Thursday, 28 July 2011

Simplify your kitchen window

Here's a a quick how to prettify and simplify your kitchen window-sill.
Mine was pretty awful- here is the before.This is real life, people! Hahaha!
A mix of different size pots, plants, some alive, some dead and some much too big .
They all grew too big for their pots which meant- too big for the window sill .  I kept on dreaming of nice cache- pots  but everywhere I looked I would have to pay at least  £30,- per pot-.So that was not going to happen.
So here's what I did:
I got 5 pink begonia's all of the same size and colour which set me back about £20,-.It's not my favourite plant by all means, but it was the cheapest .And hopefully the easiest to keep alive . It looked pretty cheerful. Plus my track record with orchids is not good.I only managed to keep 1 alive for a year , years ago.
Then I hunted for some terracotta pots from my garden, which were all old and a bit cracked.But for free!

I scrubbed the pots clean, then patched up the cracks with Pollyfilla. I then painted all the pots with "Blue Ground " from Farrow and Ball which I still had, and I painted the rim with a different colour, a cream called " Clunch " by Farrow and Ball ( where do they get these names from?!?" Clunch "! Eh ? ) ( Had a little tester pot which cost practically zero).

Then I filled the pots with some extra soil and the begonia's.
 Like this :
 And this.Pretty cute, eh ? Apart from the begonia. Shame. Maybe I should have gone for orchids..
I cleaned the widows inside and out ( last time this was done was 1985.. probably !! )
Then made myself some curtains from a " vintage "( 1992)  lace table cloth which I got for from a charity shop for peanuts..It had a big hole in it, so forget using it on a table. I managed to hide the hole with the curtain arrangement like so :
Then I took two tiny Christmas wreaths , and took all the fake pine off so I had two tiny twig wreaths.I gave them both a blue/grey/white striped ribbon and bow and hung them from the curtain rod.
And then put all the new pots on the clean window sill.
Here is the whole window
Now I just have to get used to begonia's :-).
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Grammy Goodwill said...

Beautiful look.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

The flower pots are gorgeous and it looks so bright and cheery. Hugs, Marty

Alycia Nichols said...

I think it looks fantastic...begonias and all! I think it is so great that you showed the "before" picture. I really helps for people to see the big change! Congratulations on a project well done!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Bea,

You little devil! How in the world do you find such genius ideas ALL the time?! What is the recipe for this; what kind of tea are you drinking... Duh, never mind - nobody will be able to copy that. But why are you downgrading those perfect begonias? That is not fair to discriminate against them.
Wishing you a great weekend with your lovely kitchen window and with lovely I mean ALL what is in it; on it and before it...

Lots of love,


Tina said...

Wow! Looks great..such a fresh and pretty look!

Modern Country Lady said...

Mariette- I drink Yorkshire tea :-).Hope this helps, hahaha!

Tess said...

This is so pretty and the begonias are beautiful. I'll bet that you will get to love them...especially in your sweet pots!

Shelia said...

I love your pretty flower pots and what a beautiful window sill these make.
be a swetie,
Shelia ;)

At The Picket Fence said...

Love those!! They look so beautiful sitting all in a row in your window and we are so glad you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

A Few Pennies said...

Those potted flowers look pretty on your window sill--love the colors!


I love these flower pots on your kitchen window sills! You just gave me a good idea to do with some I have...exactly for my kitchen too! Thanks for sharing, they look great! Hugs, FABBY

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the redo on the pots they look fresh and pretty. I'll have to give that a try for my garden but I might use pink and white!