drawers or big containers.’
Try open shelving
Keep items you use every day at hand, with special pieces on display higher up. ‘I like open storage because you can make it feel cosy and personal,’ says Mona. ‘Co-ordinating containers keeps the look neat.’
Mona uses handmade labels to differentiate similar-looking items and identify what’s inside closed storage, like these recycling bins. ‘They make it quicker for visitors to find their way around the kitchen,’ she says.
“I love being in my kitchen, both on my own and with family and friends. Good organisation goes a long way towards making the space a joy to spend time in – functional and beautiful.”
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